Saturday, July 9, 2016
Dead End Street
Author: Sheila Connolly [Website][Facebook] aka Sarah Atwell [Berkley Prime Crime]
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
Series: Museum Mystery, Bk 7
Length: 297 pages
Obtained: Library copy
Why this book?:
I'm a fan of the series/author.
A couple people invested in renovating and renewing some very run down, i.e. dangerous, neighborhoods in Philadelphia have approached Nell about a property that they've recently determined the Society owns and has long forgotten. The building itself is beyond redemption, but it could be used as a symbol with some help from Nell and the Society's resources. Or so they are attempting to convince Nell of when there is a shooting aimed for the vehicle Nell is in.
Now - perhaps partially as a way of dealing with this act of violence that she was caught in - Nell does some looking into what happened. But more, she begins looking at how the neighborhoods of Philadelphia have changed and what the Society's role in preserving the history of these less well-to-do neighborhoods might be.
I'm a fan of the show Rehab Addict (which I understand tends to bring out a love-it or hate-it response). But the point is, Nicole Curtis is really into rehabbing old homes to their "former glory" and reviving communities that have become rundown. So I have an interest in the subject that contributed somewhat to my enjoyment of the book.
There was some repetition throughout the story again, but I picked the book up today and finished it tonight - something that doesn't always happen with cozies anymore. Sheila Connolly's writing generally has a way of pulling me in.
I once again look forward to more...