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Fire Engine Dead (A Museum Mystery Book 3) Kindle Edition
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There is a possible Arsonist at work in Philadelphia, PA. When a warehouse filled with memorabilia and a rare fire engine from a Fireman's Museum is attacked and the watchman killed. Nell Pratt, the President of the Pennsylvanian Antiquarian Society is asked to talk with her peers for any inkling of what is going on by the FBI, in the person of Nell's prospective boyfriend, James.
I love that this series teaches me so much about the inside workings of museum's and in this case, Arson.
This particular novel is filled with action and I found myself catching my breath, along with Nell. There are new employees, an unexpected in-flux of historic documents, and Nell's romance suddenly heats up as well.
I'm able to empathize with Nell in this book. It really is the best of the series yet!
I enjoy Sheila Connolly's works - reading is like a visit with old friends. Her characters are realistic, intelligent, and likeable. This book was thoroughly enjoyable, although parts were a bit slow and overly detailed. Still, a good read and I look forward to reading more in this series.
In "Fire Engine Dead" the Firemen's Museum in Philadelphia has stored its museum pieces in a warehouse that isn't the safest choice among warehouses. A rash of warehouse fires has broken out and the one that houses the Firemen's Museum pieces isn't spared and neither is the life of the guard on duty. Most of what was in storage is lost, and it isn't until Nell Pratt sees a picture of the antique fire engine from 1825 that is the pride of the museum and compares it to another picture that she realizes that the two engines don't match. Someone did a switch, and either no one noticed or no one is talking about it.
Nell's almost-boyfriend, FBI agent, James Morrison, is also investigating this fire and asks Nell and her staff to help catalog what was salvaged, and also for Nell to keep her eyes and ears open for any information she might learn about the fire.
As with most cozy mystery novels, there is a lot of information on the subject of the story and I learned a lot about the history of the fire department in Philadelphia going back to the 1700's. The 1825 horse-drawn engine is a far cry from modern day fire fighting equipment.
Nell and several people from the Firemen's Museum and the Antiquarian Society, piece by piece, put the puzzle together to solve the mystery of the fires, the death of the guard and the mystery of the switch of the engines, but not before Nell and another person are placed in grave and life-threatening danger.
I'm looking forward to the next installment in this series that has kept me interested.
This is a good read for a beach or a train or plane ride. Interesting enough to get into, without being too thought provoking.