I like to read cozy mysteries from time to time. They are usually quick reads that do not involve a lot of thinking. As such, cozies tend to be good for a quick break between heavier reads. I am also a fan of library, archives and museum settings. Fundraising the Dead by Sheila Connolly fit both my cozy need and my love of collecting institutions.
Connolly is pretty spot on with her description of working in a special collections institution. She nails a lot of the details. The plot is straightforward and the suspect is unveiled fairly quickly in the story. Most of the novel is set around how to capture evidence of the suspect stealing collection materials.
This is the first novel by Sheila Connolly that I have read, but I plan to continue reading this series since the setting is too good to pass up.
At The Society for the Preservation of Pennsylvania Antiques, fundraiser Eleanor “Nell” Pratt solicits donations-and sometimes solves crimes. When a collection of George Washington’s letters is lost on the same day that an archivist is found dead, it seems strange that the Society president isn’t pushing for an investigation. Nell goes digging herself, and soon uncovers a long, rich history of crime.