Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sickbed Reading II: Fundraising the Dead

Fundraising the Dead by Sheila Connolly is another book I read while sick with a cold. I picked it up because it is a mystery that takes place in Philadelphia. Connolly used to work at a Philadelphia non-profit (and also worked on two statewide political campaigns). This is a "cozy" mystery -- not a lot of gore and most of the characters are well-behaved. It's a great read when not feeling well, on a train or plane, or as a break from more academic reading.

The main character works as a historical museum / library in Philadelphia. One of the staff dies under questionable circumstances. Readers might be able to identify the culprit about half or two thirds of the way through but, as with many cozies, the characters are more important than the crime. It held my attention through to the end.

Living in the Philadelphia region made it more interesting. When the main character visits Rittenhouse Square or talks about Chester County estates, I have a feel for what she is describing.

This is the first book in a series and the second, Let's Play Dead, takes place in a Philadelphia children's museum and is due out in July. I plan on picking that one up too.

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