Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Let's Play Dead by Sheila Connolly - Review

Let's Play Dead by Sheila Connolly

Rating: 4 Stars

Description:  Nell takes some time away from adjusting to being the new president of the Philadelphia Historical Society to visit the new exhibit at Philadelphia's premier children's museum Let's Play.  While she's there an employee is electrocuted while setting up the exhibit.  He's okay but a few days later another man isn't so lucky.  In between trying to run the Historical Society and hiring desperately needed employees she takes some time to help Let's Play Director figure out what happened.

Genre:  Mystery

My Impression:  Sheila Connolly is one of my current favorite mystery authors.  Her 2nd series involving the inner workings of  the museum world hit close to home for me after years of working at a small museum.  Connolly does a good job showing the politics of museum, the constant need to raise money and the time and effort it takes to get an exhibit open.  This is the 2nd book of the series and while it was strong I didn't like it quite as much as the 1st one.  This is primarily because it's more of a what happened versus the typical murder/whodunnit format.  The end felt a little disjointed because of that.  Despite that this is a fairly fast paced book with an interesting setting and likable characters.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?:  Yes to both.  I already have the next book of this series waiting for me and the 1st book of her newest series (set in Ireland!).

Would I Recommend this Book?:   Yes, especially to mystery readers who prefer the cozy genre.  Despite being a book in a series the books can definitely be read out of order.

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