Dead End Street

Dead End Street The New York Times bestselling author of Privy to the Dead returns to Philadelphia for history and a chilling mystery When the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society discovers it owns some unique real estat

  • Title: Dead End Street
  • Author: Sheila Connolly
  • ISBN: 9780425273470
  • Page: 304
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The New York Times bestselling author of Privy to the Dead returns to Philadelphia for history and a chilling mystery When the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society discovers it owns some unique real estate, a deadly plot unfolds Society president Nell Pratt believes life is finally going her way Everything s running smoothly at work, and her love life is tThe New York Times bestselling author of Privy to the Dead returns to Philadelphia for history and a chilling mystery When the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society discovers it owns some unique real estate, a deadly plot unfolds Society president Nell Pratt believes life is finally going her way Everything s running smoothly at work, and her love life is thriving Then some unexpected news rocks her foundation Two members of a local neighborhood rescue program, Tyrone Blakeney and Cherisse Chapman, inform Nell that her society owns an abandoned row house in a rundown area of Philadelphia and they insist on taking her to see the property before its date with the wrecking ball But soon after they arrive at the house, Cherisse is fatally shot and Tyrone is badly injured The police believe it s just random violence in a bad neighborhood, but Nell thinks there s to it and is determined to find answers before someone else becomes history .

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    1. Nell Pratt learns that Society owns a dilapidated row house in distress neighborhood. She goes with two reclamation workers to see the property and is involved in a drive-by-shooting. The Society is offered an anti-bellum home with an endowment to keep the building as it now.The question arises as Nell assembles material for the Board meeting. "Should the Society concentrate on only the "GOOD" or do they have a duty to saved the failure of neighborhoods as well?" Nell is still shaken from the sh [...]

    2. Dead End Street is the seventh book in the A Museum Mystery series.Dead End Street is another well told and informative story from Sheila Connolly.Nell Pratt, president of the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society, has been contacted by Tyrone Blakeney, head of the North Philadelphia Neighborhood Partnership. Blakeney is trying to organize people to take back the The North Philly area from the drug dealers and attempt to revitalize it. He has learned that the society owns a plot of land and is contac [...]

    3. I've been a huge fan of Connolly's museum series. Not so much with this one. Thin on plot, irritatingly bloated with social commentary on urban blight. I had so looked forward to reading this next book in the series and I'm quite disappointed.Holding out hope for the next one !!

    4. Everything is going smoothly in Nell's world when she discovers that the Society apparently owns another building (which surprises her as she thought the Society had divested themselves of all buildings bar the one they are housed in).  She agrees to go to see it but whilst there the car they are traveling in is shot at and one of her companions is killed (Nell herself had dived out of the car!) She now needs to figure out if she was the target, what is she supposed to do with the building (and [...]

    5. I almost didn't finish this book. The first 55% was like slogging through thigh-deep mud. I gave it one more try; at something like 65-70%, it finally moved along enough that I could finish it. That's the reason I gave it two stars instead of one. This book is more of a vehicle for a commentary than a cozy mystery. Sure, there is a mystery, but it plays second fiddle to the themes of decaying cities, white guilt, elitist blinders, and the relevance of more recent history. The author's thoughts o [...]

    6. I see a bright future for Nell, Marti and the organization as she drags them kicking and screaming into a new world.

    7. Someone shoots at nonprofit president Nell, who's visiting a slum property. Then it's mostly urban renewal, not mystery.

    8. An easy, fast read. Not a 'fair play' mystery since there is no way the reader can solve the mystery before the reveal. Actually, I'm not sure that judging this book on its own I'd call it a mystery.(view spoiler)[The motivation and circumstances of Cherisse's murder don't seem to 'fit' the rest of the book/series. Cherisse was killed because the shooter wasn't very bright. And he was only shooting because she was having an affair with Tyrone. That conversation between Raheem, Tyrone and Vee wit [...]

    9. The author it's in from the very first sentence. Love the look inside the history Philadelphia. This one finds our NELL PRATT embroiled in yet another tense mystery. She finds out that the historical society owns a house in a undesirable section of the city. A young woman from the city and a man from an organization who informs her of the house they proceed to the area where there are shots fired into the vehicle she is riding in. Both of the other occupants of the vehicle are shot and one subse [...]

    10. In the 7th installment of this Museum Mystery series Nell goes on a courtesy call to view a row house the Society still owns in a bad neighborhood of Philly with two people who really care about renewal for the neighborhood. Nell ends up getting shot at and one person ends up dead and Nell is so shaken up she decides to go along with the project because I don't know, its the right thing to do? The murder featured in this book ends up being very personal and very drama filled.I liked the urban re [...]

    11. A different but good book in the series, near death experience( drive by shooting) has Nell reevaluating the Society and how to bring it into the 21st century and use it's assets to better the city while preserving it's history . Oh yeah she also needs to find out who shot at her and her companions!!!!!!!

    12. Interesting topic! I brought this paperback camping with Me. Nell is very much a worry wort, but a great President for the society. The characters and area were fleshed out very well. I liked that this book, in a series,works great as a standalone.

    13. openbooksociety/article/deDead End StreetMuseum Mystery #7By Sheila ConnollyISBN13: 9780425273470Author website: sheilaconnollyBrought to you by OBS reviewer KaytSynopsis: The New York Times bestselling author of Privy to the Deadreturns to Philadelphia for more history—and a chilling mystery . . .When the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society discovers it owns some unique real estate, a deadly plot unfolds . . .Society president Nell Pratt believes life is finally going her way. Everything’s run [...]

    14. Dead End Street by Sheila Connolly is the seventh book in A Museum Mystery series. Nell Pratt is the president of the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society. Nell gets a visit from Tyrone Blakeney and Cherisse Chapman. They inform her that the Society owns a row house (slated for demolition) in North Philadelphia (at 387 Bickley Street). They would like some assistance with a project they are working on to save neighborhoods. Nell was under the impression that the Society had divested itself of all pr [...]

    15. The Philadelphia Historical Society divested itself of all the properties it had been bequeathed between the 1790s and the 1920s all at once. They hadn't accepted any properties since, so the current president of the society, was pretty secure in the notion that, aside from the building in which the society resides, no property taxes are due and no insurance premiums need be purchased. But then two people bent on the urban renewal of Philadelphia's old and decrepit neighborhoods arrive in Nell's [...]

    16. When the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society discovers it owns some unique real estate, a deadly ploSociety president Nell Pratt believes life is finally going her way. Everything’s running smoothly at work, and her love life is thriving. Then some unexpected news rocks her foundation. Two members of a local neighborhood rescue program, Tyrone Blakeney and Cherisse Chapman, inform Nell that her society owns an abandoned row house in a rundown area of Philadelphia and they insist on taking her to [...]

    17. This is an interesting take on preserving the past as we see a run-down Philadelphia neighbourhood. A museum director is offered the chance to participate in restoring a tenement house as an example of the working people's lives. Normally she preserves homes and artefacts of the wealthy so this is a good contrast. However on an inspection visit one of the party is shot and killed. Is this a random, bad area shooting? Are they being warned away from the premises? Or had somebody got a grudge agai [...]

    18. Book 7 in the series.I love this series. It's always nice to see Nell and her Society pals. This time around, Nell has a a near death experience when a drive by shooting kills the young woman in the car with her on a visit to one of the seedier neighborhoods in Philadelphia.This inspires an epiphany in Nell, and she decides it's time to make the Society more relevant to more people by focusing on what these neighborhoods used to be, and could be again.The mystery is a bit light, with police work [...]

    19. Ultimate Reading Challenge 2016. A mystery.A woman who works for the city and a man who works for a non-profit in community development show up in Nell's office to inform her that the Philadelphia Antiquarian Society owns a piece of property which she did not know about. Apparently decades ago the paperwork was not properly handled and when the Society sold off its various holdings they were not aware of this one. When this pair invites Nell to go with them to view this property they are the vic [...]

    20. If you've followed the Nell Pratt series over time you'd have notice just how much her stories have gotten so much more interesting and involvedher character has evolved into a wonderfully dynamic woman. I truly have enjoyed how Ms Connolly has slowly grown this series over time. The relationship between Nell and James is a real treat in how it's taken her time to become accustomed to having someone in her life her who cares to take care of her. It's truly compelling how James knows when to step [...]

    21. Okay, here's the thing. This was a very enjoyable novel, but it is supposed to be a cozy mystery and, frankly, there was little mystery to be had. The story related is an episode in Nell's career that happens to include a murder. Nell does nothing to help solve the crime. She's an innocent bystander from start to finish. She gets a few updates from the detective on the case, but she only encounters the villain at the end, to be a witness to the "obligatory spilling of the beans," because, by she [...]

    22. Another well written story in the Museum Mysteries! If you are looking for a true-in-every-way cozy mystery, DEAD END STREET may not be for you. But, if you’re looking for a bit of an edgier cozy, one that is a great read, then this is the book for you!Author Sheila Connolly takes us back to the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, PA. I really enjoy reading the Museum Mysteries because I live just about two hours from Philly, and I’ve been there often. I love reading about places I’ve be [...]

    23. Had a hard time deciding how I felt about a few things in this book, couldn't tell if she was being sarcastic or what when she made a few comments that one might find well let me put it this way, I never heard the term white on white crime in any of the last 5 murders mysteries, yet that would be technically correct. I enjoy her writing, have everything she's written, I don't think she meant any disrespect to anyone, but I do think that some things could have been thought through a bit better i [...]

    24. Hitting the bottom line in a cozy for me. The 'history'/Philadephia topic in this story, while timely, I don't find very interesting. Nor does it really add anything to thought or the general conversation. The resolution felt a bit out of left field - no complexity in establishing the mystery. Also, I'm finding that the writing for the character is starting to wear on me - the phrases she uses, the very direct questioning of others; having meetings with staff to just throw out thoughts without a [...]

    25. This was really fascinating, but not so much in the traditional cozy way. I liked the way the author wove in how the Nell and the Antiquarian Society had to think about how to best serve the community as a whole. Between old row houses, dilapidated and empty after factories move on, to a plum of a deal on a perfectly preserved family home, Nell and her team really did some great brainstorming on how to use historical documents more widely. The shooting and mystery played out in the background. W [...]

    26. A brilliant way to address the reality of slums and burnt out city neighborhoods. Connolly has created a compelling story around Nell and the Antiquarian society to show all of us that we can and must play a part in stemming urban decay. Her viewpoint is done with a light hand and the story still come across as quintessential Nell and James and Marty. I learned a lot about Philadelphia history and relished the memories of my trip there and the Reading Market, the liberty bell and the constitutio [...]

    27. This was a very nice little mystery. Nell works for an historical society in Philadelphia. She is approached by a two people who want her society to help in revitalizing slums in the city. Almost immediately there is a death. Was the victim the target or was it something else?I felt like there was a little too much rehashing of the story as Nell sorted things out in her own mind. And I kept waiting for another murder, but that never happened.As in all good cozies, the perpetrator was caught, the [...]

    28. Although enjoyable, this one is not much of a mystery. But the author admits that she wrote this one more to bring attention to the deplorable state of some city neighborhoods that were once vibrant. The book is still interesting for the characters of Nell and her James, Marty and other staff at the museum, as well as for the tidbits of information that Sheila Connolly always drops about Philadelphia.

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