Let’s Play Dead by Sheila Connolly is the second book in the “Museum” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), July 2011

The president of the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society in Philadelphia, Nell Pratt, is sparked when someone is electrocuted at a colleague’s children’s museum.

When Nell Pratt is invited to the beloved Philadelphia children’s museum, Let’s Play, for a sneak preview of a newly installed exhibit based on the Harriet the Hedgehog book series, she’s in for quite a shock. In the middle of her visit, one of the installers gets a severe jolt from working on an electrically animated forest creature.

He recovers, but when a second man gets zapped—this time fatally—it sparks a homicide investigation, with Nell right in the middle of things. Is someone out to sabotage the exhibition, or to discredit the museum president, Arabella Heffernan? Even with the help of Nell’s potential beau, FBI agent James Morrison, it’s ultimately up to Nell to channel her energy into finding the killer—before she gets burned herself.

What a story! Nell sees a shocking scene and when another person dies, Nell, who can’t help herself, starts looking for clues as to the why would someone wants to sabotage her friend’s museum exhibition. This was a non-stop read that kept me guessing and every time I had it figured out, someone else had a stronger motive. This was a great murder mystery with a surprising conclusion that I didn’t see coming and look forward to the next book in this enjoyable series.

FTC Full Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book

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