Fire Engine Dead by Sheila Connolly is the third book in the “Museum” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, March 2012

Nell Pratt, president of the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society in Philadelphia, has to stoke her intuition to find an arsonist/murderer whose identity is veiled in smoke.

A series of warehouse fires has police scrambling for an arsonist, especially when valuable pieces in storage from the Fireman’s Museum go up in flames and a guard is killed in the blaze. A picture in the paper of the museum’s centerpiece—an 1825 horse-drawn hand pump—catches Nell Pratt’s attention. Though charred and twisted, the vehicle is clearly not the original. Yet no one at the museum is talking.

As things heat up for Nell, FBI agent and prospective boyfriend James Morrison taps her insider knowledge of museum administrators to find the truth behind the smokescreen.

The Fireman Museum loses most of their collection when their storage facility is set afire. When the FBI seeks Nell help in gathering information; Nell’s discovery exposes a secret that someone is willing to kill for. This intriguing whodunit had plenty of action that kept me turning the pages to see what happens next. It was fun watching Nell piece all the clues together to find the culprit in these deadly fires and also moving forward with the handsome James. This was an enjoyable read and I look forward to the next book in this wonderful and well-written series.

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