Monday, June 9, 2014

Cozy Monday

Razing the Dead (Museum Mystery #5) by Sheila Connolly (Berkley Prime Crime mass market, 3 June 2014).

In the fifth installment of one of my favorite series, our heroine Nell Pratt, as usual, has a lot on her plate.

She's been spending a few weeks taking care of FBI agent James Morrison, who was injured defending her, and their relationship appears to be progressing nicely.  When he's finally cleared to go back to work, she's not sure how she feels about moving back to her own place.

Meanwhile, Mitchell Wakeman, a wealthy local businessman drops in to see Nell in her office at the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society, wanting her to check a property he's planning to develop, to make sure there are no archeological or historical surprises that might disrupt construction.

Touring the property the next day, they stumble across a man floating facedown in a pond.

The body turns out to be a local history buff named George Bowen who often wandered around looking for artifacts.  In an effort to hurry the investigation, the influential Mr. Wakeman calls in the FBI -- in the person of Agent James Morrison.

With Nell's help, James investigates the murder while at the same time they attempt to figure out where their relationship is going, hough the first is much easier for Nell than the second.

This series gets better with each new book, and I'm already anticipating number six.

Please drop by Stuff and Nonsense this Wednesday for a guest post by Sheila Connolly, as well as a giveaway of Razing the Dead.

FTC Full Disclosure:  Many thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy of the book.

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