Digging Up History

Digging Up History

by Sheila Connolly


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The New York Times bestselling author of Dead End Street returns with Nell Pratt discovering one of Philadelphia's darker buried secrets . . .

When a summer intern at the Preservation Society discovers an aged document hidden in the binding of an antique book, Society president Nell Pratt is intrigued by the possibilities: is it a valuable historic document or just a useless scrap of paper? When analysis reveals that it's a hand-drawn map of one of Philadelphia's oldest neighborhoods, Nell learns that the area is being excavated for a new real estate development and may hold long-buried secrets from the city's historic heyday.

Determined to get to the bottom of the map's origin and what it might tell her about the mysterious plot of land, Nell will have to contend with a construction company owner who disappears, a former Society board member who's harbored a dark secret her entire life, and a remarkable discovery that may have the dead turning over in their graves . . .

Praise for the Museum Mysteries:

"[The] archival milieu and the foibles of the characters are intriguing, and it's refreshing to encounter an FBI man who is human, competent, and essential to the plot." —Publishers Weekly

"She's smart, she's savvy, and she's sharp enough to spot what really goes on behind the scenes in museum politics." —Mary Jane Maffini, author of the Charlotte Adams Mysteries

"National Treasure meets The Philadelphia Story in this clever, charming, and sophisticated caper." —Hank Phillippi Ryan, award-winning author of The Other Woman

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781950461158
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing
Publication date: 06/20/2019
Series: Museum Mystery Series , #8
Pages: 178
Sales rank: 25,182
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Sheila Connolly is an Anthony and Agatha Award–nominated author of numerous bestselling cozy mystery series, including the Orchard Mysteries, the Museum Mysteries, the County Cork Mysteries, the Relatively Dead Mysteries, and the Victorian Village Mysteries. In addition, she has published Once She Knew, a romantic suspense; Reunion with Death, a traditional mystery set in Tuscany; and a number of short stories. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three cats and travels to Ireland as often as possible.

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Digging Up History 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Missed Nell. Good to have her back!
jjthor 4 months ago
This is a wonderful book! It is the 8th mystery in this series and it is still going strong. It can be read as a standalone so no worries there. Nell Pratt is a fun character very well written story with a clear built world around her. This time around her Intern Dylan finds a parchment hidden in a old book and they set about finding what it all means. The story is set in Philidelphia and brings in past happenings and old relics. Really kept my attention no too much history just enough to make it really interesting. Will go back and read the other books in this series.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Digging up History by Sheila Connolly is a fast-paced tale based loosely on the true account of a Revolutionary War era cemetery uncovered in 2017. Nell works for a historical society in Philadelphia. An intern, Dylan, uncovers a faded letter in a set of books given to the society upon the death of Harriet Featherstone. Using contacts at the FBI, they learn the letter is actually a map of early Philadelphia. Marty, a friend and local historian, is called in to look at it. At the same time, a cemetery containing several hundred skeletons is discovered when a construction company starts to build apartments in the same area disclosed in the map. The builder knows Marty and involves both she and Nell. Marty remembers exploring this area when she was a child, and shares her knowledge of a body under the house across from the cemetery. The body is still there, along with a second body, and multiple cannon. Throughout the book, you learn of the research Nell, Dylan, and Marty undertake to learn the story behind the cemetery and the bodies & cannon under the house. Can all of this tie back to the Featherstone family? If you like history and research, you'll enjoy this book. I was able to read this on Net Galley.
Rachel_Denise01 5 months ago
Digging up History by Sheila Connolly is a great mystery that is part of “ A Museum Mystery” series. I have to admit that this is the first book I have read in regards to this series, but I love the author, so I was excited to dive right in. I have to say, I am so glad i gave this series a try. I will most certainly read previous installments, as well as look forward to additional books that will arrive in the future with this series. I enjoyed the incorporation of a murder/mystery with the hidden map, as well as learning more about a part of the American Revolution and Philadelphia during the time immediately before the War began. The author did a fabulous job creating intrigue and also did her research in regards to Philadelphia and cannons during the 17-1800s. I feel that this book could easily be a stand-alone book as Ms Connolly is skilled in creating likable characters that are realistic and interesting, and one can easily dive right in. I enjoyed the mystery component, however my favorite part (being a history and archaeology buff) is learning all of the ins and outs of what they had to do to properly evaluate and research their finds in regards to records, city jurisdictions, and regulations. It was fascinating. 4/5 stars and heavily recommended.
TarynLee 5 months ago
When a summer intern discovers a document in the binding of a book that he is working on Nell is happy to try and find out its history. The document could be nothing or it could turn out to be a true find in the world of history. Nell soon learns that the hidden gem is a map of one of Philadelphia's oldest neighborhoods. She can't wait to investigate the area that the map includes and soon comes to find out that the exact place she is looking for is under development and will soon be turned into some pricey real estate. Not to be deterred, Nell plans to chat with the head of the construction company and find a way to stop his work on the site so that she will have time to figure out just what the map is all about. Things begin to take a dark turn when the construction owner disappears, leaving Nell to think what else bad can happen. She soon learns that there are ominous secrets being held by those involved in her new mystery. Follow along as Nell tries discover the truth before it is bulldozed and covered up. This is such a wonderful series that is filled with great tidbits of history, I think it is always a fun thing to learn while you read.
CozyOnUp 5 months ago
What secrets lie beneath the streets of Philadelphia? Lots of history and Nell Pratt finds out there is also a lot of mystery when a map is found in a book that was donated to the Preservation society and it leads to several major historical finds. Along with the police, Nell and the gang need to identified some historical artifacts and hundreds of bodies from long, long ago. Every historian’s dream and nightmare all rolled into one. This is the first of the eight books in the series that I have read and I had no gaps whatsoever, so this is fine as a standalone. I love history, so bringing together one real piece of Philadelphia history and building on that made for a fun read. I’ll be back for more in this series.