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by William Andrews

eBook Stealing History epub
  • ISBN: 0976323176
  • Author: William Andrews
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Subcategory: Mystery
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Islandport Press; 1st edition (August 1, 2006)
  • Pages: 217 pages
  • ePUB size: 1901 kb
  • FB2 size 1782 kb
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Q: What inspired you to write Stealing History? A: The plot was inspired by a newspaper story (referred to in the book) about the many thefts that occur at local historical societies in New England. Even though I know a little about such places, I was surprised at how much valuable material they have and how difficult it is to protect the holdings

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Julie Williamson is embroiled yet again in another mystery set at the Ryland Historical Society in western Maine. This time, a well-known benefactor is murdered on the morning of the ceremony to celebrate construction of an important new building. William Andrews’ first novel examines life in a small PEI community in the 1940s and 50s as changes, so common in the rest of the world, begin to take hold.

Charles McLean Andrews (February 22, 1863 – September 9, 1943) was one of the most distinguished American historians of his time as a leading authority on American colonial history. He is especially known as a leader of the "Imperial school" of historians who studied, and generally admired the efficiency of the British Empire in the 18th century.

Stealing History is sure to enthrall readers who love to curl up with a good mystery, especially one that . William D. Andrews spent summers in Maine with his family for 18 years until he could find a job to justify a permanent move

Stealing History is sure to enthrall readers who love to curl up with a good mystery, especially one that weaves details of small-town life, delightful characters and history into a suspenseful tale that keeps them guessing up until the last page. Andrews spent summers in Maine with his family for 18 years until he could find a job to justify a permanent move. That happened in 1989 when he became president of Westbrook College in Portland.

com's William Andrews Page and shop for all William Andrews books. Check out pictures, bibliography, and biography of William Andrews. When not writing, William enjoys cricket, history, collecting interesting coffee mugs, starting arguments for fun even when he secretly agrees with the other person and talking about himself in the third person. When writing, William avoids sleep by drinking copious amounts of coffee. His new year's resolution (already broken) is to work on one project at a time. He is currently working on several books, including a series of children's books under pseudonym.

Just a few days into her new job as director of a busy historical society and museum nestled in the mountains of quaint Ryland, Maine, flatlander Julie Williamson discovers all is not as it should be. Her dream job is more of a nightmare. She expected to find an eccentric board of trustees, a cool reception from the assistant director who had wanted her job, and a necessary adjustment to small-town life, but she didn't expect that some of the museum's most valuable artifacts, including a letter from Abraham Lincoln to Hannibal Hamlin, would quickly turn up missing. And when a murder hits especially close to home for Julie, she becomes embroiled in an ever-widening and complex mystery. Stealing History is sure to enthrall readers who love to curl up with a good mystery, especially one that weaves details of small-town life, delightful characters and history into a suspenseful tale that keeps them guessing up until the last page.
Comments: (6)
Efmprof
A thoroughly delightful mystery. I found it quite beguiling, even through the pages and pages without a murder (whether one does or not ever occur I won't say, so as not to spoil any surprise). Isn't the loss of an important historical document something to be greatly concerned about, almost as much as the untimely loss of a human being?

The characters are such that one could easily imagine this book as the first in a series. However, given that the setting is a very small town, the cumulative effect could be devastating for the local population. Perhaps, like Jessica Fletcher, who eventually had to seek out broader horizons than those offered by Cabot Cove, the heroine could solve mysteries while at professional conferences, or away consulting at other museums, or simply visiting hapless friends.
Kinashand
I picked up a copy while in Bethel, ME. The idea of stories about Maine, published by a company that exclusively supports Maine writers caught my interest. Not knowing where to start in the Island Port Press catalogue I decided to go with a mystery! I’m glad I did. This book has been a fun read and a great way to spend my morning commute. Highly recommended!
Samulkis
Dr. Julie Williamson has just taken what seems like her dream job -- that of director of a small town historical society in Maine. Her boyfriend from grad school works a few hours away, and they plan to have a commuting relationship each weekend. But Julie's first few days in her new office turn disturbing when a valuable letter cannot be located in the society archives. Said to be a key piece in the collection, the letter was written to local resident Hannibal Hamlin by Abraham Lincoln. An investigative inventory results in even more distressing news: that's not the only item missing. What's Julie gotten herself into? What's going on in this organization? Has the society been the victim of the kind of professional artifact thieves we read about in newspapers? Or -- perish the thought -- is someone local responsible? Trained to be a researcher, who happens also to be a lover of jigsaw puzzles, Julie tries to figure out the identity of the culprit(s) with the help of the local police chief. Her boyfriend Rick is an apt listener who acts as a sounding board for her theories, both over the phone and in in-person visits. The tension only escalates when Julie finds her predecessor dead on the floor of his historic home. Now she has yet another mystery to solve.

In his first published novel, Andrews does a great job weaving the mystery thread. The plot is intriguing enough to carry readers all the way to the final pages. The small-town characters are believable and yet not overly stereotypical. And Andrews, who himself sits on a historical society board, has conveyed accurately (and with tongue-in-cheek wit) the dynamic illustrated by the trustees of a nonprofit organization. He knows of what he speaks! He also provides hints that lead readers to wonder what would happen if this single book became the first in a series. What will the Ryland Historical Society look like after it has recovered from these events? Will Julie stay in Ryland, in Worth's house? And will her professional relationship with the local police chief get personal, with Rick several hours away?

We can only hope this isn't the last we read of Julie Williamson.
Samugul
Julie Williamson thought she had landed a dream job as Director of the Ryland historical Society. She was in Maine, only a 2 hour commute from her boyfriend teaching at UMaine, about to get to live in a Victorian mansion rent free, and working in her field. However, within three days she learns that a letter from A. Lincoln to Hannibal Hamlin is missing, that the house won't be available until late fall, and the Assistant Director is a bit miffed because he didn't get the job. The thefts add up to about half a million and the board members seem more interested in keeping a good face to the public than in finding the stolen item. And Julie's still pulling it altogether when a Board member is murdered.

The characters were well drawn and crisp. The small town Maine environment was spot on, including the black flies, summer heat waves, and lack of air conditioning. But best of all the central mystery was engaging and every time I thought I had it figured out there'd be a twist and I had to start lining up the clues again. Even the ending was a surprise and unfortunately if I even attempted to mention a few things it would spoil it for you when you read this book -- and you should read it.

There's some historical information about Maine, but not enough to bog down the plot, even considering that the central character is in charge of a historical society. However, some of the information was a bit new even though I had to take the required Maine History class in high school. I like to learn new bits and pieces of information when I'm reading and if that information comes while I'm being entertained it's just that much better.

This is not a cozy but it's not a thriller either. It's a darn good story that's told in a straight forward narrative with lively characters that I wouldn't mind seeing in a series.
watchman
This story, set in Maine, has believeable characters, a little murder, quite a bit of intrigue, and excellent pacing. I could hardly put it down and am looking forward to this author's next book.
Yggdi
This was a fun little read as a warm up to our B&B trip to Maine!
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