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Stealing History

(Julie Williamson #1)

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  9 reviews
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 necessar ...more
Paperback, 217 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Islandport Press
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May 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book because of the setting and the subject. Ths story is set in a small town in Maine- complete with white houses and a town common. The mystery centers on artifacts disappearing from the Historical Society.Helping out in the archives room where I currently work gave me a little bit of insight on how the department is run.
I wasn't sure who the culprit was until right before it was revealed, then I did guess. I hope that this is the beginning of a series as I did enjoy the
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Julie Williamson, newly minted PhD. in history and museum studies, has just landed her first post graduate job as director of a little historical society in Ryland, Maine. The town may be small, but the historical society is housed in three historic homes and is building a new events center on the back of their property. In addition to all of this, a lovely old Victorian house is about to be deeded over to the society as, among other things, the home for the director. The town is idyllic, the co ...more
Jane Irish Nelson
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, mystery
Since I'm interested in history and historical artifacts, I really liked this book. I can't imagine how I would feel if I were in the heroine's place! Julie Williamson has a new job as director of a historical society in Maine, but almost immediately discovers that some of the most valuable artifacts appear to be missing, so what should she do? Interesting characters abound (except for her boyfriend — I never really felt I knew him at all), in this small Maine town. Very enjoyable. Looking forwa ...more
Jun 24, 2016 rated it liked it
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A first novel for this author, who formerly wrote textbooks. It was an impulse buy - I was attracted to the cover and the Maine setting. But it started so slowly and rather drearily, I doubted I would like it. Maybe the jealousies and frustrated ambitions of these small town historical society employees were too close to my experiences with coworkers in past jobs.

The pace never really picked up a lot, but I got into the story and appreciated how well thought out it was. The ending was satisfyin
James Fisher
Mar 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, maine
A good mystery/thriller that takes place in a small Maine town where a number of valuable items have gone missing from the historical society. The new director, Julie Williamson is thrown into a precarious situation when board members become suspects. A perfect summer read. No profanity, one casual reference to sex. #maine #mystery
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Diverting mystery set in Maine. The central character is an intelligent, independent woman who becomes an amateur sleuth by happenstance. Recommend.
Kathleen Seal
Jan 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
A simple and quick read, although not at all riveting. Was hoping for a bit more suspense and a more authentic portrayal of the geographical setting.
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Pretty good book. I have now started reading the next one in the series and can't wait.
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