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Simon Said (The Professor Simon Shaw Murder Mysteries Book 1)

Simon Said (The Professor Simon Shaw Murder Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Shaber
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" us a delightful new protagonist in Professor Simon Shaw...a most auspicious introduction."-- "Washington Times""Engaging...A witty academic murder mystery."-- "News and Observer" (Raleigh, NC)"[Shaber] charm[s] us with her personable prof and her warm, vibrant portrait of small-town Southern life."-- "The New York Times Book Review"

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Winner of the Malice Domestic/St. Martin's Press Best First Traditional Mystery Award

Completely reformatted.

Forensic historian Simon Shaw likes his murders old and cold, and his first case fits the bill. An archeologist friend has found a skeleton with a bullet hole in its skull under historic Bloodworth House, and Simon investigates with his usual doggedness until he discovers that the corpse is Anne Bloodworth, an heiress who disappeared in 1926. Shaw feels compelled to find out who killed her. But this turns out to be more than an academic exercise when someone who wants to hide past secrets tries to murder him!

"Shaber charms us with her personable prof and her warm, vibrant portrait of small-town Southern life." -New York Times Book Review

“A most auspicious introduction.”--The Washington Times

“Sarah Shaber takes modern Southern Life and gives it a slow-roasting in this gently mocking tale of past murder in present-day Raleigh. Spiced with old-timey prejudices and up-to-date neuroses, and served with a generous helping of Southern –fried academia, this is a perfectly delicious book!”
-Margaret Maron, Author of the Deborah Knott Mystery Series

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 423 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Sarah R. Shaber (9 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RJ9G0U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #222,415 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is one for the fan of the "cosy" mystery. This undemanding mystery novel is set in a Southern American college where an academic becomes involved in an older and a more recent mystery.

Simon Shaw is an engaging hero in that he is depressed, clever, awkward around women and totally focused on working out what is going on. Most of the other characters are well enough depicted with an entertaining romantic episode between the professor and the police lawyer.

This book is written in a light and easy to read style. The solution to the mysteries is obvious from early on in the story but the developing story is engaging enough. Nothing profound or complex, just entertaining reading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars SLOW PACED AND PREDICTABLE MYSTERY 8 Feb 2012
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This is the first book in the Professor Simon Shaw Murder Mystery series by Sarah Shaber.

Simon Shaw is a history professor in a small university in the American South in 1996. Simon's life is a mess, as his wife left him and his teaching job is in danger due to his post-divorce depression. When his archaeologist friend, David Morgan discovers the skeleton of a woman buried next to the historic Bloodworth House, Simon is asked to identify the body. Being an expert in the colonial mansion's history, Simon is convinced that the skeleton belongs to Anne Bloodworth, the Bloodworth heiress who disappeared in 1926, and is determined to solve this seventy year old murder mystery. However, his investigation puts him in danger, as it seems that someone would stop at nothing to keep the past buried.

The mystery plot is interesting, but it is rather predictable and really slow paced. It seems that the mystery is used as a backdrop for Simon's character to be introduced and for his romantic relationship with Julia McGlouchlan, a lawyer working for the police, to be developed. The secondary characters are colourful and interesting, and the main character Simon, is well drawn and realistic, but not very likable. The author creates a vivid atmosphere of the place and detailed descriptions of the characters, but personally I just could not like the neurotic, junk food addicted, badly dressed people, or the southern small university town dominated by nasty office politics and social conventions. In addition, I found the constant references to popular brands really irritating; McDonald's Quarter Pounder Cheeseburgers and Chocolate Milk Shakes, Marlboro cigarettes, and Coca-Cola practically on every page.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simon Said 4 Oct 2011
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I first read this book many years ago and was delighted to find it available on kindle. This is the first of a cozy series, set in North Carolina, and featuring Professor Simon Shaw.

When we first meet Simon, he has been teaching at Kenan College, a small private college in the South, for six years. His wife has recently left him and he is struggling and depressed. So, when a mystery occurs on his doorstep, it becomes an intellectual challenge which he becomes very involved in. Kenan College was built on the original grounds of the historic Bloodworth House, which was donated to the college and about which Simon wrote a history. When the archeologist Dr David Morgan, a friend of Simon's, finds a body he suggests the police talk to Simon about it. Sergeant Otis Gates of the Raleigh Police Department knows the body has lain there for fifty years or more, but the fact it has a bullet hole in the back of the head means it was a homicide and has to be investigated.

There is no murder associated with the history of Bloodworth House, but, in 1926, the young Anne Haworth Bloodworth did disappear and Simon is convinced it is her that Dr Morgan has found. Along with Gates and Julia McGlouchlan, the police legal adviser, Simon sets out to discover the identity of the body and who killed her.

This is a great read and it was the 1996 St. Martin's Press/Malice Domestic Contest winner for Best First traditional mystery when it was first released. Simon is an engaging and pleasant character. The story has academic infighting, departmental politics, a love interest and an age old mystery which suddenly becomes dangerous. The only slight problem was that the kindle version did have a small amount of typos and some formatting issues, with lines running into each other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 14 July 2014
By g g k
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If you want a book to keep you guessing all the way this is it. A really gripping plot, great read I am looking forward to the next book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Had great promise. 9 Sep 2013
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Good job it was free. Old murder, New attacks, great detective, history professor with problems. Might try a second one if it's free.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 26 Aug 2013
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A good read but I guessed the ending so only 4 stars, some errors in the book but not enough to distract,May read more of this series if not to expensive
I enjoyed the mix of history and today in the story. Cautious recommendation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great dual mystery 7 Aug 2013
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I enjoyed reading this easy going book that involves Prof Simon solving a murder in 1926 whilst being involved in a present day (1996) mystery. It includes a bit of Southern USA history, atmosphere and small college politics. Not too demanding a plot and no gruesome details. I will read some other Prof Simon books. P.S. Is the book sponsored by Coca cola?
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4.0 out of 5 stars great
I found this book good to read, I was sitting out in the garden, also in bed on a night, I couldn't wait to find out who done it
Published 13 months ago by fontaine
4.0 out of 5 stars Different but good
This was something a bit different from most who dunnits but very enjoyable and easy to read. Good twist at end.
Published 13 months ago by sloopjohnb17
4.0 out of 5 stars review of Simon Said(The Professor Shaw Murder Mysteries)
Simon said (The Professor Shaw Murder Mysteries) was good bedtime reading. It was slightly different from what i normally read but kept me interested. Read more
Published 19 months ago by MARY GILMOUR
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read!
Good plot line that kept me guessing nearly to the end but shame some odd bits of text were missing
Published 19 months ago by Runwita
5.0 out of 5 stars Likeable Characters
I downloaded this book for free, not having heard of the writer before. I agree that the kindle format is not perfect, however, and there are numerous spaces where, it appears, the... Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2012 by AnneDon
4.0 out of 5 stars books
First book of this series that I have read, downloaded it onto my kindle. Really enjoyed it and I am looking forward to reading more and seeing how Simon's love life improves.
Published on 9 Mar 2012 by morcy
4.0 out of 5 stars Likeable
I found this book enjoyable with idiosyncratic characters that were interesting to get to know, like other reviewers I did think that the formatting on the kindle was not as good... Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2012 by Fiona Peters
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