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