The Bug Funeral: A Professor Simon Shaw Mystery
Although there is a murder in Shaber's Bug Funeral, the bugs themselves aren't the victims. In the engaging series launched by Shaber's Malice-winning first novel, Simon Said, the author's amateur sleuth is a professor of history, particularly that of a relatively recent period. In each of the stories, Shaber has set her pleasant, somewhat bumbling and extremely likeable detective figuratively and often literally digging into a happening that could reveal its long-ago tale to him.
But even Simon finds is very reluctant to be involved in the current cry for help from a woman sent to him by a professor friend - a man whose judgment has always seemed before to be excellent. The woman, who amazes Simon by turning out to be intelligent, sophisticated and very attractive woman indeed, confesses that she believes she has murdered an infant in a past life. Although Simon is as skeptical and even scornful as any decent historian should be, the woman's nature herself convinces him to help her. With unexpected finds, and the story makes its way through a path of surprises to a most surprising - and thoroughly believable finish. It's a delightful and challenging game that Ms. Shaber has invited her readers to join; and they'll love it.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kaulsu - LibraryThing
This book lives up to the promise of Shaber's first book, other than one minor proofreading error and one glaring research mistake--akin to the one about the Swastika in book two--but one that is more ... Read full review
THE BUG FUNERALUser Review - Kirkus
Past-life memories implicate a contemporary heroine in a baby's burial a century ago.Could pretty Helen Williams really be the reincarnation of Annie Evans, a woman who has haunted her since she was a ... Read full review