THE BUG FUNERAL by SARAH R. SHABER
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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