Books by Sarah R. Shaber

LOUISE'S LIES by Sarah R. Shaber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Even though the quietly courageous heroine acts a little more impulsively than usual, her sixth adventure is a worthy addition to the franchise."
A stop in a tavern for a simple nightcap leads a war worker into unexpected complexities. Read full book review >
LOUISE'S CHANCE by Sarah R. Shaber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"Louise's fifth outing (Louise's Dilemma, 2013, etc.) once again takes the smart and independent heroine into one of the lesser-known arenas of the war. Solid characterizations and a faithful re-creation of wartime life more than make up for the leisurely pace."
An intelligence agent gets more than she bargained for when she's promoted during the final days of World War II. Read full book review >
LOUISE'S DILEMMA by Sarah R. Shaber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"A third adventure for Louise (Louise's Gamble, 2012, etc.) gets her away from her index cards and gives her confidence in her own judgment in Shaber's well-paced, almost plausible twist on history."
A determined government employee follows her hunch, no matter the cost. Read full book review >
LOUISE'S GAMBLE by Sarah R. Shaber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2012

"An alarming reminder of how sexist life was back in the '40s and how the Mafia took root in Sicily."
The indignities of being a woman during World War II in Washington, D.C. Read full book review >
LOUISE'S WAR by Sarah R. Shaber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Less cozy than Shaber's Simon Shaw series (Shell Game, 2008, etc.), and a virtual primer on how narrow minded 1940s society was, with women expected to get coffee for their bosses, homosexuals to hide their preference and people of color to accept job discrimination."
An OSS file draws the attention of a young widow. And a murderer. Read full book review >
SHELL GAME by Sarah R. Shaber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 8, 2007

"Interesting prehistory background (did Caucasians settle the Americas before the Indians?), but Shaw is not so much grief-stricken as bourbon-soaked. A lesser effort from the usually warmly cozy Shaber."
Simon Shaw (The Bug Funeral, 2004, etc.) solves the murder of his best friend. Read full book review >
THE BUG FUNERAL by Sarah R. Shaber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 12, 2004

Past-life memories implicate a contemporary heroine in a baby's burial a century ago. Read full book review >
THE FUGITIVE KING by Sarah R. Shaber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"If you can overlook Simon's tedious romantic dithering, there's much to admire, from insights into ginseng harvesting to explanations of Indian-trail trees, from multi-casserole southern family dinners to devious plotting."
After serving 40 years for confessing to the 1958 murder of Eva Potter, the girl who spurned him, Roy Freedman learns that her corpse has finally turned up. Immediately breaking out of North Carolina's Central Prison, he hustles over to the Raleigh home of Pulitzer Prize-winning forensic historian Simon Shaw (Snipe Hunt, 2000 etc.) and demands at gunpoint that the professor reopen the case. He'd confessed, he says, only because the sheriff threatened him with lynching and local prejudices ran high against his Melungeon (mixed race) background. On the outs with his first serious girlfriend since his divorce, suspecting there are secrets Freedman isn't sharing, and intrigued that the events took place in an area where most of his kin still live, Simon heads across the state to Boone, where his aunt Rae, uncle Mel, and cousin Luther fill him in on last generation's gossip, a lying deputy sheriff insists that the would-be lyncher now has Alzheimer's, and a Cherokee scholar explains that the original name of the murder site, Wennyma, means Place of Great Riches. When another moldering corpse turns up in a well-hidden mine on property owned by indigent mountaineers Big Momma and Rocky, Simon connects it to Eva's murder, Cherokee legend, and those secrets Freedman has been so close-mouthed about. Read full book review >
SIMON SAID by Sarah R. Shaber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 11, 1997

A first novel set in Raleigh, N.C., where Pulitzer Prizewinner Simon Shaw teaches history at small, prestigious Kenan College, built largely on the estate once owned by the Bloodsworth family—now reduced to a distant cousin and her son Bobby Hinton, a student at Kenan. Historic Bloodsworth House is a feature of the campus, and it's on the grounds surrounding it that archeologist David Morgan unearths the corpse of a young woman, shot in the back of the head and long buried. Simon, recently divorced, his talents underused in summer school classes, is determined to plumb the mystery. Identification is easy: Anne Bloodsworth, daughter of industrialist Charles, disappeared from Bloodsworth House, the family residence, in 1926, never to be heard from again despite her father's efforts to find her via both the police and the Pinkerton Detective Agency. There are a few people still living who remember Anne—one of them the Bloodsworth housekeeper Bessie Cofield. Simon talks to her and to others, struggling at the same time with the jealousy of fellow teacher Alex Andrus; with a new-born attraction to Julia McGloughlan, legal counsel to massive Sergeant Gates of the Raleigh police; and with a couple of clumsy attempts on his life, the last of which nearly succeeds. Bright, brisk dialogue; a perceptive take on academic rivalries; and a flawed but very appealing Simon Shaw help to offset the sometimes unfocused, often unconvincing two-sided plot. Still, an accomplished debut. Read full book review >