When the remains of a young woman who disappeared forty years ago are found beneath the Blue Ridge parkway in North Carolina, the man who went to prison for her murder asks Professor Simon Shaw to help him prove his innocence. Happy to escape the city's summer heat and brewing romantic troubles, Shaw heads up the mountains to the scene of the crime--his own hometown of Boone. Putting small-town gossip, obliging relatives and old memories to good use, Shaw is surprised by the lack of evidence against Roy Freedman. But what would drive a man to confess to a murder he didn't commit? Did Roy kill Eva Potter or was he a convenient scapegoat? A second murder disguised as an accident points Simon in the right direction, leading him to a stunning discovery hidden deep in the hills, to a secret worth lying and killing for.
Got this book through BookCrossing and it was a new series to me - I wasn't expecting much, honestly because I'm usually not big on cozies about men..but this was a pleasant exception. Simon Shaw is a history professor at a small college in Appalachia (already an interesting concept) who is asked by a convict to solve a 40 year old murder...I found Simon and his family more interesting than the mystery itself but I would definitely read another Simon Shaw mystery...in fact, I've requested one here on paperbackswap.com!