From Library Journal: "Simon Shaw, Pulitzer Prize-winning history professor at a small, private college in Raleigh, assists police in identifying a body discovered behind an historic house on campus. Although the victim, a young heiress, died in 1926, Shaw feels compelled to find out who killed her. His quest, plus the attentions of a police lawyer interested in the case, pull him out of a depression caused by his recent divorce and departmental politics?but then someone tries to kill him. Although the prose is a bit cut and dried, the Raleigh setting and historic elements should please most readers." Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --
I enjoyed this, it was a light read. I was hoping for better things from it than it delivered, not much history or historical analysis, mostly we had to put up with a sad sack of a main character, and for all his promise as a professor, he didn't seem too bright to me.
When Professor Simon Shaw begins investigating the murder of a woman who turns out to be the long missing heiress to the Bloodsworth estate, he finds himself trying to find answers to a case that is more than seventy years old and that someone wants to keep unsolved.
This is a cosy mystery that is light and fun to read. I found the history of the North Carolina house and area around 1926 to be very interesting. The characters are well-developed and draw you immediately into the plot. The twists and turns made the book hard to put down. The book is well written and I look forward to reading the others in the series. I highly recommend this book to cozy lovers who enjoy mysteries with an academic and historical touch.