The second Simon Shaw had great red herrings and was a fast read; perfect for an evening's entertainment when you want to learn a bit about history without it being shoved down your throat.
This series is teaching me wonderful things about South Carolina, and I'm looking forward to reading more of the series.
I like mysteries that "delve into the past" which is probably why I really enjoy the Professor Simon Shaw books.
UNC professors, Simon Shaw and David Morgan are relaxing over the Thanksgiving weekend at Pearlie Beach, a quiet, family-run town on the Outer Banks, when they are called to look at something a diver has just dredged up from the deep.
Interesting doings on the North Carolina barrier islands - is there gold to be found in ancient shipwrecks? Engaging characters and great atmosphere.
The Discovery of an old corpse dredges up the past for a small town with a lot to hide...
Professor Simon Shaw wants nothing more than to spend a peaceful Thanksgiving with friends, staying in Pearlie Beach, a small town on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. But even has the turkey roasts, he finds himself embroiled in a fifty-year-old mystery of strange disappearances, suspicious deaths, and treasures lost and found.
The holiday disruption begins with the body of a local man is dredged from the waters of Pearlie Beach. In his hand, several rare Confederate coins; in his decaying ribs, the sharp blade of a knife. Soon Simon, aided by Julia McGloughlin, a mesmerizing police attorney, discovers that secrets in this small town run as deep as the waterways that surround it.
Simon knows that finding another cache of coins is about as likely as getting the guarded residents of Pearlie Beach to talk. But he also knows that if he doesn't continue to investigate, a decades-old murder will remain unsolved--and another may be close at hand...
Simon Shaw is a college professor and detective who investigates decades-old unsolved murders. He is a very quirky but believable character. This book is a fast, easy read with historical information about the German subs off the coast of North Carolina's Pearlie Beach during World War II and a body from that era which has recently been discovered. Simon, along with his ex-wife, try to solve this old murder but have to dig through lots of secrets in the lives of the local residents. When a new murder is discovered things really heat up and the book becomes a real page-turner until the murderer comes to light. I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series and I would highly recommend this series to those who like history with their mystery.