Shell Game

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Shell Game Professor Simon Shaw Pulitzer Prize winner and sometime sleuth encounters his oldest corpse yet Uwharrie Man who died fourteen thousand years ago on the banks of Badin Lake in North Carolina But Uw

  • Title: Shell Game
  • Author: Sarah R. Shaber
  • ISBN: 9780312356026
  • Page: 311
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Professor Simon Shaw, Pulitzer Prize winner and sometime sleuth, encounters his oldest corpse yet Uwharrie Man, who died fourteen thousand years ago on the banks of Badin Lake in North Carolina But Uwharrie Man isn t the murder victim in Simon s latest case That victim is Simon s closest friend, archaeologist David Morgan Simon is convinced that David died because heProfessor Simon Shaw, Pulitzer Prize winner and sometime sleuth, encounters his oldest corpse yet Uwharrie Man, who died fourteen thousand years ago on the banks of Badin Lake in North Carolina But Uwharrie Man isn t the murder victim in Simon s latest case That victim is Simon s closest friend, archaeologist David Morgan Simon is convinced that David died because he came between factions struggling for control of Uwharrie Man s bones the Lumbee Indian Nation, who want to rebury the skeleton, and the archaeologists, who want to study and display it Tension escalates as the Lumbee insist that Uwharrie Man is Native American, while the archaeologists suspect he was Caucasian and push for the opportunity to investigate further Simon s colleague in detection, police sergeant Otis Gates, disagrees with Simon s theory about David s death, straining their friendship to its limits and leaving Simon to hunt for the killer alone.Adding to Simon s burdens, he has been chosen to be the executor of David s will and must deal with Morgan s difficult sister, who is Gates s prime suspect Throughout, Simon single mindedly pursues his friend s killer, whose identity shocks everyone, Simon most of all.Shell Game is Shaber s best entry yet in a solid and always delightful academic cozy series.

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    1. Lyn on said:

      My giving Shell Game by Sarah R Shaber five--count 'em--five stars will come as no surprise. This is the fifth in her "Simon Shaw" mystery series and I've give all 5 FIVE star reviews.I've enjoyed each mystery by this forensic historian, but this time the murder is a recent one and a shock. Dr. Shaw works at trying to find out who killed his friend and why. This happens as his romance which has threaded through the first four mysteries comes to an end. Will Dr Shaw find love?Well, whatever happe [...]

    2. JoAnn77PL on said:

      I was going through all parts of Simon's adventures in 'correct order' and this one was different in a very positive way - more of a thriller and a really good mystery - those were great to read. Main character is still developing and we are finally rid of his moody outbursts of depression (only occasional headaches). He is presented as much more stable, intelligent persona with likable character. I also loved his attitude towards Julia - finally!Of course I was sooo sorry to hear that his best [...]

    3. Eadie on said:

      Book DescriptionNorth Carolina professor and forensic historian Simon Shaw is stunned to find the bludgeoned body of his close friend, archaeologist David Morgan, slumped over his computer. Moreover, Shaw is convinced his colleague's death is linked to a 14,000-year-old Indian skeleton, a momentous discovery embroiled in a raging controversy. Morgan's vote would have decided the bones' fate; either to be buried according to the demands of the local Native Americans, or studied as potentially the [...]

    4. joanneettl on said:

      Just plain good seriesJust finished the last book in this series.I can say I totally enjoyed all of them.Interesting storieswell writtenwho couldn't like Simon.Recommend to anyone .

    5. Nancy on said:

      Professor Simon Shaw, Pulitzer Prize winner and sometime sleuth, encounters his oldest corpse yet: Uwharrie Man, who died fourteen thousand years ago on the banks of Badin Lake in North Carolina. But Uwharrie Man isn't the murder victim in Simon's latest case. That victim is Simon's closest friend, archaeologist David Morgan. Simon is convinced that David died because he came between factions struggling for control of Uwharrie Man's bones---the Lumbee Indian Nation, who want to rebury the skelet [...]

    6. Liz on said:

      I haven't written reviews of the previous Professor Simon Shaw mysteries, but now that I've finished this fifth (and I hope not last) one, I'd like to share my thoughts on the entire series. I loved these books set in North Carolina and created around the central character of history professor Simon Shaw. With every book, I got to know him better and regard him as a friend. His avocation as a "forensic historian" was a fresh new way of sleuthing that I had never encountered before. I learned som [...]

    7. Cyndy Parr on said:

      There comes a time in every series where the coziness wears off and the tropes become tiresome. I might be about at this point with Simon Shaw. On its own, the story is interesting, so I gave it a four-star rating as soon as I'd finished. But rather than anxiously awaiting the next in the series, five days later I find myself thinking it is unfortunate he has to have a new love interest every book. I mean really, I'm not reading cozy mysteries to follow the libidinous ramblings of a short thirty [...]

    8. Val on said:

      People who gave this book 3 and four star ratings must not have been reading the same book I finally gave up on, around page 65 or so. It promised a mystery, but mainly dealt with settling an estate, long involved discussions of the dead guy's messy house, and the apparent go-to method for stress management by adults in modern fiction: booze, and lots of it. I imagine there was finally some sort of murder investigation, but I had no interest in waiting for it. Dull characters, mundane crime, and [...]

    9. Julie on said:

      Simon Shaw's good friend, David Morgan, is killed and Simon is his executor. Reeling from loss, the Prof digs around to find out why he was really killed. He thinks it has to do with his vote on a committee who is figuring out what to do with some old bones that were dug up recently. Can he figure it out before he becomes more of an alcoholic of dies of sugar shock with all the Coke he drinks?The history of these books is interesting, but Prof. Shaw bugs me. He makes some really bad decisions wi [...]

    10. Sherri Gates on said:

      Her plot stayed tight and Simon stayed flawed, but on target to find out the murderer of his friend and why he was murdered. I forced myself to put the book down so I can get up the next morning for work. The ending was a surprise. I loved the book but was sad to see old friends leave. In fact, it makes me wonder if this is the last Simon Shaw mystery to be written since loose ends were were taken care of so to speak. That would really be sad.

    11. Sharron on said:

      Another excellent entry in the author's mystery series featuring Simon Shaw, a history professor at a small college in Raleigh, NC. Shaw's expertise in regional history gets him involved with some interesting murder investigations, usually with very old corpses. In this story, his good friend is murdered while researching the 14000-year-old Uwharrie Man. A quick read, yet complex enough to be engaging.

    12. Dorothy Lamp on said:

      Shell Game ReviewI loved the book as much as I did all the other Simon Shaw Mysteries. The characters were so believable and fantastic. I could not put it down until the end. I am awaiting the next Simon Shaw mystery. I am hoping for a serious love interest. He is so loveable.

    13. Jen Shapiro on said:

      This is the second Simon Shaw mystery I have read. Until this series, I did not realize that there was a whole Genre of mysteries called "cozy" mysteries. Looks like I actually enjoy "cozy" mysteries and I especially like that these books are set in North Carolina. It is kind of nice to read a murder mystery book without a ridiculous amount of blood, gore and sex.

    14. Mahrie Reid on said:

      This how dun it comes with the twist. It is complicated by a 14,000 year old skeleton and the fight for control of the remains. Simon Shaw, a forensic historian and professor finds himself in the middle of murder, academic politics and a complicated on again off again sort-of romance. A book for mystery buffs everywhere.

    15. Mary on said:

      I thought that the writing was mediocre, but the mystery was interesting enough to keep me reading until the end. I wish that the star rating had one between 'didn't like' and 'liked.' I can't say that I didn't like the book, but 'liked' seems almost too strong. It was 'okay.' It is highly unlikely that I will read any other books by this author.

    16. Kate on said:

      Like Sarah Shaber's cozy mysteries, especially with a great sense of place here in NC, particularly when she includes special landmarks just down the street in downtown Raleigh. Her sharp mind for the twists and turns that the story line goes keep me guessing til the last few pages.

    17. Nancy on said:

      A mystery with plenty of twists and turns. Unlike the first 4 Simon Shaw mysteries, the central murder takes place in the present so the "twist" I like so much is not there. (In Simon Shaw #1 through #4, he solves murders than happened before he was born.)

    18. Lesley Looper on said:

      I really enjoyed this book, partly because of the North Carolina setting. I also liked the developing cast of characters and the storyline, which held my interest through to the end.I think I've read all of the books in this series now, and I hope it's not the last one!

    19. Linda Cole on said:

      More pleaseThese books have been a pleasure to read. Each book has a mystery with historical aspects and Simon who is like Colombo and Indiana Jones combined. Can't wait for the next

    20. Judy Sainsbury on said:

      Fascinating yarnI didn't catch onto the plot until it was obvious to anyone which is the hallmark of a good thriller. Well written. Just the thing for restful reading during a camping trip which is what I'm doing now.

    21. Denise on said:

      Another hitVery good book. I really like the Simon Shaw series. I hope to see more of them in the future.

    22. Jennifer Robinson on said:

      Nice little cozy mystery - especially interesting to me because it's set in North Carolina and mentions places that I know.

    23. Sean Cisneros on said:

      This was my first book from Author Sarah R. Shaber and I liked it .

    24. Kimberly on said:

      Loved this series of books!! Very well written and just kept drawing me into the storyhard to put down.

    25. Ellen D Adrian on said:

      Loved it!!!Couldn't stop reading until finished!!! Now, waiting for the next one!!! I felt like I knew the characters and was working beside them!!!

    26. Sarah on said:

      Good murder mystery set in North Carolina with a History professor as the detective. Interesting information on prehistoric North Carolina archaeology.

    27. Kathi Howard on said:

      Don't want to write any spoilers. Good mystery but several layers of sadness. Hoping for a #6. I do think this has been the best written Simon Shaw yet. Shaber just keeps getting better.

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