SHELL GAME: A PROFESSOR SIMON SHAW MYSTERY
SARAH R. SHABER
ISBN# (10): 0-373-26635-9/ (13): 978-0-373-26635-7
Worldwide Library Worldwide Mystery
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada M3BK9
Rating: 4 Cups
Simon Shaw, dubbed as a ‘forensic historian,’ is grief-stricken after learning his close friend, archaeologist David Morgan, has been killed. The North Carolinian professor is surprised to learn he is the executor of David’s will.
Police Sergeant Otis Gates does not wish Simon’s help in the investigation. The more Simon plunges in to help, Sergeant Gates urges him to leave the details to the police.
Simon is shocked over David’s death. It appears the murder was planned. Even his two dogs were drugged to not set off any alarm. David’s sister in Tennessee is notified, and she heads for Raleigh, only to learn she is receiving the inheritance. Simon is comforted by Julia, an attorney, with whom he once had a strong connection until their love affair fizzled out. Julia lends her support during this trying time. A man of action, Simon is eager to find out who would bash his friend to death. Even though Simon has helped with cases in the past, Sergeant Gates wants him to let the Raleigh police handle it. Simon continues his search as dangers begin to darken every turn. Simon believes David’s fate might have been connected to an Indian skeleton dating back 14,000 years. As he searches for answers, he tries to reach that balance over losing a good colleague and friend.
Shell Game is an action-packed page-turner. It grabs the reader and takes them on a winding road turn of events. I like the fact Simon shows his vulnerability at the loss of David. The way he experiences grief is genuine. I could share in his emotional impact over the loss. The fact the poor dogs were drugged even showed how Simon felt over the way David’s dogs were even treated. I loved the interesting mystery this story has to offer. Ms. Shaber allows the audience to share in not only the hunt for the truth, but a loss that triggers not only with Simon, but David’s sister. She takes a huge canvas and paints a stunning tale by creating characters that engage the reader.
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