Sarah R. Shaber is one of the award winning authors from The United States who has written a number of highly successful books based on the mystery, historical fiction, thriller, literature, and fiction genres. She hails from North Carolina, but was born in Washington D.C., The United States. Author Sarah says that during the early days of her writing career, she was greatly influenced by the popular written works of the famous writers like Ruth Rendell, Charles Todd, Dorothy L. Sayers, Mary Stewart, Josephine Tey, etc. This compelled her to improve her writing skills and go on to make a special place for herself in the world of prominent authors of America. Sarah began writing her historical mystery series based on the World War II with the novel titled ‘Louise’s War’. This book features the main protagonist in the form of a widowed young woman named Louise Pearlie, who is described as a government girl working in the Strategic Services Office.
Author Sarah has described the Strategic Services Office as the first spy agency of The United States. Other than the historical mystery series, author Sarah has also written a mystery series called as the Professor Simon Shaw series, which starts with the first book called ‘Simon Said’. She has even written the standalone novel titled ‘Blood Test’ and the editor of the book called ‘Tar Heel Dead’. The debut novel of the Professor Simon Shaw series titled ‘Simon Said’ went on to win the St. Martin’s Press and Malice Domestic Award in the category of the best debut traditional mystery book of the year. Apart from writing successful and noteworthy mystery books in her writing career, author Sarah has also achieved the feat of becoming the Local Guest of Honest of the 2015 World Conference of Mystery called as ‘Bouchercon15′. Sarah also has a home bookstore of her own known as the Quail Ridge Books, which is located in Raleigh. The short stories written by author Sarah have appeared in a number of anthologies, including Murder Under The oaks and Carolina Crimes. Many of the books and short stories written by Sarah are available in the form of trade paperbacks and ebooks.
The Professor Simon Shaw mystery series written by author Sarah R. Shaber is comprised of 5 books in total, which were released between the years 1997 and 2007. All the books in this series are based on the activities in the life of the central character named Simon Shaw, who has been described by the author as a history professor, living in Raleigh, North Carolina. One of the initial books in this series was published under the title ‘Sniper Hunt’. It was released by the Minotaur publishers in the year 2000. When the plot of the begins, it is shown that an old corpse is discovered which digs up the past secrets of a small town, which seems to have a lot much to hide. At the beginning of the story of the books, Professor Simon Shaw is depicted as living in Pearlie Beach, which is a tiny town located on the North Carolina Banks. He wants nothing much from his life than to spend a relaxing Thanksgiving with his friends. But, he seems to have turkey roasts as he lands himself in a 50 year old mystery involving suspicious deaths, strange disappearances, and lost and found treasures.
The disruption of the Professor Shaw’s holiday begins with the discovery of the dead body of a local man near the waters of the Pearlie Beach. The investigators find a few rare Confederate coins from his hands and a sharp blade knife from his ribs. After a short while, Professor Shaw goes on to discover that the secrets of the small town run quite deep, which need to be dug up soon in order to solve the mystery. He is assisted by a mesmerizing police attorney named Julia McGloughlin. During the course of the investigation, Professor Shaw begins to believe that making the guarded people of the town of Pearlie Beach to talk about the past secrets is as as difficult as finding one more cache of coins. However, he also understands the fact very well that if he decides to discontinue with the investigation of the mystery behind the death of the local man discovered with Confederate coins, then the decades old murder mystery will remain unsolved and one more similar mystery may be very close.
One of the other initial books in the Professor Simon Shaw series was released under the title ‘The Fugitive King’. It was published by the Minotaur publishers in the year 2002. Just like the previous book of the series, this book too is set in North Carolina, The United States. At the start of the story of this book, it is shown that Professor Shaw of the North Carolina University does not spend most of his time taking lectures in the classroom or providing grades for the term papers. On the contrary, he seems to be making headlines for his investigative roles in murder cases that have occurred over the course of the last century. In fact, he has been labelled as a Forensic Historian by various magazines and newspapers. Professor Shaw seems to take up the role once again when one more murder mystery turns up in his town. He comes to know that a forest ranger has found a young woman’s remains under the Blue Ridge Parkway, located in Boone, North Carolina. Upon investigation, it is learned that the remains were of a woman named Eva Potter, who had disappeared in the year 1958.
Also, a man named Roy Freedman, who was dating her, had confessed to murder Eva Potter and has been serving a lifelong imprisonment since then. But, when Professor Shaw meets him, he says that he was wrongfully made to confess and that he wants him to help discover the real killer. When Show goes to Boone for carrying out his research work related to the case, he comes across a number of his relatives and friends over there. He sees it as an opportunity of meeting them and also getting over his quarrel with Julia. Soon, Professor Shaw finds an old map of the Watauga County and realizes that he can find some clue at the spot of the murder of Eva Potter. As he moves forward with the investigation, he comes to know that a man who had some information about the disappearance of Eva has been killed. This makes Professor Shaw believe that the killer is still living in Boone and he will not stop at anything to keep him from finding the truth about Eva Potter’s murder.Book Series In Order » Authors » Sarah R. Shaber