Category Archives: Shaber, Sarah

Sarah R. Shaber. The Fugitive King. New York: Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2002.

In 1958 Roy Freeman, a Melungeon man from Kentucky, plead guilty to murdering his girlfriend to avoid being lynched or facing the death penalty. When the girlfriend’s remains are found more than 40 years later in a rusty pickup in the Blue Ridge Parkway, Freedman escapes prison and turns up in Professor Simon Shaw’s living room. After the convict asks the “forensic historian” to help prove his innocence and turns himself in, Shaw travels to his hometown of Boone to visit family and investigate Freeman’s claims. This is the third book in the Professor Simon Shaw series of mysteries.

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Sarah Shaber. Snipe Hunt. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2000.

Raleigh professor and “forensic historian” Simon Shaw was supposed to be spending his Thanksgiving week relaxing at Pearlie Beach, but he agreed to help his friend look for archaeological evidence of a Tuscarora village while he was there. What he did not agree to was investigating the corpse of a World War II diver dredged up off the coast. Confederate gold coins found with the body deepen the mystery and soon Simon is trying to determine if the Navy frogman drowned accidentally or was murdered. This novel is full of information and speculation about ships and shipwrecks, from Confederate blockade runners to German U-boats.

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Sarah Shaber. Simon Said. New York: St. Martin’s, 1997.

Professor Simon Shaw knows everything there is to know about Kenan College’s Bloodworth House–in fact, he literally wrote the book on the historic home. So, when a 50-year old corpse with a bullet-hole in its skull is uncovered during an archaeological dig on the house’s grounds, Shaw is asked to help identify the body. He believes that the body is that of an heiress who disappeared in 1926 and tries solve the murder with the help of an archaeologist and a police attorney. This novel is full of Raleigh history, but Shaw’s life also includes a number of modern-day details that may be familiar to locals, including going to a Durham Bulls game, eating at Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street IHOP, and researching in UNC’s own Southern Historical Collection.

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Sarah Shaber. The Professor Simon Shaw Mysteries.

Simon Shaw is a professor of history at historic (but fictional) Kenan College in downtown Raleigh. Dr. Shaw’s specialty is historical anthropology, and this leads to his being called into action in each novel to investigate a long-unsolved crime. Although Simon lives and works in contemporary Raleigh, his adventures often take him to other parts of the state. In Snipe Hunt Simon digs into North Carolina’s maritime history while on vacation at the Outer Banks, while in The Fugitive King he looks into a crime in his hometown of Boone.

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