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Snipe Hunt (The Professor Simon Shaw Murder Mysteries Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Shaber
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Completely reformmated version. Simon Shaw travels to Pearlie Beach, North Carolina to spend Thanksgiving vacation with his friends, David Morgan, an archeologist, Marcus and Marianne Clegg and their three younger children, and his former crush Julia McGloughlin, a police attorney. Simon is expecting to spend Thanksgiving vacation working and preparing for the finals week that's ahead, but is talked into solving another mystery of the past. Simon, Morgan, and Julia try to find the missing links between a diver's suit that is dredged from the water, a dark family secret, and confederate gold.

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“Sarah Shaber ‘s obvious strengths as a writer are clearly demonstrated in Snipe Hunt. The plot is unique and her knowledge of North Carolina history extensive. Not only does she manage to weave details of North Carolina’s participation in the Civil War into her story, but also the state’s importance in World War II plays an active role. The method by which Ms. Shaber ties the events of the two wars to the present day is really quite clever. The author ably demonstrates her wry sense of humor. One statement in particular, seems to merit quoting. Simon is speculating on possible situations that fit the facts they have pertaining to the case, saying, “I’m a scholar. I can make facts fit any scenario I want.”

-Andy Plonka

“An appealing cozy, which pleasingly mixes regional history and lore, a bit of romance and a soupcon of suspense.”

-Publishers Weekly

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From Publishers Weekly

Forensic historian Simon Shaw, who made his debut in Simon Said, gets an unexpected and unwelcome opportunity to exercise his unique skills during a Thanksgiving vacation on Pearlie Beach--a small island off the North Carolina coast. Simon, a college history professor and winner of a Pulitzer Prize, is joined for the holiday by his friend David Morgan, an archeologist; romantic interest Julia McGloughlin, a police attorney; and the Cleggs--Marcus, who is Simon's colleague, his wife and three young daughters. When a dredger dislodges an old WWII diving suit, with an occupant, Simon and his friends are soon involved in a mystery that seems too old and too difficult to solve. Both the coastal waters and the denizens of Pearlie Beach hide their secrets well, and prizing them loose proves difficult and dangerous. Confederate gold, German U-boats, blockade runners, murders old and new all surface to play their part in this appealing cozy, which pleasingly mixes regional history and lore, a bit of romance and a soup on of suspense. (Mar.)

Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

A relaxing trip to North Carolina's fictional Pearlie Beach turns into much more for professor Simon Shaw when dredgers discover World War II-vintage skeleton. As a "forensic historian," Shaw helps to be carrying a collection of Confederate gold coins. Did the river-possibly a local navy frogman who disappeared-accidentally drown, or did the gold provide a motive for murder? At first reluctant to become involved, Shaw ends up researching and conjecturing, as in Simon Said. Recognizable life-at-Carolina beach scenes, folksy locals, and mild humor should endear this especially to regional audiences.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 395 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sarah R. Shaber (March 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RJ7ZLW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,898 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A mystery that has a fresh plot February 17, 2000
Format:Hardcover
Professor Simon Show is the youngest teacher with tenure at prestigious Keenan College, North Carolina. The Pulitzer Prize-winning history professor has become a media darling dubbed the "Forensic Historian" after solving a decades old mystery. A few months of fame has Simon needing a vacation. So by Thanksgiving he escapes to Pearlie Beach, a Carolina Barrier Island, to relax with his friends.

A decades old body in a diving suit is found encrusted with brine and barnacles beneath the nearby waters. Someone stabbed to death the deceased, identified as an AWOL soldier Carl Chais. The victim was found holding a valuable cache of Confederate gold coins that leads to the conclusion that an undiscovered chest containing more must be nearby. Simon finds the case interesting and begins to investigate with the permission of the victim's family. He will soon learn that curiosity endangers more than just the cat, as someone wants certain secrets to remain buried.

The protagonist of SNIPE HUNT is a redeeming individual with a heroic streak that compels him to do the right thing in spite of his own misgivings. Sarah Shaber surrounds this admirable character with strong writing highlighted by a perfectly paced story line. The captivating mystery with its introspective academic star leads to a fresh amateur sleuth tale that will make the author a sub-genre favorite.

Harriet Klausner
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Hunting July 11, 2000
Format:Hardcover
SNIPE HUNT is the second book in the Professor Simon Shawmystery series, the first being SIMON SAID. Professor Shaw is knownfor solving mysteries of the past.
Professor Simon Shaw teaches history at Kenan College in Raleigh, North Carolina. In this mystery, he travels to Pearlie Beach, North Carolina to spend Thanksgiving vacation with his friends, David Morgan, an Archeologist, Marcus and Marianne Clegg and their three younger children, and his former crush Julia McGloughlin, a police attorney. Simon is expecting to spend Thanksgiving vacation working and preparing for the finals week that's ahead, but is talked into solving another mystery of the past. Simon, Morgan, and Julia try to find the missing links between a diver's suit that is dredged from the water, a cousin of the Pearlie family that went missing in 1942, a dark family secret, and confederate gold.
I found the plot in SNIPE HUNT to be very educational. The twists and turns were like a complex puzzle that was mind-boggling and a challenge I was ready to accept. The characters were so life-like, setting was perfect, and the historical tie-ins of the book helped keep me interested, not to mention the recipes were mouth watering.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery in North Carolina April 20, 2000
Format:Hardcover
I truly enjoyed this mystery written by a fellow North Carolinian. I could relate to alot of the incidents in the book like going crabbing and eating boiled peanuts!
I also saw the author and heard her read at Quail Ridge Books; it was wonderful. I do thoroughly recommend you read her other book, "Simon Says" prior to reading "Snipe Hunt". "Simon Says" sets the stage for Simon as the sleuth.
I truly enjoyed this mystery because I did not figure it out before the end!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What A Fun Series! April 18, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sarah Shaber has created a very likable hero in Simon Shaw. Warm, funny and intelligent, Simon is a wonderful reluctant hero. Simon's sidekick and love interest Julia is also a well-drawn character. The pair interacts very well together and both seem to find their share to trouble. Ms. Shaber works these personalities together with a fun and interesting plot. It this story, the author is much improved over her first installment "Simon Said". Not that I didn't enjoy her first book, it was very enjoyable and recommended, I read the second one didn't I? Ms. Shaber does a very good job in "Snipe Hunt" of weaving the past with the present to tell a tale of mystery. She has also done her homework on events and rumors of the coastal states during World War II and the Civil War. I just love history in my mysteries. The author also does a very nice job of developing the supporting characters in this story. I hope to see more of David and the Clegg family. She does a great job with the children, making them believable, interesting and lovable. These two books are a great beginning to a good series, I recommend "Snipe Hunt" and "Simon Said" to any reader who enjoys a fun read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs proofreading! February 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved the story itself, but the Kindle version of this book has not been proofread at all, which made it a very frustrating read.

This book used a lot of historical dates for a timeline of events. The author left out the dates mid sentence, which I guess was done so that she could add them in at a later time. Unfortunately however, the author never added the dates back into the book.

There's also a lot of incomplete sentences, where you just have to guess where the author was going. Paragraphs are also all messed up.

Then, there are dates such as 1965, where the author probably meant to say 1865. So it was frustrating.

However, the premise of the book was very good, and the characters were well developed. It was still a page turner, which is why I'm still giving it 4 stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was intriging.
Published 22 hours ago by rejean lafleche sr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Simon Shaw stories!
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoy Professor Shaw solving old these old mysteries
Every book is set in a new environment which gives me new insight in this world. I really enjoy Professor Shaw solving
old these old mysteries.
Published 1 month ago by Linda B. Wilcox
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid mystery with engaging Carolina history
Simon Shaw, History professor vacations in Pearlie North Carolina over the Thanksgiving Holiday. There he is pulled into helping to solve a mystery. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sherry Landrum
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the natural pacing of this mystery series
I love the natural pacing of this mystery series. There is no artificial do-or-die TV adrenalin-pumping peril on a regularly scheduled basis, one mark of the potboiler. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lakeside Listener
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad disjointed writing
I would give no stars if I could. Bad writing - very disjointed, poor word selection. Book moves randomly from one item to the next, and you're left with your head spinning. Read more
Published 5 months ago by S. Peirce
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical links to good mystery
The book became interesting to me because of the insights to World war II such as German subs being off the Atlantic coasts etc. Read more
Published 5 months ago by doly
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, same pace, better-shaped characters, but I wish I could give...
As previously - the book was slow-paced, but that's completely ok with me. I'm not in a hurry so I like it unraveling at its own tempo. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love these books!!
I love the Professor Shaw mysteries. I hope there will be more in the series . Simon is a loveable and humanly flawed character. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Donna A Vanasse
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't finish
I love Sarah Shaber's WW2 series and initially was enthused about this one but the second book just failed to hold my attention. Sorry.
Published 5 months ago by L. Olson
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More About the Author

Sarah Shaber is an award-winning mystery author from North Carolina. Her historical mystery series, published by Severn House, begins with LOUISE'S WAR (2010). It stars Louise Pearlie, a young widow working for the Office of Strategic Services in Washington, DC, during World War II. A sequel, LOUISE'S GAMBLE, followed in May 2011. LOUISE'S DILEMMA will come out in November of 2013, and she is writing the fourth book in the series. Her Professor Simon Shaw murder mysteries are available as ebooks. She's also the author of a stand-alone horror novel, BLOOD TEST, and editor of TAR HEEL DEAD, a collection of short stories by North Carolina mystery writers. Shaber lives, writes, cooks, reads, and chills with her husband, Steve, in Raleigh.


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