The Bug Funeral

The Bug Funeral

Book - 2004
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Although there is a murder in Shaber's Bug Funeral, the bugs themselves aren't the victims. In the engaging series launched by Shaber's Malice-winning first novel, Simon Said, the author's amateur sleuth is a professor of history, particularly that of a relatively recent period. In each of the stories, Shaber has set her pleasant, somewhat bumbling and extremely likeable detective figuratively and often literally digging into a happening that could reveal its long-ago tale to him.
But even Simon finds is very reluctant to be involved in the current cry for help from a woman sent to him by a professor friend - a man whose judgment has always seemed before to be excellent. The woman, who amazes Simon by turning out to be intelligent, sophisticated and very attractive woman indeed, confesses that she believes she has murdered an infant in a past life. Although Simon is as skeptical and even scornful as any decent historian should be, the woman's nature herself convinces him to help her. With unexpected finds, and the story makes its way through a path of surprises to a most surprising - and thoroughly believable finish. It's a delightful and challenging game that Ms. Shaber has invited her readers to join; and they'll love it.
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur, 2004
ISBN: 9780312322182
0312322186
Branch Call Number: AF SHAB

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BugLady1 Jun 26, 2012

An ok mystery. Easy Read. Likeable characters, but the story didn't go the direction I had hoped. I was disappointed and felt that much more could have developed to make the story more exciting.

Barbara5060 Jun 06, 2012

I found this book on the shelves and was first curious about the title and then intrigued by the unusual plot. A history professor is asked to find proof that a young woman from the early 1900s really lived, or didn't, by a woman who has memories related to that woman. Did she live in a previous life and these are memories from that life? One in particular haunts her -- she remembers burying the body of a year and a half old girl. Was it a real memory? Did she kill her?
Haunting! The description of the bug funeral was also haunting.
Likeable characters. Easy read.
History about a time and circumstance that we know little about.

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