A Silver Dagger Mystery
Date: Spring 2003
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Stuart, the main character in this delightful book, is a bit of
an unusual heroine. Not only is Ms. Lizzie a woman of color, she
is also a professor in the study of criminal justice at the University
of Piedmont State in a lovely southern town of Gallagher, Virginia.
Early on in the book, Lizzie is training
for a half-marathon to be run in honor of her grandmother who raised
her. She is also dog sitting for her male friend, John Quinn, a
cop in Gallagher. In the course of her everyday life and studies,
Lizzie stumbles on a fifty-year-old murder case.
The case in question involved a young
black woman, accused of murdering her female employer and her infant
son. The case was tried and the young girl convicted, but there
were always questions about the case.
At the same time there is a young
ceramic artist missing from the college, a bitter battle between
two local real estate agents, and a well-established and genteel
southern family in turmoil. Somehow Lizzie has managed to find herself
in the middle of it all.
It was interesting to read a book
which was set in the south and features a highly-educated black
woman. The book does not make a big deal of the fact that Lizzie
is black or that she is a college professor; it just works its way
into the story. I found myself involved with the characters in the
book and looking forward to the solving of each part of this mystery
from the missing student to the 50-year-old crime.