Dunne, May 2004, 22.95, 208 pp.
Pulitzer Prize winning author Simon Shaw is a tenured professor at Kenan College in the historic part of downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. He is famous for solving three cold cases and has become known as a forensic historian. Helen Williams is referred to Simon by a mutual friend because she has a very big problem. She has the memories of an Annie Evans who lived in Raleigh in 1910 and remembers burying an eighteen month baby girl in an unmarked grave.
Neither Simon nor Helen believes in reincarnation or past life memories but the traumas she dreams about as Annie are making her a nervous wreck. She wants a logical answer for these memories and she hopes Simon can help her. Although at first Simon thinks she's mentally disturbed he agrees to look into the matter and is shocked to find out that Annie Evans did exist. As he is researching her life, he questions many people who knew her and one of them is murdered leading Helen and Simon to believe that there is a secret involving Annie that someone doesn't want revealed.
The protagonist is a historian who uses primary and secondary sources to move forward his investigation and it is fascinating to watch him go from not believing in Annie to piecing together the important parts of her life. The relationship between Annie to Helen is as much a mystery as the murder of one of Simon's interviewees and readers will feel totally satisfied with the outcome to both puzzles. THE BUG FUNERAL is a charming amateur sleuth tale.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner