Sharon Dean – Tour de Trace

tour de traceFollow a group of young cyclists on their camping and biking along Mississippi’s Natchez Trace. When one of the cycling team is missing, the group is left on their own devices to find out what happened. When she’s found later, dead, crucified on an ancient Indian Mound, Susan Ward from New England is eager to find out who did it. While the tour goes on, several suspects within and from outside the team pop up. Is it an ex-husband? Is it because of sexual orientation, the revenge of pentecostal Christians deep South, racial conflict? Is the murdreer male or female? And when you think you’ve found the prime suspect, twists await.

Author Sharon Dean detailed the scenery, the conversations, the whereabouts and has a bias towards the obvious, daily things like visiting the toilet, taking showers or changing clothes. Lots of literature and music is quoted too. With Tour de Trace, Dean penned an entertaining mystery novel, crime story.

About the author

Sharon Dean grew up in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, where she and her two siblings rode bikes, read books, and visited the historical sites made famous by the Pilgrims, the Revolutionaries, and the many famous writers of New England’s nineteenth century. From Massachusetts, it was a small leap to the University of  New Hampshire and a degree in English.

When she returned to Chelmsford after graduation, Sharon discovered that she shouldn’t teach seventh  graders and that she should marry the man she dated in college. They spent a year in Del Rio, Texas, where  she had a more successful year teaching high school while her husband completed Air Force pilot training.  When he was assigned to Pease Air Force Base in New Hampshire, she seized the opportunity to enter graduate school at UNH.

Armed with a Ph.D. and facing a declining job market, Sharon spent several years laboring on the adjunct teaching circuit before she began a full-time career at Rivier University in Nashua, New Hampshire. She added the aura of the nineteenth century to her life when she and her husband purchased an 1865 farmhouse in nearby Brookline. Four academic books later, Sharon has become professor emerita and has moved with, yes, the same husband to Ashland, Oregon, where her daughter is raising a child of the West and her son has established an American base while he raises his children as ex-pats, currently in The Hague, in the Netherlands. Embracing a change she never anticipated, Sharon is learning to bike and hike and garden in the Siskiyous instead of the Whites. She has sworn off books that require footnotes and is reinventing herself as a writer of mystery novels.