Tuesday, September 4, 2018 | By: The Write Way Cafe

Tuesday Special: The Deadliest Fever by June Trop

by June Trop
The deadliest fever is a race against rabies.

The Jewish community of Alexandria welcomes a visiting sage from Ephesus, his daughter, and her fiancé. Could one of them be involved in a series of attacks to deface the synagogue’s Torah mantle, the one adorned with three peerless gems from King Solomon’s Temple? And what is the point of this apparently senseless desecration? At the same time, Miriam learns of the death of the sea captain who brought the sage and his family to Alexandria. Also on that ship were the three perpetrators of an audacious heist of jewels from the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus. Can Miriam find the connections among the jewel heist, the death of the sea captain, and the desecration of the Torah mantle? And can she do it before the deadliest fever claims its victim?

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"Trop lends depth and familiarity to an ancient world and adds modern thriller sensibilities in this latest historical mystery novel, the fourth in the series... Trop's prose is strong, with clean, natural dialogue and a particular flair for the kinetic details of action scenes and the dramatics of disguise and investigation.... A historic page-turner that promises to bring fans new and old to the table."-- Kirkus Reviews

Black Opal Books will be releasing the fifth Miriam bat Isaac Mystery, THE DEADLIEST THIEF, in 2019.

June Trop and her twin sister Gail wrote their first story, "The Steam Shavel [sic]," when they were six years old growing up in rural New Jersey. They sold it to their brother Everett for two cents.

"I don't remember how I spent my share," June says. "You could buy a fistful of candy for a penny in those days, but ever since then, I wanted to be a writer."

As an award-winning middle school science teacher, June used storytelling to capture her students' imagination and interest in scientific concepts. Years later as a professor of teacher education, she focused her research on the practical knowledge teachers construct and communicate through storytelling. Her first book, From Lesson Plans to Power Struggles (Corwin Press, 2009), is based on the stories new teachers told about their first classroom experiences.

Now associate professor emerita at the State University of New York at New Paltz, she devotes her time to writing The Miriam bat Isaac Mystery Series. Her heroine is based on the personage of Maria Hebrea, the legendary founder of Western alchemy, who developed the concepts and apparatus alchemists and chemists would use for 1500 years.

June lives with her husband Paul Zuckerman in New Paltz, where she is breathlessly recording her plucky heroine's next life-or-death exploit.

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HiDee said...

Sounds interesting! Thanks for joining us today, June!

Angela Adams said...

A unique, and interesting, premise for a historical read. Best wishes with your novel, June!

Zari Reede said...

What an intriguing time period to write about. As an author, I would be daunted by all the historical facts. How many years of research did you have to do? Great cover!

Evelien said...

What a mystery the capain murdered a possible link between these thieves defacing the Torah, stolen jewels Is This Causing The Deadliest Fever. I get lost in the way June keeps our minds thinking like detectives yet in creative era & Characters. Waiting for next book June best of luck This was a favorite!!!

Roman Empire Mystery Lover said...

Thank you HiDee, Angela, Zari, and Evelien! I hope you become regular visitors to THE WRITE WAY CAFE! June Trop aka Roman Empire Mystery Lover