New mystery from Hampton author

Dotsy Lamb, history professor, Ph.D. candidate, world traveler and amateur sleuth, is back in Hampton resident Maria Hudgins' fifth book in the "Dotsy Lamb, Travel Mystery" series, "Death In An Ivory Tower."

This time Dotsy is visiting what Hudgins calls on her website, "my favorite town in the whole world, Oxford, UK," for a conference on "The Lingering Effects of the King Arthur Tales on Life in Elizabethan England." It's a serious academic affair so not everyone is pleased when Bram Fitzwaring somehow manages to get on the agenda, since Fitzwaring intends to prove that King Arthur and Guinevere were real people, not just figures of legend.

But then the diabetic Fitzwaring turns up dead, supposedly of hypoglycemia. Only Dotsy, who is also diabetic, is convinced that something more is going on here. To complicate matters further, she learns that Fitzwaring was involved in a diabetes study that may or may not have something to do with his death.

Dotsy's best friend and traveling companion Lettie Osgood is also staying at Oxford, but she is there to help her daughter, a visiting physician at an Oxford hospital. When Lettie's daughter is shot, Dotsy has another puzzle to solve. Could there be a connection between these two seemingly isolated incidents? To all of this, add a ghost, "the Grey Lady," and Dotsy's trip to Oxford is a lot more exciting than she bargained for.

Hudgins is a former high school science teacher. On her website, she says that she retired after 30 years of teaching "with a head full of information that often creeps into my stories." In this book, Hudgins delves into methods of conducting medical studies, shellfish poisons, Arthurian legends, Shakespeare, and the architecture of the buildings at Oxford's colleges, among other subjects. All of these play a major role in the story.

In addition to the Dotsy Lamb books, Hudgins has also written two books featuring Dr. Lacy Glass. Her books are published by Five Star/Cenage. "Death In An Ivory Tower" will go on sale for $25.95 in hardcover June 18.

Christina Verderosa is a retired officer in the U.S. Navy, bookstore manager/owner and co-owner of a weekly newspaper in DeWitt Arkansas. She lives in Newport News with her husband, two dogs and a cat.

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