THE DEADLIEST FEVER, by June Trop, is set in first-century CE Roman-occupied Alexandria, a city second in splendor only to Rome. Still, Miriam often finds herself in the malignant underbelly of the city, with its sinister alleys jammed with flat-faced tenements, its sleazy inns reeking from despair, and its pocked walkways dotted with animal dung. With the only definitive clue from the bite of a rabid bat, Miriam nevertheless finds the connections among a jewel heist in Ephesus, the death of a hard-breathing sea captain, and the desecration of the Torah mantle in Alexandria’s Great Synagogue. According to Kirkus, “Trop lends depth and familiarity to an ancient world and adds modern thriller sensibilities in this latest historical mystery novel.” Kirkus Reviews
Author bio :June Trop
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.