Search Results: "Sharyn McCrumb"


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KING'S MOUNTAIN by Sharyn McCrumb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"McCrumb's novel is much like Sevier's exploits—a slow march to an inevitable conclusion."
Southern writer McCrumb, author of a series of Appalachian ballad novels (The Ballad of Tom Dooley, 2011, etc.), puts her hand to the Revolutionary War as the Overmountain militia men of North Carolina push off the British. Read full book review >

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THE PMS OUTLAWS by Sharyn McCrumb
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"As the plots interweave, their common themes—our obsession with beauty, our retreat from truth, and our denial of madness—resonate through McCrumb's sensitive, elegant language."
These are dark times for Elizabeth MacPherson (If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him . . . , 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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ZOMBIES OF THE GENE POOL by Sharyn McCrumb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 1992

"Still: an engaging read."
Here, the frisky McCrumb (If I Ever Return, Pretty Peggy-O, The Windsor Knot—both 1990), with deadpan humor and bull's-eye accuracy, skewers the science fiction genre, its eccentric authors, and outlandish fans and their nitpicking fanzines. Read full book review >

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NORA BONESTEEL'S CHRISTMAS PAST by Sharyn McCrumb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Though Nora's fans will want to know what she gets up to at Christmas, the plot and sentiment feel too thin to resonate with newcomers."
McCrumb's recurring character, Nora Bonesteel, uses her second sight to solve a mystery in this Christmas novella. Read full book review >

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THE SONGCATCHER by Sharyn McCrumb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2001

"McCrumb's latest in her ballad series (The Ballad of Frankie Silver, 1998, etc.) is as rich and dense as Scotch shortbread, filled with humor and surprise as it spans two continents and nearly three centuries."
Kidnapped as a child from his home in the Scottish island of Islay, Malcolm MacCourry brought three things with him to the New World: a stone from Iona, the Holy Isle, to guard against drowning; a curse that no MacCourry will love his firstborn child best; and a song. Read full book review >

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IF I'D KILLED HIM WHEN I MET HIM... by Sharyn McCrumb
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 5, 1995

"Quite a banquet—if you don't mind all that arsenic. (Literary Guild, Doubleday & Mystery Guild selections)"
Looks like open season on cheating husbands in Danville, Virginia. Read full book review >

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PRAYERS THE DEVIL ANSWERS by Sharyn McCrumb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"This ambling novel is strong on period detail and atmosphere but repetitious and overforeshadowed."
In Depression-era Appalachia, a woman succeeds her late husband as sheriff in a small mountain town. Read full book review >

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ST. DALE by Sharyn McCrumb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 2005

"Still, this book of moments is required reading for anybody who still mourns Number Three—or who wonders what the fuss is about."
In a career marked by strange, wonderful stories (Ghost Riders, 2003, etc.), McCrumb offers her strangest yet: a modern-day Canterbury Tales with Dale Earnhardt replacing Thomas à Becket. Read full book review >

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GHOST RIDERS by Sharyn McCrumb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2003

"Unlike McCrumb's Ballad tales, which dramatized the convergence of multiple generations, this patchwork daringly leaves each story suspended, linked only by the inconclusive verdicts of history and the rush of ghost riders bound for glory."
A sprawling, multilayered tale: Deep, deep under the surface of Union and Confederate ideology teem the Appalachian folk for whom "the wrong side was to take a side" in the War Between the States. Read full book review >

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FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREAKDOWN by Sharyn McCrumb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"No particular standouts—McCrumb really needs the novel length to shine—but a revealing sketchbook of two dozen tales exploring the quicksilver border between mystery and magic."
Not many mystery writers use story collections as crossover books, but McCrumb's versatility in novels as different as Zombies of the Gene Pool (1992) and The Rosewood Casket (1996) makes the transition here seem inevitable. Read full book review >

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SHE WALKS THESE HILLS by Sharyn McCrumb
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 4, 1994

"By turns funny, probing, elegiac, and as wise about history as McCrumb has ever been: another stellar performance from one of the best. (Mystery Guild main selection; author tour)"
The latest in McCrumb's Ballad series (The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter, 1992, etc.) takes off from the legendary tale of Katie Wyler. Read full book review >

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THE HANGMAN'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER by Sharyn McCrumb
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1992

"Compelling, in the manner of a folk tale, despite the rather limp prose."
Here, McCrumb turns serious as she explores death from many angles: the matter-of-factness of a backwoodswoman with the gift of Sight; the get-even attitude of two old friends, one dying from the willful contamination of the Little Dover River by the Titan Paper Company; the emotional trauma paralyzing a brother and sister (who were subjects of physical abuse and witnesses to a family bloodbath and suicide); and the despair of a three-year-old who loses his mother, and of a pregnant woman who loses her unborn child. Read full book review >