Search Results: "Sharyn McCrumb"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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MacPHERSON'S LAMENT by Sharyn McCrumb
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Bar none, McCrumb is the funniest woman writing mysteries today."
What at first seems an awkward juxtaposition—the last gasp of the Confederacy, as experienced by young Gabriel Hawks in 1865, set against the trials and tribulations of the spanking new law partnership of brainy A.P. Hill, a Civil War reenactor, and Bill MacPherson, her unambitious, naive office-mate—soon becomes an intricately plotted southern frolic. Read full book review >

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THE BALLAD OF FRANKIE SILVER by Sharyn McCrumb
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1998

A summons to a long-delayed execution—Fate Harkryder, the condemned man he arrested 20 years ago, has reached the end of his appeals—sends Tennessee sheriff Spencer Arrowood back in time over 150 years to the case of Frankie Silver, the teenaged bride and mother who was hanged in North Carolina in 1832 for killing her husband with an ax, dismembering his body, and burning it in front of their baby daughter in their one-room cabin (an outrage that turned the locals against her more powerfully than the murder itself). Read full book review >

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THE ROSEWOOD CASKET by Sharyn McCrumb
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 13, 1996

Quite a homecoming for stricken Tennessee patriarch Randall Stargill's four sons: Their first family reunion in years includes at least one dead member, a child whose bones are duly presented to the family by elderly seer Nora Bonesteel. Read full book review >

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THE UNQUIET GRAVE by Sharyn McCrumb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"Unquiet indeed."
McCrumb's (Prayers the Devil Answers, 2016, etc.) latest combines an Appalachian ghost story with a turn-of-the-last-century murder case. 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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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 >