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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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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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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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 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 DEVIL AMONGST THE LAWYERS by Sharyn McCrumb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"Though the fact-based story is set in 1935, the pressures sound very contemporary, and that's McCrumb's point. This time, though, the modern parallels, which tell you pretty much what you already knew about crime, fame and the media, are the weakest link in this lustrous chain."
Nora Bonesteel's first case finds the seer (The Songcatcher, 2001, etc.) in full possession of her equivocal gift at age 12. 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 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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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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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 >