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She Walks These Hills Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1995

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 447 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book (Oct 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451184726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451184726
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.6 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,697,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A native of North Carolina, Sharyn McCrumb lives in Virginia with her husband David, an environmental engineer, and their three children. She is the author of many novels and has twice won Best Appalachain Novel Award as well as the Edgar, Anthony, Malice Domestic, Agatha and Macavity in crime fiction. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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My Lord calls me, He calls me by the lightning; The trumpet sounds within my soul: I have not long to stay here. Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 May 1998
Format: Hardcover
Once upon a time, Sharon McCrumb wrote nice little mystery stories. They were funny, well plotted, and lots of fun to read. But definitely for mystery readers. With the two earlier books of her ballad series, If Ever I Return Pretty Peggy-O and The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter, she began to gather depth and strength. Now, in She Walks These Hills McCrumb has become a true novelist, weaving history, folklore, humor, and the everyday concerns of real people past and present into an intricate and haunting story. Though it won't disappoint the mystery readers, She Walks These Hills is a book for readers of all genres.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 May 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have recently discovered Sharyn McCrumb and don't know how I managed to overlook her novels all these years. In the past 3 weeks I have read 3 of her Appalachian novels. Most recently I read She Walks These Hills in 2 days. I could not put it down. Spencer Arrowood comes alive as the sheriff and I enjoy finding out more about the people of that area of the country. I am also intrigued by the remnants of English and Celtic customs in the people of the Appalachians. Ms. McCrumb writes very well, develops her characters in a way that you wish you could actually meet them and have them as your neighbors. Needless to say, I will be reading more and more of these wonderful novels. They are as colorful as country quilts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Oct 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Appalachian magic and tragedy are again vividly portrayed for the lucky readers of this book. McCrumb's ability to convincingly weave the supernatural world with the everyday real world makes for a deliciously chilling story. (perfect for Halloween!) The sights, smells, textures, sounds and tastes of the mountains is so powerful that by the end of the book one fells "homesick" for them. I've never been to Appalachia, but because of McCrumb's writing I'm determined to go someday. The history, geography and culture of that region are fascinating, and this book reveals them all in the context of two wonderful narratives, ghostly and human.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining 30 Aug 2004
By Tome Toad - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I thought when I first picked this book up that it was going to be one of those gothic potboilers with spooky ghosts, swooning women and brave (male) ghostbusters. Oh, and a scary, escaped killer out to wreak havoc on innocent people. It's got a tiny little bit of the goth in it, but it's much more than that. It's a modern story about modern people and takes on some big topics - prejudice, bigotry, justice, right and wrong, good and evil, stupidity in pursuit of noble causes. There's not a badly drawn character in the book; they all feel like real people with real complexities and complicated motives, often only precariously in control of the situations they get themselves into. The dialogues flow smoothly and sound real - you can hear these conversations. You'll recognize these people and you'll recognize yourself in them. Even the ghost story underpinning the book is fascinating and historically informative. If you're looking for a readable story that will hold your interest, this is it.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Appalachian Fiction at its Finest 21 May 2002
By Ramona Honan - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
She Walks These Hills is another excellent book in the Appalachian series by Sharyn McCrumb. She again combines two stories - one in the present and one in the past along with a pinch of a ghost story, culminating in an overall satisfying novel.
This installment tells of the stories of Harm Sorley, an escaped murderer in the Appalachian area, a college professor following the trail of Katie Wyler, a pioneer woman trying to get to her home in 1799, and Hank the Yank, a bodacious radio personality who tries to get into both these stories. I will not give the ending away as some reviewers did, but you need to read this book to get the full flavor of the area and the era.
How do these three characters intertwine with each other - both from the past and present? It is up the reader to find out in this thrilling novel.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Exceptional writing-great reading 5 July 2002
By Susie Rigsby - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
WOW! That's about how I feel about this novel written by Sharyn McCrumb. Of all the books I've read of late, this has to be one of the very best. I wish I could give it a 10 rating. The book was loaned to me. "Read this, I think you'll like it." Well, she was right. I didn't just like it. I loved it. Being of Cherokee decent, and knowing a little about the Appalachia area, naturally that sparked my interest. Being a native of the area, McCrumb has done a wonderful job with this novel. She mastered the plot, the characters, the dialogue and ME. I couldn't put the book down. I'm putting McCrumb at the top of my list as one of my favorite authors. The research and persons involved made this book everything that it is. My hat is off to McCrumb. Without further ado, I'm off to the library to gather another novel she's written. Take my advice and get a copy of this book. You'll see what I mean.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
a page burner, no stop reading thrill 9 Aug 2001
By Stoutjesdijk-Lyddane - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was my introduction to Sharyn McCrumb, and I'm definitely partial to the Appalacian series. This was a haunting, unforgettable story that drew you in, not just to the story itself, but to the people and characters. It reads easily, and you don't want to put it down because you just NEED to know what's gonna happen. I love the way Ms. McCrumb tells two stories in parallel, and the way that the two stories seem to come together, although they are more than 100 years apart.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
In A Long Black Veil, she Walks These Hills.... 23 May 2004
By Betty Burks - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Of all her novels, this is by far my favorite of the McCrumb masterpieces, and I have read most (not all) of her diverse books. This one involves a woman who loves a sinner; he went to his death before he would divulge their relationship and cause her problems. Little did he know that by his actions, she would forever 'walk these hills' in a long black veil.
Before leaving the small town, I would call my local deejays of the morning to request the new release, SHE WALKS THESE HILLS, which gave them something to snicker about as it was an old, old song called THE LONG BLACK VEIL released in the fifties by Ferlin Husky. I later learned that Johnny Cash also had a pretty good version.
Ms. McCrumb varies in her subject matter and researches her later books to some extent. This is one of her best. It just may be my favorite of her varied ballads using some of the same colorful characters in Hamblen County, TN -- right up the road a piece from Knoxville.
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