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Paying the Piper Mass Market Paperback – Nov 13 1988


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reissue edition (Nov. 13 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345345185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345345189
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 12.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #910,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. Hauck on Dec 18 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed this mystery, and while it followed (in a satisfying way) some of the traditions of the genre, it also avoided a lot of the cliches through the depiction of interesting, non-stereotypical characters and relationships. Strangers stuck on an inhospitable island together, unexplained accidents and mysterious deaths, the haunting sound of bag pipes coming across the water, a brewing storm - these all come together to provide pleasantly shivery reading. The reader of the audio version has a lovely lilting voice, and while it's a little odd to have her speaking in the voice of the American female protagonist's diary, she does a great job with the Scottish accents!
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I recently re-read this book and enjoyed it thoroughly. I really like the Elizabeth McPherson stories. She's an anthropologist, not a detective, but she can add two and two.
This time she joins an archeological group on a remote Scottish island, and her companions are quite diverse. You never know quite where anyone stands, and when people start dying of some unknown cause, it doesn't occur to anyone that it might be murder.
Ms. McCrumb has a wonderful sense of humor and uses it appropriately in her stories. My favorite McCrumb story (and title) is "If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him..."
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One wouldn't want to be stranded on a nearly deserted island with this heroine. Nor should anyone rely upon Elizabeth MacPherson's detective skills - it takes 3 murders, a pseudo-suicide and several casualities before she solves the mystery. Furthermore, the Elizabeth/Cameron "romance" looks like a dysfunctional family prototype. But, if you take the lighthearted fare as offered, it's still an enjoyable journey and a pretty good read. The unabridged audio recording (read by Davinia Porter and Ian Stuart) doesn't quite do the trick, Elizabeth with a British accent? Mr. Stuart seems clueless, but with little or no charm at all. Somewhat strident in tone, and not a particularly good pairing of readers and books.
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