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She Walks These Hills [Mass Market Paperback]

Sharyn Mccrumb
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Oct. 1 1995
Applying her psychic talents to two mysterious cases, policewoman Martha Ayers attempts to settle local superstitions about a two-hundred-year-old ghost while tracking down an escaped prisoner. Reprint. NYT.

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A murdered 18th-century pioneer woman and a present-day escaped convict haunt the same Appalachian wilderness in McCrumb's multilayered mystery.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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YA?Mystery and folklore are skillfully blended in this contemporary Appalachian tale. Driving the plot are "Harm" (Hiram) Sorley, an aging prisoner suffering from recent memory loss, who receives a spiritual message to escape from prison and return home to North Carolina; history grad student Jeremy Cobb, who wants to hike the trail used by Katie Wyler in the late 1700s when she escaped from Indians who held her captive; and members of the sheriff's department who search for both of these men. Strong females also figure prominently in this title, not the least of whom is Katie Wyler, dead over 200 years, whose spectral image helps several characters. Assisting Sheriff Arrowwood is his newest deputy, Martha Ayers, who's determined to prove she can rise above the lot of dispatcher. When all these folks converge beside a burning trailer home, more than one mystery is solved. McCrumb's rich use of dialect, accompanied by both physical description of and folklore about the mountains, combine to produce an evocative, haunting story. This novel defies stereotypical mystery elements, offering instead a complete melange of character study, plot, and setting.?Pam Spencer, Chapel Square Media Center, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars She Walks These Hills Jan. 6 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
We needed this book in a rush for our book club. I chose to order via Amazon and was completely happy with the service and condition of the book. It is a really great read, and I am indebted to the club member who chose it for us.
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4.0 out of 5 stars In A Long Black Veil, she Walks These Hills.... May 23 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Long Black Veil April 21 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Now, this is by far my favorite of the McCrumb masterpieces, and I have read most (not all) of her diverse novels. 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 releasd in the fifties. 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars She Walks is wonderful!! May 13 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this novel about journeys, college professor Jeremy Cobb retraces the path of a pioneer woman kidnapped by the Shawnee in 1779, and escaped convict Hiram Sorley whose brain is stuck in the past tries to return to a home and family that are no longer there. I see in all this a metaphor for the vanishing wilderness; just as Hiram tries to reach a vanished place and Jeremy walks a pioneer woman's trail now criss-crossed by highways and villages, we in contemporary America face a wilderness threatened by environmental abuse and urban sprawl. This book is a warning to treasure the wild spaces before we too become dreamers with no where to go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down May 6 2003
Format:School & Library Binding
I couldn't put this book down. It was excellent! There were so many sub-plots going on, and they were all so interesting. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. I really recommend this book. So far, the Ballad Series hasn't let me down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining book! March 2 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I admit it. I am a fan of Sharyn McCrumb having read some of the Elizabeth MacPherson books. This book's setting is the Great Smoky Mountain area of east Tennessee. McCrumb uses a folktale from the area to provide the basis of a modern tale while relating it to events in the past. This book is part of a series featuring several of the same characters and I look forward to each one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The author I've been searching for .... Jan. 10 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sharyn McCrumb is visiting our libray tomorrow here in Maryland. Her visit includes a musician, story telling session, etc. so I thought I'd check out one of her books. Wow! I normally wouldn't give a book like this a look but boy, am I glad I did.
Excellent wrting skills with a good command of vocabulary and structure; excellent interweaving of stories amongst time (I thought this was better incorporated than in 'The Hours'), wonderful character development with impeccable research. Held the reader's interest with out having to resort to objectionable language, steamy sex, or graphic, gratuitous situations. You cared about these characters and were pulled into the story. I could almost imagine the hill country.
Some readers said this wasn't her best - well if that's the case than I can't wait to read her other novels. What a treat - this is what I have been searching for - just a really good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional writing-great reading July 5 2002
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.
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