Book Reviews of The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter (Ballad, Bk 2)

The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter (Ballad, Bk 2)
The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter - Ballad, Bk 2
Author: Sharyn McCrumb
ISBN-13: 9780451403704
ISBN-10: 0451403703
Publication Date: 4/1/1993
Pages: 381
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 150 ratings
Publisher: Onyx Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
This was an excellent read. There are several books using the same characters and I cannot wait to read some more. There was a mystery but not overly gruesome. Wonderful characters and really teaches you about mountain life. I have visited Tennessee and feel like I am back there every time I picked up this book.
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Helpful Score: 2
One of her Ballad series. These are great - lots of history about Apalachia. Fast read.
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Helpful Score: 2
In general I like this series, but this one is a little on dark side, for my taste.
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Helpful Score: 2
A compelling, haunting, but horribly grim story of murder in Dark Holoow, Tennessee. Keep something light on hand to read next.
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Helpful Score: 1
Part of Sharyn McCrumb's "Ballad" series. It all starts with an apparent murder-suicide leaves the Underhill children orphans - and what seems an open-and-shut case quickly becomes a spiral of tragedy.
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A book you don't want to end, it was that good!
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Suspense --- Mystery --- A good read
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My frist McCrumb book, enjoyed it being a little different than I expected. I recommend it if you want a good off beat story.
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Everyone knew that Nora had "the sight". So she was the 1st to know about themurder-suicide. Four members of the Underhill family laydead on a run-down farm.
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Another good "ballad" book by McCrumb. I didn't care so much for the environmental sub-plot, but otherwise enjoyed the bits of folklore and local culture, as well as the vivid descriptions of the rugged and beautiful setting. McCrumb isn't the most polished writer, but she knows how to tell an engaging story.
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aother great read by Sharyn McCrumb!!
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Sharon McCrumb's mysteries set in Appalachia are wonderful and this is no exception--fascinating characters and well-crafted suspense.
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If you read jsut one crime novel this year, it should be this one!
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Sharyn McCrumb has been called a writer of rare talent. If you haven't read her work, this is a great place to start.

Blessed with the "Sight" old Nora Bonesteel is the first to know about the murder-suicide in Dark Hollow, Tennessee. Four members of the Underhill famil lie dead on a run-down farm. And Sheriff Spencer Arrowood has this worried feeling that the bad things aren't over. Old Nora knows they aren't for what she saw was the kind of dying that will test the courage of the living and a sheriff's insights into country ways and hearts.
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Nora Bonesteel has "the sight" and was first to know about the grisly murder-suicide at the Underhill farm in Dark Hollow, TN. It was an open and shut case, but the Sheriff worried he'd missed something. If he knew what Nora could 'see' he'd worry more....excellent McCrumb book.
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The setting is in the Appalachian mountains, small community interactions, easy read, but very cresible.
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Great book! I just love this author!
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From the acclaimed author, this mystery-suspense novel is set in a beautiful town and tugs hard on the heartstrings. I was sucked in.
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Sharyn McCrumb is an aware winning southern author. The below is from her web site:

"She is best known for her Appalachian "Ballad" novels, set in the North Carolina/Tennessee mountains, including New York Times Best Sellers She Walks These Hills and The Rosewood Casket, which deal with the issue of the vanishing wilderness, and The Ballad of Frankie Silver, the story of the first woman hanged for murder in the state of North Carolina; and The Songcatcher, a genealogy in music, tracing the author's family from 18th century Scotland to the present by following a Scots Ballad through the generations. Ghost Riders, an account of the Civil War in the mountains of western North Carolina, won the Wilma Dykeman Award for Literature given by the East Tennessee Historical Society."

These are excellent books, I have read most of them.
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Great book I had read this several years ago and greatly enjoyed it the second time around. Everyone in Dark Hollow Tennessee, knew that old Nora Bonesteel had "the sight". So naturally she was the first to know about the murder-suicide. Four members of the Underhill family lay dead on a run-down farm and the two children who survived had no one left. Only the minister's wife, Laura Bruce was willing to their guardian. The grisly case was supposed to be :open and shut" but it bothered Sheriff Spencer Arrowood. He had this worried feeling that the bad things were far from over at the Underhill's farm. And he would feel a lot worse if he knew what else old Nora saw: tragedy for Laura Bruce, an elderly man and a young mother.......and the kind of dying that would test the courage of the living and a sherriff's insights into country ways and hearts
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Hmmm, how to categorize this one? . . . The activity takes place in everyday America, but it has the flavor of an old-timey Appalachian ballad to it. I'm not talking about the book's chapter headings taken from old mountain songs, but about the inevitability of certain things. Given the way some people are, some things simply HAVE to happen, right? Well Sharon McCrumb somehow makes you feel that patterning and natural balance for yourself.

From back cover: Everyone in Dark Hollow, Tennesee, knew that old Nora Bonesteel had 'the Sight.' So naturally she was the first to know about the murder-suicide. Four members of the Underhill family lay dead on a run-down farm, and the two children who survived had no one left. Only the minister's wife, Laura Bruce, was willing to be their guardian.
The grisly case was supposed to be 'open and shut,' but it bothered Sheriff Spencer Arrowood. He had this worried feeling that the bad things were far from over at the Underhill's farm. And he would feel a lot worse if he knew what else old Nora saw: tragedy for Laura Bruce, an elderly man, and a young mother...and the kind of dying that would test the courage of the living and a sheriff's insights into country ways and hearts.
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Everyone in Dark Hollow, Tennessee, knew that old Nora Boneseel had "the sight." So naturally she was the first to know about the murder-suicide. Four members of the Underhill family lay dead on a run-down farm, and the two children who survived had no one left. Only the minister's wife, Laura Bruce, was willing to be their guardian.

The grisly case was suppose to be "open and shut," but it bothered Sheriff Spencer Arrowood. He had this worried feeling that the bad things were far from over at the Underhill's farm. And he would feel a lot worse if he knew what else old Nora saw: tragedy for Laura Burce, and eldery man, and a young mother...and the kind of dying that would test the courage of the living and a sheriff's insights into country ways and hearts.
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Another good one by Sharyn McCrumb! Nora Bonesteel, the local eccentric, was the first to know about the murder-suicide. Nora had no phone, no newspapers, no near neighbors from which to hear the news. She had "the Sight".

Featuring Sheriff Spencer Arrowood, this thriller has lots of twists and turns.
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This is from one of my favorite mystery writers.
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this was ok