This is one of my favorite of the MacPherson mysteries! It has it all. Elizabeth is back from England and attempting to save her long-suffering brother from jail, while at the same time, trying to stop her parents from divorcing. Now, that's all well and good, but the real story, the fun, comes with the group of charming old ladies who live in the Home for Confederate Women take over the story.
Not great literature, folks, but a darn funny break from all the heavy reading. I wish this series had gone on for many more years.
A fun book with eight old ladies who are smarter than they seem.
After you start getting to know all the zany characters in this book, you'll wish you really did know them. Quirky, crazy southern belles gone bad. You will chuckle as you read this book, I promise :)
Story of Elizabeth's brother Bill, the messes he gets himself into, and a band of feisty old Southern women. Fun read.
Not nearly as good as many of her others. A tale of Confederate gold and eight wives and daughters of Civil War veterans and the scam they pull, plus some severe family problems, requires Elizabeth to fly back from Scotland to help her brother.
I was somewhat disappointed in McCrumb's sloppy use of Civil War history and personages, but then I can't write entertaining mysteries as she does. And I was certainly disappointed in what happened to the gold. But that's life.
Down South the Civil War isn't something you learn about in school. It's a chilling presence that hasn't quite passed into history. Forensic anthropologist Elizabeth MacPherson feels its pull when she ventures to Danville, Virginia,to save her brother Bill-a novice lawyer-from a charge that could send him to prison.
Clever mystery with witty insights into characters' personalities.
Excellent and amusing Southern mystery. Very educational about the Civil War.
IF YOU LIKE OLD FASHIONED MYSTERIES WITH A TOUCH OF FUN AND HISTORY THEN THIS IS FOR YOU
If you have never read any of Sharyn McCrumb's books you are missing out. This is another of her really good stories.
As always Sharyn McCrumb provides a good read.
I hope she has written another one.
This is the 7th in McCrumb's Elizabeth MacPherson series-and so far, it is my favorite. I just love Sharon McCrumb's books, and particularly this character! There is so much wit and life in McCrumb's books. She reminds me of a funnier Eudora Welty.
Kept me wanting to pick up the book and read more until the very end. Intriguing.
From back cover
Down South the Civil War isn't something you learn about in school. It's a chilling presence that hasn't quite passed into history. Forensic anthropologist Elizabeth MacPherson feels its pull when she ventures to Danville, VA to save her brother Bill -- a novice lawyer -- from a charge that could send him to prison.
This is the first Elizabeth MacPherson mystery I have read by Sharyn McCrumb. It was light and fun reading.
Another good one in the growing series written by Sharyn McCrumb. Take a forensic anthropologist, add a newly licensed attorney and throw in eight daughters of Confederate veterans - all this adds up to an interesting, entertaining mystery with twists and turns!
Eight women, the daughters of Confederate veterans, had ask Bill, a novice lawyer, to sell their antebellum mansion. But the real estate deal is the cover for a calculated decepton. A funny Southern mystery.
Forensic anthropologist Elizabeth MacPherson heads to Danville, Virginia, to save her brother Bill--a novice lawyer--from a charge that could send him to prison. It seems that eight women, the daughters of Confederate veterans, had asked Bill to sell their antebellum mansion. But the real estate deal is the cover for a calculated deception. As Bill finds himself facing fraud charges, his clients suddenly disappear without a trace. It will fall to Elizabeth to follow a twisted trail of bitterness and resentment--one that leads to a Civil War secret that may be the key to the ugly truth....