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Subject: Virginia locations
Date Posted: 4/7/2008 6:21 PM ET
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I'm always on the look out for books (fiction) taking place in Virginia.  Of course there are Patricia Cornwell's and I have a few others:

Rainbow in the Mist, Phyllis A. Whitney

True Betrayals, Nora Roberts

Virginia, Cathy Marie Hake

I welcome any suggestions.




Date Posted: 4/7/2008 6:30 PM ET
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Annie Dillard, Lee Smith, and Adriana Trginiani (sp?) all write about SW Virginia.

Date Posted: 4/7/2008 7:36 PM ET
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Rita Mae Brown has two series that are set in Virginia. 

Marliss Melton's SEAL series is mainly Vriginia.

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Date Posted: 4/7/2008 7:50 PM ET
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Rita Mae Brown's series mysteries take place in Virginia. She has the Mrs. Murphy series (animals talk to one another and they are cozy mysteries) and another series that centers around fox hunting, the Jane Arnold series.

There's the James Reasoner Civil War series, historical novels, generational novels I guess you'd call them. I haven't read them  but my wife enjoyed at least the first couple in the series.

I don't read much fiction, and this book isn't fiction, but I enjoyed it. An American Homeplace, by Donald McCaig. It's been awhile since I read it, but I enjoyed it. It's a series of essays written by a man who I think was from NYC and went to live in rural Virginia.


Sorry, Karen, didn't see your post. I'm a very slow typist ...

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Date Posted: 4/7/2008 8:32 PM ET
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"The Mammoth Cheese" by Sheri Holman is set in rural Virginia, where Holman grew up.

Date Posted: 4/7/2008 9:22 PM ET
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Another mystery series set in Virginia is the Meg Lansgslow series by Donna Andrews. The first one, Murder with Peacocks, was quite funny.

If you've never read Sophie's Choice, a small part of the story takes place in Virginia, and the protagonist is from Virginia.

Follow the River by James Alexander Thorn - about the Mary Ingles captivity - is historical fiction. I haven't read it, but my wife enjoyed it.

Haunted by Heather Graham takes place in Virginia. My wife did not care for it, but her best friend has read it 3 times. Different strokes for different folks.

Date Posted: 4/7/2008 9:52 PM ET
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Stop You're Killing me has a location index.<-------West Virginia

Stop You're Killing Me,<----------Virginia

These are mysteries by the way=)

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Date Posted: 4/8/2008 4:14 PM ET
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Many thanks for the suggestions. There are many that sound interesting.

Date Posted: 4/8/2008 5:23 PM ET
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James A Michener's Chesapeake is an awesome book that is an excellent historical fiction novel about the Chesapeake Bay area of Virginia.   I highly recommend it.

Date Posted: 4/8/2008 7:39 PM ET
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Tom Clancy has several books that occur in and around Virginia.  I like it when that hap;pens because I live in VA,  and I'm always trying to figure out if I'm familiar to that location.  LOL!!

Date Posted: 4/8/2008 11:27 PM ET
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Angela Hunt's The Truth Teller takes place in Charlottesville, VA

Linda Nichol's In Search of Eden takes place in Abingdon, VA

Christy Barritt's Hazardous Duty takes place in the Hampton Roads area (where i'm from!!)

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 2:33 PM ET
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TIDEWATER BLOOD takes place in, surprise, Tidewater!

On the non-fiction side Barbara Kingsolver's ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MIRACLE takes place in Abingdon.


Date Posted: 4/10/2008 5:03 PM ET
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OK, I've got to stay off these forums.  Each time I sign on I find more and more that I just have to read. So many books, so little time.

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 10:20 PM ET
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Something a little different from David Baldacci,  title is  Wish you well.