The second in a series of mysteries featuring Fever Devilin, the folklorist who solves crimes as a sideline. The author intertwines authentic Georgia mountain folklore into the story, which makes it twice as interesting. I enjoyed this book quite a bit.
This was a great read, being a Harlequin mystery I was expecting something light heavy on the romance. This is exactly the oppist, it was a great read full of color of the Smokey Mountains. Their thoughts, pattern of living and the supersations that form their lives. I got so caught up in the side mystery of main characters history, that I totally was caught by surprize by the ending of the book and the resulation of the mystery there. Great read by a new auto buy author for me.
Unique story. Murder mystery with twitsts and turns to hold the reader's interest.
Fever devukub us a folklorist and academic and a native of the Georgia Appalachians. He is drawn into a dark and strange mystery. I really liked this book.
Written with Georgia Appalachians in mind , a truly haunting book
Love the fever Devlin series. Southern country people and traditions. Personal
memories both good and bad. Folklore and things that give you chills.
Appalachian history, h'aints, and mystery. What's not to like. Read the whole series.
I loved this one even more than the first.........needless to say, I am looking forward to reading the next one!
Murder, ghosts, folklore and echoes of a recent, macabre news story combine to make Edgar-winner DePoy's second Fever Devilin adventure (after 2003's The Devil's Hearth) a memorable stroll through the graveyard. Fever, a folklorist and native of the Georgia Appalachians, is host to a vacationing British colleague, Winton Andrews, when they witness a lover's quarrel between Able Carter and Truevine Deveroe. After the lovers disappear and a body turns up, Fever, Winton and Fever's best friend, Sheriff Skid Needle, face the beginning of a mystery whose tendrils spread like kudzu. Fever stands out among Blue Mountain folk not only because he's unusually educated but because, as Winton describes him, "You're near seven feet tall, your hair's white as snow, you're loud, you're a know-it-all, and your name is Fever." Fever's knowledge of his neighbors, their geography and history enables him to interpret signs and clues in a case that grows more complex and deadlier as he pieces it together. Sharp characterization, a broad humorous streak and sumptuous descriptions of country cooking all add to DePoy's beguiling brew.
Folklorist and academic Fever Devilin, a native of the Georgia Appalachians, is drawn into a strange mystery that has roots deep in the hill of Blue Mountain. After a spat during a church supper, Able Carter and his fiancee, Truevine Deveroe, are missing. A bit later, a body is found in the ravine behind Fever's cabin and identified as the local mortician, Harding Pinehurst. Folks suspect Able Carter of the deed. A few like Truevine's drunken, gun-toting brothers are out for blood.
Soon, however, the grisly discovery of countless bodies half buried near the mortuary expose the murdered man's horrifying secret, but not who killed him. Fever's insight into his own dark past, along with his understanding of the peculiar ways of the mountain people, will lead him to the unlikely killer in a world where old legends told through generations are still a way of life, and now, it seems death.