Appalachian Mountains

Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich: Southern Mountain Moonshine Clan Saga

Crime Story
Bull Mountain

I can never resist novels about the people in the Appalachian Mountains, probably because I grew up at the foot of those mountains. Maybe it’s the strong Scots-Irish heritage but, as my grandfather would say, nothing beats mountain folk for sheer ornery cussedness. And they have a strong distrust of government of any kind. One […]

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The Curse of Crow Hollow by Billy Coffey: Book Review & Giveaway

Fantasy & Supernatural
The Curse of Crow Hollow

The Southern Appalachian Mountains and haunted tales seem to go hand in hand. I grew up listening to countless folk tales about those mountains and the bizarre things that happened there so, when I saw Billy Coffey’s The Curse of Crow Hollow, I couldn’t resist and I don’t think you’ll be able to either. Small […]

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In Wilderness by Diane Thomas: Psych Thriller Book Review & Giveaway

In Wilderness

I grew up in the Appalachian Mountains, so I’m drawn to novels about that area. At the same time, I feel badly for authors who write about that area because I’m intent on ensuring the area is portrayed accurately. To me, the Appalachians, along with the Rocky Mountains and the Cascade Mountains, are among the […]

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Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past, a Ballad Novella by Sharon McCrumb

Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past

We don’t normally review novellas but we’ve got a couple of them this holiday season. Bestselling and award-winning author Sharon McCrumb is one of my favorite authors. I love all of her books but her Ballad series novels featuring old Appalachian Mountain tales are very special to me. I grew up there and she beautifully […]

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Risky Undertaking by Mark de Castrique: Mystery Book Review & Giveaway

Crime Story
Risky Undertaking

I had never heard of Mark de Castrique when I decided to read his latest Buryin’ Barry mystery, Risky Undertaking, and I’m wondering now how I missed this NC author since he’s quite a prolific writer. All I really knew from the publisher’s blurb was that this latest mystery was set in the Great Smokey […]

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The Last Breath by Kimberly Belle: Will the Truth Lead to Forgiveness?

Crime Story
The Last Breath

What does it mean to truly forgive someone? What price do we pay for holding onto old hurts and wounds? In her debut novel, The Last Breath, Kimberly Belle looks at the pain families go through when something happens that tears them apart and whether it’s ever possible to heal old rifts. Why is it […]

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