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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (May 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440243602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440243601
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #899,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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North Carolina amateur sleuth Elizabeth Goodweather, 54, returns after Old Wounds uneasy about her relationship with Phillip, a former cop and the best friend of her deceased husband. First on her agenda: facing the attempted suicide of her friend Nola, ten years her senior. As Nola becomes increasingly unresponsive during her recovery, Elizabeth remains convinced that someone may be deliberately harming Nola in order to precipitate the sale of Nola's homestead on Gudger's Stand, a property steeped with secrets of the past. Lane craftily deepens the swiftly-moving plot with liberal sprinklings of Carolina folklore.
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“Regional mystery lovers, take note. A new heroine has come to town and her arrival is a time for rejoicing.” —Rapid River Magazine

“Vicki Lane shows us an exotic and colorful picture of Appalachia from an outsider's perspective—through a glass darkly.” —Sharyn McCrumb

“Lane is a master at creating authentic details while building suspense.” —Asheville Citizen-Times

More About the Author

The Elizabeth Goodweather series is inspired by the beautiful rural mountain county in which I live -- its present and its past. We have lived here on our farm in North Carolina since 1975 and I wanted to tell some of the wonderful stories I've heard, as well as to record a way of life that is fast disappearing. What began as a lark has turned into something very real to me as I watch Elizabeth and those around her take on lives of their own.

Please visit my web site for more information. www.vickilanemysteries.com

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I can hardly wait for her next book.
Pat
Along the way Ms. Lane evokes many memories in the reader with her acute descriptions of the landscape and changing seasons.
Nash Black
There's much, much more, lots of subplots, in this wonderfully wrought novel.
Sheila L. Beaumont

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pat on May 24, 2008
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This is the fourth book by this author and she only keeps improving. There are many twists and turns in this novel that keeps you wondering which way it's going to go ... she is one of the few authors that keeps me guessing til the very end. Her characters are very real, the description of the NC mountains is right on, and is the mountain dialect. She is a wonderful storyteller who has you thinking about this book long after you're done with it. I can hardly wait for her next book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 24, 2008
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Driving past the spooky house Elizabeth Goodweather, owner of the Full Circle Far, sees a woman about to commit suicide. She is horrified when she realizes this is her new friend Nola Barrett, who seemed perfectly stable just a few days ago. She tries to reason with Nola while waiting for authorities to arrive, but the woman leaps anyway. Fortunately Nola is not seriously injured although she is taken to the hospital. Her niece Tracy arrives to sell Nola's home so the money can be used to place her in a nursing facility.

Elizabeth is a bit suspicious because she never heard Nola saying she had any living relatives. Whenever she visits Nola at the home, her friend does not seem lucid until she starts babbling in rhyme and her words have meaning. While Elizabeth tries to figure out what is going on, Nola's pastor commits suicide for a long ago sin. These events tie back to a gang rape of an innocent young woman who wrote to the interested sheriff; but her letter was stolen so he has no way to contact her. In a silo, the bones of a man is found. Elizabeth knows these seemingly unlinked events are tied together, but not how while a cold killer prepares to add her to the list.

Vickie Lane writes a fabulous whodunit that contains various crimes in the past like when a young man is hanged for a murder he did not commit. The story line is vivid with the past imparting clues Elizabeth finds in her present activities. This technique cleverly works absorbing the audience into wondering what the heroine will find next. Although the amateur sleuth paradox is evident, fans will appreciate IN A DARK SEASON as this juicy mystery has several subplots that provide the motive to the present crimes.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Walker on August 31, 2008
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So far, I haven't read a book in this series that doesn't deserve 5 stars. Vicki knows her area so well, and the love just shines through. Her characters come to life.

This book is no exception. Now I can't wait for the next one.

Keep 'em coming, Vicki!!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nash Black VINE VOICE on September 30, 2009
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IN A DARK SEASON by Vicki Lane deserves every award for which this title has been nominated.
I have only one small criticism. It was published in trade paperback, the print is small and many passages are written in italics, which makes it difficult to read if your eyesight is poor. That said and out of the way, welcome to the world of Elizabeth Goodweather and her family. If this is your first experience with a Vicki Lane story set in the mountains of North Carolina it will send you hunting for the previous books in the series.
The convoluted relationships of people, which are kept hidden from all parties start spilling through the cracks of a fragile fabric of lust, hate, abuse, overprotectiveness and family gone wrong, mountain style. Along the way Ms. Lane evokes many memories in the reader with her acute descriptions of the landscape and changing seasons. The Goodweather family observance of the Christmas season is an event to remember and cherish.
I especially enjoyed, the historical story background, which reminded me of the Kingston Trio classic from the 1950s, "Tom Dooley."
Nash Black, author of TRAVELERS, a haunting Christmas story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheila L. Beaumont VINE VOICE on November 19, 2009
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Vicki Lane's Elizabeth Goodweather series, set in the North Carolina Appalachians, is truly fascinating, so outstanding in its writing and storytelling that I feel it's impossible for me to do it justice in a review. But I'll do my best. IN A DARK SEASON, the fourth book in the series, takes place in December, leading up to the winter solstice and Christmas. The author does a masterful job of interweaving mysteries in the past and present, with the characters, and their interrelationships, so vividly portrayed that they come to life.

This intricate tale involves the attempted suicide of a friend of Elizabeth's at a spooky old house with a dubious and sinister history; the apparent suicide of a local pastor; dark crimes, including rape and murder, in the recent past; and the plight of a young man, in 1860, who has been framed for murder. There's much, much more, lots of subplots, in this wonderfully wrought novel. There's a tantalizing teaser at the end, which makes me especially impatient to read the next in the series, THE DAY OF SMALL THINGS.

I've never visited the Appalachians, but having read this series (and also Kerry Madden's fine juvenile series set in the same area, the Maggie Valley Trilogy), I really feel as if I've been there. This series rates very high among regional mysteries (or any kind of mysteries). In fact, I rate it on par with Louise Penny's Three Pines series, and I believe it should be much better known than it is. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a truly well-written, well-plotted, complex mystery with fascinating, well-drawn characters.
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