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Music of Ghosts: A Novel of Suspense (A Mary Crow Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Sallie Bissell
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Book Description

Fiddlesticks killed her with his razor. Slit her throat and then forgave her.

Deep in the Appalachian woods stands the old Fiddlesticks cabin, the scene of a bloody double murder from decades past. Now the haunted cabin lures young thrill seekers who hope to hear the killer’s ghostly fiddle music. When a group of college students comes to call, Lisa Wilson—the daughter of a former North Carolina governor—is tragically murdered, and her flesh is mutilated with disturbing symbols.

Pisgah County sheriff Jerry Cochran is in hot water when the ball-busting politician shows up, threatening to tear the county apart in search of his daughter’s killer. But Nick Stratton—the handsome raptor center specialist and Lisa’s boss—is in even hotter water when evidence points to him as the prime suspect. As Nick turns to attorney Mary Crow for help, it’s up to the Pisgah County native to discover the truth. Did Nick do it? Or is there a deranged mountain killer on the loose? 

Praise for the Mary Crow series:
“A top-notch thriller.”—People

“A grim but well-written adventure that skillfully interweaves Cherokee lore and human nature at its best and worst.”—Booklist

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About the Author

Sallie Bissell (North Carolina) is a Nashville native and divides her time between her hometown and Asheville. The first four titles in the critically acclaimed Mary Crow series are available from Bantam Doubleday Dell.

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  • File Size: 742 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: MIDNIGHT INK (April 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,363 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Music of Ghosts by Sallie Bissell April 15, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
When Mary Crow promised her longtime lover that she would no longer handle criminal cases, she never expected a murder to land at her front door. When the daughter of a prominent politician is found fatally victimized and her boss is charged with the crime, Mary is placed in the intractable position of proving his defense even though she knows it could cause her to lose everything that matters to her.

As Mary divulges deeper into the crime, she finds herself embroiled in a centuries old mystery that stems from a similar murder that occurred 1958 and a ghost story that still haunts the Appalachians surrounding her town. She is also having to deal with personal issues when her lover and his nine year old daughter return from a court ordered visit with her grandparents changed and suddenly acting cold towards her. With the help of the local sheriff's fiancée and friends from her time as a prosecutor, Mary will learn the hard way that blood is thicker than water and often times the ghosts of our pasts are never truly laid to rest.

Music Of Ghosts is the fifth installment in Sallie Bissell's Mary Crow series. A suspenseful mystery series whose protagonist, Mary Crow, is a Cherokee lawyer whose penchant for trouble follows her around like a shadow. Even if you haven't read the first four, the story line's crisp clean lines and smooth telling allows for instant comprehension and immersion. Heavily character driven with a multitude of twists and turns, lore inspired mystery and suspense builds slowly, intertwining with an on going deeply rooted romance that is not without its own drama.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery! April 3, 2013
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This mystery novel was a ton of fun to read. I really enjoyed getting to know all the characters, especially as Bissell deeply fleshed them out for her readers. This is my first Mary Crow novel, though it's number five in the series, and what I really enjoyed was that this is a stand alone novel in which we get to know Mary Crow very well, regardless of whether we've read the other novels. While I do love series novels that build off of each other, I also really enjoy the stand alone, and was very happy to see that this was the case with the Mary Crow novels.

Bissell opens The Music of Ghosts with a bewildering murder, thrusting readers into the chaos as we watch and learn about Lisa Wilson and the events leading up to her untimely demise. I really liked the way Bissell did this as, truth be told, I wasn't really a fan of Lisa, but I was interested in her and her friends, and their sleuthing of the abandoned Fiddlesticks cabin piqued my interest from the very first page. With Lisa out of the way, the novel moves quickly into a case of whodunit as the five surviving members in the cabin, as well as the others who had contact with Lisa throughout the summer, become prime suspects. Enter Mary Crow. Struggling with her own set of problems and her promise to never take a murder case, Mary must decide whether or not to follow her gut and, in so doing, brings about the demise of some, including former relationships, and the triumph of others.

This novel is a rollercoaster ride of emotions, focusing on Mary's heartbreak, Jerry's murder case, Nick's innocence, and the very real possibility that someone very near to the Fiddlesticks murders is exacting their revenge. Bissell kept me guessing the whole time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bissell's fifth Mary Crow may be the scariest May 27, 2013
Anyone who has ever read any of Sallie Bissell's novels from the Mary Crow series knows better than to start the book in the dead of night--especially if you're alone in the house. You could not MAKE me sentence myself to Bissell's form of terror in the Zulu hours. Even with a loaded gun in a nearby cabinet, a dog with sharp ears and my able-bodied husband slumbering nearby--no way. It would just be too scary.

Even the cover of the book is scary, with its tacky feel and blackish illustration of the haunted cabin in the woods where a "dark thing" lurked that the victim could feel but not see--while she was still alive. Can you say Blair Witch Project?

Music of Ghosts, Bissell's fifth horror story involving the lanky-legged, black-haired Cherokee prosecutor named Mary Crow, is no runt of the litter. Like its four older siblings (In the Forest of Harm, A Darker Justice, Call the Devil by His Oldest Name, and Legacy of Masks) this one breaks fast--the reader is terrified within the first four minutes--and sustains its suspenseful pace throughout the race to find a dangerous killer: a sadist who not only slits his victim's throat but uses a razor to decorate her with bizarre, hieroglyphic-like figures.

The story takes place in the fictitiously named but oh so real mountainous Pisgah County, near Asheville, N.C., which the author obviously knows well. Five summer interns working at the Pisgah Raptor Rescue Center have decided to go spend the night at the purportedly haunted Fiddlesticks cabin, "a beaten place," the author writes, "where light and energy had packed up one day and never returned."

Years ago, the cabin was the scene of a grizzly murder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read and I learned about a totally new kind ...
A good read and I learned about a totally new kind of music. I look forward to reading other Bissell mysteries.
Published 3 months ago by katie ohare
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
Very well written. It's a page turner once you start reading it's hard to put down. Can't wait to find out what's coming next.
Published 3 months ago by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary crow
Well written complex characters unpredictable twists in the plot. Wonderful balance of love story and mystery...great book. I highly recommended
Published 4 months ago by claire foceri
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you going
The author travels back and forth from chapter to chapter but is easy to follow. Interested in getting more of her books.
Published 5 months ago by Teresa
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 5 months ago by vivian stout
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Sallie Bissell s novels are so compelling and vivid! I have read all of her books and hopefully she will be coming out with more in this series. Wonderful!
Published 5 months ago by georgia girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Music of Ghosts
This was the first time I read one of the Mary Crow novels. I will probably read the next one.
Published 6 months ago by Gardendea
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed this book a lot.
Published 6 months ago by Janice A. Krinsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't start reading this late at night...
It grabs you from page one and keeps you guessing straight thru until the end.
Published 7 months ago by Nelsene Rooks
3.0 out of 5 stars Music of Ghosts
A good exciting story with lots of suspense
It could have been two separate stories or novels
The ending was completely surprising
Published 9 months ago by Guy King
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More About the Author

Though I'm a flat-land Southerner (Nashville, Tennessee), I've been fascinated by the Appalachian Mountains since vacationing there in my childhood. Twenty years ago, I had an opportunity to move to Western North Carolina, so I packed my Tennessee bags and basically, never looked back. I soaked up the mountain culture, the Cherokee Indians, and the haunting beauty of the mountains. Ultimately, all these things wound up in a book called "In The Forest Of Harm" which introduced my protagonist, half-Cherokee Mary Crow. Six (soon to be seven) books later, neither the mountains nor Mary have lost their fascination for me. It's been a privilege to write about her, and about this amazing area of the country. When I'm not writing, I enjoy tennis, hiking, Big Foot sightings and a good cup of coffee. Love to hear from my readers, so drop me a line on my website,!

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