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The best yet in a beautifully written, richly textured series
on July 3, 2009
I enjoyed this book so much that it's made my list of all-time favorite mysteries. This is the third installment in Vicki Lane's brilliantly written series starring the intelligent, likable, down-to-earth Elizabeth Goodweather. I loved the first two books, but this one surpassed them, something I didn't think was possible.
In addition to fascinating, well-portrayed characters, an absorbing, complex storyline, authentic-sounding dialogue, and a beautiful, vividly described setting in the North Carolina Appalachians, the narrative was so richly textured that despite my eagerness to find out what happened next, I found myself rereading parts of it because they resonated so strongly for me.
There are flashbacks to the childhood of two of the characters, both girls, and their rich fantasy life in which they are Cherokee Indians, evoking memories of my own childhood. And I loved the references to some of my favorite children's books, such as the Chronicles of Narnia, "The Dark Is Rising," the Oz books, and "The Hobbit," along with thoughts on Dorothy L. Sayers' "Gaudy Night" and Robert A. Heinlein's "Glory Road."
I have never been to North Carolina or the Appalachians, but the detailed portrayal of the region and the lifelike, non-stereotypical characters in this series make me feel as if I have. This book can be read on its own, but I strongly recommend reading the previous two books first so you can get to know the characters.