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Paying the Piper Mass Market Paperback – November 13, 1988
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It's hard to say which is my favorite of McCrumb's Elizabeth MacPherson murder mysteries. She's a funny lady and every one of her very well-plotted MacPherson novels is full of all manner of zany characters. In some ways, though, this early one -- 1988 -- is one I'd recommend first to a reader new to Sharyn McCrumb. It's set on a small Scottish island, full of ominous atmosphere, naturally, where Elizabeth, a forensic anthropologist, and a crew of archaeologists are looking into prehistoric burial rites. And then, of course, a crew member dies. I tried to play detective while I read, but Paying the Piper totally faked me out -- McCrumb used one of the most ingenious murder methods I've ever come across in a lifetime of reading mysteries.
--Margaret Sanborn, Senior Publicity Copywriter
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"She's Agatha Christie with an attitude; outrageous and engrossing at the same time."
Book four in Sharyn McCrumb's Elizabeth MacPherson murder mystery series.
A motley crew of American and British professionals and amateurs gathers for an archaeological dig into prehistoric burial rites on a small Scottish island. Things already aren't going so well, when one of the strongest in the crew dies suddenly. Afraid for her life, fellow digger and forensic anthropologist Elizabeth MacPherson probes the rocky topsoil for a reason behind the evil aura of death that seems to hover over them. Is the excavation cursed by the ancient dead...or is there a more modern explanation behind the group's strangely rising mortality rate...?
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The majority of the book takes place on a deserted island, off the northern coast of Scotland, where a Elizabeth joins a group of young people are gathered to do archeological research on a group of standing stones. They are from different backgrounds and are at different levels of education in their various fields including anthropology and archeology. Cameron drops the group of scholars off on the island; helps them get settled, and takes his boat full of marine research equipment off to do his own work, promising to return when they are ready to leave. Except for radio contact with Cameron's boat they are isolated. There are three deaths before they can get off the island. None of these people are detectives and while Elizabeth can tell a good deal from old bones, the newly dead are not her thing. These people are strangers to each other, they have no reason to trust each other and they are trapped. It makes for an interesting story.
As for the narrators I love anything Davina Porter reads. She doesn't sound British to me. She sounds like my Grandmother and my husband's Great Aunt. I was expecting to hear old Virginia and that's what I hear when Davina Porter reads. The male narrator doesn't sound strident to me. I could listen to his accent forever. I barely remember my Great Grandfather Gibson, but he and his Scots burr sound like home to me. I expect by the time I came along it was very smooth, but in my memory he sounds very special. So, I must say I loved the voices in this audiobook. I apologize for inserting my expectations, just explaining why I was startled by another review who really didn't enjoy listening to them. I wish this audio book were still in production, I love it.
This time she joins an archeological group on a remote Scottish island, and her companions are quite diverse. You never know quite where anyone stands, and when people start dying of some unknown cause, it doesn't occur to anyone that it might be murder.
Ms. McCrumb has a wonderful sense of humor and uses it appropriately in her stories. My favorite McCrumb story (and title) is "If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him..."