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The Ballad Of Frankie Silver

McCrumb, Sharyn
A fabulous story intwining a true story from the 1800s and a contemporary story involving Sheriff Spencer Arrowood.

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10/2000

The Ballad Of Tom Dooley

McCrumb, Sharyn
Interesting novelization base on the author's research. I've read several of these "Ballad" novels, and have enjoyed them.

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12/2018

The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter

McCrumb, Sharyn
Murder at the Underhill farm in Appalacia leaves two teen survivors of the family.

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9/2000

The PMS Outlaws

McCrumb, Sharyn
Eleizabeth MacPherson is in the looney bin, A. P. Powell gets a strange phone call from a law-school chum who is on the lam.

QUOTE:

Geoffrey Chandler, a mainstay of his local community theatre, was often thought to be quoting Noel Coward even when he wasn't. It was an effect into which he put considerable effort. --pg. 121

BONUS QUOTE:

..."Tonya Harding got a raw deal. On behalf of the planet, I'm begging her pardon."... --page 186

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8/2003

The Rosewood Casket

McCrumb, Sharyn
A dying old man's wish is for his sons to build his casket. Very sad, I cried at the end.

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11/2000

The Songcatcher

McCrumb, Sharyn
A song travels through a family, pass down through the generations. Very good, of course.

QUOTE:

She had been his Sunday school teacher years ago, with a sternness that gave renewed meaning to the term Christian soldiers. --pg. 293

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12/2003

The Windsor Know

McCrumb, Sharyn
Elizabeth Macpherson tries to get married while solving murders and disappearances.

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10/2000

The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter

McCullers, Carson
A group of people in a Southern town. Deaf-mute guy, teen girl, cafe owner, the black doctor and his daughter, and others. Nicely written.

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10/2014

The Member Of The Wedding

McCullers, Carson
This book was hard to read. That is, it went very slowly, and I found myself re-reading portions I had glazed over. Being a little paperback did not help! Some of it was a bit disturbing, too. I'm glad I read it. Maybe I'll watch the movie sometime. And I wonder how Frankie turned out in the end.

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11/2013

The Wright Brothers

McCullough, David
Interesting story of the Wright family, and especially the two famous brothers. Lots of pictures.

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10/2016

Cauldron

McDevitt, Jack
Hutch travels to nearly the center of the galaxy to find out where those darn Omegas are coming from, and why.

Words I Had To Look Up:

superluminals (pg. 373) -- FTL spaceships.

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10/2009

Skylar

McDonald, Gregory
He wrote the Fletch series. This story takes place in the South. A studly young handsome is accused of murder. Rated R

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7/1998

Every Heart A Doorway

McGuire, Seanan
Kids who disappeared and reappeared are sent by their desperate parents to a peculiar school run by Miss Eleanor West. Really nicely written. First of a series.

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2/2018

The Ablative Case

McInerny, Ralph
Kinapping goes wrong. Wrong people keep getting kidnapped, and bodies keep ending up in people's cars... Book ends suddenly.

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9/2003

Widow's Mate

McInerny, Ralph
A confusing mystery of a body in a cement mixer, multiple girlfriends, and money. Who is that bearded guy in Kentucky? Who lets their kid have a trap door?

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7/2010

Avalanche

Mcmanus, Patrick
I can't believe I don't have any other books by this author on The Big List! I've read several, and many of his stories in Outdoor Life. I enjoy his comedic outdoor adventures. This is a light mystery, taking place in Idaho, as far as I can tell, the second of the Sheriff Bo Tully series. Some editing boo-boos (A character is called by the wrong name; Bo visits a crime scene that he has already visited, yet asks directions to it.). Interesting characters, but not a lot of depth. I guess I said "light mystery", didn't I!

Smoke Quote:

"Those things are already killing me," Tully said. "I might as well smoke them myself."

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8/2007

The Blight Way

Mcmanus, Patrick
Sheriff Bo Tully investigates the murder of a man found on a fence. He meets Susan the medical examiner.

Smoke Quote:

He wondered how much they paid ambulance personnel these days, that they could afford to smoke. (pg. 73)

Library Quote:

"They all had ID of some kind, Bo. You count a library card as ID, don't you?"
"It's one of the best, Ernie."

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8/2011

Remote Control

McNab, Andy
British agent Nick Stone tries to find out who BLOODILY murdered his friend in Washington, D.C.

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3/2001

The Book Of Ralph

McNally, John
Hank recounts his inadvertent adventures with Ralph, who is quite the character. The shenanigans run from burglary to involvement in a murder.
The author seems to have confused CB "channels" with "stations", unless this is a Chicago thing. It certainly is not in the Big Dummy's Guide To CB Radio!

Quote:

"You see anything good?"
"What do you mean?"
"Cassette deck, turntables, ham radio?"
"Ham radio? What's a ham radio?? (pg. 98)

Quote:

"See!" she said. "It's always about you!"
I started for my bike, but I yelled behind me. "I'm me! Why shouldn't it be about me?" (pg. 158)

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8/2009

Snow Treasure

McSwigan, Marie
A Norse boy named Peter leads the children of their village in transporting the town's gold from the bank to a fishing boat so the Nazis don't steal it. Written in 1942, interestingly. Recommended by Tiffany.

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11/2009
20 books displayed
[Abadzis- Alcott] [Alcott- Anderson] [Andreae- Atkinson] [Atkinson- Ballard] [Balliett- Barnard] [Barnard- Barnhill] [Barr- Barr] [Barrows- Bear] [Bear- Beaton] [Beaton- Beattie] [Beattie, editor- Black] [Black- Block] [Block- Borchert] [Bosch- Brennert] [Brillant- Bryson] [Bryson- Bujold] [Bujold- Card] [Card- Card] [Card- Chabon] [Chabon- Clancy] [Clancy- Coakley] [Coben- Cole] [Cole- Collins] [Collins- Connelly] [Connelly- Cook] [Cook- Cornwell] [Cornwell- Crais] [Crais- Crumley] [Crumley- Cussler] [Cussler- David] [Davidson- Dickinson] [Dickinson- Dorsey] [Dorsey- Duane] [Duble- Elkins] [Elkins- Evanovich] [Evanovich- Fairstein] [Fairstein- Ferris] [Ferris- Flanagan] [Flanagan- Ford] [Forester- Francis] [Francis- Francis] [Francis- Francis] [Francis- Gaiman] [Gaiman- Gash] [Gash- Goldberg] [Goldberg- Grafton] [Grafton- Gratz] [Graves- Grennan] [Griffin- Grisham] [Grisham- Haldeman] [Haldeman- Hall] [Hallinan- Harte] [Hartwell- Heinlein] [Heinlein- Heller] [Heller- Herbert] [Herman- Hess] [Hess- Hiaasen] [Hiaasen- Hobb] [Hobb- Horowitz] [Horton- Ibbotson] [Ibbotson- John, and Travis S. Taylor] [Johnson- Kaminsky] [Kaminsky- Kellog] [Kellog- King] [King- Klise] [Knight- Kurson] [Kushner- latham] [Laughlin- Lefcourt] [Lefcourt- Lescroart] [Lescroart- Lobel] [Lockhart- Lubar] [Luttrell- MacPherson] [MacPherson- Marcinko] [Marsden- Mass] [Mass- McBain] [McBain- McCrumb] [McCrumb- McSwigan] [Meader- Millard] [Miller- Moore] [Moore- Mulligan] [Murphy- Nimmo] [Nimmo- O'Brian] [O'Brian- O'Brien] [O'Brien- Paolini] [Paolini- Parker] [Parker- Parker] [Parker- Parker] [Parker- Paulsen] [Paulsen- Peck] [Peck- Pfeffer] [Phelan- Powell] [Poyer- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pronzini] [Pronzini- Queenan] [Rankin- Rehder] [Resnick- Roach] [Roanhorse- Rose] [Rosoff- Russell] [Russell- Sawyer] [Scalzi- Schmidt] [Schmidt- Scottoline] [Scottoline- Shames] [Shames- Silverberg] [Silverberg- Smith] [Smith- Spinelli] [Spinelli- Stephens] [Stephenson- Stross] [Stross- Tapply] [Tapply- Thorp] [Thurber- Turtledove] [Turtledove- Van Draanen] [Van Draanen- Waldman] [Waldman- Wells] [Werlin- Westlake] [Westlake- Williams-Garcia] [Winchester- Woods] [Wouk- Zusak] 

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