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Sharyn McCrumb

USA flag (b.1948)

Sharyn McCrumb is a New York Times bestselling author whose work has been cited for "Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian Literature." She has received the Chaffin and Plattner Awards for Southern fiction, two Best Appalachian Novel awards, and many other honors. She launched her acclaimed Appalachian Ballad novel series with If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O.

Sharyn McCrumb has been writer-in-residence at King College (Tennessee) and Shepherd College (West Virginia), and she has lectured on her work at universities and libraries throughout the United States and Europe. She lives and writes in the Virginia Blue Ridge.

Genres: Mystery, Historical
Series contributed to
Non fiction
Anthologies containing stories by Sharyn McCrumb
Short stories
An Autumn Migration (1998)

Agatha Award Best Novel nominee (1988) : Paying the Piper
Macavity Awards Best Novel winner (1991) : If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O
Agatha Award Best Novel nominee (1992) : The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter
Agatha Award Best Novel winner (1994) : She Walks These Hills
Agatha Award Best Novel winner (1995) : If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him...
Anthony Awards Best Novel winner (1995) : She Walks These Hills
Macavity Awards Best Novel winner (1995) : She Walks These Hills
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (1996) : If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him...

Sharyn McCrumb recommends
Where Lawyers Fear to Tread (1987)
(Willa Jansson, book 1)
Lia Matera
"One of the brightest stars of the new generation of detective fiction."
All the Great Pretenders (1992)
(Jesus Creek, book 1)
Deborah Adams
"A delightful mystery."
Funny As a Dead Comic (1993)
(Kimmey Kruse, book 1)
Susan Rogers Cooper
"A gifted and perceptive writer whose characters are second to none."
Promises of Home (1996)
(Jordan Poteet, book 3)
Jeff Abbott
"Promises of Home transcends the genre - a poignant, literate novel."
The Red Heart (1997)
James Alexander Thom
"A spellbinding journey into America's past."
A Holly Jolly Murder (1997)
(Claire Malloy, book 12)
Joan Hess
"Joan of Ark, is the patron saint of comic mystery."
Is There a Dead Man in the House (1998)
(Peaches Dann, book 5)
Elizabeth Daniels Squire
"How can peaches be a detective if she can't remember anything? The feisty but absentminded sleuth is... practical, funny, charming, middle-aged - and memorable!"
AfterImage (2000)
(Chris Sinclair, book 2)
Jay Brandon
"Jay Brandon is a fine storyteller and a gifted writer. In his new novel, After-Image, the combination is unbeatable."
The Red Church (2002)
(Sheriff Littlefield, book 1)
Scott Nicholson
"A wonderful storyteller. He is at the top of his game in The Red Chuch."
Signs in the Blood (2005)
(Elizabeth Goodweather Appalachian Mystery, book 1)
Vicki Lane
"An exotic and colorful picture of Appalachia from an outsider's perspective - through a glass darkly... Suspenseful."
The River Witch (2012)
Kimberly Brock
"There is magic and wonder in "The River Witch," but the real enchantment here is the strength of the characters Roslyn and Damascus."

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