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Paying the piper
McCrumb, Sharyn, 1948-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Ballantine Books, [1988]

Physical Description:
179 pages ; 18 cm
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.9 7.0 25180.
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"She's Agatha Christie with an attitude; outrageous and engrossing at the same time." Steven Womack, NASHVILLE BANNER 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...'

Author Notes

Sharyn McCrumb was born in Wilmington, North Carolina on February 26, 1948. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received an M.A. in English from Virginia Tech. Her novels include the Elizabeth MacPherson series and the Ballad series. St. Dale won a 2006 Library of Virginia Award and the Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year Award. Ghost Riders won the Wilma Dykeman Award for Literature and the Audie Award for Best Recorded Book. She has received numerous awards for her work including the Sherwood Anderson Short Story Award, the Perry F. Kendig Award for Achievement in Literary Arts, the Chaffin Award for Southern Literature, and the Plattner Award for Short Story. In 2014, she received the Mary Frances Hobson Prize for Southern Literature by North Carolina's Chowan University.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

This latest appearance of Elizabeth MacPherson finds her enroute to Scotland with her fiance Cameron Dawson-- he to continue his research on seals off the west Scottish coast, she to assist on an archaeological dig among Celtic megaliths on a nearby island. Stopping in Edinburgh to meet the Dawson family, Cameron, Elizabeth, and other members of the dig join a nighttime Murder Walk, a tour visiting infamous spots in the old city. The sudden death (murder?) of a fellow tour member (a London journalist from a scandal sheet) seems unrelated to the concerns of either Cameron or Elizabeth until a sudden illness strikes the members of the dig after their arrival on the remote island. The sudden bad weather cuts the dig off, followed by the unpleasant discovery that someone has disabled the radio transmitter. An ingenious plot and vivid characterizations make this a most enjoyable read. SWM.