Sick of Shadows (Elizabeth MacPherson Series #1)

Sick of Shadows (Elizabeth MacPherson Series #1)

by Sharyn McCrumb

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Overview

The book that started it all for Edgar Award winner Sharyn McCrumb's widely acclaimed series featuring amateur sleuth Elizabeth MacPherson.
When delicate Eileen Chandler is set to marry, her family fears the man is a fortune hunter. Thank goodness, Eileen's cousin Elizabeth MacPherson comes early for support. Unfortunately, Elizabeth also has some detecting to do, as a dead body is found, and none of the wedding party is above suspicion....
"A good deal of suspense...McCrumb writes with a sharp-pointed pen."
LOS ANGELES TIMES

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780613223782
Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/28/1999
Series: Elizabeth MacPherson Series , #1
Product dimensions: 4.38(w) x 6.96(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sharyn McCrumb is an internationally acclaimed New York Times bestselling author whose work has been honored with all five of the major awards in crime fiction (Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, and Nero)—with two Best Appalachian Novel awards. She is the creator of the Ballad series, which began with If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O; and her satirical mystery series featuring forensic anthropologist Elizabeth MacPherson. McCrumb lives in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains, less than a hundred miles from the Smoky Mountain valley where her ancestors settled in 1790.

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Sick of Shadows (Elizabeth MacPherson Series #1) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Laddiegirl More than 1 year ago
The Elizabeth MacPherson series is one of my favorite series for funny mystery novels that aren't corny & cheesy. The characters are well thought out with great personality and yes the plots always wrap up neatly...but its interesting to get there with lots of fun dialogue and I love the main character, Elizabeth MacPherson. This is one of my favorites of the series and sets it up well.
NCRainstorm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The author, Sharyn McCrumb, manages to infuse a lot of humor into this mystery. Everyone knows how painful it can be when roped into participating in a relative's wedding. The main character, Elizabeth, didn't know just how painful it was going to be! It was fun reading the witty repartee between Elizabeth and her cousins. However, I did feel that the majority of the characters were just caricatures of personality types. There was little depth shown in most of them, so they mostly seemed silly to me.It was difficult to root for a protagonist that was wandering aimlessly in life, as Elizabeth was. With a fairly useless degree and no job in sight, she seemed more interested in trying to find a husband. Yes, this was added humor for the storyline, but didn't do much for the women's empowerment movement. This book was published in 1999, so that might have a lot to do with this character type, as the trend nowadays is to have a stronger, more forceful woman protagonist.Overall, this book was a nice, light mystery, and enjoyable to read. I will be trying out some of the sequels to see how Elizabeth turns out!
Darrol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fairly light reading, pleasant series character, some funny dialog based on literary quotations.
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ToReadPerchancetoDream More than 1 year ago
The author, Sharyn McCrumb, manages to infuse a lot of humor into this mystery. Everyone knows how painful it can be when roped into participating in a relative's wedding. The main character, Elizabeth, didn't know just how painful it was going to be! It was fun reading the witty repartee between Elizabeth and her cousins. However, I did feel that the majority of the characters were just caricatures of personality types. There was little depth shown in most of them, so they mostly seemed silly to me. It was difficult to root for a protagonist that was wandering aimlessly in life, as Elizabeth was. With a fairly useless degree and no job in sight, she seemed more interested in trying to find a husband. Yes, this was added humor for the storyline, but didn't do much for the women's empowerment movement. This book was published in 1999, so that might have a lot to do with this character type, as the trend nowadays is to have a stronger, more forceful woman protagonist. Overall, this book was a nice, light mystery, and enjoyable to read. I will be trying out some of the sequels to see how Elizabeth turns out!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
While lying in bed last weekend, moaning under the weight of a killer headache, I tossed aside the book I had been reading because it required too much concentration. The constant brow-furrowing and synapse-firing was exacerbating my mal-du-tete, so I sought something lighter. Something funny. Something that wouldn't hurt my enfeebled head. I found it in Sharyn McCrumb's "Sick of Shadows", a novel of characters in which the mystery is incidental. Each character is original, fun and lively, with quirks that may have seemed quirkier years ago when this book was written, but now seem as normal as any American family. The main character is Elizabeth McPherson, recent college graduate, who goes on to figure in many more of McCrumb's novels (McCrumb seems to have fallen in love with her Appalachian cycle, so Ms. McPherson's fate is uncertain, at best). Her mad cousin, Eileen, is about to be married and has invited Elizabeth to be a bridesmaid. Cousin Geoffrey is a Shakespeare-spouting layabout, Cousin Alban is a history buff who built a castle on his property and Charles is a hippie physicist. McCrumb gives Elizabeth a wry matter-of-fact delivery that occasionally made me laugh out loud, and her favorite device is revealing her impressions of the family in frequent letters to her brother, Bill, who is unable to attend the wedding. The murder, when it finally happens, is shocking and sad, yet McCrumb doesn't allow it to weigh the book down with sorrow All in all, "Sick of Shadows" was just what I needed to get me through a miserable day. Of course, I was cheating, as I had read it years ago and was only now rereading it, so I knew it would be perfect, but that shouldn't steer you away from this book or the series. I plan to reread them all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in this book. The first few pages were good and then it was boring, to me, unitl about the last quarter of the book. Elizabeth MacPherson has a cousin who is getting married, then the cousin ends up being murdered. One of many people could have done it and many had a motive. Most of whom are in one big house waiting for the wedding. Nearly all of them are nuts and not a funny kind of nut. Of course the killer is found out in the end. I liked the character of the Sheriff, Wesley Roundtree better than Elizabeth. I looked and looked for this book to read the first one in the series befoere any of the others. I doubt I will read any more. I have read some of McCrumb's Ballard books and liked them but did not care for this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Light read