Sharyn McCrumb's Ballad Novels

Through the Ballad Novels, McCrumb celebrates her ancestors and the land of the mountain South, crafting a story rich with tradition and the true character and spirit of that breathtaking region. The novels are listed in order most recently published.

The Unquiet Grave

An account of the Greenbrier Ghost, The Unquiet Grave will be published on June 25, 2017 by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.

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Prayers the Devil Answers

"Years later, after the tragedy, someone remembered the Dumb Supper and what had happened there. That was the cause of it, they said, because the ritual wasn't a game after all. It really was magic, but magic has rules, and she broke them."

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Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past

In a story of spirits, memories, and angels unaware, Sharyn McCrumb revisits the mountains we call home, the folk we call family, and a familiar message that there is more to this world than the eye can see... especially at Christmastime.

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King's Mountain

The story of the Revolutionary War battle that changed the course of the war. Told from the points of view of Patriot leader John Sevier and Tory camp follower Virginia Sal, the novel brings to life the people and events in the southern front of the Revolution - a story largely ignored by the history books.

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The Devil Amongst the Lawyers

When a pretty young schoolteacher is charged with murder in 1930's Appalachia, the national press use it as an excuse to sell papers - and to demonize the region, raising social issues that go well beyond the fate of one defendant.

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The Ballad of Tom Dooley

Now from the pen of the award-winning Appalachian writer comes the true story behind the most famous mountain ballad of all: the legend of Tom Dula. The Ballad of Tom Dooley brings to life the star-crossed lovers of this mountain tragedy.

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Ghost Riders

"Some wars don't end when the generals shake hands and go home." -- Malinda Blalock, from Ghost Riders

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The Songcatcher

Trace one American family from the Revolutionary War to the present by following an English ballad as it is handed down through the generations.

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The Ballad of Frankie Silver

On July 12, 1833, Frankie Silver became the first woman in the state of North Carolina to be hanged for murder. Burgess Gaither, the 1832 Clerk of the Court for Burke County, narrates the story from her arrest to her execution. As he began to understand the true nature of events, he wonders if there is such a thing as equal justice under the law.

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The Rosewood Casket

"Dying cost nothing and could be done alone; otherwise, Randall Stargill might have lived forever."

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She Walks These Hills

"Don't shoot! It might be Harm!" say the new bumper stickers in east Tennessee. Hiram (pronounced in mountain dialect Harm) Sorley is the focus of a manhunt involving most of the area's law enforcement officers. There's just one problem: nobody wants him caught.

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The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter

The first stirrings of The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter were a series of images that bobbed up out of my subconscious...

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If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O

"I wonder who lives in that house," I thought for the hundredeth time.

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