Sharyn McCrumb Books

Sharyn McCrumb is a sexagenarian American penwoman. McCrumb, who is a mother of two, was born in February 1948 in North Carolina, in the US. She schooled at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and attended Virginia Tech. She has lectured at various institutions among the Smithsonian Institution, Oxford University, and the Germany-based University of Bonn. She has also coached writers, for example, in Chautauqua Institute and Bristol-based King University.

Order of St. Dale Series

# Read Title Published
1 St. Dale 2005
2 Once Around The Track 2007
3 Faster Pastor 2009

Order of Elizabeth MacPherson Series

Order of Jay Omega Series

# Read Title Published
1 Bimbos of the Death Sun 1987
2 Zombies of the Gene Pool 1992

Order of Ballad Series

Order of Sharyn McCrumb Short Story Collections

Order of Sharyn McCrumb Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published
1 The Unquiet Grave 2017

Order of Sharyn McCrumb Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published
1 Sharyn McCrumb's Appalachia 2011


# Read Title Published
1 Transgressions vol. 4 2006
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Sharyn McCrumb’s books are especially set in the backdrop of the expansive Appalachia Mountains, concentrating on its rich historical aspects and the lore of the regional inhabitants. She is a past master at various Appalachian issues. McCrumb debuted in 1984 and her debut book is titled Sick Shadows. Even then she is most notably renowned for authoring the Ballad series, whose first edition of the first book contained therein was initially published in 1992. Generally, her bibliography is shelved under the mystery, thriller, suspense, and historical fiction genres.

The first book in the Ballad series, If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O, is set in then then peaceful Tennessee neighborhood wherein the sheriff is a certain Spencer Arrowood. The place is generally trouble-free. However, when a once-celebrated folk musician called Peggy Muryan arrives at the town on a soul-searching mission and on the quest for making a musical comeback, she gets a threatening mail.

A resident who is Muryan’s doppelganger goes missing shortly afterwards. Soon the singer, who was once a celebrated artist but she loathes fame nowadays, is facing the very past she would have liked to forget. This book is thrilling like the rest of McCrumb’s books, and the novelist clinched various coveted literary awards such as the Anthony Award.

Sharyn McCrumb Awards

Author Sharyn McCrumb has clinched many awards, sometimes winning an award over and over again. First of all, the following are the books which have, so far, clinched the prestigious Agatha Award. In 1995, McCrumb’s 1995 book titled If I’d Killed Him When I Met Him, which is the eight in her Elizabeth MacPherson series, won in the Best Novel category. In 1994, the third book in the Ballad series, called She Walks These Hills, also won in the Best Novel group. In 1989, the winning book in the Best Short-story category was Doris.

These books clinched the Anthony Award. In 1995, She Walks These Hills won the Best Novel category while The Monster of Glamis won in the Best Short-story section. Third, in 1995, She Walks These Hills won in the Best Novel categories of Nero Award and Macavity Award. In 1991, If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O also won in the Best Novel category of the Macavity Award. Lastly, the 1987 book called Bimbos of the Death Sun, which is the first book in the Joy Omega series, won the Edgar Award in the Best Paperback Original category.

Best Sharyn McCrumb Books

The following is a description of the three best books penned by Sharyn McCrumb, by virtue of winning the Agatha and Anthony, and Macavity awards.

If I’d Killed Him When I Met Him: This is the eighth book in the Elizabeth MacPherson; it features protagonist Elizabeth MacPherson, who is a forensic anthropologist-cum-private investigator of her sibling law agency, is handling murder cases associated with love triangles.

She Walks These Hills: This is the third book in the Ballad series. Hereby, it is presumed that the ghost an abductee, abducted two centuries previously, is on the prowl in the Appalachian region of Dark Hollow. An elderly seer and law enforcer team up to (dis)prove the fable and, in so doing, apprehend the mysterious marauder.

If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O: This book has been previously described above.

Other Book Series You May Like

Readers who were in awe of Sharyn McCrumb’s books were also awe-struck by the following book series. The first one is “Deborah Knott Mysteries” and is written by Margaret Maron; the featured protagonist, Deborah Knott, is a North Carolina-based district judge.

The second one is the “Emma Fielding Mystery” and is authored by Dana Cameron. The protagonist is Emma Fielding, an intelligent and devoted archaeologist who is a past master at searching for long-lost items.

Lastly, is the “Jenny Cain” series authored by Nancy Pickard; Jenny Cain is the heroine and she operates a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization.