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In a Dark Season #2020

In a Dark Season In a North Carolina winter new vistas appear through the bare trees For Elizabeth Goodweather of Full Circle Farm still a newcomer after than twenty years one terrible glimpse ignites a mystery tha

  • Title: In a Dark Season
  • Author: Vicki Lane
  • ISBN: 9780440243601
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Paperback
  • In a Dark Season By Vicki Lane, In a North Carolina winter, new vistas appear through the bare trees For Elizabeth Goodweather of Full Circle Farm, still a newcomer after than twenty years, one terrible glimpse ignites a mystery that reaches back years into these hills, drawing together dozens of seemingly unconnected lives Elizabeth sees a frail old woman on a high porch where dolls hang by twineIn a North Carolina winter, new vistas appear through the bare trees For Elizabeth Goodweather of Full Circle Farm, still a newcomer after than twenty years, one terrible glimpse ignites a mystery that reaches back years into these hills, drawing together dozens of seemingly unconnected lives Elizabeth sees a frail old woman on a high porch where dolls hang by twine When the woman jumps, and Elizabeth reacts, there is no turning back.Nola Barrett s ancient, sprawling house is spewing a dark past of depravity, scandal and murder Her land is at the center of multiple mysteries, ranging from a suspicious death to the brutal rape of a young woman to the legend of a handsome youth hanged for murder But with Nola recovering from her self inflicted wounds, Elizabeth has inherited her mad, violent drama while a killer has a perfect view of it all From the Paperback edition.

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    1. An inticate plot goes from past to future, and back to past Nola Barrett,s ancient sprawling house is spewing a dark past of scandal depravity and murder Her land is at the center of multiple mysteries, ranging from a suspicious death to a brutal rape of a young women, to the legend of a handsome young man hanged for a murder he didn,t commit But with Nola recovering from her attempted suicide its up to Elizabeth to sort through the past of this mad violent drama while a killer has a perfect vie [...]

    2. Christmas has come around again in Ransom, NC This year Elizabeth Fairweather is having a hard time her friend Nola tried to commit suicide, she and Phillip are grouchy with each other, Ben s new girlfriend is too perfect to be true And the fact that her late husband died right around Christmas six years previously does not help.The historical mystery is the story of Lydy Goforth and how he was hung for murders he said he did not commit.There was some woo woo stuff going on in this book Not a hu [...]

    3. I have loved Vicki Lane s Elizabeth Goodweather series from the beginning I usually love the way she weaves the past with the present and shows how actions resonate from generation to generation and down through the centuries She has never shied away from the darkest and depravest of crimes though she tends to skirt over the painfully descript details In a Dark Season had all of those elements yet somehow it all seemed too much, overwhelming and the tapestry seemed heavy rather than airy, artis [...]

    4. This is the first book I ve read in the Elizabeth Goodweather Full Circle series Liz is a middle aged woman in a relationship with Philip Hawkins, criminal justice professor detective They live in the Appalachian mountains, near Asheville One of the neighbors, Nola Barrett, tries to kill herself by jumping off a cliff, and they are luckily nearby to get help Liz discovers a mystery surrounding Nola s suicide attempt and uncovers a string of crimes by some local Bad Boyz This takes place during t [...]

    5. I m not sure why I had not read Vicki Lane until now, for I love the mountains around Asheville, North Carolina, where she sets her Elizabeth Goodweather series I was probably under the mistaken notion that her mysteries were dark and gruesome Yes, there s dark aplenty, but the gruesomeness is kept within limits tolerable to my squeamishness The emphasis here is on character, and Vicki Lane does a wonderful job of creating sympathetic and believable characters in a rural Appalachian setting She [...]

    6. In a Dark Season is the fourth of Vicki Lane s Elizabeth Goodweather series The books juxtapose stories from the past with present day mysteries, all set in the mountains of North Carolina The books also follow the lives of Elizabeth, her two daughters, and other people in their community This book is set at Christmastime, contrasting the light in a dark season with the tragic and complicated interwoven plots, today s crimes having their genesis in troubles of the 19th century You will only need [...]

    7. Vicki Lane s Elizabeth Goodweather series, set in the North Carolina Appalachians, is truly fascinating, so outstanding in its writing and storytelling that it s hard to do it justice But I ll do my best This, the fourth book, takes place in December, leading up to the winter solstice and Christmas The author does a masterful job of interweaving mysteries in the past and present, with the characters and their interrelationships so vividly portrayed that they come to life.This intricate tale invo [...]

    8. Enjoyed this fourth outing of the Elizabeth Goodweather series I love her Appalachian settings and love Elizabeth s family occupation as a herbal farmer This time, the historic mystery struck me as less interesting, for whatever reason It concerned the Drovers Road along which animals were driven to to the coast for slaughtering and an inn or stand along the way One of the drovers is accused of murder Eventually, I became interested in his story, but it seemed a stereotypical scenario than usu [...]

    9. I am a real fan of Vicki Lane after I discovered her first book on a trip to Hot Springs in the mountains of North Carolina Her mysteries are set in that area and they always evoke for me that lovely place In a Dark Season is her latest in the Elizabeth Goodweather series and I think it is her best The setting is wintertime in the mountains and the bleak story of murder and betrayal parallels the season, as the title suggests Vicki s portrayal of mountain people and their quaint speech is spot o [...]

    10. I ve read all of Vicki Lane s beautifully written novels, and it would be hard for me to pick a favorite In a Dark Season is part of her Elizabeth Goodweather series I love Elizabeth and this series Like all of Lane s characters, Elizabeth is richly drawn, multi dimensional, flawed and fascinating Set in the Appalachian mountains, this is a masterfully woven mystery that takes readers back and forth in time, keeps them in suspense, but never loses them In a less gifted writer, dialect can be ann [...]

    11. I agree with other reviewers that while I love these mysteries, this one was a bit tired to me I skimmed the flashbacks to the past they seemed too much like her previous books and bored me I am also starting to get annoyed with Elizabeth She is coming across as righteous and holier than thou I still plan to keep reading, though In most series I have read, there are a few books here and there that I just don t care as much for But you keep going and then you remember why you fell in love in the [...]

    12. A good small town amateur sleuth novel Not earth shattering or page turning, but a well developed mystery spanning a story hundreds of years old I found the story engaging, even having not ready any of the other books in the series Not a bad book for a plane ride or beach bag You won t mind putting it down if something comes up, but its not so dull as to give you a headache.

    13. I was asked to quote this book, was totally bowled over, and have consumed the series Vicki Lane has a uniquely lyrical voice that literally cries down from the Appalachian Hill country, like a shriek in the night The only writer in her league is Sharyn McCrumb, and if you like McCrumb you ll LOVE Vicki s storytelling.

    14. This book has a wonderful dual story line that dovetails perfectly at the end As a native North Carolinian who spent many summers visiting cousins in Asheville during the 1950 1960 s and camping throughout the mountains in other seasons, the memories during this Christmas holiday have been priceless.

    15. What a fascinating book Intertwining stories merge to create a thrilling mystery that kept me up too late last night.What I love about Vicki Lane s series is the complex characters, the sense of place, the completeness of the story in which the mystery is an organic part.Now, can I wait until 2009 for the next installment

    16. I am beginning to consider Elizabeth Goodweather a friend I like her And she has at long last agreed ot marry Philip Hawkins I loved the back and forth between today and history She appears to have a perfect pitch for dialect This one, set in a very cold December seemed to move slower for me than the others and I am not sure why I will probably read it again.

    17. Lane draws you into the story nicely quickly, but not obviously setting up the people and places She manages to include details of daily life that make you understand the characters better than many other mystery writers do This mystery involves a historical, deserted building that has a dark past that becomes unraveled when the owner dies.

    18. Intricate plot with complex character relationships Has present day and past storylines past is told in italics but then so is present day protagonist s thoughts Very satisfying resolution of both storylines.

    19. Simply mesmerizing Once again Vicki combines a modern day mystery with an old one and the two stories intertwine so seamlessly you can t put it down And yet again we are left with a cliff hanger ending that has you eagerly anticipating Elizabeth Goodweather s next adventure

    20. I like Vicki Lane and her protagonist, Elizabeth Goodweather, but her books are hard to find sometimes, esp in libraries or used book stores I ordered two or three on , and this one had some nice plot twists I like the Appalachian setting most of all.

    21. This one wasn t quite as good as her other mysteries in the series, but I still really enjoyed it I love that the books take place in the Asheville area, making them great summer reads to keep your mind off the hot.

    22. Loved the writing style as always but I supposed I m tired of Ms Goodweather and her ability to always have unsolved mysteries in her life Maybe I m just not a series book readerNow onto another Vicki Lane novel new book

    23. Takes place near Asheville, NC Wonderful descriptions of the area A cliff hanger Would read other work by this author It was recommend to me as I am interested in living in this area Great characters.

    24. I like the interplay of past and present in Vicki Lane s books The pace was good in this one I was sorry about that last chapter, though I decided not to read the teaser at the end for the next novel since I couldn t have any resolution yet.

    25. i like everything about this series late middle aged main characters, with outside the box occupations, uniquely american setting, plot complexity, interesting and well developed secondary characters I like the details of appalachian culture history too.

    26. This one took a long time for me to read There is a lot going on in the story and it is definitely not a quick read In the end, it was a good story.

    27. Even though I found the ending distressful, I enjoyed another string of adventures from Elizabeth Goodweather and company.

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