In a Dark Season
By Vicki Lane
(Dell, Mass Market Paperback, 9780440243601, 464pp.)
Publication Date: May 20, 2008
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In a North Carolina winter, new vistas appear through the bare trees. For Elizabeth Goodweather of Full Circle Farm, still a newcomer after more 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.…
Vicki Lane has lived with her family on a mountain farm in North Carolina since 1975. She is at work on an addition to the saga of Elizabeth’s Marshall County.
“Regional mystery lovers, take note. A new heroine has come to town and her arrival is a time for rejoicing.” —Rapid River Magazine
“Vicki Lane shows us an exotic and colorful picture of Appalachia from an outsider's perspective—through a glass darkly.” —Sharyn McCrumb
“Lane is a master at creating authentic details while building suspense.” —Asheville Citizen-Times