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A minister's ghost, Phillip DePoy

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A minister's ghost
Title
A minister's ghost
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Phillip DePoy
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ministers ghost
Title variation remainder
a Fever Devilin mystery
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Folklorist Fever Devlin has returned to his family home in Blue Mountain, Georgia, to collect local lore and visit friends. One evening he spots an apparition near a railroad crossing, considered an omen of bad luck. News that his friend's nieces have died in a suspicious accident confirms the belief and prompts a request for Devlin to investigate the deaths
  • The trail leads to strange hoboes, ghost stories, and a mysterious itinerant preacher. DePoy, a folklorist, excels at providing local color and creating complex characters. The story unfolds slowly and lyrically, giving readers a taste of small-town Appalachian atmosphere
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  • Folklorist Fever Devlin (The Devil's Hearth, 2003; The Witch's Grave, 2004) has returned to his family home in Blue Mountain, Georgia, to collect local lore and visit friends. One evening he spots an apparition near a railroad crossing, considered an omen of bad luck. News that his friend's nieces have died in a suspicious accident confirms the belief and prompts a request for Devlin to investigate the deaths. The trail leads to strange hoboes, ghost stories, and a mysterious itinerant preacher. DePoy, a folklorist, excels at providing local color and creating complex characters. The story unfolds slowly and lyrically, giving readers a taste of small-town Appalachian atmosphere. Readers who enjoy a dose of the supernatural in a rural setting will find this story compelling. -- Barbara Bibel (Reviewed 11-01-2005) (Booklist, vol 102, number 5, p27)
  • Collecting stories from mountain folk suspicious of outsiders has taught Georgia folklorist Fever Devilin to be a patient investigator, a skill he once again puts to use in his winning third outing (after 2004's The Witch's Grave ). Devilin has left a big-city university for his hometown of Blue Mountain, Ga., where he has reconnected with his sweetheart, Lucinda, and his boyhood friend, Skidmore "Skid" Needle, now the county sheriff. A new investigation hits home with a brutal sadness: Lucinda's two much-loved nieces are killed at a railroad crossing in what Lucinda fiercely insists could not be a simple accident. The final resolution doesn't stand up to the scrutiny of logic, but by then readers are so captivated by the characters in Blue Mountain they don't much care. DePoy writes with a poet's ear for the just-right word (making the occasional clunky sentence all the more startling) and manages, through the sheer charm of the smalltown characters, to avoid the obvious clichés of the city slicker returning home. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed October 17, 2005) (Publishers Weekly, vol 252, issue 41, p43)
  • Ex-professor and folklorist Fever Devilin (The Witch's Grave ) has returned to his childhood home of Blue Mountain, GA, when he is asked to investigate the deaths of two teenage girls, killed when a train struck their car. Devilin soon encounters an apparent apparition: Hiram Frazier, preacher, drunk, vagrant, and a dark force. Devilin is joined by a mysterious dwarf, who also seeks the possible murderer, and the sheriff, a lifelong friend of Devilin who has secrets of his own. This is an unusual tale: it's macabre; filled with mountain folktales, religious references, and violent weather; and set in a small town whose idyllic front seems to be crumbling. DePoy, himself a folklorist, professor, and actor, writes with a vividly poetic voice that is sensitive to character, at times humorous, and generally a careful treatment of what could easily become melodramatic. Fans of Sharon McCrumb's Appalachian mysteries will enjoy. DePoy lives in Atlanta. --Roland Person (Reviewed January 15, 2006) (Library Journal, vol 131, issue 1, p80)
  • /* Starred Review */ A whodunit with a southern accent and a Jungian subtext.When sweet young Georgia teens Tess and Rory and their orange VW are squashed by an oncoming train at the Pine City crossing, their grieving aunt Lucinda asks her dearest friend, folklorist/amateur sleuth Fever Devlin (The Witch's Grave, 2004, etc.), to find out why they sat buckled up in the car and never moved. There were several eyewitnesses to the tragedy. Sheriff Skidmore Needle and his assistant Melissa were there, for reasons the whole town's gossiping about, along with Orvid Newcomb, an albino dwarf who just might be the county drug lord. Moreover, the teens had movie dates just before the crash. Did Nickel Mathews and Tony Riddick hang around with their packets of ecstasy? Egged into a co-investigation with Orvid, who's determined to avenge the girls' deaths for the sake of his love, their former nanny, Fever wonders why the keys to the car were never recovered. Before sweet Tess and Rory can be laid to rest, Fever will have to rethink his friendship with Skid; deal with Orvid and another scourge by confronting his Jungian shadow self; and admit his love for Lucinda.By far DePoy's best, with top-notch plotting, full-blown characters (even that albino dwarf) and a bit of Shakespeare thrown in. (Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2005)
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140382
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DePoy, Phillip
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Fever Devilin mysteries
Series volume
3
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  • Devilin, Fever (Fictitious character)
  • Railroad accidents
  • Mountain life
  • Folklorists
  • Appalachian Region, Southern
  • Georgia
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a Fever Devilin mystery
Label
A minister's ghost, Phillip DePoy
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text
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Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
277 pages
Isbn
9780312339340
Isbn Type
(hd.cov.)
Lccn
2005050403
Media category
unmediated
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rdamedia
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MYSTERY
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  • ocm60603309
  • OCoLC
Label
A minister's ghost, Phillip DePoy
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
277 pages
Isbn
9780312339340
Isbn Type
(hd.cov.)
Lccn
2005050403
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
MYSTERY
System control number
  • ocm60603309
  • OCoLC

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