The Unquiet Grave

The Unquiet Grave

Large Print - 2017
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Greenbrier, West Virginia, 1897. Despite her mother's misgivings, willful Zona Heaster marries Erasmus Trout Shue, the blacksmith. Weeks later Mary Jane Heaster receives word that Zona died from a fall, attributed to a recent illness. Determined to get justice for her daughter, she informs the county prosecutor that Zona's ghost appeared to her, saying that she had been murdered; an autopsy confirms her claim. Lakin, West Virginia, 1930. Consigned to a segregated insane asylum, attorney James P.D. Gardner finds himself under the care of Dr. James Boozer, who is eager to try the new talking cure for insanity. Reminiscing about his experiences as the first black attorney to practice law in nineteenth-century West Virginia, Gardner's most memorable case was helping defend a white man on trial for the murder of his young bride-- a case based on the testimony of a ghost.
"Based on the true story of one of the strangest murder trials in American history--the case of the Greenbrier Ghost, in 1897 in West Virginia a young black lawyer helps to defend a white man on trial for the murder of his young bride--a case that the prosecution based on the testimony of a ghost."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017
Edition: Center Point Large Print edition
ISBN: 9781683245346
Branch Call Number: Fiction McCrumb Large Type
Characteristics: large print
495 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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rthomson1954 May 16, 2018

I chose this one more for the time and place than for the actual crime, but it still proved to be quite an interesting story. From the beginning I was in the mother's court, wanting to cry out, "Don't marry him!" Historical details were interesting and enlightening.

kat_miller Mar 14, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this beautifully written book by Sharyn McCrumb. She and her team did in depth historical research about the characters who were all real people. This is a great read about an interesting time in American history.

Mar 10, 2018

Suspenseful story, interesting characters, and well-crafted prose. The author's knowledge of the location and extensive historical research added depth without overuse of description and detail. I read it in less than 24 hours!

Dec 08, 2017

Not as interesting as many of her earlier works, this one bogs down in the side-story of a lawyer who was involved in the murder case and is now installed in a mental institution. The dialogue between him and his doctor meanders all over the place and detracts from the main story of Zona's murder and her mother's attempt to find justice. The story is weakened greatly by the two stories running in alternating chapters, in my opinion.

Sep 08, 2017

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