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This is probably 2 1 2 I am doing a reread of the series, and I don t think I ever read this particular book before The first book was so wonderful this one falls short for me I don t like Elizabeth s relationship with Milo I miss Geoff he can t be in all the books, but that is too too bad I miss Bill I didn t care that much about the murders, and the suspects weren t that interesting, and Elizabeth was really really stupid at the end of the book Hmmm I will keep reading though I read this book quickly, in just a few hours I have read several books by Sharyn McCrumb This was not my favorite, but it was still a good read I found my self distracted by the dated references to technology The characters were constantly searching for a phone, and having to drive to different locations to find one In a time when everyone has cel phones, this seemed old fashioned Also the computer was using floppy discs I know for the time it was written, it was probably cutting edge te I read this book quickly, in just a few hours I have read several books by Sharyn McCrumb This was not my favorite, but it was still a good read I found my self distracted by the dated references to technology The characters were constantly searching for a phone, and having to drive to different locations to find one In a time when everyone has cel phones, this seemed old fashioned Also the computer was using floppy discs I know for the time it was written, it was probably cutting edge technology But the book is over 20 years old.The heroine Elizabeth is likable, but seems a little too eager to confront the murderer without thinking it through She was also very insecure in her relationship with Milo I was also disappointed in Milo, because he showed no faith in Elizabeth s work Still, the mystery was interesting It was set on an archeological dig, which I always find fascinating I also learned a little about the Cherokees that I didn t know before @Download Book ⚛ Lovely in Her Bones ë Who but Sharyn McCrumb can make a skull with a bullet hole funny Those who like sardonic wit, slightly bent characters, and good fun will love LOVELY IN HER BONES Tony HillermanThe sequel to SICK OF SHADOWSWhen an Appalachian dig to determine if an obscure Indian tribe in North Carolina can lay legal claim to the land they live on is stopped on account of murder, Elizabeth MacPherson eager student of the rites of the past and mysteries of the present starts digging deep And when she mixes a little modern know how with some old fashioned suspicions, Elizabeth comes up with a batch of answers that surprise even the experts I was really disappointed in this book I ve read one of McCrumb s Ballad series and found it to be an enjoyable read, and my husband, a big fan of hers, handed me this book with an earnest expression on his face and said I think you ll like it I wanted to like it, but wanting does not make it so.First of all, as another reviewer noted, this book comes off as a little dated It was written in 1985, and technology has advanced in leaps and bounds since then While the outdated equipment doesn I was really disappointed in this book I ve read one of McCrumb s Ballad series and found it to be an enjoyable read, and my husband, a big fan of hers, handed me this book with an earnest expression on his face and said I think you ll like it I wanted to like it, but wanting does not make it so.First of all, as another reviewer noted, this book comes off as a little dated It was written in 1985, and technology has advanced in leaps and bounds since then While the outdated equipment doesn t have a major effect on the storyline, it does jar the reader when it appears I certainly felt like rolling my eyes a time or two.Secondly, I found the characters one dimensional Perhaps their transparency is somewhat a function of the novel s short length, but I ve read short stories that created characters withdepth than these Elizabeth Elle MacPherson, the main character, is just plain blah, and the other characters hardly move beyond the first impressions you get of them.And lastly, I was very disappointed in the story s resolution I think the reader is supposed to sympathize with the guilty party, but I find it difficult to forgive someone who committed a cold blooded murder, and certainly not one committed for the reasons given in the storyline The whole thing left me with a bad taste in my mouth, and I felt like throwing the book into the air with disgust.As a resident of the Appalachian region, I did enjoy the local lore the book provided the references to local flora and the region s history , but I still can t really recommend this title A reviewer onindicated that this was the weakest book in this series, but based on what I ve seen here, it would take a lot to redeem the other titles Think I ll pass on the rest of the Elle MacPherson books, but I may read another one from the Ballad series Elizabeth McPherson is a sociology student as the book opens She is fascinated with herbal healing methods, and when a close friend of hers offers to find a place for her on an archaeological dig that will place her near an aging woman who has studied herbal cures all her life, Elizabeth is eager to go.The purpose of the dig is to help a small group of North Carolinians prove to the U.S Bureau of Indian Affairs that they are indeed a legitimate tribe and deserve the protections afforded to the Elizabeth McPherson is a sociology student as the book opens She is fascinated with herbal healing methods, and when a close friend of hers offers to find a place for her on an archaeological dig that will place her near an aging woman who has studied herbal cures all her life, Elizabeth is eager to go.The purpose of the dig is to help a small group of North Carolinians prove to the U.S Bureau of Indian Affairs that they are indeed a legitimate tribe and deserve the protections afforded to the much larger andprominent Cherokee nation Indeed, if the group cannot prove its native American heritage, the land it holds will inevitably be sold to a strip mining venture.But the dig is jinxed from the get go Its director has a super brief affair with his graduate student, whom he subsequently dispatches to a nearby library to do menial research as part of the dig.Things get increasingly ugly when the director is murdered, a small town deputy refuses to investigate seriously because he favors the strip mine project, and his replacement isn t particularly competent It s up to Elizabeth to track down the killer I enjoy this series Elizabeth is highly likable, and McCrumb s writing style is easy to read story told from the point of view of a child murdered and now residing in heaven. Elizabeth MacPherson is invited to go along with Milo her brother Bill s roommate on an archaeological dig in the Appalachians to help prove that some people living in a small valley belong to an Indian tribe so they can lay legal claim to their land and save it from being strip mined She has developed an interest in herbal healing after taking a college course in it One of the experts happens to be a member of the Cullowhees tribe who the anthropologists are assisting When she gets some ti Elizabeth MacPherson is invited to go along with Milo her brother Bill s roommate on an archaeological dig in the Appalachians to help prove that some people living in a small valley belong to an Indian tribe so they can lay legal claim to their land and save it from being strip mined She has developed an interest in herbal healing after taking a college course in it One of the experts happens to be a member of the Cullowhees tribe who the anthropologists are assisting When she gets some time away from measuring skulls, Elizabeth hikes up the mountain to meet the wise woman The dig is almost called off when a member of their group is found murdered People in the community have strong feelings both for and against the possible strip mining coming to their area But who would go so far as to commit murder The plot is thin and not humourous The characters were shallow and robotic Elizabeth spends a lot of time mooning over potential beau Milo She does no detective work, but figures out who the murderer is Then she immediately runs to the murderer, expecting Milo will save her I want my detectives to be smart, strong and actively searching for the criminal Or flawed, but self aware and actively looking for a solution Silly and stupid does not do it for me. I ve had an itch to read mystery novels lately, and was hoping this series would scratch that I ve had to conclude that it will not Elizabeth is a strangely vague character for a series lead she doesn t have enough personality to carry a series, let alone an individual novel, and the rest of the story elements here plot, writing, setting, etc aren t enough to make up for that. Lovely in Her Bones is funny and charming It s also shallow and lightweight, where characterization and depth are always sacrificed for the gag, bit or joke Not that that is bad, it is what it is a humorous cozy following an addled, clueless young woman who gets involved in deadly events, even though she has a college Sociology degree Her number one character flaw is a terrifying obliviousness to murderous intentions This does not make her one of the particularly odd persons that are in t Lovely in Her Bones is funny and charming It s also shallow and lightweight, where characterization and depth are always sacrificed for the gag, bit or joke Not that that is bad, it is what it is a humorous cozy following an addled, clueless young woman who gets involved in deadly events, even though she has a college Sociology degree Her number one character flaw is a terrifying obliviousness to murderous intentions This does not make her one of the particularly odd persons that are in this novel the characters McCrumb peoples her series with are, I suspect, intentionally cookie cutter, recognizable from thousands of comedies satiric, family friendly, romantic but Elizabeth ends up being one of the normal stock players teenage dumb blonde being closest, maybe in comparison Whatever She wouldn t recognize Evil if the Devil showed up oozing badness from every pore, but she has a knack for wrong headed and unwise decisions which lead her straight into traps all the while thinking she will fix it, so heroic men hurriedly rescue her and solve the crime.Elizabeth is actually trying to catch a particular man, her brother Bill s roommate Milo, a forensic anthropology student still at college Because she is creating opportunities to hang around him for a possible hookup, she volunteers to help out on a dig looking for the bones of Native Americans buried in a valley run in the Appalachians The natives want to stop strip mining, so they are looking to provide official research clarifying their tribal status with the Federal Government They ask Professor Alex Lerche to come and examine their ancestor s bones Milo is his assistant, so he is rustling up fellow students to dig Elizabeth volunteers even though she finds bones gross The other students, who are also straight out of central casting, are only necessary for the comic skits and stage routines which run riot in this plot, consisting mostly of insult repartee In the midst of various squabbles and verbal jousting, a murder is committed The weapon is a plastic tomahawk, sold by the quasi natives to tourists Needless to say, there will be no Great Revelation about the Human Soul, or Something New This is all for pure fun, comfortable as a pair of wool socks.This is the second book in the Elizabeth MacPherson mysteries and it is much much much better than the first one, Sick of Shadows these titles are truly hilarious, so far they are like satiric titles for a joke Romance or Mystery novel a clue, maybe as to intent If you ve only read the first book, I don t blame you for never touching another novel by Sharyn McCrumb However, that would be sad because she can write excellent stories, some quite serious and full of soul Lovely in Her Bones starts off as awful as Sick of Shadows was in its entirety, but the unfunny joking and the clumsy dialogue with incomprehensible emotional responses are shaken off by chapter four Sexual situations are G rated, blood and gore exists for a single second in passing and the gags are familiar to family sitcom fans To me, it strongly reminded me of TV shows from the 1960 s, like Gidget, Dobie Gillis, the Patty Duke Show, orrecently, the 1995 movie Clueless , but without the romancing as the objective Being entertained by sparring comedic characters who are involved in almost forgotten, peripheral murder mysteries is clearly the reason to pick this series up A real mystery is the obligatory theme setting quote from a famous writer, so often placed at the beginning of many novels, is not left out of this one either, but in this context, why McCrumb hasn t quite polished up her intended style yet that I can guess for Elizabeth s future in the series, so far it s shaping into a gentle satire