Fiction by Madison County Authors
SHEILA KAY ADAMS
“Sheila Kay Adams can write the bark off a tree. . . . [Her] intimacy with mountain culture ranks with that of Lee Smith.”
–The Roanoke Times
COME GO HOME WITH ME: STORIES BY SHEILA KAY ADAMS
The title of this collection is the feeling that the author– Sheila Kay Adams, a native of Madison County, North Carolina, and a recorded folk singer and story-teller– wants to create in the reader. Her great-aunt and well-known balladeer Dellie Chandler Norton introduced her to the tale-telling tradition. This collection of Adams’ paints a picture of the distinctive mountain people that she lives among and cherishes. She uses her own experiences and weaves them into a varied range of stories. Book on Amazon
MY OLD TRUE LOVE: A NOVEL
Using the dialect to evoke the people she is portraying, Sheila Kay Adams weaves a wonderful story tracing Larkin Stanton as he sings the local ballads that are part of his heritage. The story takes place in the mid 1800s and brings in overtones of the Civil War and its effect on the close-knit North Carolina mountain community. His life becomes one of those mountain ballads that Larkin grew up hearing and eventually singing himself. Book on Amazon
“Like [Sharyn] McCrumb, Lane demonstrates how deeply she feels part of her Appalachian home, how tied she is to the land the pulsating beats that can’t be found elsewhere.”—Los Angeles Times
“A master at creating authentic details while building suspense.”—Asheville Citizen-Times
“Vicki Lane is one of the best American novelists writing today.”—Deborah Crombie
“Vicki Lane writes of Appalachia as if she’d been driving up our hills and through our hollows her whole life.”—Margaret Maron
This novel in the Elizabeth Goodweather series is a mystery which the young widow is involved with. While revealing the clues to the mystery, Lane (a long-time Madison County resident) shows the people of the North Carolina mountains and their culture in a very realistic and compassionate manner. The heroine is caught between the world of Asheville and the old folks in her area as she works to solve the murder of a performance artist.
THE DAY OF SMALL THINGS
Taking a character from her usual Elizabeth Goodweather series, Lane tells the story of Least, a child born to an uncaring mother and not loved until her grandmother came into her life ten years later. There is a blend of mystery and the mythology of her Cherokee heritage as the tale continues with young love in the mix.
IN A DARK SEASON
This mystery novel in the Elizabeth Goodweather series begins when Elizabeth discovers her new friend attempting to commit suicide. Older mysteries are revealed as the story develops in Lane’s dependable plot of twists and turns as Elizabeth learns more about the old house where her friend lives.
Elizabeth Goodweather’s daughter returns home determined to solve the mystery of the disappearance of her best friend when they were ten years old. This quest takes mother and daughter into the history of that family and into a realm of evil that was unimaginable when their journey began.
SIGNS IN THE BLOOD
The people of this small Appalachian community are presented in a beautiful light as Elizabeth Goodweather tries to solve the mystery of the disappearance of Cletus Gentry. Cletus vanished while hunting ginseng in the hills and his mother is convinced he was murdered. Elizabeth helps out her friend and puts her own life in jeopardy in the process.
UNDER THE SKIN
Elizabeth Goodweather’s city-girl sister, Gloria, comes to visit her at Full Circle Farm on the run from her latest love interest. Lane weaves in the story of two other sisters when Elizabeth and Gloria attend a séance at Hot Springs spa. The mystery in this story circles around the complex relationships between sisters.