Prayers the Devil Answers : Ballad

  • by Sharyn McCrumb
  • Narrated by Candace Thaxton
  • Series: Ballad
  • 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sharyn McCrumb, New York Times best-selling author of the acclaimed Ballad series, examines one of the most famous public executions in US history in her stunning and powerfully written Depression-era novel.
Years later, after the tragedy, someone remembered the Dumb Supper and what had happened there. That was the cause of it, they said, because the ritual wasn't a game after all. It really was magic, but magic has rules, and she broke them.
Suddenly thrust into the role of primary caretaker for her family following the tragic death of her husband, Ellie Robbins is appointed to serve out his term as sheriff of their rural Tennessee mountain town. The year is 1936, and her role is largely symbolic except for the one task that only a sheriff can do: execute a convicted prisoner.
Ellie has long proven she can handle herself. But becoming sheriff is altogether different, and the demands of the role are even more challenging when she is forced to combat society's expectations for a woman. Soon enough, dark secrets come to light, and Ellie must grapple with small-town superstitions and the tenuous ties she shares with a condemned killer as she carves out a place for herself in an uncertain future.
"There is no one quite like Sharyn McCrumb. No one better either" (San Diego Union-Tribune), and her luscious narrative brings her unforgettable characters to life with the "pure poetry" (The New York Times Book Review) that defines her astounding novels. Prayers the Devil Answers combines masterful historical research and captivating folklore to make an atmospheric and suspenseful tour de force.

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not a mystery

I have read a lot of Sharyn McCrumb's mysteries and though this one held up to her high standard of storytelling and character development, the term mystery hardly fits. The pace was painfully slow at times. I hope this is not a harbinger of the tone and pace she plans for the next of her historical mystery series. I keep thinking I must have skipped some chapters that would have developed the missing heart of this story. The ending makes his motive for killing his wife seem to be a frivolous affair ("ain't we got fun!") while his love for his wife remained intact. It just doesn't make sense. In the end we are left with a crime not of passion but of incommunicable feelings and a drifting apart.
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- Lillian T.

Sharon never disappoints

I have been a longtime fan of Sharyn McCrumb. I devour her books based in our mountains and foothills. Can't wait for the next one
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-10-2016
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio