The Rosewood Casket

Version: Unabridged
Author: Sharyn McCrumb
Narrator: C.M. Herbert
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Horror, Suspense
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: January 2000
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 9 hours
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Overview

andall Stargill's four sons have gathered at their mountain farm to build a coffin for their dying father. His passing causes a dilemma for his sons, who must come to terms with their dysfunctional family, and also decide what to do with the farm, which has been Stargill land since 1790. Only Clayt, the youngest, a naturalist and Daniel Boone reenactor, who loves the land like a latter-day pioneer, wants to save the farm from a real estate developer bent on despoiling the mountain.

For Appalachian wise woman Nora Bonesteel, Randall's sweetheart of long ago, his imminent death poses another problem: the small box that must be buried with Randall, as she tells his family. When the Stargills open the box and find the bones of a child, sheriff Spencer Arrowood is brought into the matter, but Nora refuses to say where she obtained the bones, or to whom they belonged. The sheriff dreads charging Nora bonesteel for murder, even more than he dreads evicting his old friends the Stallards from their farm, which has been bought for unpaid taxes by a developer.

But land is more than a place to the people of the Southern mountains-land is who they are, as much blood kin as the folks in the family cemetery. Their Celtic forbears were willing to die for the land, as were the Cherokees who came before the settlers. now the settlers' descendants must lose the land-but, as always, someone will die in the process.

Reviews (2)

The Rosewood Casket

Written by Margo on November 28th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is not what I would consider a real mystery, yes, there is a secret past, but that's it. Nevertheless, this is a great novel with compelling characters and wonderful narrative. I enjoyed it, even though my ideal car read is a great mystery story.

Very moving

Written by S. Lightfoot from Franklinton, NC on March 16th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Beautiful characters and beautiul message. I may buy this book to read again and again.

Author Details

Author Details

McCrumb, Sharyn

Sharyn McCrumb is the author of several bestselling novels, Sharyn McCrumb is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Rosewood Casket, She Walks These Hills, and Thincluding The Rosewood Casket, She Walks These Hills, and The Ballad of Frankie Silver, which was nominated for a Southee Ballad of Frankie Silver, which was nominated for a Southeast Booksellers Association award. She has received awards fast Booksellers Association award. She has received awards for Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian Literature and Soor Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian Literature and So