Murder by Serpents

Murder by Serpents

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by Barbara Graham
     
 

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Spring in East Tennessee is normally the most beautiful of seasons, a time of growth and renewal. Residents of tiny Park County are shocked when it is also a time for murder. When a snake-handling preacher is murdered with his own snakes, Sheriff Tony Abernathy and his wife, Theo, a quilt shop owner are thrown into the search for a killer. From the beginning of the

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Spring in East Tennessee is normally the most beautiful of seasons, a time of growth and renewal. Residents of tiny Park County are shocked when it is also a time for murder. When a snake-handling preacher is murdered with his own snakes, Sheriff Tony Abernathy and his wife, Theo, a quilt shop owner are thrown into the search for a killer. From the beginning of the investigation, it seems like an unlikely choice of weapons. Why kill a man few people even knew existed? The trouble has just begun. Soon the entire sheriff's department is fighting rising water, more deaths and illegal drugs. Theo aides Tony's search as she runs her shop, designs a mystery quilt (pattern included) and is mom to their two young sons.

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ISBN-13:
9781432826604
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
11/14/2007
Sold by:
CENGAGE LEARNING
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
763,112
File size:
3 MB

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Murder by Serpents: The Mystery Quilt 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Jani8 7 days ago
Murder by Serpents is the first book in the Quilt series by Barbara Graham. It is seen through the eyes of 2 people in tiny Park County, Tennessee, Tony and Theo Abernathy. Tony is the sheriff and Theo owns a quilt shop, as well as designs quilts. The cast of characters is long and quirky. The town itself epitomizes small town America. The title refers to a dead man who is found handcuffed in a car with 2 deadly snakes. But, the book is also about the people of the town and all their stories and how they intertwine. Ms. Graham pieces them together like one of her quilts (she is a master quilter and designer). They are richly imagined and developed. I like her sense of humor. Tony and his siblings are named, Marc Antony (Tony), Caesar Augustus (Gus), Tiberius (Barry) and Calpurnia (Callie). Their mother was a Latin teacher named Jane, and seemed to be trying to make up for her plain name. Tony thinks his wife has hair like dandelion fluff. Wade, his deputy, throws up every time he sees a dead body, and then is able to cope with it just fine. Unless he has to go to the post mortem. There are also bad guys in this county. They seem to be vicious and mostly stupid. The books make me want to take up quilting. There is a mystery quilt pattern in each of the books. She gives the dimensions, number of fabrics, and directions on how to piece. You do this without a picture. You don’t know what you will get until you put the whole thing together at the end. I hope Ms. Graham continues to write these books for a very long time! I highly recommend them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story. Did not figure out who the killer was until the end. That is how I like it
Guest More than 1 year ago
Barbara Graham has done a great job of intertwining a yucky murder with some fascinating characters. Good subplots
harstan More than 1 year ago
Sheriff Tony Abernathy left the big city to move to the small Eastern Tennessee town of Silervsille in Park County a place where serious crime just never takes place. That is until now. Tony is called to the parking lot of Ruby¿s Café where he finds the bloated body of a man handcuffed to the steering wheel with a rattlesnake and a copperhead loose inside the vehicle. A driver¿s license identifies the victim as John Mize, who is a shirttail relation to local Quentin Mize, a part-time resident of Tony¿s jail.-------------- The victim turns out not to be a choir boy having a record as long as the nearby mountains. John also preached at an abandoned motel insisting he found Jesus in prison. He used snakes to affirm his faith in the Lord. However, Tony finds the cages contain false bottoms filled with Oxycontin and plenty of money. He also believes that the deceased is really Harold Usher Brown, John¿s cellmate in prison, who had a connection with Ruby now that he is dead she believes she will never know the location of what he took from her. This not the only homicide Tony investigates body parts have been all over town making identification extremely difficult. Tony knows the eccentric townsfolk break the law all the time, but their crimes are so minor law enforcement doesn¿t even blink, just ignores them for the most part. However, someone has turned to MURDER BY SERPENT and more but who remains a mystery.--------------- Anyone who enjoys reading a different kind of police procedural will appreciate this fine regional murder mystery filled with quirky characters like a man in love with a vending machine and the mom and aunt of the protagonist driving him crazy with their secrets. The cast makes MURDER BY SERPENT entertaining besides those already mentioned there is the hero¿s wife ready to help him because she worries about him getting hurt her quilters ready to stitch the clues together at her command, and the deputy who compromises crime scenes by puking. Barbara Graham provides an entertaining Tennessee tale with one question not answered ¿ any ties to Johnny ¿the Big Cat¿ Mize?---------- Harriet Klausner