The red bird sings

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West Virginia, 1897. After the sudden death of young Zona Shue only a few months after her impromptu wedding, her mother Mary Jane has a vision – she was killed. And by none other than her new husband, Trout, the handsome blacksmith beloved in their small Southern town. Mary Jane, known for casting off her corsets, following famous spiritualists and for criticising Zona when she was alive, is shattered by her conviction. Yet no-one believes her. Her only ally is the eccentric Lucy Frye – an unmarried woman who always suspected Trout’s power over her friend. As the trial raises to fever pitch and the men of Greenbrier County stand aligned against them, Mary Jane and Lucy must decide whether to play with fire and reveal Zona’s greatest secret. But it’s Zona herself, from beyond the grave, who still has one last revelation to make.

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A Sunday Times ‘Best Historical Fiction Book of 2023’

Shortlisted for the 2024 Kate O’Brien Award

‘A novel that demands you turn the pages’ THE TIMES, BEST HISTORICAL FICTION

‘A gothic mystery pulsing with suspense’ MAIL ON SUNDAY

‘An intense, memorable tale’ SUNDAY TIMES

‘Brilliant’ IRISH TIMES

‘I was tenterhooked from the very first to the very last page’
JO BROWNING WROE, author of A Terrible Kindness

‘Compelling’ ANNE ENRIGHT

‘A glorious tour de force – gorgeous and moving’ IRISH AMERICA

‘Truly superb’ VICTORIA MACKENZIE, author of For Thy Great Pain Have Mercy On My Little Pain

West Virginia, 1897. Young newlywed Zona Heaster Shue is found dead in her house, in what seems to have been a tragic accident. However, her mother, Mary Jane, is convinced Zona was murdered – and by none other than Zona’s husband, Trout, the handsome blacksmith beloved in their small Southern town.

But when Trout is put on trial, no one believes he could have done it, apart from Mary Jane and Zona’s best friend Lucy, who was always suspicious of Trout. As the trial raises to fever pitch and the men of Greenbrier County stand aligned against them, Mary Jane and Lucy must decide whether to reveal Zona’s greatest secret in the service of justice. But it’s Zona herself, from beyond the grave, who still has one last revelation to make.

Readers love THE RED BIRD SINGS:

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Very compelling … not one to be missed! READER REVIEW *****

‘A haunting story of love, revenge and grief’ READER REVIEW *****

‘Difficult to put down’ READER REVIEW *****

Additional information

Weight 0.26 kg
Dimensions 19.6 × 12.6 × 3 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

336

Language

English

Edition

1st paperback ed

Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K