The Unquiet Grave by Sharyn McCrumb
In 1897 Zona Heaster Shue died in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. Zona’s death was ruled an accident but Mary Jane Heaster, Zona’s mother, was sure that Zona’s new husband, Edward “Trout” Shue, murdered her daughter. After being visited by Zona’s ghost Mrs. Heaster convinces the county prosecutor to exhume her daughter’s body. There is enough evidence to bring the young husband to trial for the murder of his bride.
In 1930 James Gardner, the assistant attorney for the defense at Edward Shue’s trial, is residing at the Lakin State Hospital for the Colored Insane after a failed suicide attempt. He undergoes the talking cure with his young doctor who is amazed that a colored man was allowed to represent a white man on trial for his life all those years before.
The two voices alternate chapters and tell the full story of Zona’s life, the times and the trial. It is all the more interesting because it is based on a real legend, that of the Greenbrier Ghost.
This is a must listen. There are two readers. One is a man named Roger Casey with the deepest, most melodious baritone voice I have even heard in an audiobook. The other, Candace Thaxton, has such a wonderful lilting twang I could hear her read a textbook and be happy. Together these readers make this book come alive.