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Fancy Gap

3.23 of 5 stars 3.23  ·  rating details  ·  77 ratings  ·  20 reviews
For travelers along the Blue Ridge Parkway at Fancy Gap, the fog often hangs like an azure dreamscape over the rolling green hills. But when a madman abducts two children and disappears into the wisps with the young brother and sister, the landscape becomes a nightmare for the children’s parents and local residents. The county sheriff remains under intense pressure to trac ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 2nd 2012 by CreateSpace (first published June 7th 2012)
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This book is a hoot! It is tons of fun, in addition to being a sometimes-gritty and gruesome crime/mystery novel. It is set in the tiny mountain community of Fancy Gap, Virginia, where (full disclosure) this reviewer has spent quite a bit of time in a cabin over the past 10 years. It was a real treat to read this book while spending a few days there. Some southwestern Virginians had a few bones to pick with that, but I found it an intriguing setting.

Horny sixty-something, athletic, hot, career-d
Sharon Michael
Not a bad mystery/thriller/police procedural but a number of things that kept surfacing as I read that were mildly annoying. The basic plot worked fairly well for me, though predictable. The two main reasons I picked this book, location and older main characters, weren't as strong as I'd hoped, unfortunately.

I've lived in the general region for a number of years now plus I generally like the shift to older main characters. However, in this case, I was a bit disappointed by both. I just didn't fe

This book is a real page turning adventure! The characters and situations are descriptive and well thought out by this terrific author. Experience Fancy Gap, VA in this fictional murder mystery through the captivating words of C. David Gelly!
Frank Tatum
Do more research before you publish

I chose to read this book because I grew up in Fancy Gap. Yes, the Fog is so bad that people who live there all their lives get lost going home. If you decide to visit the area after reading this book, get a map and plan your trip with a good GPS. Driving state 29 through NC from the D.C. area is 9 hours or more, from Detroit to FL, one should only be on 81 maybe 10 miles or so. The people who live there are very racist and the KKK is headquartered in Can a. Mo
great book, hated putting it down!! You can't always trust those who you should be able to.
Nancy Silk
Part Thriller, Part Romance, July 9, 2013
By Nancy Silk, Author (Northern Utah) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Fancy Gap (Kindle Edition)
Starting this first novel by Author C. David Gelly, I was excited for the ghosty way it begins: a dense, creepy fog, a terrible pile-up on the highway, and an old motel that will remind you of the Bates' Motel. I believed I was going to enjoy a real thriller with a psycho pediphile reaching through the fog and kidnapping two young children. But halfway
Z Hamm
I read this book many months ago, but still think about it from time to time, and how my old friend made good on his quest to write an excellent "whodunnit". I loved the plot line and the characters, and some of the real life people woven into the book.

Looking forward to reading your next one, Bubba.
I really wanted to like this book. I am familiar with the Fancy Gap, Hillsville area as I've visited the gun show and flea market many times and it is a beautiful area. However this book has almost nothing to do with southern Virginia. The setting is completely unrelated to the story and this trashy attempt at a mystery novel could have been set anywhere. There are many stories that could have been written about Fancy Gap and Hillsville incorporating the local legends and characters that would m ...more
Eh. The story has merit and it has its moments. But too much of the book is awkwardly written and a lot of the dialog does not sound or feel like what real people would say.
Local to me, so pretty good. Dragged in places. Wrecks on I-77 so true!
Ann Harris
I had great hopes that this book would be an exciting thriller. Being familiar with the Blue Ridge Parkway and Fancy Gap, the title of the book alone was enough to pull me in. The first chapter was pretty good, but once Quinn and Louisa were established as main characters, I struggled to get to the end. At times, I thought about not even finishing this book, but I kept reading in hopes that it would get better. Perhaps my expectations were too high. I expected an fast-paced thriller. Instead I g ...more
Christine Bradbery
I was interested in reading Fancy Gap, as I was drawn to the setting of this area of Virginia. However, a lot of the book read more like a romance novel than a mystery thriller. It was also a bit disconcerting to go from one "romance" chapter right into a horrific child murder in the next, and back to romance. The book was written well, and good character development, but I pretty much guessed who the bad guy was.
Gloria Johnson
I enjoyed the book, but was annoyed by the author's habit of beginning way too may quotes with the person's name who is being spoken to. It is not the way people talk and detracts from the fluidity and realism of the dialog. I hope the author improves this in future books, as I would like to read more by Gelly. The story was good, even though it was obvious early on who the bad guy was.
J LeAnn Shultz
C.David Gelly knows how to weave a tale that is spellbinding and keeps you turning the page. "Fancy Gap" does not disappoint those who love a great mystery. I enjoyed reading a work of fiction about an area I drive through each year for vacation. Beautiful area and Gelly does the scenery justice as he paints a picture with his words. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
Megan Sinagoga
I'm on the fence about the number of stars to give .... The two lead characters were annoying to me as a couple, and too much was written about every little thing they did/felt. I also knew who the villain was almost a third into the story, so I wish it wasn't so obvious. However, the plot was good and the other characters (police, parents, etc) were well written.
Diane Major
Falling in love, abduction, murder, what else do you want! I found this book entertaining. It kept me engaged and was easy to read. Note: it is certainly an adult read. The main characters are mature - Quinn and Louisa often brought a smile to my face. I definitely think it is worth a read.
With all my respect to the author and the exciting beginning I was disappointed that it was clear too early (less than a third of the book) who the killer was. Nevertheless I read it till the end expecting a fascinating dénouement, but unfortunately It was a little blurred.
Newbee (JoAnn) Brown
Loved this book looking forward to the others in the series! This was a cross between a romance and a demented child snatcher... With a lot if humor and entertaining spots.

Very well and tastefully written... I thoughly enjoyed the book!
Helen Ellis
I'm ambivalent about this book. I figured out the mystery almost immediately, and was disappointed in the ending, but the idea was good, and the story kept me reading till the end.
I loved this book. Great fun to read if a little formulaic. Great characters and I'm waiting for the next one in the series.
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C. David Gelly, has authored numerous essays and short stories on global travel, athletic accomplishments and life experiences. A raconteur and xenophile of note, he is an avid marathoner and cyclist who explores unusual places in his travels on domestic as well as international assignments. He has plied his trade in government agencies as well as in the corporate ranks of many significant entitie ...more
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