Books by Margaret Maron

DESIGNATED DAUGHTERS by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"Though Maron (The Buzzard Table, 2012, etc.) unearths more of Deborah's family history for long-term fans, the main story is often burdened by too many characters and their tangential relationships."
The unlikely murder of an elderly relative sends a judge and her husband scurrying to investigate family history in order to find out who stands to gain from an old woman's death. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 20, 2012

"Maron (Three-Day Town, 2011, etc.) adroitly melds ugly American (open) government secrets with classic whodunit intrigue and stirs the pot by itemizing domestic travails that will touch readers' hearts."
Every family has secrets. Some are even worth telling. Read full book review >
THREE DAY TOWN by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 21, 2011

"Dwight's obsession with New York gourmet delights and Deborah's passion for stylish, impractical footwear are charming, but Sigrid's slow but steady police work carries the day. Fans who have hankered for Deborah and Sigrid to find themselves in the same story will be charmed."
When Series Collide: Judge Deborah Knott meets NYPD Lt. Sigrid Harald. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS MOURNING by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 5, 2010

"Maron (Sand Sharks, 2009, etc.) makes you yearn to belong to an extended family, bake Christmas cookies with the Knott nieces and nephews and climb into Dwight's arms. She plots like a modern-day Christie, but the North Carolina charm is all her own."
The even darker aftermath to the accident that claims the life of a Colleton County teen. Read full book review >
LANCEHEIM by Tim Davys
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2010

"The combination of empathy and distance suits the form of the fable well, allowing Davys to meditate on the nature of sin and redemption from an appealingly fresh perspective."
Pseudonymous Swedish novelist Davys ups the ante in Mollisan Town, his world of dead-serious stuffed animals (Amberville, 2009), by introducing a stuffed messiah. Read full book review >
SAND SHARKS by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 13, 2009

"Deborah's mojo is having an off day, and the tale sorely lacks the gumption of old-timer Kezzie. Midlevel Maron, with slightly repugnant homophobia as a subplot."
It's open season on the North Carolina judiciary. Read full book review >
DEATH’S HALF ACRE by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 20, 2008

"Not the sturdiest of Maron's plots (Hard Row, 2007, etc.), but Kezzie devotees will find much to admire as he out-scams a scammer."
Family matters prompt Deborah Knott to sidestep the law. Read full book review >
HARD ROW by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 22, 2007

"Marriage and stepmothering Dwight's son Cal have made a hockey fan out of Deborah (Winter Child, 2006, etc.). But it's Maron's arguments against pesticides and racial exploitation, and old bootlegger Kezzie's last line, that stick with you longest."
Are migrants the South's latest attempt to indenture servants? Read full book review >
HARD ROW by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 22, 2007

"Marriage and stepmothering Dwight's son Cal have made a hockey fan out of Deborah (Winter Child, 2006, etc.). But it's Maron's arguments against pesticides and racial exploitation, and old bootlegger Kezzie's last line, that stick with you longest."
Are migrants the South's latest attempt to indenture servants? Read full book review >
WINTER’S CHILD by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 21, 2006

"Readers who've long yearned to be part of Deborah's sprawling, lusty, eccentric family (Rituals of the Season, 2005, etc.) will have to settle for Jonna's—and Maron's trademark expertise in explaining peculiarly southern subterfuges."
Y'all southern? Then your deadliest sin is pride. Read full book review >
BABY DOLL GAMES by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2006

"A clunker that proves even the most prize-worthy of authors can have a bad day."
Curtain up. Body down. Read full book review >
RITUALS OF THE SEASON by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 25, 2005

"Despite the carnage, there's such bonhomie and sexual warmth that readers may well consider moving to North Carolina to be closer to the Knott family."
To-do list: Find the killer, stop the execution, get married. Read full book review >
HIGH COUNTRY FALL by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 24, 2004

"A shade too much gooey romantic stuff, but like all the other members of the Knott tribe (Slow Dollar, 2002, etc.), those twins are irrepressible, and Deborah is nearly as good at bluegrass jamming as at judging."
The problem with owning a fancy house on the edge of a mountain is the danger of tumbling down the side. Read full book review >
LAST LESSONS OF SUMMER by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 26, 2003

"Well-plotted and suspenseful, with Maron's usual bonus: the ease with which she makes you love her scrappy heroines."
Temporarily benching Judge Deborah Knott, the southland's premier mystery writer (Slow Dollar, 2002, etc.) introduces an appealing new heroine who won't cost her a single reader. Read full book review >
SLOW DOLLAR by Margaret Maron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 20, 2002

"Includes a four-page circus-terms glossary."
Judge Deborah Knott (Uncommon Clay, 2001, etc.) first meets Tallahassee Ames and her husband Arn, owners of the Ames Amusement Corporation (which operates a three-ride, five-game, two-food wagon-touring carnival), in her courtroom over a dispute that finds the Lincoln brothers guilty of property vandalism. Read full book review >
UNCOMMON CLAY by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 22, 2001

"Different and diverting, like most entries in this series."
Her eighth adventure finds North Carolina Judge Deborah Knott (Storm Track, 2000, etc.) in a courtroom in Asheboro, not far from her Seagrove home, where she'll be overseeing the equitable distribution of property between just-divorced Sandra Kay and James Lucas Nordan. Read full book review >
STORM TRACK by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 18, 2000

"For accuracy, her hurricane descriptions rival the Weather Channel's, and nobody's better at showing racial distrust and love gone awry, be they between adults or between parents and children."
While North Carolina's Colleton County judge Deborah Knott (Home Fires, 1988, etc.) waits for a lawyers vs. law-enforcers softball game to start, a scant half-mile away in Room 130 of the Orchid Motel, big-haired Lynn Bullock unsnaps a sheer-black stocking from a lacy garterbelt, which someone then wraps around her neck and yanks until she dies. Read full book review >
KILLER MARKET by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 14, 1997

"An overplotted soufflÇ of a novel, puffed up to the sky with lethal doses of magnolia-scented gossip. (Author tour)"
North Carolina Circuit Court Judge Deborah Knott (Up Jumps the Devil, 1996, etc.) breezes into High Point just in time for the furniture industry's Market Week—a four-star production that features dazzling displays, nonstop parties, and no room at the inn for anybody who arrives, as Deborah does, without reservations. Read full book review >
UP JUMPS THE DEVIL by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 10, 1996

"Despite a few cutesy lapses in Deborah's wry-and- ginger narration: easy-drawling entertainment, short on wallop but long on edgy charm. (Mystery Guild main selection)"
Back for her fourth leisurely outing, North Carolina judge Deborah Knott (Shooting at Loons, 1994, etc.) has personal connections to just about every suspect in the murder of old Jap Stancil—a failed farmer who's been eking out a living working on cars and growing ornamental corn for the Thanksgiving season. Read full book review >
FUGITIVE COLORS by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 6, 1995

"While Sigrid's been away, she's lost her place on the first team."
It's been five years since the last appearance of Lt. Read full book review >
SHOOTING AT LOONS by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1994

"What makes this novel special is her ability to bring this web of conflicts to subtle, vivid life while still leaving Deborah time for a good man and some great shellfish. (Mystery Guild selection)"
Filling in for an ailing jurist on the North Carolina coast, Judge Deborah Knott (Southern Discomfort, 1993) is welcomed to Harkers Island by an unpleasant discovery: the body of neighboring Andy Bynum, founder of the Independent Fishers Alliance. Read full book review >
SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1993

"Less edgy than last year's strong debut for Deborah, but, like it, awash with southern kinfolk, pesky neighbors, North Carolina down-home-isms, and a sturdy if slowly paced plot."
Colleton County district lawyer Deborah Knott (Bootlegger's Daughter, 1992), elevated to district judge when Perry Byrd keels over and dies, returns to the house she's helping the WomenAid project build—and discovers her niece Annie Sue, half-concussed and with her panties pulled down, plus the hammered-to-death body of sexy building-inspector Carver Bannerman. Read full book review >
BOOTLEGGER'S DAUGHTER by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 1992

"A fine start to a promising new series."
Relinquishing, for the moment, her dreary series featuring NYPD cop Sigrid Harald, Maron introduces country lawyer Deborah Knott, of Colleton County, North Carolina, whose daddy is a retired bootlegger and whose other relatives are so numerous that she'd be a shoo-in for judge if they all voted for her in the upcoming primary. Read full book review >
PAST IMPERFECT by Margaret Maron
Released: Feb. 1, 1990

Earnest, diffident, semi-unattractive Lieutenant Sigrid Harald, N.Y.P.D., (Corpus Christmas, etc.), on the trail of dead cop Mick Cluett's killer, collides with some painful truths about her parents' marriage and her dead dad's one-time partner and best friend (and Sigrid's current supervisor) Captain McKinnon. Read full book review >