Search Results: "Margaret Maron"


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DESIGNATED DAUGHTERS by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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SAND SHARKS by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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BABY DOLL GAMES by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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RITUALS OF THE SEASON by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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DEATH’S HALF ACRE by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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UP JUMPS THE DEVIL by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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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 >

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THREE DAY TOWN by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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HIGH COUNTRY FALL by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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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 >

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HARD ROW by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >