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Product Details

  • Series: A Deborah Knott Mystery
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (November 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446555789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446555784
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #971,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"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."—Kirkus on THREE-DAY TOWN

"This is a strong addition to a

series that's won Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards."—Publishers Weekly on THREE-DAY TOWN

On Christmas Mourning:
"[Maron] plots like a modern-day Christie, but the North Carolina charm is all her own."—Kirkus

"Warm and authentic family relationships are the heart of this evergreen series."—Publishers Weekly

"[A] winning entry and a fine holiday mystery."—Booklist

" This book has plenty of suspense and the characters are well done. One of Ms. Maron's strengths is the believability of her characters. They add to the story and don't distract the reader with useless red herrings. As usual, the interplay between Dwight and Deborah is wonderfully romantic even in the midst of a murder. I have to say that I will be glad to see them back home in the next book. I just love the family dynamics and the southern ambiance in these books. Can't wait for the next book in the series!!"— on THREE-DAY TOWN

"You can't go wrong with a Deborah Knott novel from Margaret Maron."— on THREE-DAY TOWN

About the Author

Margaret Maron grew up on a farm near Raleigh and lived in Brooklyn for many years. Returning to her North Carolina roots prompted Marcia to write a series based on her own background, the first of which, Bootlegger's Daughter, was a Washington Post bestseller and swept the major mystery awards for 1993. THREE-DAY TOWN is the seventeenth book in the acclaimed Deborah Knott series. Visit her website at

More About the Author

MARGARET MARON is the author of twenty-seven novels and two collections of short stories. Winner of several major American awards for mysteries (Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, Macavity), her works are on the reading lists of various courses in contemporary Southern literature and have been translated into 15 languages. She has served as president of Sisters in Crime, the American Crime Writers League, and Mystery Writers of America. Visit her at

A native Tar Heel, she still lives on her family's century farm a few miles southeast of Raleigh, the setting for Bootlegger's Daughter, which is numbered among the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century as selected by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. In 2004, she received the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for best North Carolina novel of the year; and in 2008, the North Carolina Award for Literature, the state's highest civilian honor. Her mystery novels feature District Court Judge Deborah Knott and are the pegs upon which she hangs her love and concern for the state.

Customer Reviews

There are all kinds of interesting characters woven throughout this story.
Sharon Redfern
I am hoping that Maron does not plan to use her large base of Deborah Knott fans to further the Sigrid Harald books.
K. M. Halbig
The plot is not a very interesting one, and not at all one that emerges out of any character development.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Georgia on January 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I read the entire Sigrid Harald series before reading the entire Deborah Knott series. I love them both, and I love that the lead characters are polar opposites.

I've wished for years to hear more about Sigrid....I don't understand why so many reviewers seem to dislike Sigrid. She does have a hard exterior, but that should be easily explained with the unwanted attention she gets at the party from those interested in her famous late lover and the valuable art collection he bequeathed to her.

That said, this book is not a great place for a new reader to start, but is much better for those who have previous experience with both main characters. And PS--no one gave me the book for review. I bought it myself.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Cathy Goodwin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a long-time fan of the Knott series, I eagerly looked forward to this volume. Although I review a lot of books and get ARCs, I got this one from the library with no request to review.

Maron is a strong writer with a gift for evoking a sense of place. She keeps up the pacing so I was never tempted to stop and look ahead.

Introducing Sigrid was a risky move for the author. Many readers - including me - are solid fans of Deborah Knott and not interested in Sigrid. The juxtaposition of the two characters added an interesting dimension, because Deborah and Dwight were shown as outsiders. In fact, despite Deborah's earlier sojourn in New York, Maron shows that she's really a southerner; she describes Deborah's clothes and red lipstick in a straightforward way, but her style reveals she's not a city person anymore.

It's easy to pick flaws in the book. Some red herrings seem to be a little too drawn out; there's a fine line between teasing the reader and adding irrelevant content. Deborah and Dwight seem to have a perfect marriage, which may not be surprising with their close backgrounds. Still, their harmony borders on the improbable. Their concern for Dwight's son, Cal, seems a little overdone; I'm not sure how old he is by now, but he's with a loving aunt, uncle and cousins - people he sees all the time and knows well. A week away from his parents shouldn't be a big deal. As others have pointed out, there's very little deduction; clues and ultimately solutions turn up more by coincidence than cleverness.

Finally, I think we lose a lot of value when Deborah leaves North Carolina, her extended family, and her job as a judge. We get a slight taste of all three, but not nearly enough.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mary Gramlich VINE VOICE on November 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Deborah and Dwight are on their way to New York for on a well-deserved honeymoon after a year of marriage. After a year, they have gone from being a married couple to extended family in short order but have taken it all in Southern stride.

The last thing either of them suspected would be an involvement in an apparent homicide while settling in New York contemplating what to see first. They have no jurisdiction but that never stopped Deborah from sticking her nose in before so why start now. Besides, it happened in their temporary apartment so they have to keep on top of things, right.

With an excessive amount of suspects, the officer in charge Lieutenant Sigrid Harold is doing her best to sort things out. Sigrid had only been there by coincidence through some obscure relation to Deborah and the need to receive a package via Deborah from her grandmother. This apparent package may have been the murder weapon but no one can be sure since it is missing along with some other items.

The victim turns out to be the building superintendent who did not have a known enemy in the world but does have a unique relationship with his somewhat unstable wife. As this all plays out Sigrid winds up with too many suspects, some unbelievable secrets, deep deception, and lies. Not all men are what they claim to be, some women keep chasing illusions of how life should be, and there is always somebody that just won't stop messing with the elevator.

Dwight and Deborah get a taste of New York, help chase down a murderer, get to know the neighbors, and still have time for a glass of wine at the end of the day. This is not anyone's idea of a honeymoon but with Deborah and Dwight, anything can happen.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By kimbacaffeinate on November 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Three-day Town was a suspenseful, plot twisting murder mystery. The plot contains the perfect setting, witnesses and suspects. Maron, shares this story from the POV of Deborah and Sigrid.

Judge Deborah Knott is feisty, smart and loves shoes. She is excited to be spending a week in New York with the love of her life, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant. After celebrating their one year anniversary they are finally getting a honeymoon. Dwight's sister-in-law owns an apartment on the Upper West Side and has arranged for them to stay there in January. Cold or not these southerners are looking forward to a week in the big city.

Deborah is asked to deliver a package for a distant relative. Once in New York she makes arrangements for the package to be picked up. Before it can, they discover the package has been stolen. To make matters worse, there is a dead man in their apartment. Ironically the package was intended for the mother of Lt. Sigrid Harald of the NYPD. Sigrid is assigned as lead homicide detective.. Together they try to solve this murder and recover the package. The story that unfolds is believable and compelling.

I enjoyed the colorful characters in this novel. The suspects and witnesses were unique and added intrigue to this complex murder case. Author Margaret Maron chose the perfect setting for this crime. It paved the way for a multitude of possible suspects, scenarios and an array of witnesses. I was completely immersed in the tale she masterfully painted. Three-Day Town is the seventeenth book in the Deborah Knott Mysteries Series. This book can be read as a standalone. I had no problems understanding any past connections. I look forward to reading more of this authors work.

I want to thank netGalley and Grand Central Publishing for this ARC. It was given in exchange for my unbiased review.
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