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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 58 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: November 20, 2012
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A2ZJ9HI
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Maron writes single-plot mysteries. Oh sure, there's generally a bit of parallel silliness that gets worked out along with the murders, but there's no shifting focus among characters, no complex metaphors, nothing seriously unpleasant in the lives of Deborah and her family. Like sweet ice-tea, the narratives go down smoothly with none of the personal agony we find in Louise Penny's novels. And that's fine. I'll even admit that -- before reading Penny -- I thought that mysteries had to be complex and depressing or simple and unchallenging. And I would never have wanted Deborah's stories to be depressing.
There is, however, a point of diminishing returns for niceness in a long-running series, and for the last three or four novels I feared that the Deborah Knott books had reached/passed that point. But Maron seems to have written herself out of this dead end. By combining this series with her NYC novels, the author gave us the swift-moving action in Three-Day Town, followed immediately by moving the same cast down South for this book. This is certainly the most tightly-plotted of the Colleton County books, with an interesting dash of moral dilemma arising at the end. All of the main characters develop interesting wrinkles, while the visitors add some much-needed angst.
Dwight is working this murder dealing with too many suspects all with a motive to want the woman removed from their life. Yet, as Dwight pulls the pieces together a teenager trying to stay out of trouble finds himself near death for making a poor decision. On top of that you add another murder that has the FBI cloak and dagger drama going on and Dwight is knee deep in what is happening in his town. The connection again is the strange man with quick lies and some very sketchy details about what he is really doing in Colleton County.
Margaret Maron provides readers with everything they look for in a book and more. There is the captivating mystery of course, but every story is woven around the personal aspect that makes Deborah and Dwight so enjoyable. This book in particular when have every fan of Ms Maron's grabbing a tissue by the end.
So, the cast of characters - local resident Mrs. Lattimore is dying. This brings family members to town including Lt. Sigrid Harald (the author's other main character) and her mother Anne (a Pulitzer Prize winning photograher who survived a near fatal incident 20 years before). There is also Anne's cousin, Martin, who has not been in contact with the family for years - he is an ornithologist studying turkey vultures, aka, buzzards, but something does not seem right about him, and Anne is sure she has met him somewhere in the past - they have both traveled extensively around the world. We also have teenager Jeremy Harper, a wannabe investigative reporter/photographer who was involved at a demonstration at the local airport - protesting rendition flights that were stopping enroute to other places. Then we have a second plot about the death of a local real estate agent who had been fooling around with other women's husbands (some men are easily led astray).
The sheriff's department is still three people short because of budget problems, and they find themselves dealing with multiple crimes including the murder of the real estate agent, the murder of a guest at a local motel, and a near fatal attack on the aforementioned teenager.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As always I enjoyed reading one of Macon's books. However, I wished they spent less time with replaying older story lines.Published 6 months ago by caw1952
A pretty good book, but hard to keep track of all the characters.Published 6 months ago by O.J. Brandt
Love Deborah Knott mysteries! This is another great story with lots of side information to develop the characters.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I had heard some years back that Margaret Maron had died, so I guilt looking for books. I love her characters, the Carolinas, all of it. It's definitely an interesting story.Published 7 months ago by not so gentle reader
I am a big fan of Margaret Maron's books and especially enjoy the Deborah Knott books and the Sigfried Harold books. It is fun when both main characters come together. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lisa
MARGARET MARON SHOOTS STRAIGHT EVERY TIME. HAVE READ ALL HER DEBORAH KNOTT BOOKS I BELIEVE. SHE'S A WINNER--MAKES THE SOUTH LOOK GOOD AND MAKES US HAPPY IN THE PROCESS.Published 7 months ago by Margaret F. Jones
Maron's stories are always good, especially if you grew up around tobacco farming.Published 10 months ago by George P. Partin