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Three-Day Town (A Deborah Knott Mystery) Hardcover – November 21, 2011

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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!!"―imainlinefiction.blogspot.com on THREE-DAY TOWN

"You can't go wrong with a Deborah Knott novel from Margaret Maron."―http://www.thepilot.com/news/2011/dec/04/take-your-pick-of-exciting-thrillers/ on THREE-DAY TOWN

About the Author

MARGARET MARON grew up in the country near Raleigh, North Carolina, but for many years lived in Brooklyn, New York. When she and her artist husband returned to the farm that had been in her family for a hundred years, she began a series based on her own background. The first book, Bootlegger's Daughter, became a Washington Post bestseller that swept the major mystery awards for its year-winning the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards for Best Novel-and is among the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century as selected by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. Later Deborah Knott novels Up Jumps the Devil, Storm Track, and Three-Day Town each also won the Agatha Award for Best Novel. Margaret is also the author of the Sigrid Harald series of detective novels. In 2008, Maron received the North Carolina Award for Literature, the highest civilian honor the state bestows on its authors. And in 2013, the Mystery Writers of America celebrated Maron's contributions to the mystery genre by naming her a Grand Master-an honor first bestowed on Agatha Christie. To find out more about her, you can visit MargaretMaron.com.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Deborah Knott Mystery (Book 17)
  • 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,025,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Three-Day Town is a reference to New York City: James Cameron once referred to it as "the finest three-day town on earth". In Margaret Maron's very fine new entry into her Judge Deborah Knott series, Deborah and her husband travel to New York for a belated honeymoon. Their stay is longer than three days, because they become involved, as usual, in both family business and murder.

In 1942, a naive college freshman pilfers a risque and disgusting piece of object d'art from a college professor that she is certain is a complete poseur. In her 18-year-old certainty, she is absolutely sure she knows everything. She's right about one thing, the piece is so vulgar, there are so many possible suspects, and the college is still so mired in puritanical values, that the theft will not be reported. It takes her almost 60 years to try to give it back, and when she does, it becomes evidence in a murder. But it's still vulgar.

Judge Deborah Knott and her husband, Major Dwight Bryant, escape Colleton County North Carolina for week's vacation in New York City. They've been married for a year, but this is the first chance they've had to take a honeymoon, between her sitting on the bench as a county judge and his duties with the sheriff's department. It's certainly a long-awaited vacation.

They're borrowing Dwight's sister-in-law's apartment for a week. It's a co-op in a secure building close enough to the Theater District to see the lights. And they have a family errand to run--Deborah has a package to deliver from a distant cousin to that cousin's daughter. It should be simple, and they should have a relaxing and enjoyable trip.

But things start going wrong the first evening.

The superintendant of the building is murdered in their apartment. And that package?
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