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3.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 5 3.33 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margaret Maron Narrator: C. J. Critt Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2016 ISBN: 9781436183581
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Margaret Maron's Judge Deborah Knott mysteries set in rural North Carolina are cherished by discerning readers who value authentic characters and intriguing plots. As housing sprawl creeps across the land, farmers are feeling the pinch. County commissioners have been making lucrative land deals in secret, and now murder brings Deborah and Sheriff Bryant into the middle of a major dispute. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennie | 2/7/2014

    " Another brilliant book by the author. Loved it. Can't wait to read the next. And Kezzie Knot is so amusing, I really love that about the books, how real the characters are. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betty | 2/6/2014

    " Pretty good story. It's not one of her better ones. It was way too political for my tastes...must have been an election year where she wrote it. I agree with another review that it ended a bit abruptly. Still and all, a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marina | 1/29/2014

    " I liked most of the plot, but got bored with the writer's personal politics. Won't get any more of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz V. | 1/12/2014

    " As I'm not reading the Deborah Knott series in order, I've lost track of which number this book is. Once again, however, Judge Knott is drawn into the investigation of murder, this time by self interest. The gambit at the end of the first book has come back to haunt her. Perhaps this is intentional as the side plot is a flawed minister. Yet it's irritating as a plot device. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Kuberski | 1/11/2014

    " Another very enjoyable book in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/5/2014

    " The latests for Judge Deborah Knott. Not the greatest, but i enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Shurden | 12/28/2013

    " One of my favorite mystery writers "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arlene Richards | 12/27/2013

    " Routine mystery. I do find the lead character's (a Judge) disregard for the rule of law (when convenient) rather jarring. However it is a light summer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 12/24/2013

    " Judge Knott is always a good read - focused on farms selling out to big developers and the repercussions. Her large family is filled with very different characters and situations. Lots of info about living in NC. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 12/18/2013

    " I always enjoy the books in this series. It makes nostalgic for North Carolina. I thought this one was pretty good. I figured out who did just a few pages before Judge Knott did. Though I'd still like to know the secret between Kezzie and G. Talbert Hoooks. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jane | 11/27/2013

    " Don't like books laced with a slanted political agenda. Didn't finish. will not read more of this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kurt | 11/19/2013

    " I liked this better than the last book in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 11/14/2013

    " Fluff only. But I like to read her. Love her descriptions of North Carolina "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberta | 11/12/2013

    " I wish I could give half stars. This is better than the average 3 but not quite a 4. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane't Hamerter | 10/11/2013

    " I was pleasantly surprised by how good and entertaining this book Is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Frances | 12/3/2012

    " I found it not as good or as much fun to read as earlier Maron books. Still, for a beach/airplane read, not bad. I recommend this series overall. Try the first book- the Bootlegger's Daughter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 3/29/2012

    " Enjoyable, fast-paced read. Shelby Stephenson's lyrical poems are included. Loved the vibrant North Carolina setting and family situations. Series has grown so much from BOOTLEGGER'S DAUGHTER. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie T | 1/19/2012

    " A sexy county commissioner is found dead, did she commit suicide or was she murdered. Does it have something to do with the rampant development in the county. A good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 2/26/2011

    " I love this author. I feel like the family in this book are old friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/9/2011

    " I'm afraid I couldn't read the book because it's written in present tense. I'm a bad girl, I know, but I just can't abide present tense. It makes my head hurt.

    Sorry.
    Bad Amy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennie | 1/7/2011

    " Another brilliant book by the author. Loved it. Can't wait to read the next. And Kezzie Knot is so amusing, I really love that about the books, how real the characters are. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 12/30/2010

    " This was well done as are all her books and a fabulous read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gilbert | 11/21/2010

    " Good book, I enjoy this entire series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Polly | 11/3/2010

    " Nice addition to the Deborah Knott series; lots of family color, whice is always nice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 10/13/2010

    " A lovely little mystery set in housing boom North Carolina. Downsides: classism, racial/ethnic discomforts, and yet another preacher as a foil. But county politics, personal intrigues, and southern gothic in the contemporary age is a professional yarn and good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joyce | 10/12/2010

    " Different, I never really figured out the good and bad guys. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jane | 10/6/2010

    " Don't like books laced with a slanted political agenda. Didn't finish. will not read more of this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arlene | 8/24/2010

    " Routine mystery. I do find the lead character's (a Judge) disregard for the rule of law (when convenient) rather jarring. However it is a light summer read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betty | 7/11/2010

    " Pretty good story. It's not one of her better ones. It was way too political for my tastes...must have been an election year where she wrote it. I agree with another review that it ended a bit abruptly. Still and all, a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 4/18/2010

    " I just love the Deborah Knott mystery series. Not so much for the mysteries or plot, but because there is such great character development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janel | 4/15/2010

    " I enjoy the Southern settings of this series. The large family gatherings and contemporary story lines make them an easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mcook0853 | 4/6/2010

    " I liked most of the plot, but got bored with the writer's personal politics. Won't get any more of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 2/17/2010

    " I was pleasantly surprised by how good and entertaining this book Is.
    "

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About the Author
Author Margaret Maron

Margaret Maron is the author of more than twenty-five novels and two collections of short stories. Winner of several major American awards for mysteries, including the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity, her works are on the reading lists of various courses in contemporary Southern literature. A native Tar Heel, she still lives on her family’s country farm a few miles from Raleigh.

About the Narrator

C. J. Critt is a veteran of Broadway, regional theater, poetry slams, and solo shows. Hailed “Spoken Word Queen” by the Dallas Observer, Critt is a produced writer-director, an Audie nominee, and a CableACE Award winner.