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When Judge Deborah Knott is summoned to her ailing Aunt Rachel’s bedside, she assumes the worst. Thankfully, when she arrives at the hospice center, she learns that Rachel hasn’t passed; in fact, the dying woman is awake. Surrounded by her children, her extended family, and what seems like half of Colleton County, a semi-conscious Rachel breaks weeks of pained silence with snippets of stories as randomly pieced together as a well-worn patchwork quilt. But the Knott family’s joy quickly gives way to shock: less than an hour later, Aunt Rachel is found dead in her bed, smothered with a pillow.

Who would kill a woman on her deathbed? Was it an act of mercy or murder? As Deborah and her husband, Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Bryant, investigate they cross paths with an unlikely set of suspects: Rachel’s longtime minister; her neighbor, the respected local doctor; the friendly single father who often sought her advice; and perhaps the most puzzling party of all, the Designated Daughters, a support group for caregivers that Rachel’s own daughter belongs to.

Soon Deborah and Dwight realize that the key to solving this case is hidden in Rachel’s mysterious final words. Her mixed-up memories harbored a dark secret—a secret that someone close to them is determined to bury forever.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Maron knows how to adorn a solid murder mystery with plenty of ancillary entertainments. But her broader theme involves the way families flourish when they work together for the common good. While there are charming scenes of group projects like building a pond shed and assembling a bluegrass band, the clan members Maron really cherishes are those who devote themselves to caring for the elders of the family. Living saints they are, every last one of them.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Maron is still going strong with the nineteenth installment in her Deborah Knott series. Designated Daughters is a solid mystery where Southern charm meets murder. Maron delves into some social issues of today, and readers can expect a small-town family atmosphere with a lot of heart.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “Maron achieves a delicate balance as she explores differences between mistakes, sins, and crimes, and shows that justice is not always arrived at by conventional means. Humor (e.g., Deborah outfoxes an unscrupulous auctioneer) and social issues (e.g., the difficult role of caregivers to the elderly) add to the warmth of a large family with all its foibles, squabbles, and quirks.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Alternating viewpoints between Deborah and Dwight, Maron weaves family threads together with current events that leave the reader wanting to know more about the Knott family tree. The author’s nineteenth series outing offers loyal fans a fresh look at her expansive family and community. Readers will savor the slow-paced Southern culture and layered story.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Maron is not only an excellent mystery writer but also an excellent narrator. Her slight Southern drawl perfectly presents the list of suspects in this mystery…Maron’s folksy narration adds atmosphere and warmth to this carefully plotted mystery. Intriguing characters and thought-provoking scenarios result in an outstanding production. Maron’s narrating voice shines as brightly as her literary one. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Maron unearths more of Deborah’s family history for long-term fans.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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