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3.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 5 3.60 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margaret Maron Narrator: C. J. Critt Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Deborah Knott Series Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781470324025
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Judge Deborah Knott and Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Bryant are back home in Colleton County with all their family and courthouse regulars, but there are a few new faces as well. Lt. Sigrid Herald and her mother, Anne, a well-known photographer, are down from New York to visit Anne’s ailing mother, Mrs. Lattimore. When the group gathers for dinner at Mrs. Lattimore’s Victorian home, they meet the enigmatic Martin Crawford, an ornithologist who claims to be researching a new book on Southern vultures. More importantly, he’s Mrs. Lattimore’s long-lost nephew, and Sigrid and Anne’s English cousin.

With her health in decline, Mrs. Lattimore wants to make amends with her family—something Deborah can understand as she too is working to strengthen her relationship with her stepson, Cal. But for all his mysterious charm, Anne can’t shake the feeling that there is something familiar about Martin—something he doesn’t want Anne or anyone else to discover. When a murderer strikes, Deborah, Dwight, and Sigrid will once again work together to solve the crime and uncover long-buried Lattimore family secrets.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Smartly written.”

    New York Times

  • “In Maron’s intriguing eighteenth Deborah Knott mystery…Maron successfully combines a look at family foibles and relationships with a series of moral choices that challenges the characters’ sense of law and justice.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “As always, Maron skillfully layers an absorbing plot with the doings of Deborah’s large extended family and the domestic details of their semirural lifestyle. In addition, the contrast between Deborah, who is warm and caring, and Sigrid, who is reserved and cerebral, gives Maron’s tale added depth.”

    Booklist

  • “Maron…adroitly melds ugly American (open) government secrets with classic whodunit intrigue and stirs the pot by itemizing domestic travails that will touch readers’ hearts.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • One of the 2012 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books: Mysteries
  • A 2012 Agatha Award Nominee for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vickie | 2/20/2014

    " Margaret Maron's novels aren't necessarily spectacular or memorable, but they are a guilty pleasure of mine because of the rural Appalachian setting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deedeebee | 2/16/2014

    " I have loved all of Margaret Maron books since the first one. This book was excellent as usual. The plot involves a murdered real-estate agent, a bird expert studying turkey vultures and Deborah's family. A good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 2/15/2014

    " This series has been somewhat uneven these past few years, and this one is one of the better ones. The only problem is that the absolute center of the plot invovles a very difficult to accept coincidence, which drives the character's behavior and the outcome. If you are a Deborah Knott fan, you will enjoy this, none the less. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacquelynn Fritz | 2/11/2014

    " This is the latest Deborah Knott mystery where a woman's body is found in the dump. You learn about turkey vultures as each chapter begins with a little piece of knowledge from The Turkey Vultures Society. Sigrid Harald and her mother Anne are visiting Anne's dying mother. Her cousin Martin is also visiting as he studies turkey vultures. If you don't like a huge cast of characters as Deborah is the youngest of 12, then you may not like these books. But I love all the family interaction while they solve crimes and lead normal lives in small town North Carolina. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 1/31/2014

    " I've always enjoyed Margaret Maron until I read Three Day Town. I've read all her Deborah Knott books, but I was not familiar with her Sigrid Harald series. I found myself quite lost in Three Day Town. She has redeemed herself with The Buzzard Table. Sigrid is there, but the book is not all about her. It also hints at a storyline to come involving Deborah's husband Dwight Bryant. I also learned things I didn't know about buzzards. They may not be my favorite birds, but it was interesting to learn more about them. Maybe when I have more time, I'll go back and read the Sigrid Harald books. The Buzzard Table was a quick, pleasant read. I'm looking forward to the next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A. | 1/30/2014

    " A lot that felt irrationally out of character here, and an unsatisfying resolution. She's done better, though I love Sigrid and Deborah in the same books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 1/23/2014

    " I always enjoy Ms. Maron's books. Her characters are like old friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 1/23/2014

    " Enjoyed it a lot. There was a reference to the previous book that I wouldn't have caught if I hadn't *just* finished reading it. A major plot mover are the rendition flights from Guantanamo Bay to Europe, and a patriotic group trying to stop them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/18/2014

    " Loved it. I've read them all, and this is a worthy member of the series. I'm wondering if Sigrid Harald is going to continue and become a more active character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gayle | 1/17/2014

    " I like Margarent Maron and Deborah Knott. This is the 18th book in the series. I've read them all, even when they became formulaic and sedate and I will read the next one too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shane Menius | 1/12/2014

    " Another great Deborah Knott book! I love this series! Deborah is such a strong character and also down to earth believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bevjirwin | 12/22/2013

    " i like Connolly. he'll start to seem predictable-then something totally unexpected happens. i guess that is predictable but really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 12/17/2013

    " An intriguing mystery tied together by grits and turkey vultures. A well-told, well-constructed story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine | 12/16/2013

    " Better than the last one in the series, with bonus interesting vulture facts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kittylittle | 12/15/2013

    " A nice mindless read; she write a good story that does not require mich brain power to follow but I enjoy her characters and this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyn Mcdonald | 12/11/2013

    " The A story -- the murder of a real estate agent -- read a lot like an episode of a television crime drama, the B story -- the vulture observer -- was a lot more interesting. I enjoyed the interaction between Sigrid, her mother and grandmother, and the extended Knott/Bryant clan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay Schenkel | 12/11/2013

    " I enjoyed this Deborah Knott mystery. The interaction in her immediate and extended family is touching and the mystery had an interesting plot. A visitor to town (a distant relative) is a supposed ornithologist and photojournalist who is studying buzzards. But is he really? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 12/4/2013

    " Always glad to read the next Judge Deborah Knott book. Another good one. I wish Ms. Maron would write faster though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 BJ | 6/27/2013

    " As usual, this latest installment in this series was a good read. I like the characters and the setting in North Carolina, the state where I live. Enjoyable! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marthaj | 6/24/2013

    " Another great story from Margaret Maron. And who knew buzzards could be so interesting?! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patty | 4/13/2013

    " This is one of a series about a judge in the South. Although I like Maron's writing I just got tired of the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda Freeman | 1/24/2013

    " I forgot how much I enjoyed Margaret Maron's books and it was nice to see a brief appearance of Sigrid Harald in the Deborah Knott mystery. I enjoy the southern family qualities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty Johnson | 1/23/2013

    " Two great characters from previous mysteries meet up in this book. It's like spending the afternoon with old friends. I really enjoyed this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 1/2/2013

    " Another great story about no. carolina and the Knott family "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 12/9/2012

    " Another in the series. Pretty predictable. A 'comfort food' read. "

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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.