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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (672 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:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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