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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,000 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: September 2016 ISBN: 9781449800468
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Margaret Maron, winner of the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Awards, has reached renowned success with the Deborah Knott Mystery series. Uncommon Clay delves into the intriguing world of the Nordans, a deep-rooted family of talented yet cursed North Carolina potters. Judge Knott is filling in for another judge who suffered a mild stroke. When she decrees that the divorcing Nordan couple split their valuable earthenware collection, the husband winds up dead—in his own kiln! Many people have motives and the clay wheel swirls with suspects. C.J. Critt’s narration heightens the suspense in this family’s story of long-time grudges, murder, unbearable pain, and loss. This exciting novel is as rich as the red clay pottery of North Carolina.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 2/11/2014

    " One of my favourites in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 2/9/2014

    " This is a very good mystery novel. Mysteries are very hit-or-miss for me, and this one hit. I'm biased because it's set in Seagrove, but I think it's good anyway. When I said it was fluff, Annie completed my thought by saying, "But it's well-written fluff." Very nice beginning-of-summer reading to clear the mind while, lucky me, still pursuing academic interests. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 1/26/2014

    " Good addition to the Knott series. Deborah has to head to the pottery region of NC (Seagrove) for work. She gets caught up in divorce proceedings of a family of potters. Of course, there is a murder, and she is there. She helps to solve it. It's more the interaction between the characters than the mystery sometimes, and this book makes that case. Having Deborah find out about her boyfriend, Kidd and his ex-wife was a memorable scene. And then her attempt to enter the dating scene again with a fellow judge was comedic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 1/10/2014

    " I enjoyed this mystery. It was fun to have the sleuth be a judge and get a judge's perspective on this like mediation. I also really enjoyed learning about the craft of pottery. The descriptions really capture the beauty and difficulty of this craft. Made me want to try my hand at it. A fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharron | 12/8/2013

    " C. J. Critt is the perfect voice for Deborah Knott! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 11/18/2013

    " figured it out too soon "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 karen | 11/5/2013

    " Good mystery book - with plenty of humor also. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 10/15/2013

    " Margaret Maron does a good job bringing in whatever venue her story is set in--be it the carnival, furniture market or whatever. I'm always learning something new with her. Deborah Knott is a fun character and her family in someways reminds me of mine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 8/27/2013

    " another one that had a lot of loose ends that weren't tied up neatly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 12/28/2012

    " Somehow this seemed like a much more grim story than she usually writes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 12/16/2012

    " All in all, another good Margaret Maron story. Missed Colleton County, but enjoyed the change of setting in Seagrove, among the pottery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 11/30/2012

    " Maron sets this one near Asheboro, the pottery capital of NC. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Craig Brantley | 6/8/2012

    " This book is cool only because Sid Luck is in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 5/6/2012

    " I continue to enjoy the Deborah Knott series (this is #8). This may be one of my favorites --set in Seagrove, North Carolina, pottery country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Grubb | 2/3/2012

    " A must read from anyone that has ever visited Seagrove and been told not to use red pottery! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Maskus | 11/7/2011

    " Read for Evening Edition Book Club 9/2005 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 9/27/2011

    " Any series book that makes me want to read more of the series...gets a minimum of 4 stars. :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Sue | 8/28/2011

    " Judge Deborah Knott is a the heroine in a series of mysteries set in North Carolina. This volume involves the community of potters that have populated part of the state since colonial times. I learned a lot about that craft and family life in the South. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 1/29/2011

    " Series: Deborah Knott 8, c2001 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette Meier | 10/16/2010

    " Great story - really keeps your attention, while laughing too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thejamiemarie | 9/11/2010

    " Awesome! She never disappoints me. Had no idea "who did it". Her storylines are aways so unique. A killer in a pottery who would think of that? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 8/14/2009

    " Read for Evening Edition Book Club 9/2005 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 8/6/2009

    " I continue to enjoy the Deborah Knott series (this is #8). This may be one of my favorites --set in Seagrove, North Carolina, pottery country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/31/2009

    " Any series book that makes me want to read more of the series...gets a minimum of 4 stars. :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 12/16/2008

    " Margaret Maron does a good job bringing in whatever venue her story is set in--be it the carnival, furniture market or whatever. I'm always learning something new with her. Deborah Knott is a fun character and her family in someways reminds me of mine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharron | 7/30/2008

    " C. J. Critt is the perfect voice for Deborah Knott! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 4/6/2008

    " A bitter divorce between famous N.C. potters ends in murder. "

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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.