Image of Designated Daughters (A Deborah Knott Mystery)


Image of Designated Daughters (A Deborah Knott Mystery)

Maron is still going strong with the 19th 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.

Judge Deborah Knott’s beloved Aunt Rachel is expected to pass away at any moment — but she wakes up surrounded by family and friends and begins to reminisce as if she were a young woman again. The Knott family’s happiness at Rachel’s great improvement is short lived when she is smothered with a pillow shortly thereafter. As Deborah and her husband, Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Bryant, look into what happened, their path continues to cross with a list of unlikely suspects. The pair soon realizes that the motive for murder was a secret told during Aunt Rachel’s mixed-up ramblings before her death — a secret worth killing for. (GRAND CENTRAL, Aug., 320 pp., $27.00)

Reviewed by: 
Terri Dukes