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by Margaret Maron

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Traditional

2009 Contemporary Mystery Nominee

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A meeting of North Carolina district court judges provides a unique setting for a mystery with Judge Deborah Knott. There are lots of suspects and a well-written plot in this partly first-person story, which vividly displays the beaches of North Carolina. Although Maron's books often deal with social problems, this one's a more personal, judicial mystery, but it still has the strength and weight of all her books, as well as the humor and excellent writing.

Judge Deborah Knott finds the body of a fellow judge at a convention of North Carolina district court judges and suspects the others are in danger until it's solved. Soon she's in danger too, and the tensions she left at home -- adjusting to marriage and a stepson still mourning for his late mother -- seem a happy memory. (GRAND CENTRAL, Aug., 291 pp., $24.99)

Reviewed By: Page Traynor


Published: August 2009

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