Attorney Deborah Knott is running for district judge in good-old-boy-ruled Colleton County, N.D.
This is a determined woman who cares for justice, her own morality and doing what is right - but Ms Maron writes with such a light hand, Deborah and her family and friends come to life with a snide humour and humanity that is a joy to read. The story scoots along at a good clip, for all it seems to be as leisured and relaxed as the pace of the small town she lives in, and the solution to the puzzle, although not telegraphed, seems a natural progression of all that went before.
With this series, Margaret Maron has kept up the quality I came to so thoroughly enjoy with ther Sigrid Harald series and the other Deborah Knott books I have read. Give yourself a treat and catch up on what is a most enjoyable well written series.
Deborah is a likeable protagonist and there is a strong sense of the importance and value of close familial ties.The changing face of the South in which attitudes to homosexuality and race are being re-evaluated provide an undercurrent to the development of the plot
I am more in favour of the hardboiled and street wise crime novel but Ms Maron has created an engaging and personable character and a series that is likely to prove to be a quiet pleasure Warmth is not a characteristic one finds regularly in the crime novel but it is present here in abundance,and for that reason alone I will stick with the series and urge lovers of the
"soft boiled"crime novel to give the Deborah Knott a try
I think the Judge Deborah Knott series in general is readable but uneven. And, if you are looking for a fast-paced mystery thriller, this might not be the right choice. However, this book stands well on its own as an excellent novel, engaging, complex, and beautifully written. It's one of the few mystery novels I've read more than once.