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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books; Reissue edition (Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446606197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446606196
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,662,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not as enthralling as previous Deborah Knott stories, but it gives the reader another glimpse into North Carolina life and the furniture market. It is a vacation for Deborah and the reader from her day-to day life in Colleton County.
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I am in the middle of the book and the ironing is still waiting to be done while I read
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great detail 23 Jan. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Maron's Southern mysteries are just terrific; from the accurate descriptions of the courtroom scenes, the "hearty" Southern food, the family, and the country, it is obvious that Maron has either lived through these experiences or has done some really good research. I started the series with this book and have gone back and forth in the series until I finished them all. This one was possibly my favorite, in that Maron posed so many possible suspects with so many possible motives that it really was hard to tell who the murderer was (although some of my friends claim that they spotted the murderer right off the bat). In any event, Maron does keep you guessing. My only complaints, and they are gentle ones, is that the chapter headings seem to have no bearing on the story itself and simply serve to bog the reader down. Additionally, it seems as though the later books in the series presuppose that the reader has read the previous ones; some characters and relationships just "appear" and are not explained in enough detail to determine their relevance to the story or to Deborah. Otherwise, an excellent book and an excellent series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I read this years ago and am still impressed. 18 Mar. 2013
By andiesenji - Published on Amazon.com
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The word pictures Margaret Maron paints of the people and places in the south are exceptionally detailed and put the reader right into the story.

This is the fifth in the series and finds Judge Knott in a different town where the furniture industry is holding "Market Week" where manufacturers, sales reps, buyers, advertisers and other interested parties gather for the introduction of new styles, new products and new relationships.

With the diverse characters and their convoluted relationships, one just knows that a murder is bound to happen, maybe more than one. The fact that Deborah is on hand when one is discovered, just makes it more interesting.

The characters are well developed, quirky, interesting and very believable. One can get so involved in the story that feelings of sympathy, anger, sadness and admiration for their actions easily creep into one's mind as the story progresses.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Killer Market was a great read!!! 6 Jun. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Killer Market, by Margaret Maron, continues the crime solving adventures of Judge Deborah Knott. As usual, Ms. Maron, captures the essense of the South. Her dialogue is realistic, her characters are believable and interesting, and the plot has enough twists and turns to keep the reader turning pages!! I highly recommend this book.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Judge Knott goes sit-com 30 Jan. 1998
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Format: Hardcover
Being a native North Carolinian and a lawyer, I've enjoyed reading about Judge Deborah Knott from Colleton County, but the Judge in this book was STUPID. She goes to High Point during the furniture market without a room reservation. N.C. District Court judges have access to a sec- retary who would have handled any reservation. Maron doesn't even discuss Knott staying in the home of the Judge for whom she's subbing. It is inconceivable to image a Judge sleeping on a stranger's couch. She could have slept at the courthouse. Opps, no story! So we have an implausible story with cutsy dialogue. Upon meeting someone who recognizes her, Judge Knott replies "You have the advantage of me sir". Yes, all Tar Heels speak this way, just as a District Court Judge will take up with a stranger at a mall and follow her all over High Point. Please, some- thing better next time!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good but not up to this author's usual fine quality 21 July 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Once a year, the population of High Point, North Carolina doubles as the
town hosts the International Home Furnishings Market trade show. District
Court Judge Deborah Knott gets a first hand look at the sudden over crowding
when she substitutes for a vacationing judge and finds no hotel rooms
available for her. Deborah gets lucky when an elderly citizen, Matilda
Jernigan, invites her to stay with her. The desperate judicial official
quickly accepts. However, before long, Matilda disappears along with
Deborah's purse. Day one in High Point may have been one of the low points
in Deborah's life.

Day two proves to Deborah that day one was, in deed, a high point as the
police question her about them finding her purse near a murder victim, Chan
Nolan. Deborah realizes that she either solves the murder or comes up with an
alibi to keep the police away from her. Deborah works with an old law school
crony, Chan's mother-in-law in an attempt to uncover the identity of the
killer. It does not take long for Deborah to realize that Chan had many
enemies with strong motives for eliminating him. Deborah has to wade through
each individual's motives and alibis if she plans to discover who did it.

The fifth entry in the Deborah Knott series is not up to the excellence
of its four predecessors. Deborah seems out of her element in her first book
outside of her hometown and the solution appears to pat to satisfy fans of
the series. Anyone who wants a taste of how good Margaret Maron normally is,
needs to pass on this book (except for furniture lovers) and try any of the
other entries.

Harriet Klausner
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