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Up Jumps the Devil (Deborah Knott Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jul 1997

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books (July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446604062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446604062
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,791,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born and raised in central North Carolina, Margaret Maron lived in Italy before returning to the USA where she and her husband now live. In addition to a collection of short stories she's also the author of 16 mystery novels. Her works have been translated into seven languages her Bootlegger's Daughter, a Washington Post Bestseller won Edgar Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity awards. She is a past president of Sisters in Crime and of the American Crime writers' league, and a director on the national board for Mystery Writers of America. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Up Jumps the Devil (A Deborah Knott Mystery Book 4), by Margaret Maron. After Margaret Maron's first Deborah Knott novel, BOOTLEGGER’S DAUGHTER, ran away with the top mystery awards in 1993, became a bestseller, this highly acclaimed series has continued to deliver crime novels in which the setting is, as the Houston Chronicle noted, "so rich in detail and description of the New South that you can almost hear the North Carolina twang and taste the barbecue." Now, in her fourth outing, Judge Deborah Knott, the bootlegger’s daughter who narrates, is again in the driver's seat, roaring down the dirt roads of rural Colleton County, checking out crime scenes, making her presence known.

Truck driver and childhood neighbor Dallas Stancil is shot and killed in his own backyard; Deborah figures she owes his memory at least the respectful ritual of taking his widow one of her Aunt Zell's tasty chicken casseroles. Mind you, Dallas wasn't rich, but with development eating up the farms and forests of the state since the building of the new interstate highway, Stancil's land is suddenly worth a fortune, a fact of which his trashy, chain-smoking third wife and grown stepchildren are only too aware. Opportunists, including one of Deborah's own brothers, are circling; the judge knows only too well that big money makes people do bad things. Hardworking, redneck, salt-of-the-earth, the Stancil men have lived side-by-side with Deborah's family for generations. When the Stancils suffer a further tragedy, a long-hidden skeleton rattles its bones and jumps out of what the narrator thought was her long-dead past. She figures she can run the culprit back out of town or maybe get him charged with murder, but it’s probably best not to ignore him.
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By A Customer on 13 Mar. 1998
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I enjoyed this book. It was great continuation of the Deborah Knott series. Most of Maron's characters reminds me of someone I know. I highly recommend this book and the whole Deborah Knott series.
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This is a good book. Woth reading if you like mysteries and/or a writer who knows how to put together believable characters and wonderful sense of location.
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By A Customer on 16 Jan. 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I dislike writers who cannot get their facts straight. For instance: "My DAD USED TO HAVE AN OLD 'FIFTY-TWO THUNDERBIRD," on page 37 indicates the writer is less than knowledgeable about cars. The first Thunderbird on the market was 1955. Further, she has so many realtives running around this story that her protagonist must write up a chart so that even she can keep them straight.

I rarely discard a novel mid way, but I almost did that with this one. I only hung in there to see if the writer was using the T-Bird blunder to try to catch the culprit in the last chapters.

When a writer is incorrect in one of her/his facts and I catch it I think that there must be many others that I am not aware of or am not smart enough to catch.

I feel cheated.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8c1e8c0c) out of 5 stars 35 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c1f18dc) out of 5 stars Agatha winner - entertaining tales but not much mystery 15 July 2001
By Carol Peterson Hennekens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The key to enjoying this, the fourth book in the Deborah Knott series, is come in with the right expectations. It won an Agatha so you're exepecting lots of sluething. Think again. The mystery component is, at best, about one-fourth of the book. And then, just to be really annoying, Maron never really tells you why or how the killer killed. Normally this would totally sour me on the book but I enjoyed the other three-fourths of the book enough to forgive her.
What this book (and series) is really about is life in contemporary rural North Carolina as seen through the eyes of Deborah Knott. Deborah (don't even think of calling her Deb or Debbie) is the youngest of twelve children (you need a scorecard to keep the brothers straight) and is a district court judge. Between family and litigants, the book is filled with tales of small town life - paternity suit shananigans, stock car racing history, feuds over old family burial plots, and church goers who will gamble on any day but Sunday. Hunters wives (like me) will laugh out loud over the "buck fever" story towards the end of the book.
This particular book dwells on the effect of growth on the community. Land prices are skyrocketing and tract homes are replacing fields. When an elderly landowner (and former stock car builder) is killed without direct descendents, the possible heirs are all looking to grab his land and make a killing. But did they kill to make a killing? One of the possible heirs is Deborah's ex-husband from a annulled marriage - just to make things interesting.
Bottom-line: A good book for people who want to read a book in a southern setting that finds the middle ground between the angst of literary fiction and the buffoons of Jeff Foxworthy. Folks who need non-stop mystery action may want to look elsewhere.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c1f1930) out of 5 stars Still having fun with this series. 11 Dec. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In this fourth book of this series, we finally find out how many brothers Deborah has (11). Her large family of older brothers has been mentioned in previous books, but until now we were never told exactly how many. As for the mystery plot in this book, it is tenuous at best. If you are not paying close attention, you could be left with a lot of questions regarding motive. The main story with this book is that a developer is looking to get his hands on the property that Deborah, her father, and her brothers own (collectively approximately 2500 acres) as well as the surrounding properties owned by neighbors. One of Deborah's brothers (who lives in California) has lost his job and is condering selling his small parcel (3 acres) to the developer. The major difference with this book is that is doesn't have the 'light' humor that Maron has put into her previous books. Still, the author is maintaining a steady pace with the series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c1f1b04) out of 5 stars Not one to keep me up till I finish, but enjoyed it 19 Mar. 2008
By Kel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
#4 of the Deborah Knott series-I enjoy these books because, after the 4th one, I feel like I am getting to know the characters. As a matter of fact, the story line involving the family was more interesting than the murder mystery in this one. This time, the murders happen in Deborah's home town and it is over land. To be honest, I thought the mystery part of this story was weak. I enjoy reading about Deborah's life as a District Court Judge and the cases she is involved in. I also enjoy reading about her family and all the aspects to her personal life. The series takes place in North Carolina for the most part and it's neat reading about places I have been to. Enjoyable book but not great enough to stay up for.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c1f7150) out of 5 stars Up Jumps the Devil 28 Feb. 2011
By DeeCee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Not one of my favorite Deborah Knott mysteries. There are many members of the Knott family introduced and named, maybe too many, as it is difficult to keep track. The author did not tie the murder and motive together very well and left the story feeling rather weak.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c1f70fc) out of 5 stars Witty mystery writer with Southern base 15 July 2013
By truthsayer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Read one book from the Deborah Knott mystery series and was hooked. I am now on #4. Love her wit and humor. Love
the way she describes the South. Makes me feel like I am there. Usually finish her books in a few days, and I'm no
speed reader ;)
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