“All Margaret Maron's books make for good reading. This one is part of the Doborah Knott series, but it also features Sigrid Herald from another series. One of Sigrid's cousins comes to Colleton county to write a book about buzzards, but he has another job to do. Also in this book, Cal decides...”see full review » see other reviews »
“All Margaret Maron's books make for good reading. This one is part of the Doborah Knott series, but it also features Sigrid Herald from another series. One of Sigrid's cousins comes to Colleton county to write a book about buzzards, but he has another job to do. Also in this book, Cal decides he wants Deborah to adopt him.”Patsy T wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Really like her characters.”Linda S wrote this review Tuesday, February 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another great Deborah Knott story.”Carol L wrote this review Wednesday, February 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Book #18 in the series. Ties in Sigrid Herald with Deborah Knott, this time in Deborah's home town. Having read every book in the series, this is one of the better plots. Characters continue to develop - this time we learn more about Dwiight's background. Can't wait to see what happens in the next book.
Judge Deborah Knott and Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant are back home in Colleton County with all their family and courthouse regulars. But there are a few new faces as well. Lt. Sigrid Herald and her mother, Anne, a well-known photographer, are down from New York to visit Anne's ailing mother, Mrs. Lattimore. When the group gathers for dinner at Mrs. Lattimore's Victorian home, they meet the enigmatic Martin Crawford, an ornithologist who claims to be researching a new book on Southern vultures. More importantly, he's Mrs. Lattimore's long-lost nephew, and Sigrid and Anne's English cousin. With her health in decline, Mrs. Lattimore wants to make amends with her family--something Deborah can understand as she too is working to strengthen her relationship with her stepson, Cal. But for all his mysterious charm, Anne can't shake the feeling that there is something familiar about Martin...something he doesn't want Anne or anyone else to discover. When a murderer strikes, Deborah, Dwight, and Sigrid will once again work together to solve the crime and uncover long-buried Lattimore family secrets.”
“This is an enjoyable addition to the Judge Mott series”Ann A wrote this review Tuesday, December 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“love this series, this was good, kind of tired of sigrid harald showing up in these books though”linda p wrote this review Sunday, December 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Maron's two series' collide again just like they did in Three-Day Town, the last book in this series. This time New York police detective Sigrid Harald travels to Cotton Grove with her award-winning photographer mother, Anne Lattimore Harald, to visit Sigrid’s ailing grandmother. They get together with Judge Deborah Knot and her husband, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant for dinner at Mrs. Lattimore's Victorian home. This is where they meet Mrs. Lattimore's long lost nephew, Martin Crawford, an ornithologist researching a book on Southern vultures. Anne is charmed by her newly found cousin but something makes her believe they have met before.
When a string of suspicious murders hit the county Deborah, Dwight, and Sigrid once again work together to catch a killer, uncovering long-buried family secrets along the way.
I am a long time fan of Margaret Maron. She plots a mystery masterfully. She keeps the reader engaged from the first word until the last. I love the way she has blended both of her protagonists in these last two stories.
These characters are still fresh and evolving even as we finish this 18th book. Dwight has some things in his past that he has not shared with Deborah that will see the light of day in future editions and in this story had him facing some tough decisions. Deborah's relationship with Cal took a turn that made this reader actually shed a tear. Sigrid's connection to Colleton County gives her reason to visit and help Dwight and Deborah in the future now that her series has ended. Cameo or surprised appearances are always nice.
The buzzard theme was a little strange at first and I probably learned much more about turkey vultures than I ever wanted to, but true to Maron's style she brings it all together in a way her readers will love.
This book could be read as a stand alone but this series is best when you start at the beginning. Deborah has a huge family and without the background from previous novels it can be hard to keep them all straight. You will also see the way family is really the tie that binds all of these wonderful books together.”