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Posted June 19, 2008
I've read the entire Deborah Knott series. Ms Maron has developed Deborah's character in each progressive novel. I truly appreciated the characters of Deborah and Dwight as they have grown into a functioning family with challenges both externally and internally. The plots within this novel are not as predicable as one might think. I loved the solution of each.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 10, 2006
Ms. Maron has another amazing winner!
It was going to be hard to top Rituals of the Season but with Winter¿s Child she was able to do just that. The action never stops and the characters are as rich and well defined as always. No one will walk away from this book not having been treated to a most enjoyable the latest adventure in the life of Judge Deborah Knott! Newly married and adjusting to life as a couple Dwight Bryant and Deborah Knott are surprised one winter¿s evening when Dwight¿s son Cal calls from Virginia asking him to come to Virginia and spend the next day with him at school. Dwight takes this opportunity to see his son and discovers all is not as it seems with Cal and his mother, Dwight¿s ex-wife Jonna. When Dwight tries to locate Jonna he discovers that she has gone missing and after this discovery while in preparation to take Cal home Dwight discovers that he has gone missing as well. All this is going on while at home in North Carolina there is a murder that needs his attention. Dwight is never distracted from his search for Cal and with Deborah by his side he is able to stay focused even through his concern and grief over losing Cal. Dwight¿s deep love and devotion to his son is revealed in every step and effort that he takes to locate him. You are also given background information on the relationship between Dwight and Jonna and shown how these two very different people came together and how their love was not enough to keep them that way. You are given insight into the complexities of Jonna¿s character and how her vanity has lead her down the wrong path ¿ perhaps for the last time. This book can be read as a standalone but you will be missing so much if you do not purchase every one of the books in this series and start from the beginning. This is a series full of family, conflicts and the delicate balance of relationships, friendships and conflicts.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
In Colleton County, North Carolina someone shoots and kills J.D. Rouse in his pick-up truck. The official homicide investigation includes Chief Deputy Dwight Bryant who recently married highly regarded Judge Deborah Knott he hopes to keep his wife out of the inquiry because he fears for her safety, but Deborah is 'Knott' a person to stand around waiting for justice. --- In the middle of the night Dwight's eight-year-old son Cal calls sounding upset as his mother Jonna failed to come home. Dwight takes time off from work and the murder investigation to drive to Shaysville, Virginia where he finds his ex-wife is okay though her excuses seem to him as lies. Wondering who she is protecting Dwight is soon stunned when Jonna and cal suddenly vanish. Deborah arrives in Shaysville to help her spouse find his missing son and ex-wife even as more murders occur back in Colleton County where a frantic Dwight knows he is needed but Cal comes first. --- Proving dozen is perfect, Margaret Maron¿s latest Judge Knott whodunit is a fantastic mystery in which the two subplots are tremendous and when the impossible plausibly connect become even that much better. The Judge is fabulous as she must provide solace to her concerned mate while placing herself in harm¿s way in trying to recover his son safely. Dwight is right in this tale as he is frantic with worry over Cal and to a degree Jonna while also feeling guilt over not being there when his county needs him. However, with all that going for it, the killers in Virginia and Carolina make this one of the year¿s best suspense tales. --- Harriet Klausner
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