Southern Discomfort (Deborah Knott Series #2)

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Deborah Knott may have lost the district election, but a bigoted judge's sudden death - and some old-fashioned political horse trading - have won her a governor's appointment. True to Southern form, her swearing-in is followed by a raucous reception that brings out every elderly aunt and cousin in the county. Unfortunately, Lu Bingham, the force behind WomanAid, is at the reception, too. Not only has she come to collect the leftovers for her daycare center, but she's also there to collect on one of Deborah's more...

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Deborah Knott may have lost the district election, but a bigoted judge's sudden death - and some old-fashioned political horse trading - have won her a governor's appointment. True to Southern form, her swearing-in is followed by a raucous reception that brings out every elderly aunt and cousin in the county. Unfortunately, Lu Bingham, the force behind WomanAid, is at the reception, too. Not only has she come to collect the leftovers for her daycare center, but she's also there to collect on one of Deborah's more extravagant campaign promises. Before Deborah can say, "If elected..". she is committed to putting her muscle where her mouth was, spending weekends with an all-woman crew as the group attempts to build its first house for a needy single mom. Old stereotypes die hard. Herman Knott, one of Deborah's numerous brothers, has to be hectored and cajoled before he'll give reluctant permission for his daughter and novice electrician Annie Sue to wire the house. Nor does it help that the county building inspector is a swaggering chauvinist nit-picker who's more interested in scoring with the young women than scoring their work. Chaos erupts before the house is even half-finished. On the same rainy summer night that Herman collapses on the side of the road from an apparent heart attack, Annie Sue is found battered and half-naked in the deserted structure. Has she been raped? Who left her in that condition? And whose blood is that on Deborah's own hammer? Dwight Bryant, an old childhood friend (and a bit of a good ol' boy), is a modern and efficient police detective, but it is Deborah who must judge whether dark secrets in her own family have led to murder. And if so, reveal the darkermore troubling reasons why.

The heroine of Bootlegger's Daughter returns. Deborah Knott, a newly-appointed District Judge, is making good on a campaign promise by helping to build houses for battered women. But instead of muscle aches, she gets murder--and her fingerprints are on the murder weapon.

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New lady judge Deborah Knott ( Bootlegger's Daughter ) threads her way through the intricacies of district court in a small North Carolina town where familial connections abound. Murder rears its ugly head only after shared family stories and relationships establish a stylistic context. Employing her intimate knowledge of the place, Knott discovers who assaulted her teenage niece and killed a randy building inspector inside an unfinished WomenAid house. Cleverly told, with a homey atmosphere, this is ripe for a sequel.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780788700323
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/28/1994
  • Series: Deborah Knott Series , #2
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged

Meet the Author

Margaret Maron
Margaret Maron

Margaret Maron grew up on a farm near Raleigh and lived in Brooklyn for many years. Returning to her North Carolina roots prompted Marcia to write a series based on her own background, the first of which, BOOTLEGGER'S DAUGHTER, was a Washington Post bestseller and swept the major mystery awards for 1993. DEATH'S HALF ACRE is the fourteenth book in the acclaimed Deborah Knott series. Visit her website at margaretmaron.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2001

    A MIX OF HUMOR, MYSTERY AND SLOW LIVING!!

    This is the second in the Deborah Knott series. I enjoyed it as much as I did the first one. Deborah gets sworn in as Judge. She goes through a very nervous first week. On the next weekend she has agreeded to help on a house for battered womern. The house is being build by all women. Things don't go right as her neice, Annie Sue, is found at the house with clothes torn and off and maybe raped. The attacker is found dead at the same house. Deborah has picked up the hammer that was used to kill him, therefore her fingerprints are on the murder weapon. Who did kill him? Annie Sue, Deborah, some of Deborah's brothers, Annie Sue's father? As the story progresses, Herman, Annie Sue's father is taken to hospital with arsenic poisoning. Arsenic is also found in the dead boys blood. How is this possible? The ending is very good. I could just feel and see the people in the story. Margaret Maron has done a good job with what I call a light mystery. If you want horror and gore try Patricia Cornwell or John Sanford. This one is humorous, shows close family ties and all around very good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    highly recommended

    Love all her books and the personal growth Deborah Knott shows.

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