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Three-Day Town (Deborah Knott Series #17)
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Three-Day Town (Deborah Knott Series #17)

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by Margaret Maron
 

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Three-Day Town is the winner of the Agatha award for best novel.

After a year of marriage, Judge Deborah Knott and Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant are off to New York City for a long-delayed honeymoon. January might not be the perfect time to take a bite of the Big Apple, but Dwight's sister-in-law has arranged for them to stay in her Upper West Side

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Three-Day Town is the winner of the Agatha award for best novel.

After a year of marriage, Judge Deborah Knott and Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant are off to New York City for a long-delayed honeymoon. January might not be the perfect time to take a bite of the Big Apple, but Dwight's sister-in-law has arranged for them to stay in her Upper West Side apartment for a week.

Deborah had been asked to deliver a package to Lieutenant Sigrid Harald of the NYPD from Sigrid's Colleton County grandmother. But when the homicide detective comes to pick it up, the package is missing and the building's super is found murdered. Now despite their desire to enjoy a blissful winter getaway, Deborah and Dwight must team up with Lt. Harald to catch the killer before he strikes again.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Maron’s charming 17th Deborah Knott mystery (after 2010’s Christmas Mourning) takes the North Carolina judge and her husband of one year, Dwight Bryant, to New York City for a belated honeymoon. They bear an unusual gift, a small bronze sculpture, for photojournalist Anne Lattimore Harald from Anne’s dying mother, wealthy Jane Lattimore, who’s a distant cousin of Deborah’s. Deborah arranges to meet Anne’s daughter, NYPD Lt. Sigrid Harald, who will pick up the gift, at a large party next door to the Manhattan apartment that an absent friend is letting the couple use. When Sigrid and Deborah return to the borrowed apartment, the sculpture is missing from the kitchen counter; worse, the dead body of the building’s super is lying on the balcony. Could someone from the party be responsible for the theft and the murder? Deborah, with her inveterate curiosity, assists Sigrid, last seen in her own series in 1995’s Fugitive Colors, in the official investigation. This is a strong addition to a series that’s won Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. (Nov.)
Booklist
"[A] winning entry and a fine holiday mystery."
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" This book has plenty of suspense and the characters are well done. One of Ms. Maron's strengths is the believability of her characters. They add to the story and don't distract the reader with useless red herrings. As usual, the interplay between Dwight and Deborah is wonderfully romantic even in the midst of a murder. I have to say that I will be glad to see them back home in the next book. I just love the family dynamics and the southern ambiance in these books. Can't wait for the next book in the series!!"
http://www.thepilot.com/news/2011/dec/04/take-your-pick-of-exciting-thrillers/ on THREE-DAY TOWN
"You can't go wrong with a Deborah Knott novel from Margaret Maron."
From the Publisher
"Dwight's obsession with New York gourmet delights and Deborah's passion for stylish, impractical footwear are charming, but Sigrid's slow but steady police work carries the day. Fans who have hankered for Deborah and Sigrid to find themselves in the same story will be charmed."—Kirkus on THREE-DAY TOWN"

This is a strong addition to a

series that's won Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards."—Publishers Weekly on THREE-DAY TOWN

On Christmas Mourning:
"[Maron] plots like a modern-day Christie, but the North Carolina charm is all her own."—Kirkus"

Warm and authentic family relationships are the heart of this evergreen series."—Publishers Weekly"

[A] winning entry and a fine holiday mystery."—Booklist"

This book has plenty of suspense and the characters are well done. One of Ms. Maron's strengths is the believability of her characters. They add to the story and don't distract the reader with useless red herrings. As usual, the interplay between Dwight and Deborah is wonderfully romantic even in the midst of a murder. I have to say that I will be glad to see them back home in the next book. I just love the family dynamics and the southern ambiance in these books. Can't wait for the next book in the series!!"—imainlinefiction.blogspot.com on THREE-DAY TOWN"

You can't go wrong with a Deborah Knott novel from Margaret Maron."—http://www.thepilot.com/news/2011/dec/04/take-your-pick-of-exciting-thrillers/ on THREE-DAY TOWN

Library Journal
Judge Deborah Knott's (Christmas Mourning) honeymoon in New York City is tainted by murder. It's always good to see our favorites in new venues, even if it turns out to be a busman's holiday.
Kirkus Reviews
When Series Collide: Judge Deborah Knott meets NYPD Lt. Sigrid Harald. Having delayed their honeymoon for over a year, Deborah Knott and her husband, Colleton County Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant (Christmas Mourning, 2010, etc.), finally head off to Manhattan, where they've been loaned an apartment on the Upper West Side. One of Deborah's distant kinfolk asks her to deliver a small, hefty package to homicide cop Sigrid Harald's mom. But when Sigrid comes to claim it, a beach-party-in-January is raging in the co-op next door, guests are roaming the halls and the package has gone missing, along with some valuable antique boxes. Oddly, a papier maché Mexican cat has been left in their place. More oddly and much worse, the building super is lying dead on the minuscule balcony. Dwight begins making a list of the partygoers while Sigrid calls on reinforcements from the precinct and Deborah tactfully labors to explain what was in the box from the South. The pace picks up when an art curator whom blizzard conditions have stranded in the extra bedroom in Deborah and Dwight's borrowed apartment recognizes the contents as one of sculptor Al Streichert's valuable maquettes, an erotic, racist preliminary model for a major piece of work. One of the building's elevator operators runs off. The son of the co-op board's chairman disappears. Questioning discloses that there's a kleptomaniac in the building; a couple about to be evicted; and security problems with some of the locks. Like many a nosy heroine before her, Deborah lands in the villain's clutches, almost adding to the death total. Dwight's obsession with New York gourmet delights and Deborah's passion for stylish, impractical footwear are charming, but Sigrid's slow but steady police work carries the day. Fans who have hankered for Deborah and Sigrid to find themselves in the same story will be charmed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446555784
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
11/21/2011
Series:
Deborah Knott Series , #17
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

MARGARET MARON grew up in the country near Raleigh, North Carolina, but for many years lived in Brooklyn, New York. When she and her artist husband returned to the farm that had been in her family for a hundred years, she began a series based on her own background. The first book, Bootlegger's Daughter, became a Washington Post bestseller that swept the major mystery awards for its year-winning the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards for Best Novel-and is among the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century as selected by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. Later Deborah Knott novels Up Jumps the Devil, Storm Track, and Three-Day Town each also won the Agatha Award for Best Novel. Margaret is also the author of the Sigrid Harald series of detective novels. In 2008, Maron received the North Carolina Award for Literature, the highest civilian honor the state bestows on its authors. And in 2013, the Mystery Writers of America celebrated Maron's contributions to the mystery genre by naming her a Grand Master-an honor first bestowed on Agatha Christie. To find out more about her, you can visit MargaretMaron.com.

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Three-Day Town 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
It kept me interested and guessing the whole book. I like Deborah and Dwight. I think their must have been other books written with them and I would read them. Deborah and Dwight after a year of marriage are finally going on a honeymoon to New York City by way of train. Leaving Dwight son with brother and sister-in-law. They are staying in an apartment for a week while renter is out of town. Dwight is second in command of the Sheriff's Dept. in Colleton County, North Carolina. Deborah is a Judge. Their first day in New York they are invited to neighbor's party in the next apartment. They where asked by a distant relative to give her daughter a package since she lived in New York. But the daughter was out of the country for a month and left her daughter's phone number. So Deborah called and told her about the package. Sigrid Harald called back and asked what was in the package her grandmother sent her mom. So Deborah opened it and it was a statue of bunch of men making love. So Sigrid arranged to come pick it up that night and meet them at the party. When Sigrid and Deborah went back to their apartment the door was open and the statue gone. Dead building super on balcony. with door opened. In the bathroom Deborah was last to use it before they went to party and seat was up and she knew others had used it. Turns out a lot of people kept going in and out of that apartment. Everytime I thought okay maybe its him someone else dies. The super Phil's wife has mental problems and she stills little shiny stuff useually animals. Phil is always returning them. She never leaves the building and doesn't talk to others but does clean some of the apartments. The building has a old elevator that the doorman is sopposed to run at all times, but because their was a party lots of people crowded in hallway ended up lot of people came into the apartment to use the bathroom. Easy read murder mystery. Likeable characters. I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley.
harstan More than 1 year ago
They were life long friends, but last year out of the blue Colleton County Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant proposed to North Carolina Judge Deborah Knott. She accepted in what she thought would be a marriage of convenience between two older people. Instead love adds passion to their dependable relationship. Married for one year, the judge and the deputy take Amtrak to New York on a belated honeymoon. The couple is staying at an Upper West Side Apartment belonging to his sister-in-law Kate. Deborah also has a special bronze sculpture small enough to place in Dwight's bag as a gift from dying Jane Lattimore to her daughter photojournalist Anne Lattimore Harald. Anne's husband NYPD Lieutenant Sigrid Harald swings by to pick it up as a party is in swing in the apartment next to the one the honeymooners are staying in. When Sigrid and Deborah enter Kate's apartment, they find the corpse of Sidney the super on the balcony and the sculpture missing. Unable to resist Deborah and Dwight assist Sigrid on the investigation. The latest Deborah Knott whodunit (see Christmas Mourning) is a delightful refreshing tale as the North Carolina couple finds their Manhattan honeymoon interrupted by murder and robbery. The mystery is clever with roots to 1942; while part of the fun is the lofty attitude of urbane New Yorkers to the country bumpkins as the sophisticated urbanites assume that the entire South lacks six degrees of separation. Fans will enjoy this fine entry enhanced by Margaret Maron having Sigrid (see in Past Imperfect and Fugitive Colors) as the lead investigator. Harriet Klausner
Gailb2 More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite author. Her Deborah Knott series is set in North Carolina ( my home state). I look forward to every new book. This book ties both of her series together. Keep them coming! Gail Britt Wilson, NC
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book. Margaret Maron is a fantastic writer.
Zlanie More than 1 year ago
Very diappointed in what appears to be a marketing ploy by the writer to get people to go back and purchase her previous series of books and to update an old character (Sigrid Harald). THe plot was shallow and never really brought any finalization to the crime, suspects or storyline. I started reading Margaret Maron in the early 80's with "One Coffee With" but you don't take a character who would be in her 60's and now say she is in her 30's and has southern roots. Shame on the author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed the other books in the Deborah Knott series, but this one did not impress me. There was too much Sigrid and not enough Deborah and Dwight. This book gives the impression that the author has written a crossover novel in an attempt to interest dedicated Judge Knott fans in the Sigrid series.
MOPNJ More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy Margaret Maron's books and this one is right up there with the best.
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
I just love this series and I wait patiently for my annual visit with Dwight and Deborah, and this time they are in New York on a long delayed honeymoon. They are enjoying what the city has to offer when Deborah finds the super¿s body on their balcony; they become involved in tracking down a killer that is hiding among the faces they have met. This book opens and draws you into the story from the opening line, and never lets up as it continued to the closing moments. The mystery was such that it kept me guessing and I enjoyed the interactions between the Bryants, the people they come across in the city and the lieutenant who is handling the murder case. This is the best one yet in a series that gets better and better each year and I look forward to more exciting adventures with Deborah Knotts in this wonderful and thrilling series.
SharonRedfern More than 1 year ago
Three Day Town is the latest in Margaret Maron's Judge Deborah Knott series. Deborah and Dwight, her husband of about one year, are finally getting away for a mini-honeymoon in NYC. As part of the trip, they are bringing a parcel to be delivered to the daughter of one of their friends. They are staying in an apartment owned by the wife of one of Deborah's relatives. The first night there, they attend a party next door and come home to the body of the building's superintendent in the apartment. Now, the story gets interesting! The investigating police officer is Lt. Sigrid Harald, the protagonist from an earlier Maron series. Ms. Harald is an acerbic, somewhat humorless detective with a past tragedy in her life. She is also the granddaughter of Deborah and Dwight's elderly friend who asked them to deliver the parcel. The contents of the parcel are somewhat shocking and may be connected to the murder. There are all kinds of interesting characters woven throughout this story. Well to do society types, art lovers and artists, service workers in the co-op, and New York's finest all play a part in this mystery. One of the interesting things about this book was seeing Deborah work away from her home base. She and Dwight contribute to the solution but not with much cooperation from Ms. Harald. The taciturn detective's character becomes more likeable as we learn more about her, but she is the opposite of Deborah's open, earthy personality. I have to say that I decided to go back and read the older series after reading this book. I asked the author if future Harald books were planned and she said no but that there would be appearances in future Knott books. This book has plenty of suspense and the characters are well done. One of Ms. Maron's strengths is the believability of her characters. They add to the story and don't distract the reader with useless red herrings. As usual, the interplay between Dwight and Deborah is wonderfully romantic even in the midst of a murder. I have to say that I will be glad to see them back home in the next book. I just love the family dynamics and the southern ambiance in these books. Can't wait for the next book in the series!! (ARC provided by Netgalley)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Maron's books and this one is awful. I wonder where the editor was or if Maron actually read her manuscript. On page 180, Deborah fixes coffee for Sigrid and fills two mugs. Then, on the very next page, Deborah poured them each a cup after the coffee finished making. It gets very tiresome when Maron keeps emphasizing Sigrid's personality traits. These can be shown in her actions, rather than continually wasting narrative space. I doubt that I will waste any more time reading one of Maron's books.
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PageOne More than 1 year ago
That great favorite, Judge Deborah Knott, meets Maron's other series heroine, Sigrid Harald, in the Big Apple while on a "honeymoon" trip. Of course there are murders, and of course the book is a lark, and a joy to read.
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MayaMA More than 1 year ago
My mother and I have shared a love of mysteries since I was around 12 and read early Sayers and Tey's "Brat Farrar". This is one of the series we look forward to. As my mother put it, "It is always interesting to have the Judge travel and see a new place through her eyes, but this was really good because I know New York City so well." I have to agree. The way the relationship between Deborah and Cal keeps evolving is interesting to someone who has stepchilden.
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