Long Upon the Land (Deborah Knott Series #20)

Long Upon the Land (Deborah Knott Series #20)

by Margaret Maron


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Long Upon the Land (Deborah Knott Series #20) by Margaret Maron

Margaret Maron, New York Times bestselling author and Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, returns to Colleton County with an exciting new Deborah Knott mystery . . .


On a quiet August morning, Judge Deborah Knott's father Kezzie makes a shocking discovery on a remote corner of his farm: the body of a man bludgeoned to death. Investigating this crime, Deborah's husband, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant, soon uncovers a long-simmering hostility between Kezzie and the slain man over a land dispute. The local newspaper implies that Deborah's family may have had something to do with the murder-and that Dwight is dragging his feet on the case.

Meanwhile, Deborah is given a cigarette lighter that once belonged to her mother. The cryptic inscription inside rekindles Deborah's curiosity about her parents' past, and how they met. For years she has wondered how the daughter of a wealthy attorney could have married a widowed, semi-illiterate bootlegger, and this time she's determined to find the answer.

But why are Deborah's brothers so reluctant to talk about the dead man? Is the murder linked to Kezzie's illegal whiskey business? And could his courtship of Deborah's mother have something to do with the bad blood between the two families? Despite Deborah's promise not to interfere in Dwight's work, she cannot stop herself from doing everything she can to help clear her brothers and her father from suspicion . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455545322
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 08/11/2015
Series: Deborah Knott Series , #20
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About 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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have each of the Deborah Knott series and have loved reading this series. Perhaps because I know this is the last one or maybe this is the wrap-up because the author feels everything has been said, I was sadly disappointed. The ending was not up to the standards set in the books in this series or the other books written by this author. It made me think she just wanted to tie everything up and get it finished. Sad.
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
Even though this is the last book of the Deborah Knott series, the story created a sense of unity. The story alternates among Deborah, Dwight, and Sue. The story winds into the past and the meeting of Sue and Kezzie, and displays family loyalty in many forms. Sue's no nonsense approach to life reminds the reader of Deborah, but Sue presents a kinder, more loving personality. Both Margaret Maron and Karen White successfully utilize different voices and different eras in presenting a well-developed story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What great birthday gift for me! I love Deborah & Dwight and all the family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful series wish there are more to come