From New York Times bestselling, award-winning author Margaret Maronwinner of the Edgar Award, Agatha Award, Anthony Award, and Macavity Award for her classic mystery The Bootlegger's Daughtercomes a stunning new mystery featuring NYPD Detective Sigrid Harald.
"Every Margaret Maron is a celebration of something remarkable." New York Times Book Review
"Maron writes with wit and sophistication." USA Today
"There's nobody better." Chicago Tribune
Sigrid is still reeling from the untimely death of her lover, acclaimed painter Oscar Nauman, when she is called to investigate the deaths of two homeless men in the West Village. The police at first assume an overdose, until they realize that one of the men shows no signs of drug use. Then when containers of poisoned takeout food are found nearby, Sigrid's case is suddenly much more complicated. As Sigrid investigates, she uncovers an intriguing neighborhood history: a haughty mafia widow and her disgraced godson, a retired opera star with dark secrets, an unsolved hit-and-run, and the possible discovery of a long-missing painting that will rock the art world. Soon the case is fraught with myriad suspects and motives. Who killed the two homeless men, and why? And which one was the intended victim? Or was the poisoned food meant for someone else entirely?
Throwing herself into the murder investigation to distract herself from her personal grief, Sigrid still can't stop wondering what led Nauman across the country to the winding mountain road that took his life. Until she meets a man who may hold the answers she seeks.
In her newest gripping mystery, Margaret Maron's beautifully drawn characters and unpredictable plot twists prove once again why she's one of today's most beloved writers.
"Opening a new Margaret Maron is like unwrapping a Christmas gift." Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Of today's series writers none has been more successful at weaving the bond between star and audience than Margaret Maron." San Diego Union-Tribune
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sigrid is moving on from Neuman’s death, investigating a double homicide in a neighborhood with two suspects. A homeless man and a minor star of the opera industry grown old wind up dead together on a park bench in front of one’s family and the other’s friend, both of whom are suspected of killing one man purposely and the other accidentally through sharing their takeout from the nearby restaurant. Sigrid simultaneously searches for the answer to the mysterious reason for Neuman’s journey on which he died. The latest in the Sigrid Harald series, this is a nice and neat continuation after a couple decades—kudos to Maron! However, I feel that the resolution to the murders didn’t clarify every point, but I’ll leave that up to the reader, since it’s a wonderfully twisty, turny story.
Take Out by Margaret Maron Happy/sad -- I just finished TAKE OUT, and it was so good that I don't want it to be over. I was told Margaret Maron won't be writing any more books -- say it ain't so! Twists and surprises abound, and satisfaction and resolutions, and a reminder that those “anonymous” homeless people have histories, families, hopes and dreams. This book took over my life, television off, newspaper not read, meals simple enough to eat with one hand and turn pages with another. One wouldn’t HAVE to read the series in order, but I’m glad I managed to catch up before TAKE OUT arrived. I anticipated some of the twists and was surprised by others — perfection!
The last Sigrid Harold book is at least as good as the others if not better because unfortunately, this is the writer's last book in the series.There is the requisite absorbing and twisty mystery as well as other nefarious misdeeds that occur in this excellent mystery. Do not worry if you are unfamiliar with this well written and entertaining series. This book most assuredly speaks for itself and in a big way. Cheers to you Ms. Maron, and thanks for all of the fun.
So many sub plots to untangle.