The Buzzard Table (Deborah Knott Series #18)

The Buzzard Table (Deborah Knott Series #18)

by Margaret Maron


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New York Times bestselling author Margaret Maron returns with a thrilling new Deborah Knott mystery . . .


Judge Deborah Knott and her husband, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant, are back home in Colleton County amid family and old friends. But the winter winds have blown in several new faces as well. Lt. Sigrid Harald and her mother, Anne, a well-known photographer, are down from New York to visit Mrs. Lattimore, Anne's dying mother. When the group gathers for dinner at Mrs. Lattimore's Victorian home, they meet the enigmatic Martin Crawford, an ornithologist researching a book on Southern vultures. He's also Mrs. Lattimore's long-lost nephew. With her health in decline, Mrs. Lattimore wants to make amends with her family-a desire Deborah can understand, as she, too, works to strengthen her relationship with her young stepson, Cal.

Anne is charmed by her mysterious cousin, but she cannot shake the feeling that there is something familiar about Martin . . . something he doesn't want her or anyone else to discover. When a string of suspicious murders sets Colleton County on edge, Deborah, Dwight, and Sigrid once again work together to catch a killer, uncovering long-buried family secrets along the way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446555821
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/20/2012
Series: Deborah Knott Series , #18
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.20(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

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The Buzzard Table 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Maron's two series' collide again just like they did in Three-Day Town, the last book in this series. This time New York police detective Sigrid Harald travels to Cotton Grove with her award-winning photographer mother, Anne Lattimore Harald, to visit Sigrid’s ailing grandmother. They get together with Judge Deborah Knot and her husband, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant for dinner at Mrs. Lattimore's Victorian home. This is where they meet Mrs. Lattimore's long lost nephew, Martin Crawford, an ornithologist researching a book on Southern vultures. Anne is charmed by her newly found cousin but something makes her believe they have met before. When a string of suspicious murders hit the county Deborah, Dwight, and Sigrid once again work together to catch a killer, uncovering long-buried family secrets along the way. I am a long time fan of Margaret Maron. She plots a mystery masterfully. She keeps the reader engaged from the first word until the last. I love the way she has blended both of her protagonists in these last two stories. These characters are still fresh and evolving even as we finish this 18th book. Dwight has some things in his past that he has not shared with Deborah that will see the light of day in future editions and in this story had him facing some tough decisions. Deborah's relationship with Cal took a turn that made this reader actually shed a tear. Sigrid's connection to Colleton County gives her reason to visit and help Dwight and Deborah in the future now that her series has ended. Cameo or surprised appearances are always nice. The buzzard theme was a little strange at first and I probably learned much more about turkey vultures than I ever wanted to, but true to Maron's style she brings it all together in a way her readers will love. This book could be read as a stand alone but this series is best when you start at the beginning. Deborah has a huge family and without the background from previous novels it can be hard to keep them all straight. You will also see the way family is really the tie that binds all of these wonderful books together.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Is anything ever as it appears upon first glance? Judge Deborah Knott has comfortably adapted to her marriage to Dwight and mothering his son Cal. Deborah was raised around 11 brothers so there is not a lot a man can fool her about. Yet there is a man living obscurely under the pretense of photographing birds who has a story to tell of why he is there that does not quite make sense. He is connected to a well distanced cousin of Deborah’s so he should not raise eye brows but when a young woman is killed too close to where he is staying red flags start flying every where. Dwight is working this murder dealing with too many suspects all with a motive to want the woman removed from their life. Yet, as Dwight pulls the pieces together a teenager trying to stay out of trouble finds himself near death for making a poor decision. On top of that you add another murder that has the FBI cloak and dagger drama going on and Dwight is knee deep in what is happening in his town. The connection again is the strange man with quick lies and some very sketchy details about what he is really doing in Colleton County. Margaret Maron provides readers with everything they look for in a book and more. There is the captivating mystery of course, but every story is woven around the personal aspect that makes Deborah and Dwight so enjoyable. This book in particular when have every fan of Ms Maron’s grabbing a tissue by the end.
lapymm More than 1 year ago
I look forward to Margaret Maron's Deborah Knott books and this one didn't disappoint. Good characters, interesting plot. Love the locale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy this series about a court judge in North Carolina. The books can be read alone, but much more interesting as a series. The development of family relationships is very good.
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because I had missed this one somehow I do need to say I wish you would always keep our Carolina family here alive and kicking. great writing as always. I miss this family already.
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Rockport_rocker More than 1 year ago
I have loved this series from the first book I read and The Buzzard Table is no exception.  I love Deborah and her whole family!  The bits and pieces we get of those not directly involved add to the picture and the warmth of the series. This book presented a twist that gives us a little different view of Dwight than we have seen before which makes it special for me.  Margaret Maron makes her characters especially real and whole and I love that. For those who read Three Dog Town or who have read the Sigrid books, she had come down south to visit her dying grandmother and makes some contributions to the resolution of two of the three mysteries.  Deborah still doesn't seem to care for her but she does seem more open and I appreciated seeing more about Sigrid. It is time to bring out that series and read it again. Dwight has his hands full when a local real estate agent disappears and there are no clues to what has happened until someone anonymously reports a body in a unofficial dump. Later a pilots death looks suspicious but again there are no clues and the FBI takes over the case.  Finally another local is seriously injured and there are possible connections with both cases.  
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Enjoyed this book. Had a good plot and story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always look forward to reading about the Knott family.
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arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Author: Margaret Maron Published by: Grand Central Publishing Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Book Blog For: GMTA Rating: 4 Review: "The Buzzard Table" by Margaret Maron was another good mystery series that is is well known for giving to her readers. I believe this is her #18th series. I found "The Buzzard Table" very intriguing and with a unique cast of characters from Colleton County, North Carolina. We find Judge Knott, her family and friends living in the rural South. In this mystery its will have old military secrets, which will bring on hard choices for Deputy Dwight Bryant...then the weird murder and mayhem brought on by greed, lust and revenge and with Deborah goes into new levels with a relationship with her stepson Cal. There are a string of suspicious murders has set everyone on edge. Sigrid Harald and her mother Anne are in town from New York, visiting Anne's mother, Mrs Lattimore is is quite ill dying of cancer. Martin Crawford who is Ann's cousin is also in town researching vultures when they meet, only she feels like she already has run across him at some time, but she can't seem to remember.With all that is going on we now have Deborah, Dwight and Sigrid working together to solve these murders and also uncovering family secrets that have been long buried. This is the time that I say you must pick up "The Buzzard Table" to see how Ms. Maron will take us to the end in this series. So, again you will get plenty of 'family interaction while they solve crimes and live normal lives in small town of Colleton County, North Carolina.' If you are interested in a good mystery, you have come to the right place for "The Buzzard Table" is what I would recommend you as a good read. It may help you somewhat if you have been keeping up with the series.
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rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
The Buzzard Table (Deborah Knott #18)Margaret Maron 4 STARS This is the first Deborah Knott mystery that I have read but it will not be the last. I actually had another book of Margaret Maron's in my to read pile so now it will go towards the top of the pile. I like finding new authors that I have not read that have a list of book I can now go read. I guess that this book brings two series together in it, Deborah Knott & Lt. Sigrid Harald. I understand that they had met in a earlier book. Deborah has a big close family and most of them live close together. Thier are a lot of characters that are mentioned and probably met in another book. It is pretty easy to pick up and read Buzzard Table #18 and not be lost because I have not read any of the other 17 books before it. Deborah is a judge in North Carolina. She has 11 older brothers. Her husband Dwight of a year is a deputy and as a son that he has living with them since his mother died a year ago. Thier is a man from England Martin Crawford that has been studing turkey buzzards and photos of them. He has written books on different birds. He has a old foundation that he feeds them road kill and calls it a table. He is a distant relative of Sigrid and staying in an old family home with no electricity close to where Deborah's family farm is. Sigrid and her mother are visiting because her grandmother Mrs. Lattimore is dying. Deborah let it slip when they had met earlier in New York city. Thier is a real estate agent that has gone missing and in one of the houses she has been working with has a big blood stain on the couch. Thier is a dead body found in the motel but after working the scene for a short time the FBI has taken over the scene and does not want Dwights help. Dwight does not want to share with them either. He was in the milatary and has some secrets he is keeping from his wife. Another theme in the book deals with flights that might be taking prisoners from the United states to other countries that have more laxed laws about torture in them. A high school student is in Deborah's court for breaking into a airport building to try and take pictures of the plane. He gets community service and one of the people he gets to work with is Sigrid's Mother who is a photojournalist. It is a novel where you get to know the characters and the community. As Dwights works the different cases. I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley. Published November 20th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing 320 pages ISBN 0446555827
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iowashort More than 1 year ago
One of the best of the Deborah Knott Series. I own all of them and can't wait for another book to come out. If you are a fan of Margaret Maron this is a must have and if you are new to this series it would stand alone, but you should read all of them, Can't reccomend this hjighly enough.
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MayaMA More than 1 year ago
I keep waiting for this series to flag, but so far it hasn't and this one keeps pace. It is a little more overtly political than other Maron books as she lets us know what she thinks of the rendition program and other aspects of the war on terror. And as another reviewer said, nothing is as it first appears. It took me quite awhile to figure this one out! There is also the continuing story of relationships in Deborah's family particularly her's with stepson, Cal. I think it was Nora Roberts who once explained one of the reasons she started the Eve Dallas series by saying she wanted to see how a long term relationship and marriage evolve. It is similar here with Deborah and Dwight. This is another winner for Margaret Maron.
MaryG2 More than 1 year ago
In general I love the Deborah Knott books. This book was a bit of a diversion from the usual, but that is why I like Margaret Maron. She treats her readers with intelligence and makes it fun to guess just what is what. I was WAY OFF on this one. Good Guy/Bad Guy/Better Guy concept is all twisted up. The "friends" we have made through the books are also still there From Daddy to Cal. I even liked Sigrid better in this one. Deborah and Dwight are still my favorties and neither they nor Ms. Maron disappoints. Bring on the next one....
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