Thursday, August 27, 2015

Review: Long Upon the Land (Deborah Knott Mysteries #20) by Margaret Maron

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1078 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Aug. 11 2015)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group Digital, Inc.
  • Language: English

Book Description

 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 . . .

About the Author

 Born and raised in central North Carolina, Margaret Maron lived in Italy before returning to the USA where she and her husband now live. In addition to a collection of short stories she's also the author of 16 mystery novels. Her works have been translated into seven languages her Bootlegger's Daughter, a Washington Post Bestseller won Edgar Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity awards. She is a past president of Sisters in Crime and of the American Crime writers' league, and a director on the national board for Mystery Writers of America.

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My Review

Long Upon The Land is the 20th book in the Deborah Knott series by Margaret Maron. Long Upon the Land is the final book in the series. I think author Maron is smart to not spend too long at the party but I will miss new releases in this series.

Long Upon the Land tells the story of how Deborah's parents met. It was a good story to end the series on. I loved the ending. I feel like Long Upon the Land is a gift to the fans who have been with Maron (and the Knott family) since the beginning. A satisfying final tale to warm our hearts as we grieve the end of the series.

Can this be read as a stand alone? It could. There is a murder mystery to solve! And the writing and the tale is that good. But this is a story for the fans of whom there are many. Thank you Margaret Maron for the Knott family and their stories.

Great book! Highly recommend.

1 comment:

  1. I highlighted this one on Tuesday. I was afraid this might be the last book. Giving us Kezzie and Sue's story is a nice way to end. Sigh. I've been with this series for 20 years. The Knotts are like family. Guess I'll read it and then maybe I'll start at the beginning and read them all again. :-)