Sunday, November 18, 2012

Review: The Buzzard Table: A Deborah Knott Mystery by Margaret Maron

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446555827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446555821

Book Description

Judge Deborah Knott and Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant are back home in Colleton County with all their family and courthouse regulars. But there are a few new faces as well. Lt. Sigrid Herald and her mother, Anne, a well-known photographer, are down from New York to visit Anne's ailing mother, Mrs. Lattimore. When the group gathers for dinner at Mrs. Lattimore's Victorian home, they meet the enigmatic Martin Crawford, an ornithologist who claims to be researching a new book on Southern vultures. More importantly, he's Mrs. Lattimore's long-lost nephew, and Sigrid and Anne's English cousin. With her health in decline, Mrs. Lattimore wants to make amends with her family--something Deborah can understand as she too is working to strengthen her relationship with her stepson, Cal. But for all his mysterious charm, Anne can't shake the feeling that there is something familiar about Martin...something he doesn't want Anne or anyone else to discover. When a murderer strikes, Deborah, Dwight, and Sigrid will once again work together to solve the crime and uncover long-buried Lattimore family secrets.

From Booklist


In the eighteenth Deborah Knott mystery, the North Carolina judge once again appears with Maron’s other series lead, New York police detective Sigrid Harald, just as in Three-Day Town (2011). Sigrid has come to Cotton Grove with her award-winning photographer mother, Anne Lattimore Harald, to visit Sigrid’s ailing grandmother. A passionate young protester arrested for attempting to photograph CIA flights out of the local Colleton County airport, a secretive ornithologist, and a promiscuous local realtor bludgeoned to death in one of her properties combine to keep the small-town judge and her sheriff husband, Dwight Bryant, hopping. When a pilot is murdered, and the FBI takes over the investigation, Sigrid offers her able assistance to Dwight to figure out exactly what international intrigue is taking place right in his own backyard. As always, Maron skillfully layers an absorbing plot with the doings of Deborah’s large extended family and the domestic details of their semirural lifestyle. In addition, the contrast between Deborah, who is warm and caring, and Sigrid, who is reserved and cerebral, gives Maron’s tale added depth. --Joanne Wilkinson

About The Author

 Margaret Maron grew up on a farm near Raleigh and lived in Brooklyn for many years. Returning to her North Carolina roots prompted Marcia to write a series based on her own background, the first of which, Bootlegger's Daughter, was a Washington Post bestseller and swept the major mystery awards for 1993. THE BUZZARD TABLE is the eighteenth book in the acclaimed Deborah Knott series. Visit her website at .

My Review

Another fabulous mystery by one of my favorites, Margaret Maron.  I love this series set in rural North Carolina featuring Judge Deborah Knott and her massive family. Maron blends many elements together to tell her stories:  suspense, intrigue, mystery, southern cooking, family and small town living.

This outing once again features Maron's earlier detective, Sigrid Harald who is in town visiting her ailing grandmother with her photojournalist mother.  A long lost cousin who is mysterious to say the least is thrown into the mix.  As are as the title suggests:  buzzards.  I quite frankly knew nothing of buzzards before reading this tome so it was quite enlightening.

Love how Cal and Deborah intermingle in this outing.  Fabulous read!  It's out on Tuesday, November 20th.
If you haven't read this series yet, it is definitely time!

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