This book is just plain fun and as refreshing as a cold glass of sweet tea on a hot day. What an easy to read story, written in first person. We can see the southern US setting, meet the numerous chartacters, and their interactions within the plot through the heroine's eyes. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting Deborah Knott and sharing the resolution of a good mystery with her. Now, I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series!
My first time with Margaret Maron and it will not be my last. I enjoyed the Deborah Knott character and look forward to her developement. As she runs for judge, attempts to solve an 18-year-old murder case with dead bodies popping up, crowned with a cast of characters from bootlegger dad to romantic interests, there is enough to material here for many good stories.
My first book by this author. Really enjoyed this mystery, especially the the sassy and savvy attorney, Deborah Knott.
Love this book. This is the book that got me hooked on Margaret Maron. I adore her storytelling and wit and the crazy family of the main character. Deborah, the main character, is a judge with strength and independence that gives new respect to the often inaccurate idea of southerners.
This entire series of Judge Deborah Knott by Margaret Maron is an absolutely joy to read.
The characters are well thought out and explained and continued throughout the series.
The locations and situations are wonderful too - even with the 'journalistic license' taken.
One feels you know the places, folks, taste the food, experience the wonderful place that is
North Carolina. I simply just loved it and could not wait to read on and on.
I really like this series. Good mystery.
This is the first in a series of mysteries by Margaret Maron. I'm from North Carolina, and the dialogue is so true to the Eastern part of the state. Ms. Maron captures the people and places, and the story is very well-written.
First in a wonderful series!
If you haven't discovered Judge Deborah Knott mysteries set in NC, you are missing a great read.
I can understand the popularity of this series--Maron certainly knows how to create a vivid and realistic Southern setting. I could imagine the sultry days and cool nights, almost taste the spicy barbecue and sweet tea. But good descriptions weren't enough to make the politically-oriented, often confusing plot interesting to me, and I didn't connect with any of the characters, even though many of them were memorable and quite well drawn. An okay read, but not a series I'll continue with.
If you like Dana Stabenow.you will like this author.This is her first book in this series. They can all stand on their own, but I prefer to read them in order.I am on my 6th book that Deborah Knotts --she becomes a judge in her first book--is the main character.You learn a lot about the south -- North Carolina. This author builds her books around different aspects-- the one I just finished is Killer Market--about furniture -- it includes a murder mystery.
Unconventional and unmarried at 34, North Carolina attorney Deborah Knott has become a judge on old-boy-ruled Colleton County. She gets involved in an unsolved 18-year old murder of Janie Whitehead.
This first novel in Maron's Imperfect series, which won the Edgar Award for best mystery novel in 1993, introduces heroine Deborah Knott, an attorney and the daughter of an infamous North Carolina bootlegger. Known for her knowledge of the region's past and popular with the locals, Deb is asked by 18-year-old Gayle Whitehead to investigate the unsolved murder of her mother Janie, who died when Gayle was an infant. While visiting the owner of the property where Janie's body was found, Deb learns of Janie's more-than-promiscuous past. Piecing together lost clues and buried secrets Deb is introduced to Janie's darker side, but it's not until another murder occurs that she uncovers the truth.
Good mystery with a lot of Southern flavor. Not what I would call a "cozy" though.
Wonderful book........a must read!
Maron's ( Past Imperfect ) series launch introduces attorney Deborah Knott, the daughter of an infamous North Carolina bootlegger, in an atmospheric adventure mixing Southern politics and a mysterious killing'unsolved murder' in next sentence . While Deb campaigns for a district court judgeship, 18-year-old Gayle Whitehead asks her to investigate the unsolved murder of her mother, Janie, which took place when Gayle was an infant. The girl wants Deb, who knows the locals of Cotton Grove, to ask around and see if she can find clues the police might have missed. Deb visits Michael Vickery, the gay son of Cotton Grove's retired doctor and owner of the property where Janie's body was found. She discovers long-kept secrets, learning that Janie had a roving eye and that a lesbian friend and her lover had made overtures to Janie a week before the murder.sentence ok?see my revisions yes, fine But not until another death occurs does Deb begin to close in on the truth. Filled with good-ole-boy patter and detailed local color, the story flows smoothly, and if it lacks suspense, Maron's appealing characterizations and her knowing eye for family relationships more than compensate. Mystery Guild alternate.
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Cover picture is different, but it is the same ISBN and is a paperback.