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Rituals of the Season (Judge Deborah Knott, Bk 11)
Rituals of the Season - Judge Deborah Knott, Bk 11 Author:Margaret Maron Judge Deborah Knott has a severe case of anxiety in the final days before her late December nuptials to Deputy Sheriff Dwight Bryant. Her calendar is booked solid with receptions and parties, last-minute details, and family obligations. There is absolutely no way she can fit a homicide case into her schedule. Nevertheless, when a friend and coll... more »eague is shot on the icy drive home and Dwight becomes the lead detective on the case, Deborah is immediately involved. Issues of ethics and confidentiality suddenly face her... right on the next pillow.
Renovations to the house where the newlyweds will live are shockingly behind schedule - and, as the clock ticks down, Deborah has serious doubts her rowdy brothers will finish the new construction in time. Meanwhile, her sisters-in-law are giving her etiquette advice, her maid of honor is so pregnant she may deliver during the ceremony, and somehow, Deborah must find a way to connect with her wary young stepson-to-be. And as if things are not already hectic enough, two law students turn up and demand that she help them stop the execution of an innocent woman - one who is scheduled to die in less than a month. Now Deborah is in danger of losing sight of what really matters -- the big, brown-eyed man who's about to say "I do." But just when she thinks she's finally got order in the court and in her life, fate has one more surprise in store.« less
Maron has written another winner. The author wrties a good clean book. Lots of characters, since the protagonist comes from a huge southern family. (The author has page in the beginning that has the main character's family tree to help keep track of who's who.) While being entertained with a lot of local flavor and North Carolina regionalisms, you are kept guessing while turning the pages. A good quick read. Four stars.