Slow Dollar Mass Market Paperback – Aug 1 2003
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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 and her Bootlegger's Daughter, a Washington Post bestseller won Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity awards. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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If you find modern cozies appealing, you will certainly find this an interesting book. Here, self-assured Judge Deborah Knott finds a dead worker while visiting the annual Harvest Festival Carnival. The reason for this death and the identity of the killer is the primary mystery. The preface provides a family tree of the Knott family, which is absolutely needed, as the Knotts are a large family, many of whom are presented in this novel. Readers will find themselves frequently referencing this chart to keep track of Knott family members. Fortunately, the number of carnival workers and additional characters is relatively small, but it may still pay to keep some brief notes of who they are as you read. There is also an informative addendum with a glossary of carnival terms, e.g., "cutting up jackpots", "plush", "rake `em and scrape `em" that are used in the novel.
I felt the story started somewhat slowly, but it quickly caught my interest, and as events unfolded it became harder to put down. Although the story is told in the first person, in terms that will probably appeal mostly to female readers, e.g., there are probably more descriptions of Judge Knott's clothing choices than would interest male readers, this novel should none-the-less appeal to both sexes.
The novel reads quickly and easily, and provides a very enjoyable way to relax.
her. The air is sweetly redolent of hot grease, fried dough, grilled meats and spun sugar...one whiff is all it takes to send Judge Deborah Knott straight back to her childhood, holding her mother's hand, riding on the shoulders of one of her eleven brothers, or clinging to her daddy's pants leg, bedazzled by the bright and colorful chasing lights.
With a murder on the midway Deborah discovers more than a body. Deborah's discovery of her family connection to the murder victim has unleashed dark secrets of her large family, that without meaning to Deborah brings to light in her quest to solve this murder as family loyalties war with judicial responsibilities. I love her new love interest in Dwight. I actually know a North Carolina couple who started their engagement in exactly the same way as Deborah and Dwight have done. Maybe North Carolina knows something the rest of us could emulate. A marriage not of hot passion but of long term respect and enduring love that goes from a small spark to a roaring inferno of emotion and love. I can't wait to read all of the Margaret Moran books I can find this summer. Reviewed by Virginia Degner, author of Without Consent, an Eloquent Book due to be released in the fall of 2010.
Judge Knot goes to the fair and is whisked back to her childhood. While snooping around in a murder she discovers previously recognized family members as if she needs to add to the clan. For the reader I hope the see the carnival return to town.
Nash Black, author of Indie finalists WRITING AS A SMALL BUSINESS and HAINTS.