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DEATH’S HALF ACRE
MARGARET MARON
ISBN# 978-0-446-19610-9
August 2008
Grand Central
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
Hardcover
$24.99
262 Pages
Mystery
Rating: 4 Cups

Deborah Knott is a District Court Judge for Colleton County in North Carolina. Her father is a former bootlegger turned farmer, and she is the youngest and only daughter of his twelve children.

Dwight Bryant is Deborah’s husband and the Chief Deputy of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office. The recent death of his ex-wife brought his eight year old son to live with them.

Colleton County is being overrun by developers. Uncontrolled development is not unusual, but the corruption in this county is a little out of control. Candace Bradshaw has risen from her childhood in a cold-water trailer to a position of wealth and power, and she revels in it, but someone resents her success and brings it to an end. Dwight and Deborah, as usual, are in the thick of things. Dwight is determined to solve the crime, as is Deborah, but she also has to make sure that some of her secrets do not come to light.

This is one of my favorite mystery series and I waited impatiently for its arrival. I was not disappointed. Colleton County and its inhabitants are as independent and quirky as ever, from aristocratic Cameron Bradshaw to Kezzie Knott. The author describes an area plagued by overdevelopment perfectly, from the greedy developers to the new arrivals who want to live in the country--so long as it has all the conveniences of the city and no messy farms or livestock. The subplot of the greedy fundamentalist minister and Kezzie’s own justice is engrossing as well. That subplot got me so interested that I did not guess the murderer, even though the author gave some really good clues. I always love the Knotts and their friends and this book has a spot on my keeper shelf with the other books of the series.

Maura
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