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Up Jumps the Devil by Margaret Maron

Up Jumps the Devil (edition 1996)

by Margaret Maron

Series: Deborah Knott (4)

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The story follows North Carolina's Judge Deborah Knott on a Thanksgiving Day investigation into the murder of a man from her father's moonshine-making past.
Title:Up Jumps the Devil
Authors:Margaret Maron
Info:Mysterious Pr (1996), Edition: First Edition, Paperback
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Up Jumps the Devil by Margaret Maron



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This was not one of my favorite Deborah Knott books. It is all about land, the selling and development of the land. The book does give a lot of information about all of Deborah's many brothers, a few sisters-in-law and some of her nieces and nephews. ( )
  dara85 | May 8, 2020 |
Back for her fourth leisurely outing, North Carolina judge Deborah Knott (Shooting at Loons, 1994, etc.) has personal connections to just about every suspect in the murder of old Jap Stancil--a failed farmer who's been eking out a living working on cars and growing ornamental corn for the Thanksgiving season. Suspect #1 is Jap's roguish, layabout nephew Allen, whom Deborah idiotically eloped with when she was an unstable 18-year-old college freshman (the marriage was almost instantly annulled). Worse yet, Deborah's land-proud father and some of her 11 brothers- -all of whom own property adjacent to the Stancil farm--had strong feelings (ranging from outrage to greed) about Jap's plan to sell out to a local developer. And Deborah also has a soft spot for Billy Wall, a hard-working kid with a very pregnant wife, who just might have killed Jap for his corn money. Deborah ( )
  jepeters333 | Jun 17, 2018 |
Series stays interesting, as we learn more about Deborah's family and early life. Conflicts about land are generated by strong investment interest from developers and, murder results. A face to face confrontation puts her in danger before the case is resolved. Another well told story from North Carolina. ( )
  jamespurcell | Sep 15, 2016 |
Synopsis: It's near Thanksgiving and most of the family is in the area. A land developer is trying to buy up all of the farms in the area to turn them into a housing development. One of the brothers needs money badly enough that he sells his property. One of the small farm owners is killed, as is the land developer.
Review: This book is all over the place. Parts are good and parts are completely irrelevant. The grand reveal is pitiful. ( )
  DrLed | Jul 12, 2016 |
There's such a sense of family in these novels, and even more amazing is that it's not just in one or two books of the series, but throughout every single one.

Up Jumps the Devil is a book more about the past than the previous three in the series. We get to meet Allen Stencil, who has a history with Deb. And we also get to meet some more of Kezzie Knott's neighbors.

The mystery is all about land and how it's inherited when people die. And a couple of people definitely die in this book. As usual, the murders also somehow wind up touching Deb and her very extended family.

It still got confused here and there because there were what seemed like hundreds (okay only a few dozen) of new Knott (and Knott affiliated) family members.

Kidd was still there, as was Dwight, and there was even a little bit of strife between Kidd and Deb, which was interesting. A little bit of strife is always interesting.

It's not the most involved and complicated mystery Maron's written, but all the family drama and action more than made up for the thinner than usual plot. ( )
  DanieXJ | May 9, 2014 |
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For Sara Ann Freed,
now my nurturing editor,
but years ago the friend who first said,
'Why don't you write another book about
North Carolina?'
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Most of my brothers-
Most of my respectable brothers, that is-
(Which also includes the ones that've sowed all their wild oats and are now settling into gray-haired middle age and trying to pretend they've been respectable all along.)
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The story follows North Carolina's Judge Deborah Knott on a Thanksgiving Day investigation into the murder of a man from her father's moonshine-making past.

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Judge Deborah Knott should have known better than to take a casserole to a neighbour's house of sorrow. Yes, she owed something to his memory when she heard he'd been killed, but she should have realized that his big-haired, chain-smoking widow wasn't as innocent as she pretended. Yet paying a condolence call on a murderer is only the least of the young judge's problems in this the fourth of Margaret Maron's award-winning series.

Another neighbour is killed almost immediately and this time no one knows why. Is is because his farm has quadrupled in value? Is it his collection of old classic cars? Or has he fatally jerked a killers' chain one time too many?

In the meantime, skeletons keep dropping out of Deborah's own closet every time she opens the door. A past lover shows up to the bemusement of her present lover, her brother seems to have an urgent need for ready cash and she can never be too sure if her own father, and ex-moonshiner, is quite as retired as he says he is.

Now the judge must decide whether family loyalties or judicial standards will prevail.
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