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Rituals of the Season by Margaret Maron
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Rituals of the Season (2005)

by Margaret Maron

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Christmas and a wedding are the cultural niches of rural North Carolina featured in this folksy but good mystery series. Deborah, a judge, is getting married to Major, nee Dwight, a law officer in her jurisdiction; therein lies the potential for conflict. Plainly speaking, how can the Major keep Deborah from being involved in the crime solving part of the Judicial System? Boundaries are established giving The Judge even more tightropes to walk.

Solving the crime; the death of an ADA and her infant causes some of the luster of local law enforcement to dull as does Judge Deb'rah's look back into a past "done deal" solution of a domestic murder. The races to the finish, getting married and exonerating the person on death row provide the
woof and warp for another fine entry in this good series. ( )
  jamespurcell | Jan 22, 2018 |
A good entry in the Deborah Knott series of mysteries. Deborah is preparing for her upcomign wedding to Dwight but they also become involved in the murder of an ADA and whether a woman really should have recieved the death penalty in a case the ADA was looking into. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
I don't like spoilers, but this review will have some if you haven't read the preceding ten books in the Deborah Knott series. Just a bit of warning, followed by a sentence of stalling.

Ironically while the last few books where the mystery took a back seat to the Deborah Knott relationships subplots here's the novel where Knott's supposed to get married (in the middle of the winter, really, people do that?) and yet the mystery takes up most of the book's time.

An ADA gets murdered (As well as her child dying, which is a heart wrenching detail) and that sends both Major Dwight in his official capacity and Deborah in her capacity as the ADA's sorta friend trying to find out who would do such a horrendous thing. The motives vary, from a possible scorned lover, to a pissed off drug dealer, or someone trying to keep her from finding out if a woman on death row is really guilty or innocent.

Again I think this is one of the best mysteries in the novels that Maron has written. It kept me guessing on motive as well as who the perpetrator was until near the very end. As well as having a great couple of subplots as usual. Awesome. ( )
  DanieXJ | May 28, 2014 |
I continue to enjoy Margaret Maron's books, and this was another good one to listen to in the car. The North Carolina setting is so familiar, and I continue to enjoy the characters. ( )
  dukefan86 | May 29, 2013 |
Judge Deborah Knott is finally getting married but, since she's marrying a law enforcement officer, even their wedding preparations are interrupted by murder. The oft-used trope of amateur sleuth involved with official crimesolver is done very well by Margaret Maron, especially since there's the twist that Deborah is required to be impartial in her job. Her large family is always entertaining and I love "visiting" Colleton County. ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
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- "High Country Fall, Margaret Maron's most recent installment in the Deborah Knott series, was published in Mysterious Press hardcover in 8/04, with a first printing of 40,000 copies.- Margaret Maron swept the top mystery awards with her first Deborah Knott hardcover, "Bootlegger's Daughter (Mysterious Press, 1992), receiving the Edgar1 Award for Best Mystery Novel, the Agatha Award, the Macavity, and the Anthony. She also won a 1992 Agatha Award for the short story that introduced the character of Deborah Knott, and later, she received the Agatha Award for Best Novel for "Up Jumps the Devil (Mysterious Press, 1996). Maron was nominated for an Agatha Award for "Home Fires (Mysterious Press, 1998), and most recently, "Storm Track (Mysterious Press, 2000) won the Agatha Award for Best Novel. "Last Lessons of Summer (Mysterious Press, 2003), was also nominated for an Agatha Award.- "Last Lessons of Summer, Slow Dollar, and Uncommon Clay were all selected as Mystery Guild Main Selections.

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"Judge Deborah Knott, only days away from her wedding to Sheriff Deputy Dwight Bryant, investigates another murder"--Provided by the publisher.

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