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Death's Half Acre by Margaret Maron

Death's Half Acre (2008)

by Margaret Maron

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Local county commissioner Candace Bradshaw is found dead in whats first believed to be a suicide but soon becomes apparent is murder. Judge Deborah Knott becomes interested in the case partly because her husband Dwight is investigating it. Much of the plot revolves around the building boom in North Carolina and the pressures with city moving into the country. A side plot involves Deborah's father Kezzie and his involvement with a questionable preacher. A return to form after the last, below par, entry in the series. Time is spent on Deborah's family and court cases but most of the book is solving a mystery. I like this series and was especially glad Kezzie played a larger role this time. he's an awesome character. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
As usual, I enjoyed this Margaret Maron mystery set in the North Carolina countryside just east of Raleigh. The story was well paced, and the performer did a nice job of the audiobook reading. ( )
  dukefan86 | May 29, 2013 |
southern,Amazon received
  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
Margaret Maron's books are consistently good reading, and this one is no exception. The umpty-leventh in her Judge Deborah Knott series, which began with the Edgar-winning [book: The Bootlegger's Daughter] in 1992, [book: Death's Half-Acre] finds recently-married Deborah still working on the ramifications of being married to a deputy sheriff, being a stepmother, and also coming to the realization that her larger-than-life father will not live forever. Fear not, though, Kezzie Knott is still as wily as ever in this story and his subplot not only brings the book to a satisfying conclusion but also illustrates some key points about rural and small-town culture.
The major plot line involves exurban sprawl development and its effect on the rural culture. In North Carolina it's farms which are being encroached on by people who are looking for country life, but can't bear the smell of manure; hereabouts where I live it's the working waterfront that comes into conflict with some of the incomers. So I get where Maron's characters are coming from. Maron is also very clear-sighted about the class structure of the communities she writes about. And, Deborah Knott's large family of brothers and their entourages not only help the plot along but provide comic relief from time to time. Maron is able to use current events and problems without making her books into "problem novels" -- you may learn something, but it will always be entertaining. Highly recommended. ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
Deborah Knott is again involved in one of husband Dwight's cases. When a local city commissioner is killed Deborah is hunting for reasons. As usual there are various family members involved in one way or another, brother Will hired the daughter of the victim the day of the killing. Daddy Knott is working soemthing funny but has kept his council and doesn't let Deborah know his plans.

There are issues of kickbacks to various commissioners, family feuds and just a whole host of mini-stories tied up in this addition to Judge Knot series.

I love Deborah and Dwight, not to mention the whole Knott family. I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series. ( )
  bookswoman | Mar 31, 2013 |
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As family-owned farms and lush fields in North Carolina's picturesque countryside start to give way to shoddy mansions and housing developments, discontent begins to rile the inhabitants of Judge Deborah Knott's beloved Colleton County. Beneath the surface of her seemingly peaceful town a tide of corruption is rising, and even her strong-willed father might be led down a dark path.

At the same time, a murder of a controversial high-profile woman commissioner pulls Deborah and her husband, Sheriff' Deputy Dwight Bryant, into the shadows of the past where even the most prominent townsfolk - including the honourable judge herself - have something hide. Intent on protecting those who love her most, Deborah must balance her own concerns with her commitment to justice, and the knowledge that a vicious killer is still on the loose.
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Unchecked urbanization has begun to eclipse the North Carolina countryside. As farms give way to shoddy mansions, farmers struggle to slow the rampant growth. In the shadows, corrupt county commissioners use their political leverage to make profitable deals with new developers. A murder will pull Judge Deborah Knott and Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant into the middle of this bitter dispute and force them to confront some dark realities.

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"Margaret Maron is back with a new mystery featuring her critically acclaimed sleuth Judge Deborah Knott"--Provided by publisher.

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