Slow Dollar: a Deborah Knott mystery: 9 Paperback – Illustrated, 30 November 2018
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- Paperback : 198 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0998494003
- ISBN-13 : 978-0998494005
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 1.14 x 22.86 cm
- Publisher : Oconee Spirit Press LLC; Illustrated edition (30 November 2018)
- Language: : English
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From Publishers Weekly
Step right up! Play a game and win your girl a prize! The carnival's in town and Maron brings to this ninth Judge Deborah Knott mystery (after 2001s Uncommon Clay) the vigor and verve that have served her so well to date. Larceny, both grand and small, as well as death hover over the Ames Amusement Corporations show on its arrival in Colleton County, N.C. Deborah, her irrepressible siblings (she's one of 12, the youngest and the only female) and some newfound kinfolk gather to mourn her great-nephew and carnival worker Brazos Hartley, after the young man is stomped to death, his mouth stuffed with quarters. The rural North Carolina dialogue and "carny" talk are perfect, especially descriptions of food, fashion and enchanting scenery of Indian summer in the South. The author draws family relationships so clearly you feel you could melt right into the crowd for barbecue, biscuits, slaw and cobbler. Before Maron is done, there's a bizarre theft of some tacky paintings, a second murder and a steamy romance. Is Judge Knott finally going to settle down and marry? Maron is one of the most seamless Southern authors since Margaret Mitchell, yet she beautifully writes a series about a New York police detective, Lieut. Sigrid Harald, with equal authority. A Knott family tree and a glossary of carny terms round out a novel that Nero Wolfe would describe as most satisfactory!
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From Library Journal
On a visit to the Harvest Festival, judge Deborah Knotts, series star (Uncommon Clay) and small-town North Carolinian, discovers a murder victim, whom she recognizes as having recently appeared in her courtroom. But she does not yet know that he was kin to her. Deborah's multitudinous family connections soon kick in, though, providing ready access to pertinent gossip, secrets, and feuds. Maron's appealing story races forward at breakneck speed, taking full advantage of familiar characters and both real and fictional locations. Highly recommended for most collections.
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Maron supplies us with another tightly crafted, engaging mystery. Although the 8th tale in this series, you can read this book without having read any of the others. The family tree is helpful in identifying all of Deborah’s many brothers and their progeny.
A satisfying read. 4 of 5 stars
This is one of the best novels of the series. Ms. Maron is always at her best when she involves Deborah's huge family and its different characters in the story. A new family member is always welcome and Tally and her family add color to an already colorful brood. Deborah's new relationship with Dwight makes me wonder why nothing ever happened before. I can't wait to find out what happens in the next book.