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Southern Discomfort | [Margaret Maron]

Southern Discomfort

The governor of North Carolina has appointed Deborah to a judicial seat in the District Court Division. On her weekends, the fledgling judge has been helping an all-woman building crew complete a home for a needy single mother. Her attempts to gain positive P.R. go awry when her niece is found battered and half-naked in the partially completed home, with Deborah's own bloody hammer lying nearby.
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Publisher's Summary

The governor of North Carolina has appointed Deborah to a judicial seat in the District Court Division. On her weekends, the fledgling judge has been helping an all-woman building crew complete a home for a needy single mother. Her attempts to gain positive P.R. go awry when her niece is found battered and half-naked in the partially completed home, with Deborah's own bloody hammer lying nearby.

Don't miss the other books in the Deborah Knott mystery series.

©1993 Margaret Maron; (P) Recorded Books, LLC

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"Excellent...a thriller that simply oozes southern charm and atmosphere". (Booklist)

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    Debora Concord, CA, United States 07-08-04
    Debora Concord, CA, United States 07-08-04 Member Since 2003
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    In this second book in the Deborah Knott series, Margaret Maron again paints a charming portrait of southern life as well as giving us a mystery to solve. If you enjoy good story-telling with complex characters, you will enjoy these books. I feel as though I know the people and places after reading the story, and the mystery has enough twists to keep me guessing. I'm looking forward to continuing the series and getting to know Judge Knott and her family and friends even better.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Eden Prairie, MN, United States 12-20-13
    Linda Eden Prairie, MN, United States 12-20-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Happy I Discovered This Series!"

    I purchased my first book of this series because it was on sale. Since then I've purchased two more Debra Knott books. I plan to read the entire series!

    The main character, Debra Knott, is a District Judge in North Carolina. She is intelligent, sensible, has a large, interesting family and a wide circle of friends. There are plenty of supporting characters that add interest to the stories.

    The mysteries are complex enough to keep me guessing the solution. Debra's work as a judge is fascinating to me. Adult subjects are part of some stories. However, the emphasis is NOT on graphic descriptions of violence or sexual situations.

    So far I have found these books to be moderately paced, well plotted, very captivating and entertaining. They are as much about family, friends and North Carolina as they are about the mystery. That makes them very appealing to me.

    At the end of this audio book there is an informative, interesting interview with Margaret Maron.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Moire Linden, VA, United States 05-22-05
    Moire Linden, VA, United States 05-22-05 Member Since 2002

    Life long fan of the mystery story. I like books where something actually happens, so history and biography are favorites of mine also. I also think that even good books are improved tremendously when an actor performs the narration.

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    "Creates time and place"

    As with her other books, the plot is on the thin side, but the text and narration combine perfectly to create "almost" rural North Carolina.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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