New York Times best-selling author Margaret Maron’s meticulously crafted Judge Deborah Knott mysteries display the work of a master. In the series’ 17th entry, Deborah and Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Bryant are on their way to New York City for a belated honeymoon. Once in the city, however, they get swept up in a mystery involving a stolen package and a murdered doorman.
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I very much enjoy Margaret Maron's books. I've read them all and have enjoyed each one. I thought listening to them would be a pleasure as well but I'm sorry to say I cannot 'hear' Deborah in C.J. Critt's narration. She sounds like a New England transplant, not the "Bootlegger's Daughter". There's not a trace of any Southern accent. Curiously however Dwight sounds quite Southern. So I will stick to Margaret Maron in print.
I went with a neutral rating for the story since I only got about 1/3 of the way through when I decided the printed version would better suit.
The Deborah Knott series is one of my favorites. However, this was one that I could have skipped. I would have liked to see Deborah and Dwight work together as a team with a little more time spent on their personalities/relationship, with less spent on all the various NY characters who seemed to get more time than they were worth (such as the NY detective and her roommate) while not advancing the story.
No. I'll still read the next in the series.
She is by far my favorite reader. I've tried new authors because she was the reader.
No. But there are other stories in the series that would work.
Well written, well narrated - as expected.
Deborah, but the secondary characters are good as well
Love C.J. Critt. Would probably like listening to her read the phonebook.
Contrived plot, but it works.
Margaret Maron always delivers a well-written story with excellent characterization, and this is no exception, albeit not one of the strongest entries in either the Deborah Knott or Sigrid Harald series. I read this book on paper when it came out last fall and found it a bit flat and the Sigrid character non-engaging. Then, I read the Sigrid books over the past few months before listening to Three-Day Town. I found it much more interesting with the background on Sigrid fresh in my mind. I think that those who know only Deborah will be disappointed as she is not really the focus here, and frankly seems a bit stupid.
Fans of the either or both series will want to read this one, but I don't recommend it as a stand-alone. It's an interesting update on the characters from both series, but does not fare well as a stand-alone. The mystery is one of the Maron's weakest and least plausible.
The final scene with Dwight and Deborah on the train home was weird--and rather icky. I'm going to try to forget it.
CJ Critt does a very good job of narrating, as usual.
I'll listen to almost anything read by CJ Critt. She really brings the characters alive, and its easy to tell which character is talking. The story itself is ok, but isn't one of Mararet Maron's best. It does have Judge Deborah Knott, which is a plus, but as others have said the plot isn't quite realistic. I much prefer the stories set in the south with the rest of the family involved, than this one set in NYC during a snow storm.
C. J. Critt makes the characters come to life, it's hard to believe they all come from the same voice!
Read these books to relax and refer to known things, since I am a Southerner. Not surprised much in these books but they keep my interest and I like Ms Maron's knowledge. I always learn something from listening to her. This time I learned some new art terms. The good writters in this world know human nature very well, and Ms Maron's understanding and tolerance for human foilbles sits well with me.All her books are good and this one is more interesting to me since I just got back from NYC and spent time in very great grocery stores. I rented an apartment and when Judge Knott's husband heads for the wonderful grocery and wants to cook and eat in, I was sold. Would recommend these books if you want comfort, not too much gratuitous violence and a few laughs along the way.
I liked that Judge Maron and hubby decided to take it easy and realize that getting to know the peiple there and not trying to see everything in such a massive city has to offer in the three days they had was very impressive. The author has an outlook very similar to mine.
Again when you are into a story, the narrator disappears from your thoughts which means they are excellent and as they should be. Perfect for the task at hand.
No extremes here for me, but I am older and surpises come a little harder for me. The author had great skills to impart empathy for the characters. I am always ready for the next book as I empathize with this author for many reasons.
Ready for the next book. Ms Maron makes you car about her characters.
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