Margaret Maron skillfully draws on her North Carolina roots to pen her well-crafted, suspenseful mysteries. Her creative talents have earned her the coveted Edgar, Agatha, Macavity, and Anthony Awards. Salt-of-the-earth characters, vivid with lilting, down-home humor and unwavering opinions, step from the pages when narrator C.J. Critt breathes life into them.
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©1996 Margaret Maron; (P) Recorded Books, LLC
"A winning tale of closeted skeletons and family feuds." (Library Journal)
A combination murder mystery and family drama, Up Jumps the Devil delivers the clearest image yet Deborah Knott's large and diverse family and background. The mystery is a bit of a yawn, and the narrative is a somewhat disjointed, but, if you are a Knott fan, you will delight in the details of her and her family's background. If you cotton to a more plot driven yarn, you may not be as satisfied. The narration is a bit stilted. In some places it seems Critt is injecting perkiness into her delivery of a sentence to cover her lack of understanding of its context. Her earlier Knott series performances were more satisfying.
I am sure I will astheweb of the cvommunity is always a pleasure to revisit
The devious solution of the property problem solved of course by Kezzie Knott
The whole series is always a pleasure to revisit when I need a few hours of relaxing reading
Love books, reading or listening, wine and quiet evenings by the fire. Mystery's, paranormal, history and biographies.
Once again Deborah works thru the twisted skeins of the plot to get to the truth and make things come straight. A worthwhile read/listen. Mystery, intrigue and a bit of romance!
I loved this book, I have lived in the part of the world and it reminded me of so many things. Just a fun book, lovely humor and full of interesting people. Good mystery.
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.
I particularly like this series because of the way it captures the "feel" of semi-rural North Carolina. C.J. Critt's narration adds to the slow southern feel (and the text makes it clear that a southern accent doesn't mean stupid). The mysteries are usually pretty easy to figure out, but the scenery along the way is lovely.
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