This book is a great read or listen, which ever your preference. It is the first in the series that I listened too, and it got me hooked. I love Jud..Show More »ge Deborah Knot series and highly recommend them. While it is true there is a lot going on, it is all connected and well written that I kept finding myself going "Ah ha!" as I put the pieces together. Great for anyone who loves a good tale and likes getting lost in the story!
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 so..Show More »lve. 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.
A combination murder mystery and family drama, Up Jumps the Devil delivers the clearest image yet Deborah Knott's large and diverse family and backgro..Show More »und. 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.
With all the mystery of the south along with the intrigue of racial politics add up to make this a great read/listen. C.J. Critt does an excellent job..Show More » of bringing the characters to life just the way that Margaret Maron wrote them.
The Judge Knot series is well written. the characters are well formed, after reading just one Judge Knot book you feel you know the county and people..Show More », after a couple, you would swear they true exist and you have met them in person.
Sand Sharks is a undulating mystery with several plotlines running at the same time. In addition, there are very specific descriptions of the Wilmingt..Show More »on, Wrightsville Beach area that are entirely accurate. I like Margaret Maron's writing style as she describes Deborah Knox, the lead character along with detailed history of her family and friends. This author drew me back to her books because they integrate North Carolina history and culture with the plotline of each book. I will continue to read this author's works because each one is uniquely entertaining.
I had this on my wish list for several months and finally decided to give it a try. Sorry I did, I could never get hooked into the story. The narrat..Show More »or's cadence was off-putting. I found myself learning how she would pronounce words and her phraseology then it started getting on my nerves. This is the first book I have put down barely one-half in. I will stick to Michael Connelly.
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 ..Show More »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.