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.
I think CJ Critt's performance was only so-so, because the content in the story was lacking. Generally, Margaret Maron spins a tale in ways that make ..Show More »you want to sneak into a quiet corner to finish non-stop. This novel lacked the "Margaret Maron It Factor!"
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.
Another fun Deborah Knott mystery this one is set at the Furniture Market. Another interesting setting for another interesting story! Visit Deborah's ..Show More »court and then follow her thru the real mystery here. C. J. does a great job portraying the characters of this story!
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.
Still enjoying this good series. Love the characters and all the storylines surrounding the large Knott family. Excellent mystery in this story. My..Show More » only criticism comes regarding the snide political remarks starting to creep in. I appreciate that the author has her views regarding past and present politicians, as we all do. But, if I wanted real life politics thrown in and her views, I'd read a book on politics instead of a mystery fiction book.
I absolutely love the author's descriptions of North Carolina and the people there. CJ Critt's narration is so enjoyable. The down home phrases and ..Show More »terms of endearment (Shug or Sug -- short for sugar) are particularly sweet for me as I heard them throughout my childhood. She gives Deborah's character a no nonsense manner, but with a definite soft hearted side, and I love her accent in the books. The books are mysteries, but they are also about Deborah's large (LARGE) family and their lives and you can't help but love them and get involved in what's going on in their lives. It can be confusing with many characters mentioned. If you go to the author's website, she has a family tree for this series. :) This particular mystery is quite good and I was unable to "solve" it until all was revealed. Highly recommend the series, but make sure you start at the beginning. JB
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 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.
I very much liked the early Deborah Knott books by Maron, but I won't be reading or listening to any more. There is a noticeable tiredness in this vo..Show More »lume, and it lacks the sharp and witty characters and interactions of the first entries in the series. The information about turkey vultures at the beginning of each chapter seems contrived, and the story and action drag out, though this is not a long book at all.
C.J. Critt has a clear delivery, but she doesn't seem to be much interested in this half-hearted story either.
"The Bootlegger's Daughter" and some of the other early parts of this series are well worth trying, but don't waste your time with this one.