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Publisher's Summary

Margaret Maron, New York Times best-selling author and Mystery Writers of America grand master, returns to Colleton County with an exciting new Deborah Knott mystery....
On a quiet August morning, Judge Deborah Knott's father, Kezzie, makes a shocking discovery on a remote corner of his farm: the body of a man bludgeoned to death. Investigating this crime, Deborah's husband, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant, soon uncovers a long-simmering hostility between Kezzie and the slain man over a land dispute. The local newspaper implies that Deborah's family may have had something to do with the murder - and that Dwight is dragging his feet on the case.
Meanwhile Deborah is given a cigarette lighter that once belonged to her mother. The cryptic inscription inside rekindles Deborah's curiosity about her parents' past and how they met. For years she has wondered how the daughter of a wealthy attorney could have married a widowed, semi-illiterate bootlegger, and this time she's determined to find the answer.
But why are Deborah's brothers so reluctant to talk about the dead man? Is the murder linked to Kezzie's illegal whiskey business? And could his courtship of Deborah's mother have something to do with the bad blood between the two families? Despite Deborah's promise not to interfere in Dwight's work, she cannot stop herself from doing everything she can to help clear her brothers and her father from suspicion....
©2015 Margaret Maron (P)2015 Hachette Audio
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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 08-17-15

Author makes poor narrator

Is there anything you would change about this book?

If it were mine, I would have paid a professional narrator.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Deborah Knott. I like all of these books. I am, myself, an attorney and a part time judge, so I enjoy that aspect of the book, particularly.

What didn’t you like about Margaret Maron’s performance?

She's monotonous, and doesn't differentiate the voices of the characters. I also note a sing-song rhythm in the performance.

Was Long Upon the Land worth the listening time?

Yes, but I do think it cost too much for what I got.

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3 out of 5 stars
By R. Parish on 10-18-15

What happened to CJ Critt!

I hate it when authors suddenly decide to narrate their own books. They are authors not narrators. I am sure there are a few authors that also make great narrators but very few people are great in two fields.

I read Margaret Maron books because she is a good writer and writes books FUN to read. But I listened to the books rather than read them because of C.J. Critt. She made the character come alive and was believable. And - now that is the voice in my head - no matter how good Margaret Maron might be as a narrator the only one for her main character is Critt!

Ms. Maron - please write more books! And, please bring back C.J. Critt!

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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