From the pen of the Edgar Award-winning author of Bootlegger's Daughter and Southern Discomfort flows a tale of mystery, money, and murder on the Outer Banks. Populated with colorful, richly drawn characters, Margaret Maron's latest novel captures the flavor of life in rural North Carolina. Arriving in Carteret County to fill in for a sick colleague, Judge Deborah Knott finds herself in the thick of battles between sport and commercial fishermen and between old and new money. It is Deborah's bad fortune to discover the body of Andy Bynum, a retired waterman respected by all sides. With no obvious suspects in the murder, Deborah must find the killer in a place where people shoot at loons, sea turtles, and their neighbors.C.J. Critt's skillful narration brings Deborah Knott to life, as the judge-detective searches for the truth in her quiet but determined way. Shooting at Loons is Margaret Maron at her suspenseful best.
"The down-home prose flows well, spiced by Judge Knott's wit, charm, and extended family as well as by references to the local food and drink." (Library Journal)
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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 you want to sneak into a quiet corner to finish non-stop. This novel lacked the "Margaret Maron It Factor!"
Surprised by the ending - yes! a real "who dun nit," but it took too long to get there. By the time I got to the ending, my attitude was "who cares!"
Glad this was not the only Margaret Maron book I brought with me while on break!
- BURMADEANE GEORGE
- Linda "snowbyrd13"