Southern Discomfort : Deborah Knott

  • by Margaret Maron
  • Narrated by C.J. Critt
  • Series: Deborah Knott
  • 8 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The governor of North Carolina has appointed Deborah to a judicial seat in the District Court Division. On her weekends, the fledgling judge has been helping an all-woman building crew complete a home for a needy single mother. Her attempts to gain positive P.R. go awry when her niece is found battered and half-naked in the partially completed home, with Deborah's own bloody hammer lying nearby.


What the Critics Say

"Excellent...a thriller that simply oozes southern charm and atmosphere". (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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A look inside a southern family

The book is a perceptive, gently satirical look at human behavior during a period of social change besides being a suspenseful mystery. Deborah Knott has survived her first week on the bench as a judge. On the weekend she is helping the local women’s shelter build a new house. As the story progresses she finds her niece Annie Sue bruised and unconscious at the building site, the building inspector dead, the hammer Deborah had been using nearby and her brother, Annie Sue’s father, collapsed nearby in his truck. Turns out he has arsenic poisoning, who did it and why and is there anyone else.

The story is well written, the plot is twisting with lots of suspense and family interaction. Maron provides a surprise ending to the story. The author also packs a social history as well as travelogue information into the story. C. J. Critt does a good job narrating the story.
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- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."


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 solve. 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.
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- Debora

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-01-2004
  • Publisher: Recorded Books