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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Margaret Maron's colorful Deborah Knott mysteries crackle with sassy Southern dialogue and rural wisdom. In Up Jumps the Devil, fast-moving progress is threatening to forever destroy the leisurely, heart-warming pace of Colleton County, North Carolina. District Court Judge Deborah Knott sees trouble brewing when plans for a new interstate highway start pushing up property values. As her own relatives battle lifelong neighbors over selling farmland or holding out, Deborah finds herself calming the combatants with down-home wit, and sometimes, judicial decisions. But when the squabbles escalate to murder, Deborah is forced to search for the killer uncomfortably close to home. Margaret Maron skillfully draws on her North Carolina roots to pen her well-crafted, suspenseful mysteries. Her creative talents have earned her the coveted Edgar, Agatha, Macavity, and Anthony Awards. Salt-of-the-earth characters, vivid with lilting, down-home humor and unwavering opinions, step from the pages when narrator C.J. Critt breathes life into them.
Don't miss the other books in the Deborah Knott mystery series.
©1996 Margaret Maron
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Critic Reviews

"A winning tale of closeted skeletons and family feuds." (Library Journal)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 10-20-15


This is book four in the series about life in a contemporary rural small town in North Carolina. The book was published in 1996. Our protagonist Judge Deborah Knott is a personable character that makes the series work. Even though the book is placed in North Carolina it could be any small rural town. I think that is one of the things that hooked me into continue reading the series. I grew up in a small rural town so much of the stories resonate with me.

In this story we see the effects of growth and increasing property values with the arrival of the interstate highway. The action begins with two murders after they had refused to sell their land to a real estate speculator. Judge Knott set off to investigate on her own and finds herself suspicious of one of her eleven brothers and some lifelong friends. I enjoyed the twist and turns of the plot and the legal turn to the story with laws about inheritance. Humor runs throughout this story as it has in the prior three stories.

Maron is an excellent writer and a great story teller. I enjoyed her descriptions of various behaviors toward the land. I am looking forward to book five. C. J. Critt does a great job narrating the story. I noted the book was produced by Recorded Books; they always publish a polished recorded book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Linda on 06-01-12

Another winner in the Deborah Knott series!

Once again Deborah works thru the twisted skeins of the plot to get to the truth and make things come straight. A worthwhile read/listen. Mystery, intrigue and a bit of romance!

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