Long Upon the Land

Long Upon the Land

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"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. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2015
Edition: First edition
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY MAR
Characteristics: vii, 288 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781455545322


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2015 Agatha Award: Best Contemporary Novel, Mystery

"Bestseller Maron's 20th Deborah Knott mystery combines strong plotting, a superb cast of recurring characters, and a rare sense of place that transports readers to rural North Carolina. Providing counterpoint to the murder case is ... Read More »

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SkokieStaff_Lukie Oct 23, 2015

This Grand Master Award-winning mystery writer's 20th and final Judge Deborah Knott novel centers on a land dispute between Knott's father and the farmer next door whose body he discovers bludgeoned to death. The local paper suggests that Knott's father and brothers may have had something to do w... Read More »

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Apr 04, 2019

This is the 20th book -- final published -- in the Deborah Knott series. Thru yr 2015.
Looks like this title, Long Upon the Land, is the ending of the total series.

But keep in touch with Margaret Maron's info to see if more get published in the series.
Margaret Maron is the author of several other fiction series. Sigrid Harald, (detective, NYcity)

Margaret Maron has been a winner of SO many mystery fiction awards, mostly for the Agatha Awards. And, she's also been a most frequent nominee for winning fiction.

Apr 16, 2017

Being a past resident of North Carolina has enhanced my enjoyment of this series, but this book was particularly enjoyable. The characters are believable, the life circumstances are believable and the plots are readable. I will miss these characters - but who knows, Deborah may turn up in New York? Hope so.

Nov 21, 2016

Excellent book! Well-written and a great cast of characters. I enjoyed the way she had two related story lines occurring at different points in time. Highly recommend this book.

Nov 19, 2015

I loved this book! I have loved this whole series, but this book is especially good. Please say it is not the last!

Sep 02, 2015

The two themes of this book--the story of Deborah Knott's parents' courtship and the murder of a problematic neighbor--keep us moving back and forth between the heartwarming background story and the violent death that must be solved. Both are puzzles of a different kind and so keep us guessing until the end. Both puzzles come to surprising solutions. Great book. I hope it's not the last.

Aug 12, 2015

Since this is the last Deborah Knott book, this was a bittersweet read. I loved the flashbacks into Kezzie and Sue's courtship. I wished I got even more of their story! Definitely a good final book.


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