Long Upon the Land

Long Upon the Land

Large Print - 2015
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"Margaret Maron, "New York Times" bestselling author and Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, returns to Colleton County with an exciting new Deborah Knott mystery . . . "
LONG UPON THE LAND
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 . . .
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Michigan : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, ©2015.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410480545
Characteristics: 359 pages :,genealogical table ;,23 cm.

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Pliggs
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.

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alex59
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.

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sandraperkins
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!

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Roundcat
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.

Chapel_Hill_AmandaG 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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