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Christmas Mourning (Mass Market Paperbound)
October 2010 Indie Next List
“Judge Deborah Knott returns in a solid winter outing with a theme torn from local headlines. As Deborah and Dwight prepare for holidays and their first anniversary, they find themselves drawn into community tragedies that go deeper than they know. A big pleasure of the series is meeting Deborah's large extended family, whose many younger members make their debut here. You'd love to have this clan as your neighbor!”
— Rosemary Pugliese, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC
It's Christmas in rural North Carolina's Colleton County and Judge Deborah Knott is looking forward to a family celebration when a tragedy clouds the holiday season. A beautiful young cheerleader dies in a car crash and the community is devastated by her death. Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant soon learns that her death was not a simple accident, and more lives may be lost unless he and Deborah can discover why she died.
About the Author
Margaret Maron is the author of twenty-seven novels and two collections of short stories. Winner of several major American awards for mysteries, including the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity, her works are on the reading lists of various courses in contemporary Southern literature. A native Tar Heel, she still lives on her family s country farm a few miles from Raleigh.
On CHRISTMAS MOURNING:
"Maron's trademark warm humor and Deborah's and Dwight's loving kinfolk leaven the tragedy to make this sixteenth in the series another winning entry and a fine holiday mystery."
"Satisfying...warm and authentic family relationships are the heart of this evergreen series."