Margaret Maron’s Judge Deborah Knott Series
What happens when the youngest child of 12 and the only daughter of a world-class moonshiner becomes a judge in rural North Carolina? Almost 20 books worth of entertaining traditionally crafted mystery novels! Since being introduced in Bootlegger’s Daughter in 1992, intelligent but hardly perfect lawyer Deborah Knott has grown and changed, as have many of the engaging, believable characters peopling this award-winning series. With its authentic look at the nuances and landscape of rapidly changing contemporary North Carolina -- especially the rural areas in the middle of the state -- these evocative, leisurely paced, character-driven books give an accurate idea of what it’s like to live in the New South. Beautifully written vivid details and astute observations provide a rich reading experience, and, though social issues inevitably play a role, humorous touches and familiar friends keep the stories from being too heavy. Though readers can easily enjoy any book in the series, those who want to watch the characters evolve bit by bit should start with the 1st book.