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Three-Day Town (Deborah Knott Mysteries #17)

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Three-Day Town is the winner of the Agatha award for best novel.

After a year of marriage, Judge Deborah Knott and Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant are off to New York City for a long-delayed honeymoon. January might not be the perfect time to take a bite of the Big Apple, but Dwight's sister-in-law has arranged for them to stay in her Upper West Side apartment for a week.

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ebook, 288 pages
Published November 21st 2011 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2011)
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Lesa
Dec 14, 2011 Lesa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Some readers were waiting for the next Judge Deborah Knott mystery from Margaret Maron. I’ve been waiting sixteen years for the next Sigrid Harald book. Maron satisfied all her fans by bringing her characters together in Three-Day Town.

Deborah and her husband, Dwight Bryant, have been married for a year, but they finally have time to take a honeymoon. Dwight’s sister-in-law loans them her Manhattan apartment for a week. After taking the train from North Carolina, they expect a week of playing to
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Tracey
Apr 04, 2012 Tracey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read some Margaret Maron, and collected several in preparation for the inevitable binge. I've only read a couple of the Sigrid Haralds, though, and so was pleased that Three-Day Town (which I received from Netgalley, thank you) was part of the Deborah Knott series; these books have been on my radar for a while but somehow never actually wound up in my hands, so I looked forward to meeting Judge Knott. I don't really like starting in the middle of a series (instant spoilers for every book be ...more
Micol
Jan 21, 2012 Micol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After falling in love with Margaret Maron in 1993 and devouring every book in this series, I was disappointed with Three-Day Town. Feels like Maron is trying to resurrect her Sigrid Harald character from another series through Deborah Knott. Adding the zero-personality Sigrid Harald character to the more dynamic Judge Deborah Knott is not helping either. Maron really put Judge Knott on the back burner for this one and it's supposed to be ABOUT Deborah Knott...

I'm not really looking forward to r
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Dark Haven
Rating 3.5
Let me first say, I was hooked on Margaret Maron after reading "A Bootlegger's Daughter" which swept all the mystery awards back in 1993. I've enjoyed every Knott story Ms. Maron has written. On one hand, I was looking forward to reading this tale because this would be the first time that Ms. Maron has written Deborah and Sigrid in the same story. On the other hand, I began reading this story with sadness because I learned that this would be the last story with Deborah Knott. I hope t
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Sarah Shaber
Jun 18, 2011 Sarah Shaber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am the fortunate recipient of an ARC of Margaret Maron's next book in her Deborah Knott series. It won't be officially published until November! Three-Day Town is a book Maron's fans have long been waiting for--Deborah meets Sigrid Harald, star of Maron's first series, in New York City while on her honeymoon with Dwight. The two women are distantly related, and Deborah ferries an item from Sigrid's grandmother to her mother. The item is stolen, a man dies in the condo lent to Deborah and Dwigh ...more
Abbey
BOTTOM LINE: Nice blend of the two series (Lt. Sigrid Harald, Judge Deborah Knott), while also being a beautiful homage to classic mystery styles and sensibilities: a beautiful heroine and hero, an intelligent police Lieutenant and friends, murder in a closed setting (apartment building in a snowstorm) and a plethora of possible suspects carefully delineated and presented for our perusal. An interesting, entertaining amalgamation of both.
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Carmen
Nov 19, 2013 Carmen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
This book takes Deborah and her husband to NYC for their honeymoon. I liked hearing about NY and their activities there, but the 'mystery' aspect kind of sucked. Half of the book was told from Sigrid's perspective, a cop in NYC. This left me wondering why. Is she going to be a character in another book? Sometimes Maron annoys me with her perspective changes. I mean, I just got used to her having Dwight narrate in most books, and now this?
Meg Benjamin
Mar 26, 2012 Meg Benjamin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting mixture of voices and POV. Maron brings her two series--Sigrid Harald and Deborah Knott--together seamlessly. I have some quibbles with the ending, but overall a good addition to both series.
Renee
Jan 28, 2013 Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A seamless combination of two solid series: Sigrid Harald and Deborah Knott, the Carolina's meet NYC. I'll continue wishing for more Sigrid Harald novels, but this was filled in the emptiness a bit.
Ilona Isaacs
Rated it three but it was more like 3.5. Ms. Maron does a fine job. Very enjoyable, human characters, a traditional who-done-it. Fun to read.
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
This turns out to be my least favorite of the Deborah Knott Mysteries. While I enjoyed seeing Dwight and Deborah finally going on a honeymoon the mix with Sigrid Harald from another of Maron's series did not resonate with me. The mystery was interesting. I really did not know who done it. I think reading that the book released in 2015 was the last one in the Deborah Knott series was also a downer. While I would not have missed listening to Three-Day Town it just did not catch me as the other boo ...more
Marlene
Nov 22, 2011 Marlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three-Day Town is a reference to New York City: James Cameron once referred to it as "the finest three-day town on earth". In Margaret Maron's very fine new entry into her Judge Deborah Knott series, Deborah and her husband travel to New York for a belated honeymoon. Their stay is longer than three days, because they become involved, as usual, in both family business and murder.
In 1942, a naive college freshman pilfers a risque and disgusting piece of object d'art from a college professor that s
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Christine
Nov 12, 2011 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s 1942 in New England and everyone is having fun at a gathering of Stillwater College professors and students. A student who has been ridiculed by one of the art history professors impulsively steals a “vulgar” artifact from his desk.

Skip to present-day North Carolina and Dwight Bryant and Deborah Knott are leaving for their long over-due honeymoon. They are taking the train to New York City and will be staying in a condo that belongs to Dwight’s sister-in-law. Kate has asked Dwight and Debo
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Margaret
Sep 18, 2016 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maron brings together both her lady protags, Judge D'bra and Sigrid Harald, when Dwight and Deborah take a belated honeymoon in New York City. As she has in recent books, Maron departs from the focus on Judge Knott's POV; this time we get bits of the story from Dwight and Sigrid's view. I'm not a huge fan of the technique--it seems uneven and a bit awkward, given that there's no balance between the three--we cut to other viewpoints only when, it seems, the plot needs it to happen. Pretty sure th ...more
Karen
Jan 11, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Publisher's synopsis:
Judge Deborah Knott and Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant are on a train to New York, finally on a honeymoon after a year of marriage. January in New York might not be the perfect time to visit, but they'll take it. The trip is a Christmas present from Dwight's sister-in-law, who arranged for them to stay in an Upper West Side apartment for one week. While in New York, Deborah has been asked to deliver a package to Lt. Sigrid Harald of the NYPD. Sigrid offers to swing by the ap
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Sharon Redfern
Dec 08, 2011 Sharon Redfern rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: southern-mystery
Three Day Town is the latest in Margaret Maron’s Judge Deborah Knott series. Deborah and Dwight, her husband of about one year, are finally getting away for a mini-honeymoon in NYC. As part of the trip, they are bringing a parcel to be delivered to the daughter of one of their friends. They are staying in an apartment owned by the wife of one of Deborah’s relatives. The first night there, they attend a party next door and come home to the body of the building’s superintendent in the apartment.
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Carol
Aug 09, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Some readers were waiting for the next Judge Deborah Knott mystery from Margaret Maron. Maron satisfied all her fans by bringing her characters together in Three-Day Town.

Deborah and her husband, Dwight Bryant, have been married for a year, but they finally have time to take a honeymoon. Dwight’s sister-in-law loans them her Manhattan apartment for a week. After taking the train from North Carolina, they expect a week of playing tourist and playing honeymooners. And, everyone at the apartment bu
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Lisarenee
In 1940, a small vulgar bronze sculpture was stolen by a student from a teacher at Stillwater College. Now, over 70 years later, the same sculpture of erotica is the center of a more sinister crime. This time it's not just theft that's involved, but murder.

Deborah (a judge) and her husband Dwight (a deputy sheriff) are finally taking their honeymoon in New York. As a Christmas gift, Dwight's sister-in-law offered them the use of an apartment she owns in New York for a week. When Mrs. Lattimore h
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Mary Gramlich
Nov 06, 2011 Mary Gramlich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THREE-DAY TOWN by Margaret Maron
11/11- Grand Central Publishing - Hardcover, 288 pages

Is it ever possible to take an uncomplicated day off?

Deborah and Dwight are on their way to New York for on a well-deserved honeymoon after a year of marriage. After a year, they have gone from being a married couple to extended family in short order but have taken it all in Southern stride.

The last thing either of them suspected would be an involvement in an apparent homicide while settling in New York contemp
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
I have randomly read a few titles in Margaret Maron's seventeen strong Deborah Knott Mysteries series but it has been a while. Three-Day Town was actually a great title to pick up because Deborah and Dwight are in New York on a belated honeymoon so the complex relationships in North Carolina are less crucial to the storyline, not that they don't manage to find kin in the Big Apple. During their stay Deborah has been asked to deliver a package to a distant relative but before she is able to, the ...more
LORI CASWELL
Dec 12, 2011 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Judge Deborah Knott and Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Bryant have been married for a year but have yet to take honeymoon. His sister-in-law has offered them her apartment in New York while her tenant is away in Europe. Part of the rental agreement was that she could use the apartment when he was away and she has given a week to Dwight and Deborah as a Christmas present. They have also been asked to deliver a package to a friend’s daughter who lives in New York.

They arrive in New York and after a serie
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Rhonda
Oct 24, 2011 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It kept me interested and guessing the whole book. I like Deborah and Dwight. I think their must have been other books written with them and I would read them.
Deborah and Dwight after a year of marriage are finally going on a honeymoon to New York City by way of train. Leaving Dwight son with brother and sister-in-law. They are staying in an apartment for a week while renter is out of town.
Dwight is second in command of the Sheriff's Dept. in Colleton County, North Carolina. Deborah is a Judge.
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Kimberly
Three-day Town was a suspenseful, plot twisting murder mystery. The plot contains the perfect setting, witnesses and suspects. Maron shares this story from the POV of Deborah and Sigrid.
Judge Deborah Knott is feisty, smart and loves shoes. She is excited to be spending a week in New York with the love of her life, Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Bryant. After celebrating their one year anniversary they are finally getting a honeymoon. Dwight’s sister-in-law owns an apartment on the Upper West Side and
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Tracey
Nov 27, 2011 Tracey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, I love Margaret Maron's Deborah Knott. The Knott mysteries stay cozy and yet slide into ugly territory, balancing Judge Deborah's good life (at times too ideal) with bleak, sad, and dangerous realities both in and outside of her courtroom.

That said, Three-Day Town thrilled me less than Maron's previous Knott stories. When Deborah and Dwight land in New York on their long-delayed honeymoon, surprise, surprise, there's a murder. The setup and circumstances of the crime resemble somethin
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Laura
Jan 10, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, mystery
So nice to interact with Sigrid again. I love her but since Oscar died haven't heard much about her.

Many authors do a cross series book & like the "very special episodes" during sweeps week in the 80s when "facts of life meets different strokes" it ends up a hot mess. But Maron is very wise how she uses her characters & the mash up works wonderfully. All the characters stay in their respective styles & the plot moves in & around them, not forcing interactions.

Finally, a little f
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Quillracer
Judge Deborah Knott and husband, Major Dwight Bryant, are off to New York City for a delayed honeymoon. Their first night there, Deborah finds the building superintendent murdered in the apartment they’re staying in.

I’ve read all the books in this series and like it very much. This entry has done nothing to change that opinion. The mystery is complex enough to keep the reader engaged but not so complex as to have the reader shout, “Oh, come on! That’s not believable.”

I’ve never read any of Maron
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Barbara
Jan 01, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I really enjoyed this book. Found myself gravitating toward it more than the other book I am currently reading. I guess that’s because this book wasn’t as grim a story as the other book and a bit easier a read; but not so simple and easy as to be boring or predictable.

The author also blends two characters she has created and written about in this series. I found that interesting, but also a tiny bit confusing. I don’t recall reading either of the character’s series before, and this was billed a
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Jerry
Dec 05, 2011 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We enjoyed Maron's 8-book Ms. Sigrid Harald series, published over the period of 1981-1995. These police procedurals reminded us of classic Ellery Queen mysteries, with most of the focus on evolving the clues and solving the case rather than character development or interplay among the principals. When Maron moved on to her Judge Deborah Knott series, we were not as enamored of those light mysteries, as, in stark contrast to her earlier work, these chatty stories set in the South seem to give mu ...more
Jocelyn
Jul 11, 2012 Jocelyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Kind of a normal mystery. Guy with no apparent enemies gets killed. Who did it?

Deborah and Dwight are in New York City for a belated honeymoon, so good-bye North Carolina setting and hello Lieutenant Sigrid Harald, a Margaret Maron character from another series. Maron must have had fun, letting Sigrid and Deborah size each other up. But it took some work to follow the multiple points of view.

Exercise: Complare and contrast Three-Day Town with Busman's Honeymoon (Dorothy Sayers).

Comparisons:

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Linda Baker
Oct 14, 2011 Linda Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I am a long time fan of Margaret Maron's Deborah Knott series and was delighted to get an advance look at the newest entry through netgalley.com. As a native North Carolinian who has lived "away" for a long time, these books are almost as good as a visit home!

This novel is somewhat different, as the action takes place on New York's Upper West Side. Dwight and Deborah are finally taking a long-delayed honeymoon in New York, staying in an apartment loaned to them by Deborah's sister-in-law. They o
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