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Three-Day Town (Deborah Knott Mysteries #17)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  1,758 ratings  ·  262 reviews
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.

Hardcover, Large Print, 423 pages
Published December 16th 2011 by Thorndike Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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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
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
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
Sarah Shaber
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
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
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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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
Shirley Worley
Southerners Deborah and Dwight have fled to New York, the three-day town, for a delayed honeymoon and are put up in a friend's apartment while owners are out of town on business. Deborah is commissioned by her grandmother to deliver a package to Lt. Sigrid Harald of the NYPD, a distant relative, while there. Before she can accomplish the favor, the priceless sculpture is stolen and the building super is found dead in their apartment. Being a judge herself and her husband a deputy, Deborah is mor ...more
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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.
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.
Ellen Moore
I enjoyed reading this book which combined characters from Maron's Sigrid Harald and Deborah Knotts series and was set in New York City. As Dwight and Deborah attempted to enjoy the honeymoon they did not get to have a year before when they were first married, several murders occurred in the apartment building where they were staying. They assisted Lt. Sigrid Harald in solving the crimes. New York was hit with a heavy snowstorm, which affected the sightseeing plans they had made. Although they d ...more
This Deborah Knott mystery is set in New York, and Deborah and Dwight are such southerners. They do things very differently in New York and Deborah is interested in everything! With the inevitable murder investigation, Dwight is not in charge this time. But involvement is also inevitable. I enjoy this series very much. For me a good mystery book has to have a good story, a hard to guess killer, and likable characters. People whom you want to know more about, so will keep reading the series. This ...more
Just finished number 17 in Margaret Maron's mystery series featuring Judge Deborah Knott, and with this book we get introduced to a new character Lt. Sigrid Harald, of the NYPD. Deborah and her new husband are on their honeymoon, and as a gift, they go to NY to celebrate. They find that city life is just as complicated, if not more, when there is a puzzling murder. A variety of new characters and a great storyline. Lt. Sigrid Harald is in a new series, so she was introduced in this book. I enjo ...more
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
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
Linda Baker
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 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
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
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
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
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.
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
Sharon Redfern
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.
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).


Kathleen Hagen
Three-day Town, by Margaret Maron, b-plus, Narrated by C. J. Critt, Produced by Recorded Books, Downloaded from

In this, the 17th book in the Judge Deborah Knott series, Dwight and Deborah are going to New York City for their honeymoon, which has been delayed for an entire year since their marriage. They plan to at least look up a distant relative of Deborah Knotts-Sigrid Harald, a NYPD lieutenant. So this is an attempt to bring her two series, Deborah Knott,and Sigrid Harald togethe
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
This is really more of a Sigrid Harold book than a Deborah Knott book. The premise is that Dwight and Deborah are taking a delayed honeymoon in New York where they will be staying in the apartment of Dwight's sister-in-law. While on the trip a man is found murdered in the apartment, and Sigrid Harald is called to the case. For readers of the Sigrid Harald mysteries this is a really good thing because you get see her do her stuff. If you're like me and find Sigrid to be way too dry, then it's not ...more
her books are light and fluffy - this more than most. One of the most entertaining part of her 'world' is the family connections ..but this time they added nothing to the story - in fact they actually hurt the story as the author tried to push southern relations/connections to the extreme. The essential mystery would be just the same if Deborah and Dwight went to NY and stayed at any timeshare/apartment rental/co-op and not at one belonging to a sister-in-law, also there was no need for the cop ...more
Mary Gramlich
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
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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Born and raised in central North Carolina, Margaret Maron lived in Italy before returning to the USA where she and her husband now live. In addition to a collection of short stories she's also the author of 16 mystery novels. Her works have been translated into seven languages her Bootlegger's Daughter, a Washington Post Bestseller won Edgar Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity awards. She is a past pres ...more
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