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The Buzzard Table (Deborah Knott Mysteries #18)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  2,199 Ratings  ·  269 Reviews
New York Times bestselling author Margaret Maron returns with a thrilling new Deborah Knott mystery . . .


Judge Deborah Knott and her husband, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant, are back home in Colleton County amid family and old friends. But the winter winds have blown in several new faces as well. Lt. Sigrid Harald and her mother, Anne, a well-known photog
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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Nov 21, 2012 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
Maron's two series' collide again just like they did in Three-Day Town, the last book in this series. This time New York police detective Sigrid Harald travels to Cotton Grove with her award-winning photographer mother, Anne Lattimore Harald, to visit Sigrid’s ailing grandmother. They get together with Judge Deborah Knot and her husband, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant for dinner at Mrs. Lattimore's Victorian home. This is where they meet Mrs. Lattimore's long lost nephew, Martin Crawford, an orn ...more
Apr 25, 2013 Suzyn rated it liked it
I so want to declare one of my favorite mystery writers "back," but she's just not quite there yet. This is her best effort in years, though, since "Winter's Child" at least. While it is inevitable that the main character of a long series gets a little dull, it has been painful to watch Deborah get less interested in solving mysteries and more so in raising her stepson and what she's making for dinner. In this book the decline continues. To my thinking, here she only shines in the scenes that ar ...more
Paula Smith
Feb 19, 2013 Paula Smith rated it it was ok
I have loved Margaret Maron's books since I first discovered her. (I'm apparently one of the few who prefers her Sigrid Harald series to the Deborah Knott series, but I've enjoyed both.) However, the declining quality of this series is a disappointment. Since "Rituals of the Season", the books have felt rushed, tossed together to meet an annual deadline, and pivoted on a "serious current issue", with Deborah and her family and friends almost an afterthought.

The Deborah Knott of the first books w
Nov 16, 2013 Carmen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
I think this series might be getting a little old. This book was okay, but not impressive.
Apr 21, 2013 MostlyDelores rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
It was a little too crowded at the beginning, with all the information dumping and introducing people we know already. There are over a dozen books in this series, and characters from another series have joined in here, so you don't want this to be the first Maron you ever read. You don't have to go back to the first book or anything (although, hey, great book), but from Slow Dollar on, there is some continuity to keep track of.

Also: I was distracted more than once by the way Deborah's POV is fi
Dec 24, 2012 Judith rated it really liked it
I've always enjoyed Margaret Maron until I read Three Day Town. I've read all her Deborah Knott books, but I was not familiar with her Sigrid Harald series. I found myself quite lost in Three Day Town. She has redeemed herself with The Buzzard Table. Sigrid is there, but the book is not all about her. It also hints at a storyline to come involving Deborah's husband Dwight Bryant. I also learned things I didn't know about buzzards. They may not be my favorite birds, but it was interesting to lear ...more
Lesley Looper
Nov 27, 2012 Lesley Looper rated it really liked it
This is one of my favorite Deborah Knott installments! The buzzard/turkey vulture theme running throughout was surprisingly interesting, but not overbearing, and added a quirkiness the plot. I enjoyed learning a little more of Deborah's family's history , and the addition of Sigrid Harald, visiting North Carolina this time, added intrigue; although Sigrid didn't say much vocally, her presence did.

I'm ready for the next Deborah Knott book!

Dec 04, 2012 Marlene rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

A visit with Judge Deborah Knott is my Thanksgiving treat every year, although usually not with buzzards looking over my shoulder. Or over Deborah's shoulder. Last year we were in New York for Three-Day Town and it was fabulous, this year Deborah is back home in North Carolina.

Margaret Maron's Deborah Knott series is an excellent mystery series, usually set in Colleton County North Carolina, involving the crime-solving skills of Ms. Knott, who now sits on t

Author: Margaret Maron
Published by: Grand Central Publishing
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 4


"The Buzzard Table" by Margaret Maron was another good mystery series that is is well known for giving to her readers. I believe this is her #18th series. I found "The Buzzard Table" very intriguing and with a unique cast of characters from Colleton County, North Carolina. We find Judge Knott, her family and friends living in the rural South. In this myster
Dec 11, 2012 Larraine rated it really liked it
always look forward to the newest Judge Deborah Knott novel by Margaret Maron. They combine an interesting story with a touch of romance and insight into southern culture that we generally don't see portrayed in the media. This book deals with a local murder as well a local airstrip that is being used for refueling by CIA planes taking prisoners to foreign countries for "questioning" - knowing that they will be beaten and tortured until they confess. Buzzards set the theme for the book - birds ...more
Jeanne Murray
Nov 25, 2012 Jeanne Murray rated it it was amazing
Like all the novels in Margaret Maron’s Judge Deborah Knott series, The Buzzard Table delights readers with its mixture of down-home philosophy, wit, engaging characters, a riveting mystery, and a promise of future adventures for Deborah, Dwight, and all the folks in Colleton County, NC. In this novel, the mystery involves old military secrets, some of which remain unrevealed until future novels in the series, and some difficult choices for Deputy Dwight Bryant, as well as the usual murder and m ...more
I’m a big Margaret Maron fan from way back. When I saw The Buzzard Table, I was shocked to realize that I hadn’t read any of her novels in several years. I really do need to clone myself just so I can keep up with all of my favorite authors’ books! Somehow reviewing a novel titled The Buzzard Table during Thanksgiving week appealed to my weird sense of humor. After all, we used to call buzzards turkey buzzards when I was growing up in North Carolina. Read the rest of my review at http://popcornr ...more
Diane S ☔
Aug 21, 2012 Diane S ☔ rated it liked it
As usual, quite enjoyed updating myself on this family of many brothers. Also i this one there is a reappearance of a character that I enjoyed from a previous novel. This is one series that I find has stayed fairly solid, good story lines and many likable characters. The surprise in this one is that the reader get's to learn many facts on buzzards and vultures, which play a rather prominent part in this story. Never knew I would find this so very interesting. ARC from publisher.
Sep 01, 2013 Meg rated it it was amazing
I love that Sigrid Harald has joined forces with Deborah and Dwight. The setting is rich, the epigraphs are perfect.
Jun 11, 2014 Renee rated it it was amazing
Bringing two of my favorite characters together: Sigrid Harald and Deborah Knott. This time in Deborah's North Carolina backyard.
Lynn Kearney
Jan 19, 2013 Lynn Kearney rated it liked it
I'm not crazy about the protagonist and her rambling family, but I like the Haralds, mother and daughter, so will probably read more.
Claire Barfell
Mar 13, 2017 Claire Barfell rated it liked it
This was a good mystery, but I did not enjoy it as much as some others I have read. The family is so big that I got a little confused as to who was related to who. The mystery was okay, but I prefer a story that goes right to the heart of the mystery and stays with that, I don't really like a lot of extras in the story. It is a nice warm family, but just not what I want in a mystery.
Mar 08, 2017 Kim rated it really liked it
Excellent entry in the Deborah Knott series. Loved the inclusion of Sigrid Harald (a different series of Maron's). Also loved the discussion of the turkey vultures in the book, and the continuing details of Knott's family and connections.
Karen Kinsella
Mar 04, 2017 Karen Kinsella rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy this as much as I'd hoped, based on my read of another book in the series. Some of the characterizations seemed inauthentic, and the addition of more exotic elements to the story line didn't add anything. This just did not hold my interest.
Dec 19, 2012 Rhonda rated it really liked it
The Buzzard Table (Deborah Knott #18)Margaret Maron

This is the first Deborah Knott mystery that I have read but it will not be the last. I actually had another book of Margaret Maron's in my to read pile so now it will go towards the top of the pile. I like finding new authors that I have not read that have a list of book I can now go read.
I guess that this book brings two series together in it, Deborah Knott & Lt. Sigrid Harald. I understand that they had met in a earlier book.
Linda Baker
Oct 12, 2012 Linda Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The newest installment in the long- running Deborah Knott series returns home to fictional Colleton County in North Carolina after last year's Three Day Town. As a native North Carolinian I find the Deborah Knott novels almost a good as a visit home. But my, how the place has changed over the years!

The Buzzard Table has the sort of complex and layered plot that I have come to expect, full of the doings of Deborah's large extended family, the challenge of a new marriage to Dwight Bryant and a new
Jan 08, 2013 Ed rated it really liked it
#18 in the Judge Deborah Knott series. Deborah is joined by Lt. Sigrid Harald, who had her own series in 8 books between 1982-1995. Deborah had previously met Sigrid in New York (Three-Day Town (2011)). Sigrid and her mother, photographer Anne, are in North Carolina to visit her dying grandmother, Mrs. Lattimore. Also visiting, and staying at a remote cabin, is Mrs. Lattimore's nephew Martin Crawford, who is doing research on Turkey Vultures.
A realtor is murdered and solving the case keeps Dwig
Suspense Magazine
A big city detective meets a big southern family in Margaret Maron’s latest novel, “The Buzzard

New York City homicide detective Sigrid Harald heads down south to Cotton Grove, North
Carolina, home to Judge Deborah Knott and her vast brood. Harald comes to town accompanied by
Anne Lattimore Harald, her famous photographer mother, to visit her ill grandmother, but finds her
interest piqued by local goings-on, some closer to home than she would like. Deborah’s husband Dwight Bryant, a sheriff’s
Jan 19, 2014 Eva rated it really liked it
A missing realtor who cheated on her husband. A teenage activist in need of money. A dead pilot in a motel bathroom amidst rumors of rendition flights taking off from the local airport. All of it ties together in this tightly plotted mystery.

What I liked:
Margaret Maron is a very accomplished writer. You can easily picture the area in and around Colleton County where most of the action takes place. The characters are three dimensional and stay true to their personalities. Reading about Deborah an
Nov 16, 2014 Andrea rated it really liked it
This is a good solid series that I can always count on. I am someone who really enjoys “recycled” characters, so I like the experience of entering again into Judge Deborah Knott’s life and finding out what’s going on, not only with her, but with her many brothers, nephews, nieces, and friends.
Another bonus of this series is the relationship between Deborah and her husband. I find that too often, in fiction, writers don’t want to explore long marriages, thinking that they’re boring, and so they
Jan 16, 2016 CYNTHIA rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, owned
Book #18 in the series. Ties in Sigrid Herald with Deborah Knott, this time in Deborah's home town. Having read every book in the series, this is one of the better plots. Characters continue to develop - this time we learn more about Dwiight's background. Can't wait to see what happens in the next book.

Judge Deborah Knott and Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant are back home in Colleton County with all their family and courthouse regulars. But there are a few new faces as well. Lt. Sigrid Herald and
Dec 21, 2012 Dindy rated it really liked it
I'm a couple of years behind on this series. In The Buzzard Table, Deborah Knott picks up from the previous book, Three Day Town. It's February, and Sigrid Harald and her mother Anne are in town, in all honesty waiting for Anne's mother to die. Anne's long lost cousin, Martin Crawford is also in town, camping out in an old house and researching buzzards. Each chapter of this book is preceded by some information about buzzards.

There are several things going on in this book-- a real estate agent i
Dec 07, 2014 Sandra rated it it was amazing
Each book of Margaret Maron's, gets better and better...she is an amazing mystery writer. I thoroughly enjoyed The Buzzard's Table, and looking forward to the newest book in this series.

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Judge Deborah Knott and her husband, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant, are back home in Colleton County amid family and old friends. But the winter winds have blown in several new faces as well. Lt. Sigrid Harald and her mother, Anne, a well-known photographer, are down from New York to visit Mrs. La
Karen Blinn
Dec 29, 2012 Karen Blinn rated it really liked it
Another in the long series of Deborah Knott books from Margaret Maron, this one has more overt political comments that usual. (It's obvious from the comments that Maron is a liberal from the conservative south.) They do not harm the general plot, but I did not think they added anything either with their rather sweeping generalizations. That said, the premise is interesting and informative as an Englishman arrives to study the local population of turkey buzzards (or vultures as they are known in ...more
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Judge Deborah Knott and her husband, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant, are back home in Colleton County amid family and old friends. But the winter winds have blown in several new faces as well. Lt. Sigrid Harald and her mother, Anne, a well-known photographer, are down from New York to visit Mrs. Lattimore, Anne's dying mother. When the group gathers for dinner at Mrs. Lattimore's Victorian home, they meet the enigmatic Martin Crawford, an ornithologist researching a book on Southern vultures. He ...more
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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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