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The Buzzard Table (Deborah Knott #18)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  1,410 ratings  ·  225 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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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
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
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
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

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
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
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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
Jeanne Murray
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'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
Bringing two of my favorite characters together: Sigrid Harald and Deborah Knott. This time in Deborah's North Carolina backyard.
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
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
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!

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.

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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
A string of suspicious murders plague the area around Deborah Knott's little hometown. There are also some new characters added to the town. Lt. Sigrid Harald and her mother who a famous, international photographer, are in town to visit a dying relative who is a distant relative of Deborah's. Also in town is another relative to the woman dying of cancer. Plus there is protesting at a local airport which happens to be a pitstop for international prisoners.

This time Dwight, Deborah's husband, and
Lynn Kearney
I'm not crazy about the protagonist and her rambling family, but I like the Haralds, mother and daughter, so will probably read more.
I love that Sigrid Harald has joined forces with Deborah and Dwight. The setting is rich, the epigraphs are perfect.
Thank goodness Maron seems to have found her stride again. Her last two titles have been so much better plotted than the previous several; I was ready to give up on her. It may help that she has included her first series character, Sigrid Harald from the NYPD, in these two. Harald is the perfect foil for Knott--a loner while Deborah is all about family and friends; New York reserve vs. southern hospitality, openness, and charm. The mystery involves one murder which is neatly tied into the appear ...more
Mar 06, 2013 Nancy added it
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
Linda Baker
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
This has been a very enjoyable and satisfying series for me. I am so said I've caught up and read them all (except for a few short stories, which I'm not interested in reading. I really don't enjoy short stories).

Deborah and Dwight's relationship seems to be moving along nicely. Not a fairy tale - more real life, with ups and downs, but they seem to communicate well and their life progresses. It was touching that Dwight's son has really become attached to Deborah. There were blips along the way
Karen Blinn
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
The Judge Deborah Knott Bryant books are always a treat as we get to know her large extended family in each one. Lt. Sigrid Harald of the NYC police is visiting her grandmother, Mrs. Lattimore, who is a distant relative of Deborah's. Mrs. Lattimore is expected to soon pass away because of terminal cancer, and Sigrid and her mother are there for her. Mrs. Lattimore's nephew, Martin Crawford, is staying nearby as he is writing a paper on turkey vultures, known as buzzards, in the region. Sigrid's ...more
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.
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
A series of puzzling, brutal crimes draws together story lines tracing back to a photo journalists harrowing adventure in Somalia during 1993, characters from the Three-Day Town adventure of Dwight and Deborah in New York City and the world of espionage and MI6 agents. Taking place during February 2011 in Colleton County, the Buzzard Table begins innocently with the supposed study by a strange bird watcher of the feeding habits of Buzzards and the bold investigative research of a brave (foolhard ...more
#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
Okay, this is the second crossover in a row with the Sigrid Harald books; I'm ready for a Deborah Knott book now. I enjoyed it but didn't love it. This crossover worked better for me than the first one did. Actually Sigrid has a much smaller part in this book, it's her mother Anne who gets the attention. Well, Anne and her long-lost cousin Martin, a man of mystery.

Deborah's husband Dwight also has a larger part this time around but I wish his actions and emotions concerning Martin had been explo
I loved this one. And I also want to shout "She's back!!!" To be honest I've been pretty disappointed in the last several (Rituals of the Season was the last one I really loved), and thought the one just before this where Deborah and Dwight go to NYC and work with Sigrid Harald was pretty dilute, unbelievable and downright silly in places, though I admit I'm less of a fan of the Sigrid Harald books. I feared maybe she was burning out or had peaked with Deborah. To be fair, maybe I just didn't li ...more
The most recent of Maron's "Deborah Knott" novels, and the second one to include her other series character Sigrid Harald, involving a story that has some global politics in it concerning Harald's photojournalist mother, the CIA, and local murder. As with the rest of the series, it is the deepening familiarity with Knott's large family and her relationship with her new husband that inform the story with a warmth often missing from many an otherwise decent mystery yarn.

There is also a clear signa
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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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