Shooting at Loons (Deborah Knott Mysteries, #3)
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Judge Knott agrees to fill in for a colleague in Beaufort, North Carolina, a picturesque fishing village replete with a corpse. Before she can find out if the fisherman's death is an accident or murder, Deborah is confronted with some business from her own past--when another murder occurs and a former lover is accused. National ads/media.
Mass Market Paperback, 241 pages
Published June 1st 1995 by Mysterious Press (first published 1994)
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Joyce Lagow
The third in the Deborah Knott series, Shooting at Loons takes place on Harker's Island, North Carolina. As usual, Maron takes a social issue and makes it personal to her characters. In this case, it's the clash among many groups who use the coastal resources--shrimpers, clammers, fisherman, environmentalists, sports fishermen, tourist industry. Maron gives a really good picture of a way of life that is in danger of dying out; there are very good descriptions of the people and culture of Harker'...more
Mary Ronan Drew
Shooting at Loons by Margaret Maron is the third in her Deborah Knott mystery series and in this book Deborah has been sent pro tem to Beaufort (pronounced BOW - fort, not BYEW - fort like that other place down in South Carolina) to fill in for a judge who is ill. She has a cousin who has a small house on Harkers Island where she can stay. Her neighbors, whom she knows well because she vacationed there every summer when she was a child, are natives of the island some of whose families have been...more
Jerry
Very light mystery, mostly Outer Banks NC chit chat...

We've noted before, both for this Judge Deborah Knott series (Loons = #3 of 8 {circa 2002}) and the earlier 8-book Sigrid Harald series, that Maron is a fine writer that can do wonders with anything to which she sets her mind and pen. We would probably rate this and the rest of the set higher were it not billed as a mystery. A murder or two occurs, but it seems nobody is chasing clues or suspecting anybody except in the few moments of idle t...more
Kristen
Another 5-star offering from the talented Ms. Maron. This 3rd book in her Judge Deborah Knott series was set on Harker's Island, off the coast of North Carolina, and focused on the fishing industry and the changes wrought by contemporary societal concerns. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and she surprised me with some skillful bait-and-switching at the end; the killer was not who I had picked out! (I love that.)

This series is getting ever better. I genuinely like Judge Knott and her wild, humong...more
Lisa
It took me a little while to get "the feel" of the main character (who she is, what's her history, etc.)--perhaps because this is part of a series of books about Judge Deborah Knott, and I haven't read any of the others. Once I got going, however, I began to enjoy her smart, sassy personality. We need more female protagonists like her! :-) The story itself was fairly solid, with a good blend of suspense and personal interest. Not knock-your-socks-off-good, but a pleasant page-turner.
Jamie Brooks
I would have given this 5 stars if it wasn't for the ending. I think this is another series that I could definitly get into. I really enjoy the writing style, the characters and the unique plots, buuuuuut I am hoping that all her books don't have a disappointing ending like this one. I mean it wasn't a BAD ending, but it was just diappointing and I closed the book going "really?" I am still going to check out her other books though.
Randi
Nice combination of character development, geographic detail and murder mystery. Actually the murder mystery is almost secondary. The book paints a picture of conflict on the coast of NC - environmentalist, developers, long-time locals, newbies, and a way of life trying to cope with a changing world. She pulls it all off without being preachy....nice.
Mary
Jan 16, 2014 Mary rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary mystery
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
When Judge Deborah Knott is asked to substitute for a hospitalized judge in gracious old Beaufort, North Carolina, she is looking forward to spending a restful week at her cousin's cottage on nearby Harkers Island - relative peace and quiet is Deborah's plan for the entire week. However, when her first clamming expedition turns up the corpse of a well-known fisherman in the shallow water, peace and quiet quickly flies out the window. Discovering the body puts her right in the middle of the conte...more
Barbara B.
I just started reading this author in the past year. And since there is a main character (Judge Deborah Knott) I decided to read them in order (and there are over 15 or more). This one was written in 1994, so it's fun to read a story lacking all of today's technology.
Kimberlyn
Light mystery... conservationist vs. recreational fishermen in the industry. unpredictable, little gore. Characters were excellent in the Carolina setting. Good easy read
Sylvia Walker
This book is a nice, solid 3 stars, especially for it's strong setting, and it's depiction of the Islanders, who do shoot loons and swans and turtles, but who also represent a type of rural people who are NOT into caring about the environment, and bitterly resent, and feel misunderstood by, outsiders coming in and throwing around money and changing the laws and threatening their "way of life". I have to admit, both sides have their stories to tell and points to make, as horrible as shooting enda...more
Debbie Stone
I love the Deborah Knott mystery series!!
Babs
I like Judge Deborah Knott. Except for one book, she seems to get involved in solving the murder/mystery almost accidentally. It seems to evolve as she learns more about the current location she is in (she seems to get loaned out often to other locations in North Carolina to fill in for other judges) and the people she is with. Deborah is not immediately involved in the investigation of the murder of a local that was part of her history as she was growing up; she seems to get more actively invol...more
Kellie
#3 of the Knott series- I enjoy these mysteries because of Maron’s unique style. I am always educated while reading one of her books. This one is no exception. Deborah is filling in for another judge in the coastal town of North Carolina coastal town Beaufort. She is staying at a small cabin owned by her cousins on the coast. The murder happens within the first few pages of the book. A local is found shot to death on a sandbar. Deborah and her neighbor’s boy find the body. From that point on, De...more
Harry Lane
An early installment in this series that I had not read before. Maron plots a good story and Knott is an engaging character. This story takes place against the backdrop of the Carolina seacoast and the tension between the traditional working watermen and the incoming sportsmen and developers.
Pat
Mar 10, 2014 Pat rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
Well written.
Beaufort, N. Carolina.
On the coast. Interests of commercial fisherman, pleasure boaters, ecologists.
Complicated issue.
Main character of series is Judge Deborah Knott.
Patty
Deborah Knott is at it again. This time she has been "loaned" to the North Carolina coast for a week to hear cases for a vacationing judge. She is staying at her cousins house out on the islands and has close friends that she visits with. When she finds a dead body the race is on, will she solve the mystery or will someone get to her first.

I do enjoy these stories and the cast of characters that inhabit them. Deborah is a fascinating character and all of her relatives just add to the fun.

I thoug...more
Beth
A mystery set in North Carolina outer bank islands - a lot of fair sided info on them and their issues. Nice lead character in the female judge.
Janet
This is the second of her's that I have read. These are very nicely put together, quick and no brainer books.
Susan
a light mystery for any age i found this on my bookshelf recently. what enticed me was the setting, beaufort, n.c. a sleepy seaside village with outlying islands that have been inhabited since the first settlers started arriving from england. old crusty sea salts still ply the waters for fish amid new fancy sea craft traveling the inland waterway. two worlds colliding for sure.......the author weaves a story of a murder and old salties who never change, with the onslaught of new ventures that wo...more
Kristy
I didn't enjoy this novel as much as some of the others in the Deborah Knott series... not sure if it's because I didn't sit down and just read it in one or two sittings as I do with most of Maron's novels, or what. Perhaps, as a result, the plot seemed a bit convoluted at times. Overall, though, it was still a fun read and I did wind up reading the last half or so of the book in one sitting. I thought I had it all figured out, but wound up fairly pleasantly surprised. I'm enjoying this series a...more
Patricia
I really enjoy the Deborah Knott mysteries. Listening to CJ Critt read the book is such a pleasure.
Janice
Judge Deborah Knott finds herself in the middle of another murder investigation when she goes to the coast to fill in for another judge and discovers a dead body. The body is of the man who was the peacemaker between developers, fishermen, and the tourists. As things become more confusing, Deborah discovers a former lover from law school days in the mix. As she begins to stumble toward the conclusion, she meets a new lover (Kidd -- game warden). When looking for the murderer, look for the hothea...more
Caitlin
At a rate of one audiobook per tank of gas, I finished my third book for the week. I'm really enjoying the character and narration of Judge Deborah Knott, as she takes a trip to the other side of NC to fill in for another justice. Of course, trouble follows wherever she goes, and she finds a body nearly as soon as she drops off her suitcase.
Stuck in the politics of game fishing, commercial fishing, and tourism, Deborah tries her best not to be too involved in the murder. Ah well. Everything is w...more
Joyce
May 30, 2009 Joyce added it
Shelves: librarybook
Slight regional cozy that shows an Outer Banks fishing village in the process of transforming into a quaint tourist destination. Tension between those who pursue a near-subsistence lifestyle (including occasional consumption of protected species) and those who see the future in a service economy erupts in several murders and break-ins. I sort of didn't understand why Deborah Knott's law-school boyfriend suddenly showed up in the story, except to pour on the "the past was wonderful but it's gone...more
Cam
This series is growing on me; something intrigues about how it describes the inner life and ethical struggles of Judge Deborah Knott and her interactions with different parts of North Carolina. Even though a Judge, she seems to step deep into it every outing and learns a little more about the world around her just as we learn more about her past and how they both affect her. I can see why the starter (Bootlegger's Daughter) was seen as Edgar and other awards material.
Patricia
Love all Maron books.
Jill
I am ripping through this series, and I admit it's because of the characters: I'm a sucker for the kind of deep rich detail Maron gives the funky inhabitants of Deborah Knott's world. She's been elected to carry out the justice of her District, and takes her work seriously, but wonders if there isn't something more. Now, who can't relate to that? Along the way, she gets dragged into some pretty tawdry criminal affairs, but that's half the fun.
Jennifer
Judge Deborah Knott goes to the beach--Beaufort, Morehead City, Harker's Island. As always, wonderful descriptions of landscape and local character, stories funny and poignant from Judge Knott's days in court, and a good mystery. Good exposition of the points of view of conflicting interest groups relating to coastal management issues. Perhaps my favorite so far in the series.
Bonnie
I seem to be quickly reading through the Deborah Knott mysteries! This is book #3 in the series. I am hooked on the characters and the North Carolina settings. This book takes place on the coast --Harkers Island and Beaufort. Deborah Knott is filling in for another judge and gets romantically involved with a local wildlife prservationist while trying to solve a murder.
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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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