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Slow Dollar (Deborah Knott Mysteries #9)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  1,718 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
A moonlit autumn night brings out half the county to fill the Tilt-O-Whirl with squealing riders and the dirt around Polly's Pitch Plate with losers' quarters. But in an air nostalgically sweet with caramel apple and spun sugar, one crooked game ends with a brutal death ... and Judge Deborah Knott will discover more than a body. For beneath the carnival's razzle-dazzle sur ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2002)
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Elena Santangelo
Jun 02, 2011 Elena Santangelo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
When I wrote a review for Bootlegger's Daughter 9 books ago, I said that reading about Deborah Knott was like sitting out on the backporch with friends on a warm summer evening, sipping sweet tea while listening to a great Southern storyteller. SLOW DOLLAR continues that style. If you're looking for car chases and such, go somewhere else. If you want a good mystery in a rich Southern setting, interesting, human characters, and the chance to learn a little about something you don't know (in this ...more
Sarah Sterling
Dec 14, 2014 Sarah Sterling rated it liked it
This book takes place at the Colleton county fair in North Carolina. The main character is Deborah Knott, she is a judge and while attending the fair, with her best friend Portland Brewer, Avery Brewer, and Dwight Bryant, a murder takes place. A young man is stomped to death and his mouth filled with quarters. Her childhood friend is the deputy sheriff Dwight Bryant and together they team up to find the culprit. Along the way she finds out that the owner of the Ames Amusement Company is a long l ...more
Kilian Metcalf
Aug 21, 2013 Kilian Metcalf rated it really liked it
I've been reading Maron since February when a friend gifted me with one of her for book a hospital stay. I liked them immediately, and have enjoyed watching the recurring characters develop over the course of the series. They keep getting better and better. This is the best book so far in the series IMHO. Deborah is becoming more mature and thoughtful. Her relationships with her family are stronger, and she has finally moved into a home of her own instead of bunking in with an aunt and uncle. De ...more
Dharia Scarab
Not sure if I'll pick up more of this series, I liked the parts from Deborah's point of view, and the chapter from Dwight's POV was interesting, but the scattered in chapters from other characters POV seemed unnecessary and didn't really add to the story. The content could have been revealed in other less jarring ways.

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up
Richard Brand
Nov 04, 2016 Richard Brand rated it really liked it
As a series goes Knott's is a good strong four. Much better than average and this one is a very significant piece of the series as there are major changes in relationships in this story. There are new members of the Knott family discover and there is a major change in the main character's history. It is a story centered in the carnival life and that is a very different and interesting venue for a story. As in many of these Knott stories it is not necessarily possible for the reader to solve the ...more
Mary Cassidy
Jun 24, 2017 Mary Cassidy rated it liked it
I enjoy her Deborah Knott series, although this was a little tedious at points where we get into all her brothers, etc. But since the plot played partly on family connections, I guess it was necessary. Also, the shifting point of view did not work that well.
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Mar 13, 2017 Jo (Mixed Book Bag) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I have been listening to the Judge Knott mysteries out of order. I found where she broke up with the game warden and then the next one I read she was married to Dwight. I wanted to know how they got together and Slow Dollar is the start of their romance. It also adds another character to the mix. It seems that Deborah's oldest brother had a daughter who disappeared with her Mother years ago. Now she is back and is part owner of the carnival playing in town. This was an interesting setting for sh ...more
Dec 07, 2014 Sandra rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting mystery, mostly because I learned alot about carnivals, and the "carnies" themselves. Not as honest as I believed, but for them its business and making money. Judge Deborah Knott finds herself in the midst of carnival time, with family ties and murder, making #9 another good mystery. I am becoming seriously addicted to this series and looking forward to the next book.

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The multiple winner of the most coveted prizes for mystery fiction, including the Edgar
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, knott
9th in the Judge Deborah Knott of North Carolina series.[return][return]A small carnival comes to Widdington, and Judge Knott is asked to rule on damage done by three drunken Colleton County boys to a ride; for some reason, the owner of the ride, Tallahassee (Tal) Ames, seems familiar. Later, when the same carnival appears in Dobbs for the Harvest Festival, a young man is murdered at the game where Deborah and Dwight are playing. To her shock, Deborah discovers that his mother is Tal Ames, and t ...more
Okay, this story discloses how Judge Deborah Knott and childhood friend, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant, become engaged. I've been wondering about this since stumbling upon Three Day Town (a later book in the series, which I read during the end/beginning of 2011/2012). In that book, Deborah and Dwight are honeymooning in New York and get involved in a murder there. In this book, you know Dwight really loves Deborah and this is not a marriage of convenience (at least not as far as he is concerned ...more
Nov 20, 2010 Patty rated it it was amazing
I really like the Judge Deborah Knott books but this one was excellent. There is a murder or two to solve, a lot (I mean A LOT) of family lore and even some family mysteries involved. And what would a Judge Knott book be without some romantic intrigue? This book delivers in spades.

I was glad to see more of Kezzie, Deborah's father, in this book, I missed him in the last one.

The story here revolves around one of the Summer (or in the South's case Fall) traveling carnivals that come to town. Murde
Jun 12, 2008 Amylou1977 rated it it was amazing
Opening night at the annual Harvest Festival carnival and the moonlit autumn evening has brought out half of Colleton County to ride the Tilt-O-Whirl and Ferris wheel, throw quarters at Polly's Plate Pitch, or toss pingpong balls into bowls of live goldfish against a cacophony of music, clacking machines, and hucksterism. The air is sweetly redolent of hot grease, fried dough, grilled meats, and spun sugar...and one whiff is all it takes to send Judge Deborah Knott straight back to her childhood ...more
Feb 17, 2015 Janice rated it really liked it
Shelves: brain-candy
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Sep 10, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it
I was unfamiliar with Margaret Maron before I picked up Slow Dollar. I quickly became involved in the suspense surrounding a murder at a carnival in rural North Carolina. Maron’s heroine, Judge Deborah Knott has been featured in a number of her novels along with the judge’s many relatives. While visiting the carnival with her friends, Judge Knotts learns that the son of the carnival owner has been murdered. Along with her good friend Dwight, the sheriff, she gets involved in the case and discove ...more
Jul 30, 2009 Sally rated it it was amazing
Although SLOW DOLLAR isn't heavy reading or literature, it's a five-star read for its genre, light mystery, and has maybe a PG13 rating, maybe. Deborah Knott is one of my favorite characters in fiction. She's real, she has clay feet, AND she has a sense of humor with lots and lots of heart. Her father, the bootlegger, is as endearing a father as I have encountered in my reading of many decades! Tallahassee Ames is another totally likable character with believable flaws. And there's Dwight, a meg ...more
Jun 12, 2014 Becky rated it really liked it
SLOW DOLLAR by Margaret Maron

Fans of Deborah Knott will appreciate this novel that introduces some long lost relatives, visits a carnival and finds murder among the rides and “stores.” You will learn quite a bit about carnivals and the carnies that populate them. Deborah’s relatives are kind, forgiving, mean spirited, long suffering, angry – you name it. They are all here just like in real life.
Maron supplies us with another tightly crafted, engaging mystery. Although the 8th tale in this serie
Jan 21, 2013 Wanda rated it really liked it
Murders right and left, nephews involved in dubious activities and a major break in her romantic life is just another novel in the ongoing story of Deborah Knott, Colleton, County, North Carolina judge. A carnival comes to town and soon there are two murders and Deborah also finds a long lost relative. What else can happen---well a real surprise! As usual, this book is loaded with colorful and warm characters and an interesting mystery. Deborah once more aids in the investigation of the murders ...more
Jul 06, 2014 Jill rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one a lot! It was unusual as it was set in a carnival atmosphere, with all the varied vocabulary and all the expected characters. There are the murders of course and then there is the subplot of Judge Knott and her love life. This time, it is gratifying as the man she marries in later entries to the series, proposes and against their initial inclinations, they fall in love. I like reading about her quirky family members, her grizzled old bootlegger father and her amusing cases. T ...more
Jul 22, 2013 Caitlin rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-series
When the carnival comes through her hometown, Deborah is surprised to find she has more connections to it than she'd expected...not limited to cases she's judged. Old memories expand her family tree, even if not everyone is exactly welcoming of the new additions. And that's not all, as Deborah finds an old "common denominator" and makes a decision that will change the course of her future. I really enjoyed this book, both in learning about carnival life and for the bits of romance that surface.
Judge Deborah Knott dispenses justice fairly with compassion in Colleton County, North Carolina. She is the youngest and the only daughter with 11 brothers in her close-knit and loyal family. When the carnival comes to town Deborah meets and welcomes a long-lost family member. After Deborah discovers a murder victim at the carnival, she works with deputy sheriff Dwight Bryant to solve the mystery. Deborah also makes a life-changing decision. A comforting story of family ties and dependable relat ...more
Oct 29, 2007 Jill rated it really liked it
Another fine Deborah Knott story, and her convoluted family tree keeps getting knottier (get it?) - there is a reason Maron offers a detailed chart on her website. One begins to wonder why the good Judge doesn't try moving away from home, since there isn't a crime in the District that doesn't involve one of her relatives. Maron again does a fantastic job of involving all the senses in her settings; not only can one smell the popcorn, but almost certainly the lingering whiff of stale beer and vom ...more
Jan 31, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it
#9 in the Judge Deborah Knott mystery series.

Judge Deborah Knott mystery - Larceny, both grand and small, as well as death, hover over the Ames Amusement Corporations show on its arrival in Colleton County, N.C. Deborah, her irrepressible siblings, and some newfound kinfolk gather to mourn her great-nephew and carnival worker Brazos Hartley, after the young man is stomped to death, his mouth stuffed with quarters. Before Maron is done, there's a bizarre theft of some tacky paintings, a second mu
#9 of the Deborah Knott series- The “carny” comes to town and with it a murder. Deborah is the one to find the victim. A long lost relative appears in this one as well. This book is a turning point for Deborah and the series. A surprise to the reader! I am starting to really enjoy this series. It took several of them to get there but I am glad I did not give up. The most notable aspect of this series is the author’s way of highlighting something distinct about North Carolina in every book and we ...more
Aug 06, 2009 Bonnie rated it really liked it
Another fun read! Slow Dollar is #9 of the Deborah Knott series. In this book, a carnival comes to town and with it a murder. Deborah is the one to find the victim. I continue to enjoy the Deborah Knott series --and I am looking forward to reading High Country Fall. Each book has the same wonderful characters, something interesting and distinct about North Carolina and a murder/mystery to solve.
Mar 05, 2009 Cindy rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I love how Deborah's personal life and the dynamic of her large family are woven into the story along with the mystery. This one was particularly entertaining that way. There is something touching about the fact that she serves the honorable position as judge yet is still humbled by her 80-something year old father and refers to him as "Sir." Margaret Maron sometimes makes me wish I'd grown up in the South. I can't wait to get to High Country Fall.
Aug 07, 2014 Patricia rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-american
My Southern family had wonderful family reunions with tons of food and a Deborah Knott story always reminds me of those long ago days. Slow Dollar continues that tradition but with fewer details although there is a comment about fried okra and the proper way to make sweet tea.

I thought that I had read the entire series but I had missed this one. This is the first time Dwight is introduced as a love interest.

No sex
No violence
Sep 07, 2011 Megan rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
This series was recommended to me. However, I just could not get into this novel. The setting takes place in the South (not my favorite location, personal bias) at a carnival. Deborah's experiences as a judge did not seem to be a big part of the plot, which detracted from my interest. While I finished the book (and I know it is difficult to start in the middle of the series), I am not inclined to read other books in this series.
Dec 08, 2008 Jenness rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable Deborah Knott mystery. These books combine Deborah as judge, Deborah as part of a large family, and Deborah and her lovelife and throw in a mystery on top of it. This can all be read as stand alone, but it is fun to keep learning more about Deborah's relationships with her large family.
Ellen Moore
Mar 25, 2015 Ellen Moore rated it it was amazing
I found this book interesting partly because it described many things about traveling carnivals--the rides, the games, etc. The book also provided more information about Deborah's very large family and her romantic relationship. The murders and their solutions were a significant part of the story also.
Sandy Weir
May 16, 2012 Sandy Weir rated it it was amazing
I was not able to read the Knott series in sequence and even though this title is more in the middle of the time-line, I found it very well written and entertaining. Perhaps I liked having Deborah finally see Dwight as more than another brother, but I also found the discovery of lost family members to be a rewarding element in the plot. The carnival theme is a pleasure, too!
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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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Deborah Knott Mysteries (1 - 10 of 20 books)
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