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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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Kilian Metcalf
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
Elena Santangelo
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
Becky
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...more
Jill
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
Babs
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
Joyce Lagow
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, an...more
Patty
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...more
Patricia
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
Amylou1977
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
Sally
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
Lisa
Just when you thought you knew who all the Knotts were in Deborah's large family, a few more come crawling out of the woodwork. I enjoyed this story and also hearing more about things from the past. Coming from a large family myself I can relate to all of the siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Anna
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
Wanda
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
Jill
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
Kellie
#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
Caitlin
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.
Susan
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
Cindy
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.
Megan
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.
Bonnie
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.
Sherri Russell
I enjoyed this book - I enjoy the whole series. But how Dwight and Deborah get together is so ... boring! I was sure there would be some WOW event where they realize they love each other. Instead the only one who seems to really be in love here is Dwight. Deborah just wants to get married and, oh yeah, Dwight is a good kisser ... I sure think that Margaret Maron could have done better ...
Sandy Weir
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!
Sheila
I enjoy this series a lot but sometimes there are just too many relatives to try and keep straight. This book takes place in a carnival setting. A long lost relative of Judge Knott's is murdered. Pretty interesting getting to know the carnival people and seeing the sleazy side of carnival life and business. I rate it 4 stars
Jenness
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.
Patti
This is another favorite of mine, where Deborah's romantic life is on its way to being sealed (with the perfect partner), and an additional family member is discovered. The mystery is good too--I know this is at least my 2nd time reading this, and I had no idea who the murderer was.

Highly recommended!
Kurt
My personal librarian was going to hide this book for me to take on vacation. However, she made the mistake of leaving it out to dry after cleaning it with an antibacterial wipe and I snatched it up and read it. Maybe I'll save the next in the series for vacation!
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Kelly Wagner
I have just been rereading random books from various series before de-acquisitioning them while chanting to myself, "The library has this book. The library has this series. Every library in the country has this series." Getting rid of books is hard.
Jeanne
Deborah Knott series, picked this one up as an audiobook and didn't realize it was the middle of the series.

Carnival comes to town and a 24 year old boy is murdered. Local connections are discovered as they try to figure out who-dun-it.
Erika
The Deborah Knott series is good - about a female judge who somehow always helps figure out a crime. Not too disgustingly graphic with the murders or romance scenes. Just a nice read with likeable characters and intereting circumstances.
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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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