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Sand Sharks (Deborah Knott Mysteries #15)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  1,898 Ratings  ·  176 Reviews
When Judge Deborah Knott travels to Wrightsville Beach for a summer conference for North Carolina District Court Judges, she stumbles upon the body of one of her colleagues. Meanwhile, Deborah's husband, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant, is in Virginia with his son, tying up loose ends left by the death of his first wife. When another judge is found murdered at the conferenc ...more
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published August 13th 2009 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 2009)
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Renee Wallace
Aug 21, 2009 Renee Wallace rated it liked it
At this point, the formula is so predictable I can figure out most of the plot by myself. Also, my credibility level is now over-taxed with the number of life-threatening situations in which a judge can possbly find herself. I doubt a member of the Special Forces faces this many precarious predicaments....

For those of you just finding this series, go back to the beginning, and you will love them. As for me, I agree with the other 3-star reviewer: too many judges, too convoluted, and I finally sk
Nov 18, 2009 Spuddie rated it it was amazing
This review applies to the audio version.

#15 Judge Deborah Knott mystery. Deborah is off to the beach at Wilmington for a judges' conference while new husband Dwight takes his son and Deborah's brother Will north to Virginia to clear out his murdered ex-wife's house and ready it for selling, while attending some seminars of his own in that area. Deborah is looking forward to a few days of relaxing on the beach, seeing old friends and scarfing down some fresh seafood, but of course ends up smack
Feb 03, 2017 Debra rated it liked it
Deborah Knott is at a judges conference, while hubby Dwight is attending to other matters in Virginia. When Deborah discovers the body of a colleague in the water, and a second judge is nearly killed in a hit and run, she accepts the local detective’s request to be his eyes and ears in the hunt for information.

The trouble with stories that takes place at a large gathering is that many names are introduced, but only four or five are memorable. In Sand Sharks, it was difficult to keep track of eve
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Feb 09, 2017 Jo (Mixed Book Bag) rated it really liked it
Another slow walk with Judge Knott. This time she is at a judges meeting and we get to follow her as she visits with friends, sees several men she interacted with in the past and watch as she helps solve the murder of a fellow judge. Dwight is at another conference and Cal is visiting friends so this one features mostly Deborah. I am listening to these out of order so my next one I will check out will the the one before this. I keep moving back to get to the one where she and Dwight get together ...more
Feb 15, 2017 Carol rated it really liked it
I enjoy Judge Knott stories and this one didn't disappoint. Judge Knott goes to a convention of Judges and of course someone dies and Judge Knott as always finds the body. It's another judge who is killed and the police need her help to sort out all the facts.
Sep 30, 2015 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
Sand Sharks is the fifteenth book in the Margaret Maron's A Deborah Knott Mystery series and the sixth I have read. The series' protagonist is Judge Deborah Knott who lives in Colleton County, North Carolina with her husband Dwight and stepson Cal. A conference for the North Carolina district court judges couldn't come soon enough for her to relieve the pressure of being a new wife and mom. The conference takes place at Wrightsville and lying beneath the hot summer sun and reconnecting with old ...more
Jan 02, 2014 Don rated it liked it
It might surprise some of you to learn that if I were told that I could read only one genre for the rest of my life, I'd choose to spend my time with mysteries. Somehow, for the past couple of years, I haven't read many of them. It's not that I don't love them as much as ever; it's just that other great books have caught my attention.

But, since it's a new year, I decided I'd start to modify that trend by reading Margaret Maron's "Sand Sharks." This is not the first book in the series, but I don
Dec 07, 2014 Sandra rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book, it always amazes me how Judge Deborah Knott, sleuths along without anyone being the wiser, except for close friend, Porter and evenually finds the criminal. Each book has kept me interested enough to read the next one, and I like the storyline every time. This is book 15, so I still have a more to read. A good read for those that enjoy mysteries.

From Amazon:
Judge Deborah Knott can't wait to trade the lush fields of Colleton County for the clear blue ocean and long st
Ashley Dawn
Dec 21, 2010 Ashley Dawn rated it really liked it
New York Times bestselling Author, Margaret Maron delivers again! Deborah Knott is no stranger to crime Being a Judge, she is always subjected to its depravity. Still, when she found the body of a coworker dangling it shook her. There are more people with a grudge against murdered Judge Jeffreys than the police could possibly interrogate. The suspect list includes everyone from attorneys to fellow judges and even a television heartthrob!
Deborah’s stress is added to by her personal life. Newly ma
Sandy Vaughan
Oct 23, 2012 Sandy Vaughan rated it it was amazing
This was my introduction to Margaret Maron's writing and Deborah Knott Mysteries. What great fun! Deborah is a judge attending a summer conference of district court judges. Things start right off quickly when one of the judges gets murdered. Of course Deborah is in the middle of trying to sort out 'who done it'!

Besides a good mystery, Margaret Maron show me a bit of North Carolina that my 4 nieces probably know more about that I as they were born and raised in North Carolina. I will have to sha
Sep 21, 2011 Lyn rated it really liked it
Judge Deborah Knott and her husband, Deputy Sheriff Dwight Bryant, are scheduled to attend different summer conferences. Deborah's is in Wrightsville Beach. Deborah leaves in a snit over something her stepson did, and arrives depressed and worried about her six month old marriage. Her mood causes her to drink too much, not a good start to the conference.

Things go downhill from there. Deborah discovers the body of a judge and is asked by the investigating detective to be his eyes and ears within
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it really liked it
This is the 15th book in the Judge Deborah Knott series. Judge Knott is a little overwhelmed by her new married life and becoming a step-mom so she leaves a few days early for a convention for all North Carolina district judges, so she can enjoy the ocean, sun and sand, reconnecting with some old friends. What should have been a wonderfully relaxing trip becomes suddenly stressful as she finds one of the judges dead below the Riverwalk tangled up in the driftwood and debris. He wasn't a particul ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Sand Sharks, by Margaret Maron, A-minus, narrated by C. J. Crit,produced by Recorded Books, downloaded from

The most recent in the Deborah Knott series. In this one, six months after her marriage to Dwight, she has the opportunity to be without him and Cal for a week as she goes to a legal conference for judges held in a beach resort. Most of this book involves Deborah meeting friends, socializing, drinking, showering, not sleeping, etc. It’s actually rather relaxing and amusing to f
Jan 28, 2011 Eileen rated it liked it
I would probably buy anything Margaret Maron writes, and definitely enjoy the Deborah Knott series. Every time I read a book in this series I want to move to North Carolina, or at least visit. Despite the charms of North Carolina and of the lead character herself I found Sand Sharks to be the weakest of this series, largely due to the later part of the novel. Presumably one can't go into revelations that might ruin the book for those who haven't yet read it. But suffice to say that any functioni ...more
Aug 17, 2009 Danie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: myst-thrill
To start, any book that references Emily Proctor (actress, CSI: Miami among other things, such as Lana Lang on Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman) is a good book. But even without that reference it was an amazing book. After the last few Knott series books focused very much on Deborah's family, both her newly formed and her gigantic original family it was refreshing to get a book about her alone.

This book also seemed to pull together threads of many of the other books (sorta made me
Sep 18, 2009 Nikki rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
It's always a pleasure to read another book featuring Judge Deborah Knott. After several books in a row during which Deborah was surrounded by family and her new husband and stepson, Sand Sharks finds her "escaping" to the Carolina coast for a judges' conference, while Dwight and Cal visit Cal's old home in Virginia to tie up some loose ends there. Arriving early for a committee meeting and some sun and swimming, Deborah meets up with old friends, catches up on judicial gossip, and then finds a ...more
Jun 09, 2015 Diane rated it really liked it
I liked Sand Sharks even though to me the protagonist was a bit condescending. Deborah Knott is a judge at a conference and one of her fellow judges is murdered.

There are a lot of suspects. This judge was not liked by many. Thus starts a journey in which Judge Knott works with the police to help discover who murdered her colleague.

Deborah is a new step-mother and I guess what kind of gave me a negative opinion of her was at the beginning of the book where she was getting her stepson and husband
Catherine Woodman
I love this series--Deborah knott comes from a complex family background with pretty tradtitional Southern roots, and the books are usually mixed in with a little bit of cultural background, a good murder mystery and a family set to that makes it ultimately one of the most well written murder mystery series around--maybe there is too little time between books these days, or maybe it is me, because I have not found many books ready this month to be up to snuff--but this is just not quite as good ...more
Margaret Chind
Aug 29, 2009 Margaret Chind rated it liked it
Review by my mother:

Sand Sharks is the newest in the Margaret Maron series based on the very likeable, youthful, female judge Deborah Knott. In this novel Deborah is attending a judges’ conference on the shore of North Carolina away from her home near Raleigh, NC. The interaction with her fellow judges and the descriptions of the coastal area of NC were very interesting, but this book was not as good as others in the series. In past books Deborah has been so certain that her marriage to Dwight i
Kevin Kern
May 09, 2015 Kevin Kern rated it really liked it
I really love Maron's books, altho Deborah can annoy me, the way she pushes into investigations. The murderer was a bit far fetched, I think, but I can't say more without spoiling. I guess it is hard to say what grief will do to people.
This book features a visit away from home, to the Cape Fear area of North Carolina. The descriptions of the locale and weather are always great in these books. I do know now, why I had stopped, altho, my friend Debbie, insists I told her I did not like them. I had
Apr 16, 2012 Patty rated it really liked it
Judge Deborah Knott is attending a judges conference when she finds one of the judges dead. Naturally she has to get involved in the investigation, mostly to find out if the killer is one of her colleagues or friends.

There is a multitude of possible killers, the victim was not well liked either by other judges, attorneys and by people who appeared in his courtroom or were affected by decisions in his courtroom.

Maron is an excellent author who is so good at drawing her characters that even with a
Sep 05, 2016 Margaret rated it really liked it
Usually when Maron has Judge Knott leave Colleton County where her large family lives, some of the charm leaves the narrative. For me. I miss watching the doings of her many brothers, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews and hearing about the Piedmont and Triangle areas of NC where I spent some formative years.
But Sand Sharks held my attention. Maybe because at this time of the year, all thoughts turn to the beach, and the Wrightsville/Wilmington area that Maron portrays is lovely.
And the book ha
Jul 03, 2010 Gina rated it really liked it
Deborah is attending a judge’s convention while Dwight and Calvin are off on a different trip. A particularly obnoxious judge is murdered and it is generally considered to be a case of ‘good riddance.’ A young waiter is suspected of the murder and when he flees with all his worldly goods, this is taken as a sure sign of guilt. So, when he turns up dead in a fatal car crash, the case is neatly wound up..except in Deborah’s mind. She can’t stop picking at was just too neat. Soon her attempt ...more
Aug 20, 2009 Cheryl rated it really liked it
This is the lates Judge Deborah Knott mystery. In this book, Deborah's new husband, Deuty Sheriff Dwight, and 9 year old stepson, Cal, go to Virginia to empty and list Cal's deceased mother's home and attend a seminar while she attends a summer judicial conference in Wilmington, NC. During the conference, another judge is killed and the lead detective, learning of her relationship to Dwight, asks her to be his "inside source" at the conference. When an older judge is deliberately run down, the m ...more
Mar 08, 2016 Cooper rated it liked it
A quaint cozy murder mystery in the Deborah Knott series.

In previous novels I've read, Judge Knott's family played an important role in the story. Here, Judge Knott leaves behind family life for a bit of relaxation and to attend a legal conference at Wrightsville Beach. But if she thought she was leaving murder behind, she is sorely mistaken. She soon discovers the murdered body of a peer that nobody cared for. The story twists and turns as another murder and an attempted murder take place and
Foxy Grandma
Sand Sharks is a part of a mystery series based in NC whose main character is a female judge. I have not read any other books in this series but it was well written enough that you didn’t feel you had missed out on anything even when it referred back to a previous book. In this one, Deborah is attending a judge’s conference in Wrightsville Beach without her new husband or stepson. A fellow judge is murdered and Deborah finds the body. She tries to help the local police find the killer. But to me ...more
Margaret Maron is one of my very favorite authors and she never lets me down. In this entry to the Judge Deborah Knott series, Deborah is on her own at a judges' conference when one of their own is killed. This is followed by the injury of another judge, and Deborah can't seem to stay out of finding out what's going on. She's encouraged by the local detective in charge, as she has assisted her husband, a deputy sheriff, in the resolution of several crimes. Deborah has an in, and insight, into th ...more
Diane Heath
Jul 09, 2014 Diane Heath rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Found 3 more Deborah Knott mysteries at the library. This is one of them. Deborah is a judge in NC. She is also the youngest child (and only girl) of a local bootlegger (First book Bottlegger's Daughter) She has 11 older brothers. This particular story takes place approximately 5-7 months after her marriage to Dwight. Dwight and Cal (his son from previous marriage) are on a trip together which coincides with the spring conference of the judges in NC...The first night one of the judges is killed. ...more
Jul 01, 2012 Vickie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: listened-to
So good as always. The narrator, C J Critt, brought Deborah and everyone in the story to life in the most excellent way. Margaret Maron has a way of telling the story with little touches of information about each character that is never overwhelming, rather making the reader want to know the good people and beat the crap out of the bad. I learn more about the area wherever Judge Knott is visiting, making me want to visit or move there.
Deborah is at an annual educational conference for the state
Aug 30, 2009 Judy rated it liked it
This is the 15th book in the Deborah Knott series and, boy, can that judge get herself into situations. I really enjoy this series of books because 1. the plots are well executed and the books are well written, 2. I have seen the author at readings three or four times and I enjoy her personality which is much evident in her writing, and 3. I lived for many years in North Carolina and I enjoy the way the author is able to evoke time and place in that state. In this outing, Judge Deborah Knott is ...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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