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Sand Sharks (Deborah Knott #15)

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When Judge Deborah Knott travels to WrightsvilleBeach 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 conference...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 381 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Thorndike Press (first published January 2009)
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Renee Bush
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...more
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...more
Katie Rekowski
Judge Deborah Knott Mystery #15. She is newly married. It's time for a judicial conference; she leaves early to get some time on the beach before the official opening session. A judge, not well liked by anyone, is murdered. Seems he was corrupt as well as not liked. But a murder has to solved anyway. Deborah encounters her alleged first husband and his two children at the same hotel and beach. Her lawyer friend who is retiring, gets run over by a car. One of the obnoxious waitstaff, who is looki...more
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...more
Diane Heath
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
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
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...more
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...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...more
Ashley Dawn
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...more
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
Sandy Vaughan
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...more
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
I used to keep up with a list of Mystery Authors that I liked. I haven't kept up with it for a while, but this was one of my favorites on the list. Margaret Maron writes interesting stories and I like her characters. The volume was laying around the house and I read (perhaps reread) it. I enjoyed it a lot. If you haven't read Margaret Maron add this series to your light reading/beach reading list. Light but very good!
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...more
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
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
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...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
Beth NC
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
Maron writes smoothly and pleasantly; the plot of this entry in the Deborah Knott series runs secondary to the description of relationships, locale, and food. She's a reliable and amiable writer.
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
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...more
Harry Lane
Another good read in a better than average series. Maron's descriptions of the people in her stories are excellent, and her writing conveys a strong sense of place.
Took me over two years to pick up this author again because she irritated me so badly the last time I read her.

I love mysteries set in the South. Maron did a great job of setting the scene along the coastal area of North Carolina. She made me want to be right there. She did a good job of telling her story this time and kept her political agenda to a minimum. It's also interesting hearing how the judicial system works in that part of the country. I'm even willing to take a look at book 16 now.

Debbie Maskus
I have read the whole Deborah Knott series, and I feel that this is not as good as many of the prior books. Deborah is recently married to Dwight, and must learn how to deal with his young son, This story involves at least two past romances of Deborah's, each proving to be a complication. In this installment, Deborah is in Wrightsville Beach for a judges conference, when one judge is strangled and another judge becomes the victim of a hit and run. The story goes off in many tangents that only se...more
Married for a few months now, it's time for Deborah to leave town for a bit to go to a conference. While Dwight and Cal go out to clean out the ex's house, Deborah heads to the beach. When one judge is killed, there is curiosity, but not too much excitement--he was corrupt anyway. But when another judge is hit by a car leaving the parking lot in what appears to be a deliberate attempt on his life, things get messy. And this time, Deborah is invited to meddle, instead of being discouraged from it...more
Laura Salas
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Vannessagrace Vannessagrace
The only problem I have with Margaret Maron is the length of time it takes for the next book comes out. Margaret Maron is one of the few authors whom I never tire of reading.

In Sand Sharks we follow Judge Deborah Knott as she investigates who killed a judge that some power people in the field of law didn’t liked. Having stepmother issues with her stepson, Judge Knott throws herself into the investigation.

The southern humor and the strong storytelling by C.J. Critt will capture you and not let yo...more
Kind of a normal mystery. Guy with lots of enemies gets killed. Which one did it?

What is different about this Deborah Knott mystery: Dwight Bryant is not the investigating officer. The story takes place in Wilmington, N.C., so some of the settings (I assume) are the author's favorite bookstores, boutiques, etc. Deborah eats a lot of crab. And you don't get enough clues to figure out whodunnit. Even if you decide it's the person who doesn't have a role in story other than to be the murderer, you...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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