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The Buzzard Table

(Deborah Knott Mysteries #18)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,518 ratings  ·  294 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Margaret Maron returns with a thrilling new Deborah Knott mystery . . .


Judge Deborah Knott and her husband, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant, are back home in Colleton County amid family and old friends. But the winter winds have blown in several new faces as well. Lt. Sigrid Harald and her mother, Anne, a well-known photog
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
Maron's two series' collide again just like they did in Three-Day Town, the last book in this series. This time New York police detective Sigrid Harald travels to Cotton Grove with her award-winning photographer mother, Anne Lattimore Harald, to visit Sigrid’s ailing grandmother. They get together with Judge Deborah Knot and her husband, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant for dinner at Mrs. Lattimore's Victorian home. This is where they meet Mrs. Lattimore's long lost nephew, Martin Crawford, an orn ...more
Apr 25, 2013 rated it liked it
I so want to declare one of my favorite mystery writers "back," but she's just not quite there yet. This is her best effort in years, though, since "Winter's Child" at least. While it is inevitable that the main character of a long series gets a little dull, it has been painful to watch Deborah get less interested in solving mysteries and more so in raising her stepson and what she's making for dinner. In this book the decline continues. To my thinking, here she only shines in the scenes that ar ...more
Paula Smith
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
I have loved Margaret Maron's books since I first discovered her. (I'm apparently one of the few who prefers her Sigrid Harald series to the Deborah Knott series, but I've enjoyed both.) However, the declining quality of this series is a disappointment. Since "Rituals of the Season", the books have felt rushed, tossed together to meet an annual deadline, and pivoted on a "serious current issue", with Deborah and her family and friends almost an afterthought.

The Deborah Knott of the first books w
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
I think this series might be getting a little old. This book was okay, but not impressive.
Apr 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
It was a little too crowded at the beginning, with all the information dumping and introducing people we know already. There are over a dozen books in this series, and characters from another series have joined in here, so you don't want this to be the first Maron you ever read. You don't have to go back to the first book or anything (although, hey, great book), but from Slow Dollar on, there is some continuity to keep track of.

Also: I was distracted more than once by the way Deborah's POV is fi
Dec 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've always enjoyed Margaret Maron until I read Three Day Town. I've read all her Deborah Knott books, but I was not familiar with her Sigrid Harald series. I found myself quite lost in Three Day Town. She has redeemed herself with The Buzzard Table. Sigrid is there, but the book is not all about her. It also hints at a storyline to come involving Deborah's husband Dwight Bryant. I also learned things I didn't know about buzzards. They may not be my favorite birds, but it was interesting to lear ...more
Lesley Looper
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is one of my favorite Deborah Knott installments! The buzzard/turkey vulture theme running throughout was surprisingly interesting, but not overbearing, and added a quirkiness the plot. I enjoyed learning a little more of Deborah's family's history , and the addition of Sigrid Harald, visiting North Carolina this time, added intrigue; although Sigrid didn't say much vocally, her presence did.

I'm ready for the next Deborah Knott book!

Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

A visit with Judge Deborah Knott is my Thanksgiving treat every year, although usually not with buzzards looking over my shoulder. Or over Deborah's shoulder. Last year we were in New York for Three-Day Town and it was fabulous, this year Deborah is back home in North Carolina.

Margaret Maron's Deborah Knott series is an excellent mystery series, usually set in Colleton County North Carolina, involving the crime-solving skills of Ms. Knott, who now sits on t

Author: Margaret Maron
Published by: Grand Central Publishing
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 4


"The Buzzard Table" by Margaret Maron was another good mystery series that is is well known for giving to her readers. I believe this is her #18th series. I found "The Buzzard Table" very intriguing and with a unique cast of characters from Colleton County, North Carolina. We find Judge Knott, her family and friends living in the rural South. In this myster
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
always look forward to the newest Judge Deborah Knott novel by Margaret Maron. They combine an interesting story with a touch of romance and insight into southern culture that we generally don't see portrayed in the media. This book deals with a local murder as well a local airstrip that is being used for refueling by CIA planes taking prisoners to foreign countries for "questioning" - knowing that they will be beaten and tortured until they confess. Buzzards set the theme for the book - birds ...more
Jeanne Murray
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Like all the novels in Margaret Maron’s Judge Deborah Knott series, The Buzzard Table delights readers with its mixture of down-home philosophy, wit, engaging characters, a riveting mystery, and a promise of future adventures for Deborah, Dwight, and all the folks in Colleton County, NC. In this novel, the mystery involves old military secrets, some of which remain unrevealed until future novels in the series, and some difficult choices for Deputy Dwight Bryant, as well as the usual murder and m ...more
I’m a big Margaret Maron fan from way back. When I saw The Buzzard Table, I was shocked to realize that I hadn’t read any of her novels in several years. I really do need to clone myself just so I can keep up with all of my favorite authors’ books! Somehow reviewing a novel titled The Buzzard Table during Thanksgiving week appealed to my weird sense of humor. After all, we used to call buzzards turkey buzzards when I was growing up in North Carolina. Read the rest of my review at http://popcornr ...more
Diane S ☔
Aug 21, 2012 rated it liked it
As usual, quite enjoyed updating myself on this family of many brothers. Also i this one there is a reappearance of a character that I enjoyed from a previous novel. This is one series that I find has stayed fairly solid, good story lines and many likable characters. The surprise in this one is that the reader get's to learn many facts on buzzards and vultures, which play a rather prominent part in this story. Never knew I would find this so very interesting. ARC from publisher.
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love that Sigrid Harald has joined forces with Deborah and Dwight. The setting is rich, the epigraphs are perfect.
Lynn Kearney
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm not crazy about the protagonist and her rambling family, but I like the Haralds, mother and daughter, so will probably read more.
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bringing two of my favorite characters together: Sigrid Harald and Deborah Knott. This time in Deborah's North Carolina backyard.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
(Audiobook). I love the Judge Deborah Knott series, and I usually read the books, but I tried the audiobook this time. It was just fine, but I do think I prefer to read this series. This one picks up right after the trip to NYC where Deb and Dwight intersect with one of Maron's other series' characters, Sigrid Harald. In this story, Sigrid visits them in NC. Good story, as usual. Good enough mystery. I mainly keep coming back because of the characters and setting. At book #18, they're like famil ...more
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Devil is in the Details

The big ball is in Major Dwight Bryant's court and the coordinated no drama Sheriff's Department. Visiting Detective Sigrid Harald, from NYC finest just finds herself hanging around observing. We have vultures (more info than you ever wanted to know), a Brit with a past, a murdered real estate broker, a mischevious, nosey, enterprising teenager, Judge Knott displaying sensitivity and sanity. Stir the pot on this road kill stew and it is 300 pages of satisfaction. These
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Judge Deborah Knott part of a large family in the small VA County of Colleton where she and her Sheriff's Deputy are faced with the disappearance of a local realtor. It took me awhile to get the characters sorted out because of the number of interrelated family members involved. Murders, a local airport used as away point in CIA transport of terrorists being sent out of the country for interrogation and mysterious English relative who is visiting the area and doing research on Buzzards for a boo ...more
Julie Babcock
May 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was not a fan of this book. Way, way too many characters. I'm sure most were introduced in previous books, but still. It was not enjoyable trying to constantly figure out who everyone was. The plot was pretty bland and very predictable. The only reason I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 was because I liked the vulture facts at the beginning of each chapter (although two chapters had the same fact!).
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Margaret Maron is a true daughter of North Carolina-she really is a master storyteller. Is this novel plot driven or character driven? You decide. There are enough charters to fill a Greyhound bus and they all do their part to advance the story. the plot takes to reader on many twisted paths so be sure to buckle your seat belts.

Richard Brand
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it
We bring Sigurd into this story again. This gets us a weird tale of CIA, photojournalism, a whole new sister relative in a family that is already too complex. The real estate agent who sleeps with her clients , a use of buzzards as drones, a high school boy who wants a better computer, and the talk of adoption. It is a nice addition to the series
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just finished my third Deborah Knott mystery. This is now one of my favorite series. There are lots of minor characters in this universe but they are handled superbly and support the arc of the story instead of distracting from the plot. (Not to mention the kettling vultures who let us know when there was a bleak scene in the works.)
Lin Stepp
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've been following the Devorah Knott mysteries by Margaret Maron for a long time. I love the North Carolina small town setting, Deborah's big family and their interactions ... and the fact that Deborah is a judge in her old hometown. This is a great series ... which began with The Bootlegger's Daughter.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
As with most Maron, this is a well written thriller. I always enjoy the Knott mysteries, and this was up to standard. Fascinating family drama too, and a glimpse into the world of frontline journalists and photographers. Interesting to see Maron’s Other series connecting with this story too.
Vannessa Anderson
Who exactly was Martina Crawford who claimed to be a distant cousin of Ann Lattimore? And who murdered realtor Rebecca Jawett? So many questions but Judge Deborah Knott finds away to answer them all thereby solving the crimes.
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I haven't read a Deborah Knott for a while, so when I found myself in the library the other day, I checked this one out. It's a pleasant read with the usual interesting characters and detailed setting. Not her best, not her weakest!
Pat Amsden
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Mystery Man, A Local Real Estate Agent

One's dead, the other an unknown entity. Margaret Maron deftly weaves together the strands of family, law and truths found from long ago in a way that leaves you wondering until the very end.
The trigger for murder and near murder is tied to the use of a local airport to transport political prisoners.
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
The mystery was pretty contrived and there wasn't much character stuff to offset the deficiency.
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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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