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Margaret Maron
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Storm Track

(Deborah Knott Mysteries #7)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,881 ratings  ·  98 reviews
Judge Deborah Knott blows the lid off a murder investigation with gale force winds in this newest entry in the award-winning series. As Hurricane Fran strikes the North Carolina coast, Judge Knott seeks clues to a motel murder and a determined killer finds a perfect time to strike again.
Published May 22nd 2001 by Mysterious Press (first published 2000)
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Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, mysteries
An approaching hurricane and a murderer bent on covering his tracks at all costs made for a gripping mystery set in North Carolina tobacco country with Judge Deborah Knott and the usual cast of family, friends, and colleagues
Elaine Orr
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read all the Deborah Knott series. This was my favorite. Loved the way that weather was almost a character.
Kaitlyn Dunnett
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-not-cozy
I sort of remembered the story from listening to the audio version a few years ago, but I'd forgotten who dunnit, so I enjoyed the reread. What I did notice, since I've been rereading the entire series in order, is that in this book Maron lets us into the thoughts of quite a few of the characters, including the murderer, instead of keeping the focus on Deborah's first person narration. As I said, I liked the book, but I think I prefer more of Deborah's point of view rather than less. I also have ...more
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommend this series. Each book is like a good friend. Great, consistent yet alive characters and great stories.
Mary Ronan Drew
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wedged in between the more serious books I've been reading this summer is Margaret Moran's Storm Track, the seventh mystery featuring Moran's Judge Deborah Knott. This series began with The Bootlegger's Daughter, which swept the mystery prizes in 1992. My friends and I have been delighted to find that each Deborah Knott book is better than the last.

Storm Track is about the unlikely arrival in Colleton County, an inland fictional county very near Durham, of a hurricane. The body of a local woman
I love how Margaret Maron's Southern mysteries involve family and unconventionable characters in this small town, weaving a story of secrets, and so much more. Storm Track was another good read for me and I hope to read more of her novels.

From Amazon:
Best-selling author Margaret Maron creates entertaining mysteries filled with warm southern charm, colorful down-home characters, and smoldering grudges. In Storm Track, swirling dark clouds of illicit affairs and brutal murder threaten Colleton C
Jun 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This seventh book in the Deborah Knott series was the winner of the Agatha Award for the best novel published in 2000. In Storm Track, Margaret Maron contrasts the power of Hurricane Fran as it prepares to unleash its fury on Colleton County, North Carolina with the emotional turmoil that can consume lives touched by tragedy, chaos, and crime. When a local woman, an attorney's wife who has always been considered "a loose woman" in rural Colleton County, is found dead in the Orchid Motel dressed ...more
Donna Jo Atwood
Feb 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deborah Knott is at it again. The judge and her large family (she's the only daughter and youngest child of a moonshiner) are enjoying life, but someone in the town of Dobbs is very unhappy with life and ready to kill to take care of the problem.
This is #7 in the series and I have read later ones so there were no surprises for me in her private life.
Margaret Dee
Such a good series. Character are interesting no matter if they are primary or secondary. I've learned a lot about moonshine and North Carolina. This is regional writing at its best. Seven down and quite a few more to go to finish the series.
Lael Braday
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A woman is killed in a motel outside of town. Deborah's cousin is a suspect. Of course she must delve into the murder investigation. Another murder may be related, as well as an attack on a local pastor's wife. Connections and scandals are exposed, and some are not. Sometimes the solution is the simplest.

I love this series. Maron kept the stories fresh and new, despite the formula of Judge Knott insinuating herself into murder investigations. She makes me think of Murder, She Wrote, where peopl
Though technically not the primary plot, the affair between two characters is the most engaging part. Maron does a good job of creating characters who know their affair is wrong, but are struggling to do what is right. She does a good job of painting the vulnerability and loneliness that lead people who wouldn't "do" affairs to do so. (Because I generally have nearly no patience for characters who are cheating on a spouse.) I wish she'd done a bit more with the power imbalance as the relationshi ...more
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
More of a character story with an afterthought murder thrown in to help the plot along a bit. Which I didn't mind too much as I like the characters. But it makes for a rather bland book.

I haven't read one of Margaret Maron's Deborah Knott books in a while, so I can't really remember if this is standard, but I want to say these are generally more about the characters than the mysteries. But I remember Deborah being more curious and involved in solving the murders, as opposed to just having a ran
Cynthia Grove
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another superb book by Margaret Maron. Although forming only a small part of the story the description of the hurricane was marvellous; the only other book so gripping in its description of a natural disaster was James Preston's Bushfire.
The rest of the story, the mystery, was very good too and although I think I read this years ago still had me guessing. There's also a side story in the book that is poignant.
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This mystery takes place back in Dobbs when a young woman is found murdered at a local motel. I felt like this was more of a community trying to solve the murder verses just Deborah as in past books. The side story of her father and the moonshine business was also a fun little storyline. It will be interesting to see where that goes in future books.
This series character has all the resources and experiences and relationships necessary for a satisfying thrilling mystery. Just missing my sympathy, I did not see an exciting spark in this completely adequate detective story.
Linda Sullivan
A light mystery set outside of Raleigh North Carolina, one of many in a series. It would have been better to read one of her earlier novels first to help me understand the protagonist's extensive family. A very light and quick read.
David Riester
North Carolina
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Investigation of a murder during Hurricane Fran
Hurricane Fran is barrelling down toward Judge Deborah Knott's Colleton County, but that isn't even the worst of it. A young woman is found murdered in town: Lynn Bullock was the wife of Jason Bullock, a lawyer in Colleton. It looks like Lynn's philandering has finally caught up with her. Deborah begins her own investigation -- mostly in attempt to make sure that her cousin, Reed, who was involved with Lynn, wasn't also a part of her murder. But as Deborah keeps digging, she finds that Lynn and ...more
Joyce Lagow
7th in the Judge Deborah Knott series set in North Carolina.[return][return]It s hurricane season, and the residents of Colleton County are nervously preparing for a potentially damaging storm. One, however Stan Freeman, son of the black minister, Revered Ralph Freeman, whom we ve met in Home Fires, is hoping that a Big One will land so that he can track it for his science project. he gets his wish with Hurricane Fran.[return][return]Meantime, life goes on as usual, and suddenly the community is ...more
Sylvia McIvers
It's slightly weird re-reading a book after reading the next few books in the series. It's still a great book, but I find myself wanting to yell at the hero, "No, don't wait for that jerk to phone you! Dump him already!" Or possibly, "How can you not notice that this other guy really loves you?"

When Deborah and a friend discuss a woman in the hospital, and the friend wonders, "If the woman dies, will her husband marry me? And would I be a good mom for his kids?" And Deborah says she'll never be
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love them all
May 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, suspense
As much as I hate to say it; since I have become fond of Judge Deborah Knott; this series seems to be devolving into mediocrity. There is a certain sameness to the stories - no new twists, turns or surprises; no new developments to energize or revitalize the series. It’s not boring though. I still enjoy it; it’s just not the same as the beginning (or the “newer” book which I stumbled upon, somehow).

Frankly, I since I recently read one of the ‘newer’ books in the series, before the previous ones
Nov 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
This book was one of the first books I picked up a couple of years ago, when I began to make the transition to reading electronic books. I got it for a very low price, and I assumed that it would be one of those lame, low-budget mysteries with poor plotting and characterization and painful word choices. Wrong! This book, which is #7 in the Judge Deborah Knott series, was very well-written, and made me wish that the earlier books in the series were available as e-books.

Good news: Maron's very fi
Jan 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book even though I am not much of a mystery reader. Margaret Maron's writing is easy to read and somewhat relaxing. This book is part of her Deborah Knott series and I think I will read another one of the series.

Deboah Knott is a judge in North Carolina, where the story is set. She comes from a large extended family of 11 children. When a local nurse from the community hospital is found dead in a motel room close by, the investigation into her death begins. One of the maids has act
Mar 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still enjoying this series. Judge Deborah Knott doesn't do much court work in this one - but her family and friends are embroiled in more drama! A lawyer who occasionally appears in Deborah's court is hit with a tragedy when his wife is found dead in a local motel, wearing black lace and little else.

Suspects abound as it is uncovered that said wife liked to play around, with a lot of different men, including cousin Reid.

Deborah and Reid work together to prove that Reid didn't kill her - but Deb
Dec 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A hurricane is gearing up to strike Colleton County, North Carolina in book seven of the series. Lynn Bullock is found murdered in a local motel. Judge Knott’s cousin Reid is the number one suspect. It seems to me that each book in the series has one of the Knott family accused of something. Good thing it is a large family, Deborah is the youngest of twelve children.

The book is well written. The murder plot unravels with few surprises, but the focus of the story is on the subplots, detailing int
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Margaret Maron's Deborah Knott mysteries follow the evolution of Deborah Knott's relationships with her family, with the man who eventually becomes her husband, and her profession as a judge. This one, written in 2000, uses the advance of a hurricane as a backdrop to the story. The wife of an up-and-coming attorney has been murdered in a seedy motel and there are any number of suspects, including Deborah's cousin. When an attempt is made on the life of a local preacher's wife, whose best friend ...more
Jun 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cyl DeGraffenried's story concludes against the backdrop of a raging hurricane.

"One of Maron's many skills is her ability to weave into her story the social changes coming to this region with the speed of that hurricane." Publishers Weekly

"...enchanting regional series." New York Times

"...down-home setting and racy plot line combine to make it a very tasty whodunit." USAToday

For a longer review of Storm Track which appeared in the Boston Globe, click here.

[Note: A few readers have had quest
#7 of the Deborah Knott series-Finally! This was one of the better mysteries of the Knott series. The setting was Deborah's home town. One of the local's, Lynn Bullock, is found murdered in her hotel room. At the same time, Hurricane Fran is moving up the coast ready to hit North Carolina. Maron uses the murder mystery and neatly weaves it amongst the story of the hurricane. This is the part I enjoy most about Maron's mysteries. She takes something true from this prominent Southern State and wea ...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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