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Sand Sharks

(Deborah Knott Mysteries #15)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  2,172 ratings  ·  194 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 1st 2009 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 2009)
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Renee Wallace
Aug 21, 2009 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
Richard Brand
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
By the time you get the #15 you are bound to know the modus operandi of Maron. She tells a very good story and there are enough deaths to keep you happy, enough sex to entertain, and enough human joys and evil to make it seem real. The taking of revenge is a motive that has appeared in a number of her works. This is no exception to that rule. The other reality is one crime leads to another as the murder begins the downward slope of trying to prevent being caught be doing a second or third crime. ...more
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Totally adequate girly detective story. The judge has a very supportive friends and family network, also gets along well with police. I put up with the food and clothes remarks because they fit. Recommended the series to my Mom.
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I couldn't quite follow how Deborah figured out who dunnit and therefore took precautions, but the motive made sense afterward. Excellent reader.
Nov 18, 2009 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 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
Rachel N.
Deborah Knott travels to Wrightsville Beach, NC for an annual judges conference. While there Deborah finds the body of another judge who has been strangled and thrown into a river. Deborah of course ends up being asked to help in the investigation by the local detective. I enjoy this series but feel a few of the books have been too much about Deborah's extended family and not enough of a mystery. It was nice to have Deborah's family mostly absent for a change to focus more on the mystery. This t ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Feb 09, 2017 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
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Judge Deborah Knott has recently married Dwight, a lawyer (widower) who came complete with a 9 year old son. Now she was leaving to attend a judges conference and would have a chance to be on her own for a week at a beautiful beach resort! … Luxury! Unfortunately the night before the conference opens, when leaving the restaurant where she and her friend had dinner, she stumbled on the body of another judge… one disliked by most of the people attending the conference. Who could have killed the ju ...more
Mary Pat
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Enjoying entire series. Set in North Carolina and contains several references to the culture, dialect and habits of the people in NC mountains, our new home. Plots are interesting and believeable. Family interactions add depth and interest.
Feb 15, 2017 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.
Pete Partin
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Slow. A true cozy, but nothing clever about it. Knott is a judge in the Carolinas, goes to a judges' conference, another judge is murdered and Knott helps solve the murder. A lot of eating and drinking -
Linda Owen
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A favorite series of mine, and somehow I missed this one because Deborah and Dwight have only been married less than a year. She is in Wilmington at a judge's conference. A slimy colleague is killed, so there are many possible suspects. There are false trails aplenty.
Jane Neumann
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it
For its genre, a fine enough read. Lightweight mystery. Just the mindless balance I needed between deeper books.
Virginia Trent
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
It was ok. Entertaining and not predictable. Loved reading about Wilmington and Southport NC. Visited them often.
Terry Tschann Skelton
Really a 3.5. Quick read. Enjoyable.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Intelligent, well-written series. I especially enjoy hearing from two of the narrator's inner voices, "The Preacher" and "The Pragmatist."
Perhaps Maron's darkest Deborah Knott book to date.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: wom2019
A Judge's convention turns deadly
Sep 30, 2015 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 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 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
Alton Motobu
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Thought this would be a pleasant cozy mystery for beach reading since events take place during the summer at a judges conference in Wrightsville, NC. It's a beach resort along the barrier island coastline. But the first half of the book was a long narrative of the personal lives of judges, at least in the NC judicial system, where apparently most of the judges (both men and women) are involved in alcoholism, adultery, depression, corruption, multiple marriages and professional jealousy. It was n ...more
Ashley Dawn
Dec 21, 2010 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 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
Jan 16, 2016 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
Sep 21, 2011 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
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 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 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
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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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