Designated Daughters

Designated Daughters

Book - 2014
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When Deborah Knott's terminally ill aunt, Rachel, is found smothered to death in her bed at a hospice center, all of her Colleton County kith and kin are shocked. Who kills a dying woman? As Deborah and her husband, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant, try to find Rachel's killer, they cross paths with the Designated Daughters, a support group for caregivers, not all of whom are women. Rachel's flamboyant daughter, Sally, is a member, and when a con artist cheats one of the group, they swing into action. They want more than just a shoulder to cry on - they want revenge.
Publisher: New York, NY : Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group, ♭2014
ISBN: 9781455545285
Branch Call Number: MARON
Characteristics: 308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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DorisWaggoner
Dec 20, 2015

The question of who would murder a dying woman, beloved by family and friends alike, haunts this book. It haunts her niece, Judge Deborah Knott and her husband lawman Dwight Bryant, too. Both want justice for Rachel, but Deborah also wants to protect her large family. As they look for who had both opportunity and motive, they find the killer of Rachel's brother 60 years before, a man who they decide not to prosecute or expose. The difference between mistakes, sins, and crimes becomes one theme of the book. The murderer was a true surprise to me. The genealogy of the Knott family that Maron always includes helps with the huge family.

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readsalot80
Feb 27, 2015

I love Deborah Knott and her large family. I read this series as much for the family as for the mystery. Its another murder mystery for Deborah and her husband to solve, but the question is why would someone kill a dying woman. The answer is found amid the family chaos.

VV3 Feb 13, 2015

Author Margaret Maron does a great job of bringing to life a small North Carolina town and its inhabitants. The characters are well developed, especially the "designated daughters." If you like this one, you will want to read the rest of the series.

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sandraperkins
Dec 06, 2014

I love this series, mostly because I love Deborah Knott's huge extended family who are ever present in every book. The mystery is always interesting, but I keep coming back for more family news. These characters are real. This is a series that should definitely be read in order.

Chapel_Hill_AmandaG Oct 31, 2014

Over the past year, I have been making my way through the Deborah Knott series. This has become one of my favorite mystery series because of its strong sense of place. It is bittersweet to finally be caught up! I particularly enjoyed this book because it delves into the Knott family past and some scandalous and not so scandalous secrets are uncovered. As always, her series is an easy and enjoyable read!

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Roundcat
Sep 10, 2014

I do enjoy a visit with Deborah and Dwight and their family. This time we get to enjoy the comeuppance of a dishonest auctioneer as well as the solution of the murder, which kept me guessing until the end. Margaret Maron's ear for southern language and knowledge of social customs let us participate in the doings of Colleton County as they continue from book to book. The family tree in the front of each book gives us a reference point. If you have not read the previous books in the series, you'll want to go back and catch up.

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