C.J. Critt's skillful narration brings Deborah Knott to life, as the judge-detective searches for the truth in her quiet but determined way. Shooting at Loons is Margaret Maron at her suspenseful best.
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"The down-home prose flows well, spiced by Judge Knott's wit, charm, and extended family as well as by references to the local food and drink." (Library Journal)
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I think CJ Critt's performance was only so-so, because the content in the story was lacking. Generally, Margaret Maron spins a tale in ways that make you want to sneak into a quiet corner to finish non-stop. This novel lacked the "Margaret Maron It Factor!"
Surprised by the ending - yes! a real "who dun nit," but it took too long to get there. By the time I got to the ending, my attitude was "who cares!"
Glad this was not the only Margaret Maron book I brought with me while on break!
This book has everything I enjoy. Interesting characters, intriguing stories with some plot twists, and mysteries that keep me guessing until the end. I also enjoy the descriptions of rural North Carolina. It's an area I know almost nothing about.
Deborah Knott is the main character. I like her. She is smart, and sensible. She also knows how to enjoy herself.
Narrator C.J. Critt does an excellent job of giving characters distinctive voices in a subtle way. Her diction is clear and her voice is pleasing.
This is the third book of the series that I have read. So far I have found nothing to dislike. I look forward to reading all the books is this series.
"A Rare Good Story"
I consider Margaret Maron a rare good story teller because she developed her story and characters without resorting to bad language, sleezy characters or sexually explicit scenes. This was my first Deborah Knott and first Margaret Maron and I became an addicted fan immediately. A carefully developed story about an interesting character with enough slowly increasing tension leaves a very satisfied reader or listener.
I immediately became interested in the main character, Deborah Knott. She is the narrator and comes across as a very believable character and as a person in real life I would like to know.
C J Critt does a very good job of giving the different characters unique voices.
I would recommend this series and Margaret Maron to any devotee of mystery stories
"Interesting location for story"
the the - strong disagreement between sport and commercial fishing
MM's books are always a good read and the location is interestingly different
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