"Maron's novel is as eye-opening as it is charming and one that cleverly combines fast-paced action, gentle humor, and the lazy feeling of a southern summer Sunday. There's lots to like about Home Fires, including its refreshingly honest look at the modern South. A solid addition to every collection." (BookList)
This is book six in the Knott series. I started with book one and I am reading my way through the series. I was attracted to the series after noting all the various awards it had won such as the Edgar, Macovity and the Anthony awards.
In this book Maron incorporates the changes and problems that integration has brought to the New South. She did this most skillfully considering the delicate topic. Judge Deborah Knott, who narrates the story, is at the start of a re-election campaign when a nephew is arrested, with two friends, for desecrating a cemetery. Then black churches are torched and two bodies uncovered; the three boys are the prime suspects. In a separate plotline the fate of a young civil rights worker, missing for twenty years is brought to light. Knott has her work cut out for her in this suspenseful story.
The book is well written. Maron lays the groundwork with subtlety, however, and she brings much more depth to her portrait of small town doings than do many of the mystery writers. The plot is engrossing and entertaining. The book is an easy read at just over seven hours. C.J. Critt is a magnificent job narrating the series.
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The story is a nice continuation of the series. Finally, the author acknowledges the complex legacy of race in the south. Thankfully, she does not pretend to solve the problems. Also thankfully, she leaves the listeners with some hope if they want it.
Margaret Maron combines a trip to the old South with a good mystery. C.J Critt is terrific as she brings humor and insight to her performance.
With all the mystery of the south along with the intrigue of racial politics add up to make this a great read/listen. C.J. Critt does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life just the way that Margaret Maron wrote them.