THE BUZZARD TABLE
Originally published in hardcover by Grand Central Publishing, 2012.
Agatha Nominee, Best Novel of 2012; #2 on the Baker & Taylor mystery bestseller list; Kirkus Reviews: "#1 Best Mystery of 2012".
Judge Deborah Knott and her husband, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant, are back home in Colleton County amid family and old friends. But the winter winds have blown in several new faces as well. Lt. Sigrid Harald and her mother, Anne, a well-known photographer, are down from New York to visit Mrs. Lattimore, Anne's dying mother. When the group gathers for dinner at Mrs. Lattimore's Victorian home, they meet the enigmatic Martin Crawford, an ornithologist researching a book on Southern vultures. He's also Mrs. Lattimore's long-lost nephew. With her health in decline, Mrs. Lattimore wants to make amends with her family-a desire Deborah can understand, as she, too, works to strengthen her relationship with her young stepson, Cal.
Anne is charmed by her mysterious cousin, but she cannot shake the feeling that there is something familiar about Martin . . . something he doesn't want her or anyone else to discover. When a string of suspicious murders sets Colleton County on edge, Deborah, Dwight, and Sigrid once again work together to catch a killer, uncovering long-buried family secrets along the way.
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Critical Praise for The Buzzard Table
"Intriguing. Maron successfully combines a look at family foibles and relationships with a series of moral choices that challenge the characters' sense of law and justice." (Publishers Weekly)
"Classic whodunit intrigue . . . [with] domestic travails that will touch readers' hearts." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)
"The contrast between Deborah, who is warm and caring, and Sigrid, who is reserved and cerebral, gives Maron's tale added depth." (Booklist)
"One of Margaret Maron's smartly written mysteries." (The New York Times)