Designated Daughters by Margaret Maron audiobook

Designated Daughters

By Margaret Maron
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When Judge Deborah Knott is summoned to her ailing AuntRachel’s bedside, she assumes the worst. Thankfully, when she arrives at thehospice center, she learns that Rachel hasn’t passed; in fact, the dying womanis awake. Surrounded by her children, her extended family, and what seems likehalf of Colleton County, a semi-conscious Rachel breaks weeks of pained silencewith snippets of stories as randomly pieced together as a well-worn patchworkquilt. But the Knott family’s joy quickly gives way to shock: less than an hourlater, Aunt Rachel is found dead in her bed, smothered with a pillow. Who would kill a woman on her deathbed? Was it an act ofmercy or murder? As Deborah and her husband, Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Bryant,investigate they cross paths with an unlikely set of suspects: Rachel’slongtime minister; her neighbor, the respected local doctor; the friendlysingle father who often sought her advice; and perhaps the most puzzling partyof all, the Designated Daughters, a support group for caregivers that Rachel’sown daughter belongs to. Soon Deborah and Dwight realize that the key to solving thiscase is hidden in Rachel’s mysterious final words. Her mixed-up memoriesharbored a dark secret—a secret that someone close to them is determined tobury forever.

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

When Judge Deborah Knott is summoned to her ailing AuntRachel’s bedside, she assumes the worst. Thankfully, when she arrives at thehospice center, she learns that Rachel hasn’t passed; in fact, the dying womanis awake. Surrounded by her children, her extended family, and what seems likehalf of Colleton County, a semi-conscious Rachel breaks weeks of pained silencewith snippets of stories as randomly pieced together as a well-worn patchworkquilt. But the Knott family’s joy quickly gives way to shock: less than an hourlater, Aunt Rachel is found dead in her bed, smothered with a pillow.

Who would kill a woman on her deathbed? Was it an act ofmercy or murder? As Deborah and her husband, Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Bryant,investigate they cross paths with an unlikely set of suspects: Rachel’slongtime minister; her neighbor, the respected local doctor; the friendlysingle father who often sought her advice; and perhaps the most puzzling partyof all, the Designated Daughters, a support group for caregivers that Rachel’sown daughter belongs to.

Soon Deborah and Dwight realize that the key to solving thiscase is hidden in Rachel’s mysterious final words. Her mixed-up memoriesharbored a dark secret—a secret that someone close to them is determined tobury forever.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

In MWA Grand Master Maron's outstanding 19th mystery featuring judge Deborah Knott of North Carolina's Colleton County (after 2012's The Buzzard Table), Deborah's elderly aunt, Rachel Morton, lies near death in a hospice. Rachel attracts a crowd of friends and relatives as she talks of "babies, fires, and unpaid debts, of someone who beat his wife and of cowbirds and vegetables and broken jars." A distraction allows a killer enough time to slip into Rachel's room and smother her with a pillow, thus ending her ramblings, which apparently concealed deadly secrets. Unraveling those secrets-some 60 years old-is a slow, difficult process with lots of suspects among friends and family. Maron achieves a delicate balance as she explores differences between mistakes, sins, and crimes, and shows that justice is not always arrived at by conventional means. Humor (e.g., Deborah outfoxes an unscrupulous auctioneer) and social issues (e.g., the difficult role of caregivers to the elderly) add to the warmth of a large family with all its foibles, squabbles, and quirks.—Publishers Weekly
Smartly written The New York Times on The Buzzard Table
As always, Maron skillfully layers an absorbing plot with the doings of Deborah's large extended family and the domestic details of their semirural lifestyle. In addition, the contrast between Deborah, who is warm and caring, and Sigrid, who is reserved and cerebral, gives Maron's tale added depth. Booklist on The Buzzard Table
Maron...adroitly melds ugly American (open) government secrets with classic whodunit intrigue and stirs the pot by itemizing domestic travails that will touch readers' hearts. Kirkus Reviews on The Buzzard Table
“Maron knows how to adorn a solid murder mystery with plenty of ancillary entertainments. But her broader theme involves the way families flourish when they work together for the common good. While there are charming scenes of group projects like building a pond shed and assembling a bluegrass band, the clan members Maron really cherishes are those who devote themselves to caring for the elders of the family. Living saints they are, every last one of them.” New York Times Book Review
Every Margaret Maron is a celebration of something remarkable. New York Times Book Review
There's nobody better. Chicago Tribune
“Maron is still going strong with the nineteenth installment in her Deborah Knott series. Designated Daughters is a solid mystery where Southern charm meets murder. Maron delves into some social issues of today, and readers can expect a small-town family atmosphere with a lot of heart.” RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
“Maron achieves a delicate balance as she explores differences between mistakes, sins, and crimes, and shows that justice is not always arrived at by conventional means. Humor (e.g., Deborah outfoxes an unscrupulous auctioneer) and social issues (e.g., the difficult role of caregivers to the elderly) add to the warmth of a large family with all its foibles, squabbles, and quirks.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Alternating viewpoints between Deborah and Dwight, Maron weaves family threads together with current events that leave the reader wanting to know more about the Knott family tree. The author’s nineteenth series outing offers loyal fans a fresh look at her expansive family and community. Readers will savor the slow-paced Southern culture and layered story.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Maron is not only an excellent mystery writer but also an excellent narrator. Her slight Southern drawl perfectly presents the list of suspects in this mystery…Maron’s folksy narration adds atmosphere and warmth to this carefully plotted mystery. Intriguing characters and thought-provoking scenarios result in an outstanding production. Maron’s narrating voice shines as brightly as her literary one. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Maron unearths more of Deborah’s family history for long-term fans.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Margaret Maron

Author Bio: Margaret Maron

Margaret Maron is the author of more than twenty-five novels and two collections of short stories. Winner of several major American awards for mysteries, including the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity, her works are on the reading lists of various courses in contemporary Southern literature. A native Tar Heel, she still lives on her family’s country farm a few miles from Raleigh.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 7.82
Audience: Adult
Language: English