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Book Review: Sand Sharks

By Sandy Amazeen Dec 4, 2010, 6:13 GMT

Book Review: Sand Sharks

Judge Deborah Knott can\'t wait to trade the lush fields of Colleton County for the clear blue ocean and long stretches of sand at Wrightsville Beach. A summer conference for the North Carolina district court judges couldn\'t come soon enough for Deborah, who is overwhelmed by her newly married life and the responsibilities of being a mom. Lying beneath the hot summer sun in Wrightsville and reconnecting with old friends ...more

Maronís character driven fifteenth in the Deborah Knott mystery series finds Deborah adjusting to her changed circumstances as a new wife and stepmother. She had been looking forward to taking part in a conference for North Carolina judges being held at beautiful Wrightsville Beach so discovering the strangled corpse of a fellow attendee came as an unwelcome surprise. At the request of local authorities, Deborah began making discreet inquiries among her colleagues in hopes of unmasking the perpetrator. Along the way she discovers an ex may be responsible and if Deborah snít very careful, the next victim could be her.

Outstanding setting, character development and personal identity issues fail to elevate this tale that gets off to a slow start and concludes with few surprises. Deborah appears to be more rattled by her new relationship and events then usual and while interesting, donít add that much to the story. Fans of the series may be disappointed with this one.

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