Margaret Maron. The Judge Deborah Knott Mysteries.

These popular mysteries feature Deborah Knott, a District Court Judge in fictional Colleton County, N.C., which is located “a few miles southeast of Raleigh.” In each novel Judge Knott is forced to step out from behind the bench to pursue a local mystery on her own. The setting is especially important in these books. Colleton County still has working tobacco farms, and yet is bordered by the sprawling, increasingly urban Research Triangle. Deborah Knott, her large family, and the residents of the county are often caught in the clash between North Carolina’s high-tech future and its traditional, agrarian past. The series stays fresh with the introduction of 21st century topics such terrorism and pesticide contamination, but many readers eagerly await each new novel in the series to read about Deborah’s relationship with her new husband Dwight and his son Cal.  As a bonus to longtime Maron fans, two most recent books have included Sigrid Harald, the main character in Maron’s first mystery series.

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