The Jane Austen Book club is reading Margaret Maron this year. She's a North Carolina native whose first novel, "Bootlegger's Daughter" won every major mystery award for best first novel. That book was the first to feature Deborah Knott, whose colorful Daddy was a bootlegger. Deborah is an attorney who decides to take a stand against "mean-minded judicial pettiness" and take on the Old Boy's Club by running for a retiring judge's seat. The book for August was "Death's Half-Acre" and centered on development and yuppie expansion out in the farm lands of Colleton County.
September's book is "Sand Sharks," October's is "Christmas Mourning," November's is "Three Day Town," and in December we will conclude the series with "Buzzard Table."
Maron's books explore her extensive family and often take place in different parts of North Carolina as Judge Knott is asked to fill in other jurisdictions. They are very enjoyable - not quite a cozy, but not thrillers either. They are deeply rooted in place and populated with interesting characters. Join us at 6:00 pm in the Carnegie Building, 244 W. Michigan. We are actively looking for new members so don't be shy. Our September meeting is on Monday, the 10th. Please consider joining us - even if you haven't read the books, we are a fun group of readers with extensive, far-ranging tastes.
We were extremely pleased to welcome 4 new members last month but there is still plenty of room!