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 October was "Christmas Mourning" and explored the issues of drunk driving, the automobile death of a popular teen and the deaths of two brothers.
November book is "Three Day Town," - set in New York as Deborah and Dwight take their long-delayed honeymoon. In December we will conclude the series with "Buzzard Table," Maron's latest book, just out in November.
Maron's books explore the Judge's 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 November meeting is on Monday, the 19th. Please consider joining us - even if you haven't read the books, we are a fun group of readers with extensive, far-ranging tastes. Come and help us plan our reads for next year.