Margaret earned a rare feat with her first Deborah Knott novel, Bootlegger's Daughter (1992), when the book won nearly every major award for that year: Edgar, Anthony, Macavity & Agatha. Bloody Kin (out of print for about a decade) was originally published by Doubleday in 1985 and is widely considered a prequel to the best-selling Knott series, introducing the region & several characters that would later appear in Bootlegger's Daughter. In Bloody Kin, after Jake Honeycutt dies in a hunting accident, his pregnant wife Kate moves to his family farm in North Carolina and soon discovers that she is a Yankee outsider and that Jake's death was no accident.
"Margaret Maron is one of the best writers in the business. Read her. That's an order." -- Elizabeth Peters
"A hundred years ago, Margaret Maron might well have been classified with that group of writers called 'local colorists.'... From Sarah Orne Jewett's vignettes of life in rural Maine to Kate Chopin's stories of Louisiana's bayous... Maron continues the tradition of quick, perceptive sketches of local life in the framework of a modern murder mystery." -- Houston Chronicle
Go out and pick up Margaret's Bootlegger's Daughter, work your way through the Deborah Knott series (there are fifteen, with the latest, Sand Sharks, published from Grand Central earlier this year), and look forward to BFP's Bloody Kin in 2011!