Designated Daughters (Deborah Knott Series #19)

Designated Daughters (Deborah Knott Series #19)

by Margaret Maron

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When Judge Deborah Knott is summoned to her ailing Aunt Rachel's bedside, she assumes the worst. Thankfully when she arrives at the hospice center she learns that Rachel hasn't passed; in fact, the dying woman is awake. Surrounded by her children, her extended family, and what seems like half of Colleton County, a semi-conscious Rachel breaks weeks of pained silence with snippets of stories as randomly pieced together as a well-worn patchwork quilt. But the Knott family's joy quickly gives way to shock: less than an hour later, Aunt Rachel is found dead in her bed, smothered with a pillow.

Who would kill a woman on her deathbed? Was it an act of mercy, or murder? As Deborah and her husband, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant, investigate they cross paths with an unlikely set of suspects: Rachel's longtime minister; her neighbor, the respected local doctor; the friendly single father who often sought her advice; and perhaps the most puzzling party of all, the Designated Daughters, a support group for caregivers that Rachel's own daughter belongs to.

Soon Deborah and Dwight realize that the key to solving this case is hidden in Rachel's mysterious final words. Her mixed-up memories harbored a dark secret-a secret that someone close to them is determined to bury forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455545278
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Series: Deborah Knott Series , #19
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 225,842
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Margaret Maron grew up on a farm near Raleigh and lived in Brooklyn for many years. Returning to her North Carolina roots prompted Margaret to write a series based on her own background, the first of which, Bootlegger's Daughter, was a Washington Post bestseller and swept the major mystery awards for 1993. DESIGNATED DAUGHTERS is the nineteenth book in the acclaimed Deborah Knott series. Visit her website at

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Designated Daughters 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Super to have a new Margaret Maron book. Kind of like an old friend. So very much anticipated and enjoyable to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Margaret Maron-favorite author. And with "Designated Daughters" she doesn't let you down. She writes a wonderful story that even your teenager could read and deals with the real life issue of taking care of our elderly. Can't wait for her next book, I just love Deborah & the Knott clan!
iowashort More than 1 year ago
She has to be on the top of my list of favorite authors. This is again a great read. I think this will hit home with a lot of daughters and sons who are or will be facing taking care of someone elderly. However, the thread of the story as always is a puzzle and the relationship between Deborah and her family is what makes this and all of Maron's books so good. One feels that they are part of the South and the Knott family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After all these years, Margaret Maron's Deborah Knott and family are still some of my favorite characters. I continue to enjoy the split between Deborah's first person POV narration and husband Dwight's third person POV narration. This book delved deeper into the history of her father's generation
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Ariana_EJR More than 1 year ago
I liked Designated Daughters a lot. I first read Bootlegger's daughter a long time back. Since then I've read all or most of the Deborah Knott books. This one succeeds more as a picture of a family or a woman than as a mystery. There were so many clues to unravel in the dying babbling of a cousin of Knott' Who would kill a dying woman anyway. We learn that she and her late husband had a fruit stand and she was a good listener. She learned a lot of secrets. I think this books is for a fan of Maron's. I might not have read more just with this one. Still a lovely walk through Judge Knott's life and an opportunity to learn more about her family.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite Designated Daughters is the latest installment in the Deborah Knott series written by Margaret Maron. This series is the epitome of southern life. Aunt Rachel has suffered a stroke and is in the care of hospice. Judge Deborah Knott and her family are gathered around her bedside. Rachel is rambling on with bits and pieces of stories that do not seem to go together. The family leaves the room to allow Rachel to rest, only to return to a crime scene. Someone has smothered Aunt Rachel with a pillow. Deputy Sheriff Dwight Bryant, Deborah’s husband, begins investigating the murder. Could someone have felt threatened by Aunt Rachel’s rambling stories? Even the Designated Daughters are under suspicion.  The Designated Daughters is the 19th book in this series. While this tale is most definitely a murder mystery, it also explores the plight of children, elderly parents, caregivers, and sibling relationships. It also touches on the high cost of taking care of sick family members. Margaret Maron always brings a satisfying tale filled with mystery and with the ambiance of the old south. In this tale the plot moves back and forth through time. Aunt Rachel was privy to many secrets and one of those secrets threatened someone enough to murder her. As with most of Margaret Maron’s books, this one is character driven. The characters are multidimensional. The plot is, of course, a mystery but it also has a lot of humor mixed in. This is a complex story with several secondary plots. My copy of Designated Daughters is an audio format. It is read by the author.
Sharon_AJJ More than 1 year ago
I stand in awe of Margaret Maron's meticulous attention to details about her many lead and recurring characters. I am one of those annoying readers who rereads my favourite authors' series, and the consistency of Deborah Knott's world is an amazing achievement. So when one of the books in this outstanding series shines a little less brightly than the others, it's not a big concern of mine. I am so busy enjoying my reunion with Deborah and her family and friends that minor plot issues don't even register much. This particular outing for Deborah was, as we often see with Maron, more focused on social issues (in this case the plight of those, including many elderly and disabled people, who cannot live fully independently. Maron did a great job of looking at this growing social issue in a personal and interesting -- and never patronizing -- way. Was the mystery itself a little less engaging? Yes, it was. But I still can't wait for the next Deborah Knott book, and I expect to reread this one and enjoy it all over again. My favourite scene? I want to avoid a spoiler, but put your hand up if Deborah's nighttime outing with her Aunt Zell made you laugh out loud!
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
I have read all the Deborah Knott novels, and sometimes the book is not as good as the others. This book left me feeling empty, like something has been missed. The killer was exposed, but with remorse and regrets. Yes, the Knotts family is huge and related to many other individuals, but the family characters prove too much for this reader. Also, the relationships between individuals did not ring true. After reading better novels, this story proved disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always love a visit with Deborah Knott and family--they feel real and they provide a backdrop for whodunits that hit close to home.   Who doesn't know a family where an estranged sibling suddenly presents front and center when it's time to divide up his parents' estate? The plots, while human and realistic, usually aren't going to shift the balance of power much outside their rural county, but the characters and situations are drawn with such warmth and care that the books in this series make great reads.  I'd love to sit out in the pond house  some evening and join in one of this family's gatherings.
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unless u just want to catch up with the Knott family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is qaurter in mountain, qaurter underground, qaurder underwater, and a qaurter in the sky. The entrance can only be reached by sky.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Better than the last.