Margaret Maron. Death’s Half Acre. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2008.

Now that fictional Colleton County is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation, life in the formerly rural community is changing dramatically. New housing developments are springing up adjacent to farms, a strip-mall is proposed, and people are talking about how to slow or limit the growth. With all the change comes conflicts, meaning Judge Deborah Knott’s small claims cases center on chickens in subdivisions and con artist real-estate agents. When a corrupt county commissioner’s apparent-suicide is ruled a murder, people wonder if she was the only dishonest commissioner and Deborah and her sheriff’s deputy husband get involved in the investigation. This is the 14th mystery about Judge Knott and familiar characters from previous books, including Deborah’s “reformed” father, figure large in the plot.

Check this title’s availability in the UNC-Chapel Hill Library catalog.

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