Designated Daughters

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Grand Central Publishing, Aug 12, 2014 - Fiction - 320 pages
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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.

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The characters were nice and the plot was good. - Goodreads
And the ending felt a little rushed. - Goodreads
The ending was so good. - Goodreads
Also I thought the plot was a little weak. - Goodreads
That's the premise in this new Deborah Knott book. - Goodreads

Review: Designated Daughters (Deborah Knott #19)

User Review  - Lindsey - Goodreads

I picked up this book at the library when I was rushing in with only a few minutes to grab something. I have read Margaret Maron's books in the past and have enjoyed them. Its a fun, light read but ... Read full review

Review: Designated Daughters (Deborah Knott #19)

User Review  - Lynda - Goodreads

One of her best! Combines two plotlines involving elderly abuse. Deborah's Aunt Rachel is found smothered to death in a hospice suite while other relatives try to exact revenge on an antiques dealer ... Read full review

About the author (2014)

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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