Rituals of the Season

Author: Margaret Maron                       rituals
Publisher:  Mysterious Press
Pages: 320
Genre: Mystery
Source: Purchased

Goodreads:   “High Country Fall, Margaret Maron’s most recent installment in the Deborah Knott series, was published in Mysterious Press hardcover in 8/04, with a first printing of 40,000 copies.- Margaret Maron swept the top mystery awards with her first Deborah Knott hardcover, “Bootlegger’s Daughter (Mysterious Press, 1992), receiving the Edgar1 Award for Best Mystery Novel, the Agatha Award, the Macavity, and the Anthony. She also won a 1992 Agatha Award for the short story that introduced the character of Deborah Knott, and later, she received the Agatha Award for Best Novel for “Up Jumps the Devil (Mysterious Press, 1996). Maron was nominated for an Agatha Award for “Home Fires (Mysterious Press, 1998), and most recently, “Storm Track (Mysterious Press, 2000) won the Agatha Award for Best Novel. “Last Lessons of Summer (Mysterious Press, 2003), was also nominated for an Agatha Award.- “Last Lessons of Summer, Slow Dollar, and Uncommon Clay were all selected as Mystery Guild Main Selections.

Ope’s Opinion:  This book started out very slow.  I was half way through the book and did not have a clue as to how the victim died in the first chapter.  The second half of the book picked up the pace and gave you clues.

Along with the murder, a wedding is the main focus of the book.  It is a nice combination.  The writer, really brought the two events together.  She made the two story lines twist together.

I did not know this book was part of a series until after I was finished reading it.  I would read another by this author.

Rating:  Three Chairs – I like this book enough to suggest it to a friend or two.
3 chairs