Media & Selected Reviews for Margaret Maron
(Note: Maron rhymes with Baron)
Publicist at Hachette/Grand Central:
Hachette Livre Book Group USA
237 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017
MWA Grandmaster Margaret Maron is credited with giving fresh impetus to the regional mystery.
Latest Novel: Long Upon the Land, published in 2015, is Margaret Maron's 20th book featuring series character, Judge Deborah Knott, a district court judge in "Colleton County," North Carolina. Deborah is in her late 30s, the youngest child and only daughter of an elderly ex-bootlegger who also has 11 older sons. As a district court judge, she ranges all over the state and her cases are set in such interesting places as Harkers Island down on the coast (Shooting at Loons), among the potters in central NC (Uncommon Clay), at the High Point furniture market (Killer Market), and in the Blue Ridge Mountains (High Country Fall). Sand Sharks takes place in Wrightsville Beach and adjacent Wilmington where Deborah attends the summer conference of the North Carolina district judges, where one less-than-honorable judge is found in the Cape Fear River.
Maron's first series was set against the New York art world with Lt. Sigrid Harald, NYPD as the main protagonist. Three-Day Town takes Deborah to NYC where the two women meet for the first time and in The Buzzard Table, Lt. Harald comes to Colleton County, where she is equally out of her comfort zone. A previously unknown cousin and his interest in a local rendition airport puzzle the NYPD detective, who is drawn into a murder with personal implications.
Maron says, "The mystery novel is the peg upon which I hang my love and concerns for North Carolina as the state transitions from agriculture to high tech, from a largely rural countryside to one increasingly under assault by housing developments and chain stores and politicians more interested in catering to wealthy donors than working for ordinary Tar Heel citizens." Her books have looked at problems of race, migrant labor, politics, and unstructured growth.
Margaret Maron is the author of thirty novels and two collections of short stories. Winner of several major American awards for mysteries (Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, Macavity), her works are on the reading lists of various courses in contemporary Southern literature and have been translated into 16 languages. She has served as president of Sisters in Crime, the American Crime Writers League, and Mystery Writers of America.
A native Tar Heel, she still lives on her family's century farm a few miles southeast of Raleigh, the setting for Bootlegger's Daughter, which is numbered among the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century as selected by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. In 2004, she received the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for best North Carolina novel of the year. In 2008, she was honored with the North Carolina Award for Literature. (The North Carolina Award is the state’s highest civilian honor.) In 2013, she was named a Grand Master by Mystery Writers of America for lifetime achievement.
For more info, please see the longer bio on the ABOUT MARGARET page.
- "She is one of the most seamless Southern writers since Margaret Mitchell." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
- "Dazzling . . . Opening a new Margaret Maron is like unwrapping a Christmas gift." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer
- "This series is like sweet iced tea on an August day in North Carolina -- near impossible to resist." -- Atlanta-Journal Constitution
- "Maron's finely crafted novels about an ever-urbanizing North Carolina are like gathering around one of those legendary storytellers of the South as they spin story after story." -- Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
- "There's nobody better." -- Chicago Tribune
- "The considerable strength of Maron's writing lies in giving her sleuth a life . . . Maron does it superbly." -- Associated Press
- "Every Margaret Maron novel is a celebration of something remarkable." -- New York Times Book Review