Publication Date: August 12, 2014, Grand Central Publishing (Hardcover)

Agatha Nominee, Malice Domestic 2015

Winner of an Earphones Award by AudioFile Magazine.

Killer Nashville 2015 Silver Falchion Award Finalist


Book Description

When Deborah Knott's terminally ill aunt, Rachel, is found smothered to death in her bed at a hospice center, all of her Colleton County kith and kin are shocked. Who kills a dying woman? As Deborah and her husband, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant, try to find Rachel's killer, they cross paths with the Designated Daughters, a support group for caregivers, not all of whom are women. Rachel's flamboyant daughter, Sally, is a member, and when a con artist cheats one of the group, they swing into action. They want more than just a shoulder to cry on-they want revenge.

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Critical Praise for Designated Daughters

"In MWA Grand Master Maron’s outstanding 19th mystery featuring judge Deborah Knott...Maron achieves a delicate balance as she explores differences between mistakes, sins, and crimes, and shows that justice is not always arrived at by conventional means."  (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"Maron knows how to adorn a solid murder mystery with plenty of ancillary entertainments."  (New York Times)

"[A] well-paced yarn well up to Maron's Agatha Award-winning standards." (StarNewsOnline)

"Maron is not only an excellent mystery writer but also an excellent narrator. Her slight Southern drawl perfectly presents the list of suspects in this mystery."  (AudioFile Magazine)

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