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The case gets complicated with too many suspects and motives. Which of the two homeless men was really the intended victim (since they both ended up sharing the take out meals)? And what is the connection between the mafia widow and the retired opera star who live on the same block in the West Village, the same block where the homeless men died?
While Sigrid is busy working the murder investigation, she can't stop wondering what led her lover Oscar Nauman to California where he died in an accident on a mountain road. Until she meets a man who may hold the answers she seeks!
The main character in Margaret Maron's Sigrid Harold series is a Scandinavian woman who is a Lieutenant with the New York Police Department. She heads up a homicide team. Sigrid is related to a character in Maron's Deborah Knott Series* through her Southern grandmother.
*See more information about Deborah Knott below
Deborah Knott Mystery Series
Author Margaret Maron
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Margaret Maron was born and raised in North Carolina on a tobacco farm. Then marriage to a native New Yorker (Brooklyn) had her spending several years living in NYC, where she eventually began writing novels about NYPD Lt. Sigrid Harald, mysteries set against the New York City art world.
Eventually, the love of her native state and a desire to write from her experiences in the Piedmont area of North Carolina where she grew up led to moving 'home' and the creation of her popular character, District Court Judge Deborah Knott. Margaret's city-born husband has discovered a similar love for this southern rural lifestyle as well.
If you have never read any books by Margaret Maron, give Take Out a try, or begin with the first book in the Sigrid Harold series (One Coffee With) to be introduced to this interesting character. If you love Maron's style of writing as much as I do, you will want to continue on to the rest of the Sigrid series, and then move over to Deborah Knott and her 'kinfolk' in the current 18-book series. Along the way you will learn a lot about the NYC art world and the southern lifestyle of rural North Carolina.
Interesting note: The North Carolina books feel sunny and light while the New York books are darker and less humorous. Sigrid Harold is a loner, has almost no family (just a mother, a housemate, and a Southern grandmother) while Deborah Knott has a large sprawling family (her dad and 11 older brothers with spouses and children who meddle in her affairs and try to boss her around.. They DO finally meet through their southern connection in Three-Day Town.
I loved reading my way through these two series as both characters are worth getting to know, each in their own way. Meeting the other characters in each series is fun too.
Now that I have read the final book in the Sigrid Harold Series (Take Out reviewed here) I look forward to the final Deborah Knott book.
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