# Of book read so far this year: 44
Title: Shooting at Loons
Author: Margaret Maron
Year Published: 1995
Date Finished: 10/23/08
# Of pages: 256
Where did the book come from: PBS
Number in series: 3rd in Deborah Knott series
Blurb: From Publishers Weekly
North Carolina Judge Deborah Knott, introduced in the multiple award-winning Bootlegger's Daughter , returns in her third adventure in as many years. Maron constructs a tight mystery, peoples it with an original cast and powerfully evokes her Outer Banks setting, but dry issues of civil law drag at the narrative. Deborah, filling in for an ailing judge at the Carteret County courthouse, stays in her cousin's waterside cottage and, while clamming, finds the body of the president of the Independent Fishers Alliance, shot in the chest. The murder quickly involves her in local conflicts among commercial fishermen, upstate sportsmen, land developers and conservationists. Real estate mogul Linville Pope, with an eye on the half-billion-dollar tourist industry, wants to buy the Neville Fishery property owned by the wife of a local judge. When Pope turns up dead, dressed in the colors of the endangered loon, suspects range from the judge, whose hands might be dirty, to a crusty islander who is--illegally--building a boat on Pope's property. Deborah discovers corpses, reads dull files for clues and falls for a local cop, but she doesn't determine the killer until she's looking down the barrel of a .22 rifle. In this drama, she's more a passive participant than a catalyst.
My Comments: This was an excellent book, but focused more on the low country area than most. It was interesting to me, however. I especially enjoyed Deborah meeting a new love interest, and their relationship. As always Maron’s books are written vividly with strong characters and excellent plots. Lots of murder in this one!