Margaret Maron, winner of the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Awards, has reached renowned success with the Deborah Knott Mystery series. Uncommon Clay delves into the intriguing world of the Nordans, a deep-rooted family of talented yet cursed North Carolina potters. Judge Knott is filling in for another judge who suffered a mild stroke. When she decrees that the divorcing Nordan couple split their valuable earthenware collection, the husband winds up dead--in his own kiln! Many people have motives and the clay wheel swirls with suspects. C.J. Critt's narration heightens the suspense in this family's story of long-time grudges, murder, unbearable pain, and loss. This exciting novel is as rich as the red clay pottery of North Carolina.
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by Margaret Maron
"Someone is killing off the Nordans, a family of potters as deeply entrenched in the North Carolina Piedmont as the clay they use to produce their famous Rooster Ware. Deborah Knott, Maron's wonderfully realized no-nonsense judge, finds herself entangled in family secrets and up to her elbows in grisly murder. Narrator C.J. Critt remains firmly in control of each character even as the bullets fly and the bodies pile up. Critt invests Deborah with equal parts inspiration, insinuation, and insouciance. Secondary characters become distinct personalities, easily identified by voice alone. Maron's thorough research into the business of pottery and Critt's expert performance combine to provide an unflinching look into the tenuous bonds within families, professional jealousy, and not-so-sweet revenge. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"
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