Three-Day Town by Margaret Maron is the 17th book in the “Deborah Knott” mystery series. Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, November 2011

After a year of marriage, Judge Deborah Knott and Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Bryant are off to New York City for a long-delayed honeymoon. January might not be the perfect time to take a bite of the Big Apple, but Dwight’s sister-in-law has arranged for them to stay in an Upper West Side apartment for a week.

Deborah has been asked to deliver a package to Lt. Sigrid Harald of the NYPD from Sigrid’s Colleton County grandmother. But when the homicide detective comes to pick it up, the package is missing and the building’s super is found murdered. Now despite their desire to enjoy a blissful winter getaway, Deborah and Dwight must team up with Lt. Harald to catch the killer before he strikes again.

I just love this series and I wait patiently for my annual visit with Dwight and Deborah, and this time they are in New York on a long delayed honeymoon. They are enjoying what the city has to offer when Deborah finds the super’s body on their balcony; they become involved in tracking down a killer that is hiding among the faces they have met. This book opens and draws you into the story from the opening line, and never lets up as it continued to the closing moments. The mystery was such that it kept me guessing and I enjoyed the interactions between the Bryants, the people they come across in the city and the lieutenant who is handling the murder case. This is the best one yet in a series that gets better and better each year and I look forward to more exciting adventures with Deborah Knotts in this wonderful and thrilling series.

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