Shooting at Loons, by Margaret Maron

Book 3

The third book in the Deborah Knott series has the judge subbing for a colleague on the coast, staying at the cabin of some cousins.  The murder victim is Andy, an acquaintance that led a small alliance of locals fighting against the big, bad developers.  The locals all make their livings off of the water in some fashion and the developers are trying to open the tourist trade.  While there are game warden on the scene, there don’t seem to be any hard-core conservationists.  Just the question of the best commercial use of the land.

The arguments are old news (although they were probably timely at the time of publication).  But there are a couple of good secrets and an illicit affair sprinkled in.  The resolution is neither obvious nor far-fetched, so it was another good one.

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