All of us at Quail Ridge Books, as well as readers and writers throughout North Carolina and beyond, lost a good friend when beloved local mystery writer Margaret Maron passed away on Tuesday, February 25th.
Margaret was more than an acclaimed writer whose awards included Edgars, Anthonys, Agathas, and McCavities, and being chosen a Grandmaster by the Mystery Writers of America. She was also a staunch supporter of independent bookstores, a huge advocate for her fellow authors (especially those starting out), and a president of Sisters-in-Crime (a crime writing association focused on equity and inclusion).
Along with her writing skills Margaret was graced with a green thumb and culinary prowess that she liked to share. She and her husband Joe were known to generously drop bags of pears and blueberries by the store when they had a bumper crop. We hosted Margaret for packed crowds whenever she had a new book to launch. Jim Olson (husband of Quail Ridge Books founder Nancy Olson) would supply the champagne and Margaret would bring a great wheel of Brie over which she poured her famous and delicious homegrown fig preserves.
Margaret, we'll miss you.