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The Drowning Pool by Jacqueline Seewald
Review by Gayle Surrette
Five Star (ME) Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781594147555
Date: 18 February 2009 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Kim Reynolds and her boyfriend police lieutenant Mike Gardner are certainly compatible, but Kim's not ready to commit and Mike's not going to give up. To continue his campaign to win her he asks her to consult with him on a homicide that just occurred in her apartment complex. It seems there's a body floating in the pool.

While I found it difficult to believe that a police lieutenant could ask his girlfriend to help him with a case, I finally just accepted that it was necessary to the plot and got on with reading. While some of the characters are a bit over the top, on the whole the story moves along. There are sufficient red herrings and twists to keep you turning the pages to find out who did actually murdered the victim. However, by the time you find out, it seems more like a public service than a crime.

Very few of the suspect characters seemed to have redeeming characteristics, nonetheless I kept reading for the tightly plotted crime. The ending hearkened back to the gather all the suspects in the drawing room (this case pool side) and play their emotions in order to achieve a confession.

On the other hand, Mike, his family, and comrades are depicted as having more depth and backstory than the usual coworkers and family members. Kim on the other hand, was on vacation so we didn't meet her coworkers or see much of her involvement with others outside Mike's circle of family and colleagues. Not necessarily a fault, but I wondered about her background and suspect there was more of her story in the previous book, The Inferno Collection.

An interesting update on a classic mystery ploy and definitely worth a look if you enjoy a slower pace and more investigating and less action.

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