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Kim Reynolds, academic librarian, and Mike Gardner, police lieutenant, are spending a passionate, romantic evening together at Kim's apartment when Mike gets a call about a homicide. Kim and Mike join forces to solve the puzzling death of a man found floating in the locked pool of Kim's garden apartment complex in New Jersey. The victim, a womanizer, had many enemies. The excitement builds when the hunters become the hunted. Join Kim and Mike in this romantic suspense-filled ...
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Kim Reynolds, academic librarian, and Mike Gardner, police lieutenant, are spending a passionate, romantic evening together at Kim's apartment when Mike gets a call about a homicide. Kim and Mike join forces to solve the puzzling death of a man found floating in the locked pool of Kim's garden apartment complex in New Jersey. The victim, a womanizer, had many enemies. The excitement builds when the hunters become the hunted. Join Kim and Mike in this romantic suspense-filled follow-up to The Inferno Collection.
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In Seewald's tepid second novel of romantic suspense to feature psychic librarian Kim Reynolds (after The Inferno Collection), Kim and her police detective boyfriend, Lt. Mike Gardner, look into the murder of Rick Bradshaw, an unrepentant womanizer found floating in the swimming pool of the apartment complex where Kim lives in Webster Township, N.J. Suspects include Rick's fiancée, his current lover, an ex-lover and assorted cuckolded husbands. Gardner welcomes Kim's help on the case, but he's mainly interested in persuading her to marry him. The romantic scenes between the pair flow better than the slow progress of the murder investigation. Some readers may be disappointed that Kim, who's haunted by ghosts, doesn't use her psychic talents until late in the proceedings. (Feb.)

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Sexy. Crime solver. Psychic. Librarian. Kim Reynolds is all of the above. She and police detective Mike Gardner (The Inferno Collection, 2007) are together again . . . sort of. Mike wants to step things up and marry Kim, but she's not so sure that's what she wants, even though they love each other. Mike's life is further complicated when he's assigned a new partner, "Bert" St. Croix, a tough cop straight off the mean streets of New York City. Bert, the "Jackie Robinson" of the Webster Township police department, has to prove herself both as a woman and as an African American. Mike is expected to rein in his zealous, martial-arts-trained partner before she gets in trouble with the brass, even while they're solving two mysterious murders. Seewald's fans will be happy to see the return of Kim and Mike. Who says academic reference librarians lead boring lives?
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Kim and her police detective boyfriend, Lt. Mike Gardner, look into the murder of Rick Bradshaw, an unrepentant womanizer found floating in the swimming pool of the apartment complex where Kim lives in Webster Township, N.J. Suspects include Rick's fiancée, his current lover, an ex-lover and assorted cuckolded husbands. Gardner welcomes Kim's help on the case, but he's mainly interested in persuading her to marry him. The romantic scenes between the pair flow?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594147555
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 2/18/2009
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacqueline Seewald has taught writing courses including Creative Writing at the high school, middle school and college level and has also worked as an academic librarian and educational media specialist. Seven of her books of fiction have been previously published including the romantic suspense/mystery thriller, The Inferno Collection, published by Five Star/Gale in hardcover in 2007. Her short stories, poems, essays, reviews and articles have appeared in numerous publications such as: Sasee, Affaire De Coeur, Lost Treasure, The Christian Science Monitor, Pedestal, Surreal, After Dark, The Dana Literary Society Journal, Palace Of Reason, Library Journal, The Erickson Tribune and Publishers Weekly.
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  • Posted March 4, 2009

    A Great Read!

    This "Who dun it?" set in the New Jersey suburbs, keeps the reader guessing from start to finish. Almost all those rounded up knew the victim and had a plausible motive for killing him.
    The story is told, alternatively, by its three protagonists. Mike Gardner, the detective in charge of the investigation, is a single father raising two daughters. He plays the proverbial "good cop," while his partner, Bert St. Croix, a very tough black lesbian, is cast as a sullen, emotionally distant "bad cop." Completeing the investigative team is Kim Reynolds, a college librarian with a nose for crime, who happens to be Mike's romantic interest.
    Although the investigation proceeds at an almost leisurely pace, I found the story compelling enough to keep me turning the pages.

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  • Posted December 10, 2008

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    an entertaining romantic police procedural

    In Webster¿s Township, New Jersey police detective Lieutenant Mike Gardner is assigned the investigation of womanizer Rick Bradshaw, who was found dead in his apartment complex swimming pool. Mike is mentoring former NYPD cop with a chip Bert St. Croix on the inquiry, which takes place in la Reine Gardens where his girlfriend psychic librarian Kim Reynolds lives.<BR/><BR/>They quickly learn the victim was stabbed to death before being dumped into the pool. There are plenty of suspects, women who he loved and left, and their cuckolded men. Rick, a single father raising two children, has Kim help him with the case. With no progress, Rick and Bert arrange an encounter at the DROWNING POOL between all the suspects with Kim in attendance as an observer.<BR/><BR/>THE DROWNING POOL is an entertaining romantic police procedural with psychic elements that are not used until the final confrontation unlike what happened in THE INFERNO COLLECTION. Although the investigation bogs down with no progress, sub-genre fans will enjoy the relationships between Kim and Mike, him and his kids, and especially him with Bert; whereas he uses brains and psychology, she carries a chip and guilt on her big body while preferring brawn. <BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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