The Drowning Pool

The Drowning Pool

by Jacqueline Seewald



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ISBN-13: 9781594147555
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 02/18/2009
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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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Drowning Pool 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
SteveSlavin More than 1 year ago
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.
EllaDavis on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I very much enjoyed reading The Drowning Pool by Jacqueline Seewald. It's a complex mystery novel but fast-paced. The main characters, Kim Reynolds, an academic librarian, and Mike Gardner, a police detective, are real, well-rounded characters, people you might know or would like to know. Definitely first-rate and well-written. I also liked the touches of humor and romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was some what disjointed. The main character was supposed to be Kim Reynolds but she was only a minor player in the book. MIke's partner Bert seemed to be the star of this one. Kim came off as somewhat immature and silly. Mike's and Kim's psychic ablilities were basically nonexistant. I doubt that the author knows much about law enforcement as those aspects of the book were totally off. I am a huge mystery fan but this one ended and then ended again and left you with a feeling of dissatisfaction.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"THE DROWNING POOL is an entertaining romantic police procedural with psychic elements." Midwest Book Review, February 2009 "Seewald uses an old trick in a new way--Very clever." Crimespree Magazine January/February 2009 "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. The romantic scenes between the pair flow." Publishers Weekly
harstan More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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.

Harriet Klausner
ajpage More than 1 year ago
The suburban New Jersey apartment complex in Jacqueline Seewald's The Drowning Pool at first seems an unlikely setting for murder. However, once we're introduced to the tenants and get a glimpse into their relationships, we're surprised that Richard Bradshaw, who was bludgeoned, stabbed and then tossed into the pool at La Reine Gardens, managed to live to the ripe old age of thirty-five. It turns out Bradshaw was an unscrupulous womanizer with enough enemies to make the case intriguing for readers and a challenge even for a smart police lieutenant like Mike Gardner. Gardner is assisted by Detective Bert St. Croix, a strong woman with a dark secret, as well as by the subtle extrasensory powers of his girlfriend Kim Reynolds. Gardner, a sensitive cop who bucks a corrupt political system (we're in New Jersey, after all) while raising two kids on his own, is an appealing protagonist. He and his daughters, including a teenager who is not a brat, which makes for a nice change, and Kim are the kinds of people you enjoy hanging with while trying to figure out who done it.