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.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
The Drowning Poolby Jacqueline Seewald
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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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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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.
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.
"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
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.
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.