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John Godwin thought he’d left his life as an EMT in the past. These days he was a private investigator who spent his days keeping tabs on cheating spouses and insurance scammers in sunny Miami. But it only takes one phone call, one unexpected job with a fat paycheck, to send him right back to where he started. Death is stalking a privately owned luxury resort on an island John Godwin thought he’d left his life as an EMT in the past. These days he was a private investigator who spent his days keeping tabs on cheating spouses and insurance scammers in sunny Miami. But it only takes one phone call, one unexpected job with a fat paycheck, to send him right back to where he started. Death is stalking a privately owned luxury resort on an island just off the Florida Keys. The sudden death of the resort’s staff medic seems like an open and shut case – a crime of passion – but when one of the suspects turns up dead, John will have to use all of his skill and expertise to discover the truth before the bodies start to stack up. On the cusp of a discovery that will blow the case wide open, John runs the risk of becoming a serial killer’s next victim, and with a hurricane bearing down on the tiny island, getting out alive is looking a little more complicated.


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John Godwin thought he’d left his life as an EMT in the past. These days he was a private investigator who spent his days keeping tabs on cheating spouses and insurance scammers in sunny Miami. But it only takes one phone call, one unexpected job with a fat paycheck, to send him right back to where he started. Death is stalking a privately owned luxury resort on an island John Godwin thought he’d left his life as an EMT in the past. These days he was a private investigator who spent his days keeping tabs on cheating spouses and insurance scammers in sunny Miami. But it only takes one phone call, one unexpected job with a fat paycheck, to send him right back to where he started. Death is stalking a privately owned luxury resort on an island just off the Florida Keys. The sudden death of the resort’s staff medic seems like an open and shut case – a crime of passion – but when one of the suspects turns up dead, John will have to use all of his skill and expertise to discover the truth before the bodies start to stack up. On the cusp of a discovery that will blow the case wide open, John runs the risk of becoming a serial killer’s next victim, and with a hurricane bearing down on the tiny island, getting out alive is looking a little more complicated.

30 review for Dead In The Water

  1. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    Island mystery Moderately interesting.. I love a good mystery, but this one was just ok. Too many characters and not enough character development.

  2. 4 out of 5

    John L Kirkendall

    Liked the setting for the novel, but the storyline had much greater potential than the author conveyed in my opinion. The pong pong tree should have been the #1 suspect as to cause death by mysterious circumstances, especially as the body count rose. Don't know why the hurricane didn't play a more central line in the plot since it was mentioned a few times, it could have been used to build suspense in the protection of the staff and remaining guests and the ultimate capture of Cara. The main cha Liked the setting for the novel, but the storyline had much greater potential than the author conveyed in my opinion. The pong pong tree should have been the #1 suspect as to cause death by mysterious circumstances, especially as the body count rose. Don't know why the hurricane didn't play a more central line in the plot since it was mentioned a few times, it could have been used to build suspense in the protection of the staff and remaining guests and the ultimate capture of Cara. The main character, John, just seemed weak and not fleshed out very well. I bought this book and the two more present in the series for filler purposes, that's to read while waiting for books to come out by other authors I follow. They will most likely be fillers too.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    I should have read rather than listened to this book because I found the narrator’s voice to be artificial as he switched from character to character. The story was interesting and about a former EMT, John, turned private investigator. Max, an old friend, called and asks him to investigate a death on the island where he’s retired to. Having nothing better to do and needing the money, John takes the job. Characters unfold in a family business drama and everybody has vices, some worse than others. I should have read rather than listened to this book because I found the narrator’s voice to be artificial as he switched from character to character. The story was interesting and about a former EMT, John, turned private investigator. Max, an old friend, called and asks him to investigate a death on the island where he’s retired to. Having nothing better to do and needing the money, John takes the job. Characters unfold in a family business drama and everybody has vices, some worse than others. When a couple more unexplained, seemingly random deaths occur the plot certainly thickens. I think had I been reading instead of listening I would have found myself skipping over a lot of the dialogue and saved some time. Three stars for the story, two stars for the writing and narration.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    John, our protagonist, is a former EMT who has become a PI. He just learned that his long term, live-in girlfriend has been cheating on him and he evicted her from his condo. Shortly after this, he is contacted by his friend and former instructor Max and told that the resort island to which he retired has had some unexplained deaths the medical examiner thinks were heart attacks, but it didn’t make any sense. John goes there to investigate. I won’t go any further into the plot because of spoiler John, our protagonist, is a former EMT who has become a PI. He just learned that his long term, live-in girlfriend has been cheating on him and he evicted her from his condo. Shortly after this, he is contacted by his friend and former instructor Max and told that the resort island to which he retired has had some unexplained deaths the medical examiner thinks were heart attacks, but it didn’t make any sense. John goes there to investigate. I won’t go any further into the plot because of spoilers, but it is complex and interesting although I did not find it to be fast moving. Thanks to the author and publisher for an e-galley for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jen Watkins

    Loved the cover more than I loved the story. The protagonist was a pretty cool guy---both a P.I. and a medical dude fixing people's problems with knowledge and ease. That was entertaining. But the plot, which could have been a suspense-filled closed room (it takes place on a private island during a storm that has cut it off from outsiders and (view spoiler)[people are dropping like flies (hide spoiler)] ) mystery didn't captivate me. Because the protagonist was a sort of jack-of-all trades type, Loved the cover more than I loved the story. The protagonist was a pretty cool guy---both a P.I. and a medical dude fixing people's problems with knowledge and ease. That was entertaining. But the plot, which could have been a suspense-filled closed room (it takes place on a private island during a storm that has cut it off from outsiders and (view spoiler)[people are dropping like flies (hide spoiler)] ) mystery didn't captivate me. Because the protagonist was a sort of jack-of-all trades type, I'd be interested in trying the next book in the series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Thomas James

    Classic A fairly classic whodunit with some fun twists. Take a few people, isolate them in a single location, in this case an island, have a murder or two knowing one (at least) of those few characters is guilty, and a P.I. and you have a classic whodunit. I wonder why he didn't think of the pong-pong tree immediately? (Yes, there really is such a thing.) The children had already told him it was poisonous. No matter. Overall a fun romp without getting overly serious. Classic A fairly classic whodunit with some fun twists. Take a few people, isolate them in a single location, in this case an island, have a murder or two knowing one (at least) of those few characters is guilty, and a P.I. and you have a classic whodunit. I wonder why he didn't think of the pong-pong tree immediately? (Yes, there really is such a thing.) The children had already told him it was poisonous. No matter. Overall a fun romp without getting overly serious.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Denise Sparks

    A Good Mystery Dead in the Water is a good mystery with lots of suspects and a few murders thrown in for effect. The characters are believable but it was obvious to me what poison killed people. The who did it took a little longer. Everything was resolved and all loose ties resolved. A satisfying read on a lazy day.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    I really enjoyed this one! I wish John's past career as an EMT was expanded on a bit more. I don't really understand what exactly happened that made him quit being an EMT. I enjoyed his interactions with the Bergeron brothers and thought the way he handled Marcie was great! I was glad to see a down-to-earth man handling his business in a mature manner. I can't wait to read the next book! I really enjoyed this one! I wish John's past career as an EMT was expanded on a bit more. I don't really understand what exactly happened that made him quit being an EMT. I enjoyed his interactions with the Bergeron brothers and thought the way he handled Marcie was great! I was glad to see a down-to-earth man handling his business in a mature manner. I can't wait to read the next book!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Julia M Dobson

    Fun summer read I enjoyed the characters and the plot, and the descriptions of the locale wonderfully woven into the background. The story line was fun; a bit of coming-of-age as an adult, along with a mystery that kept me guessing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chaplain Stanley Chapin

    Not very suspenseful A weak storyline, forgettable characterization, little intrigue and no intensity. It was difficult to continue reading, I kept thinking it would get better. It did not!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laura Stokes

    Great suspense novel This was an interesting suspense novel with several different twists and quirky characters. It definitely held my interest. It kept me questioning as to who the real culprit was!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Arc review For honest review. John once a paramedic now a private investigator .after finding his girlfriend of 3 years cheating he now is investigating deaths on a island . Awesome story great mystery .

  13. 5 out of 5

    John

    Modestly mysterious The plot wasn’t thrilling. The writing not great. It was good enough I read the whole thing but wouldn’t pay bookstore price!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Linda Deppen

    Great! Really enjoyed this book on a rainy Sunday. Kept me interested and was full of action. Thank you very much.

  15. 5 out of 5

    David E Lohry

    Good read but slow Took a while to finish. Not very intense. Characters are average at best. No need to pursue this character but will consider.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Phil Matthews

    Okay A mystery that is not a mystery. I knew who and how at the very beginning. How a so called private investigator could overlook what he saw the first day.....

  17. 5 out of 5

    Geneva

    Such an adventure, EMT, PI, solving deaths on an island, where everyone is partying, drinking, doing drugs, etc. But, still a pretty good story.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Singleton

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  19. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Hughes

    Just OK. Pretty predictable. I knew who did it from Chapter One. No surprises.

  20. 4 out of 5

    carl grana

    Too wordy. Descriptions of feelings and thinking more than what was needed to get the idea.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karin

    A paramedic PI has many more skills than he realizes – even if he is called an amateur sleuth. If I died unexpectedly, I want John to check me out. I enjoyed the story and recommend the book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carol Kayo

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ridjup

  24. 5 out of 5

    Charles Rhodes

  25. 4 out of 5

    Randall Smith

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ann Browne

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marvin Bruce Johnston

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy Bieker

  29. 5 out of 5

    James Schwarzhoff

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jeannette Demer

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