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Blood in the Water

by Jane Haddam

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Waldorf Pines is a gated community in the suburbs of Philadelphia -- and those who live in its expensive, over-the-top homes believe themselves to be part of the elite. So when two of its residents – a troubled young man and the flamboyant wife of a wealthy misfit -- die on the same day in the same place, one drowned and the other consumed by fire, it’s a shock. The local police chief (who only aspires to be as good a lawman as Barney Fife) calls in Gregor Demarkian to solve the case.

Michael Platte, the drowning victim, and Martha Heydrich, whose body was burned beyond recognition, had been seen together and had been rumored to be having an affair. But when officials determine the burnt body could not have been Martha’s, they struggle to find out who the victim was and where Martha has disappeared to.

Enter Gregor Demarkian, retired FBI agent and current police consultant. He quickly determines that all the suspects and witnesses are hiding something. And behind the scenes in Waldorf Pines, all is not as it appears.

In the early days of this series (27 or so books ago), I read every one of the Gregory Demarkian mysteries as they came out. I took a long vacation and am now just getting back to them. They’re solidly written, intricately plotted and quick reads. What’s not to like? ( )
  NewsieQ | Jan 16, 2014 |
“Fresh Meat” by Leigh Neely for Criminal Element

The people of Waldorf Pines love living in their gated community because it keeps the riffraff out. However, readers of Jane Haddam’s Blood in the Water will soon find the gate holds more secrets inside than it does bad guys outside.

Most of the residents of the exclusive neighborhood are not wealthy, just in debt enough to keep up appearances. Like any closed community, it’s a bubbling pot of nosy neighbors and gossip. When Arthur Heydreich discovers a fire in the neighborhood’s pool house, he’s rewarded for his good deed by being arrested for the murder of a burned body assumed to be his wife’s and a drowned teenager, Michael Platte, the local pool boy said to be his wife’s lover. Gregor Demarkian, former FBI agent and now police consultant, is brought in when the DNA results prove the burned body is a man, not Martha Heydreich, and the police need a new suspect after they’re forced to release Arthur.

I’ll be honest and say when I began this book I didn’t think I was going to like it, but I soon found Jane Haddam is as clever as she is thorough in setting a scene. She kept me guessing to the end and all my guesses were wrong, though she had clearly led me down the path to the right conclusion.

Read more at: http://www.criminalelement.com/blogs/2012/03/fresh-meat-blood-in-the-water-jane-...
  CrimeHQ | May 14, 2013 |
Retired FBI agent Gregor Demarkian is called in to consult on a double homicide at the weatlhy Waldrof Pines residences. The police have arrested the wrong man and want to appease the snobby residents who all have secrets to hide by hushing bad publicity. It was easy to guess the identity of the second murder victim but the reveal of the murderer was a surprise at the end. ( )
  Kathy89 | Aug 25, 2012 |
Just boring! ( )
  RobinBrz | May 3, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312644345, Hardcover)

Gregor Demarkian returns in a mindbending case of death and disappearance amongst the wealthy suburban elite.
 
In Waldorf Pines, a very rich, gated suburb of Philadelphia, ostentation and pretension are the order of the day. But even by the local standards, Martha Heydrich is a stone cold pain. She’s the stay-at-home wife of a very rich husband, drives a pink sports car everywhere and is on all the prominent local committees. She’s fake, into everybody’s business and is rumored to be having an affair with a local teenager, Michael Platte. One morning she seemingly vanishes from her house and later that night her husband Arthur returns home to find the pool house ablaze. Once the fire is extinguished, the police discover two bodies—one is Michael Platte and the other, too damaged to be recognizable, is
presumed to be Martha Heydrich. The police think they know what happened—that Arthur killed his wife and her lover over the affair. But then the DNA results come back and the second body isn’t Martha’s at all, it is an unknown man. With their theory in tatters, and Martha nowhere to be found, the police to turn to ex-FBI agent Gregor Demarkian to help them unravel this most puzzling of cases.

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In the wake of a double murder involving a woman who has gone missing amid rumors of an affair with a teenager, Gregor Demarkian's investigation targeting her jealous rich husband is thrown into chaos by the discovery of a stranger's body at the scene.… (more)

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