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Washed Up

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The shocking discovery of a drowned newborn washed ashore on the banks of the Mississippi River forever changes 11 year-old Abatha Cox and Somerset Hills, the small Minnesota community she calls home. Lead investigator Arvo Thorson is the only person trusted enough to investigate the baby's murder, but he's drowning too-- in a toxic cocktail of whiskey, vodka and gin-- and...more
ebook, 1st Edition, 231 pages
Published December 8th 2011 by Smashwords Edition (first published September 1st 2011)
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Koefod's debut mystery is a great read! The plot flows along with the same drive and intensity as the mighty Mississippi that plays such a central role. It's filled with quirky, memorable characters that stay with you long after you've read the last sentence. The chemistry between messy Detective Arvo Thorson and perfectionist Christine Ivory is white hot. Abatha Cox is a young girl with an old soul whose closest friend is mother nature. The book is littered with gorgeous passages that provide i...more
The town seems a little seedy, a little gritty, like, it's past its prime, like the detective. The girl is attractive, well organized, very structured, she doesn't like mistakes.

So what's the attraction?

They're tangled up in a case, he's the detective, she's the social worker. She's methodical, smart, reliable, on time, he has experience, contacts and instincts.

She likes to dress up, she likes to plan. He wakes up in pick-ups, wondering what he did the night before.

Together they're a team, wheth...more
Kristin Johnson
For me the real strength of Washed Up was the characters. I enjoyed getting to know Arvo and Christine. Arvo is a mess, and while things smoothed out for him a bit in the story, he was still hanging on by a thread. It made me want to see what happens to him next. Looking forward to the sequel!
Annie Michelle
a wonderful first book! and a local mystery writer! I can not wait for the next Arvo Thorson book
Nov 05, 2013 Col rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Susan Koefod's debut novel was declared a "smashing debut" by Library Journal and a finalist in the Midwest Book Awards. In WASHED UP, a shocking discovery on the banks of the Mississippi River forever changes 11 year-old Abatha Cox and Somerset Hills, the small Minnesota community she calls home. Lead investigator Arvo Thorson is the only person trusted enough to investigate the tragic murder, but he's drowning too--in a toxic cocktail of whiskey, vodka and gin--and his caree...more
On Labor Day, 2011 the body of a newborn baby was found along on the shore of the Mississippi River south of the Twin Cities. This was the fourth time in the last decade that a baby’s body has been found in this area. At about the same time, this first novel by a local author was published. Her mystery begins with a similar theme of two drowned babies discovered two decades apart. The juxtaposition of the gruesome reality being turned into fiction unsettled, but also intrigued me, as did the loc...more
Michael Kelberer
Very nice start to a new series. I liked both main characters quite a bit, and it was fun to discover the complex people behind my initial impressions - a lot like meeting real people. The mystery plot was well constructed, and the pace kept me reading right through to the end. Will definitely read the next entry Broken Down.
This is another time I wish Good Reads let you use 1/2 stars because this was more than a 3, but less than a 4 for me. A good, quick read, with some interesting twists and turns. I'll be looking forward to checking out the next in the series!
Leah Noel
This is a well-paced book that turned into a real page turner near the climax. The main characters were flawed, quirky, believable, and fun. Also many of the metaphors used were so unique, but worked really well.
Mary Kay
This Minnesota murder mystery has too much of drunken investigators & dead babies to make it comfortable reading.
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Susan Koefod is the author of the Arvo Thorson mystery series. Her debut, WASHED UP (North Star Press, 2011), was praised for its “gorgeous prose” by Library Journal. Other books in the series include BROKEN DOWN (2012) and BURNT OUT, scheduled for publication this fall.

She has also widely published prose and poetry, including the first chapter of her literary fiction novel, ALBERT PARK: A MEMOIR...more
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