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Burning Water (Diana Tregarde #1)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  3,947 ratings  ·  88 reviews
A sexy witch who writes romances and a police detective who sees more than mortal man team up to battle an ancient Aztec god!

Dallas Police Detective Mark Valdez isn't just any cop, he's a psychic who knows that the cattle mutilations and torture murders he's been investigating are somehow tied together. He also knows that his meager psychic abilities aren't enough to ident
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Tor Books (first published 1989)
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Jim
I've enjoyed Lackey's fantasy books, but never felt a burning urge to read them all. They're enjoyable, but not my first choice. This series is paranormal & was done before it was really cool, so I give her a bonus for that. It wasn't badly written, but I just never developed much interest in any of the characters nor was the end ever in doubt. Actually, the script of the book wasn't in doubt.

Diana, the heroine, is tough, smart & pretty powerful. I expected to like her, care & worry
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Kelly H. (Maybedog)
I am so bored by this book! They never do anything, just sit around and talk about the case or how great Di is. The only action is from a victim's perspective, usually a loser or a jerk or both so I don't even care about them. It's also ridiculous how quickly a small Texas town Sheriff accepts her. And if I see just one more word unnecessarily italicized I shall go batty!

Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 27, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Urban Fantasy
This is the first novel by Mercedes Lackey involving Diana Tregarde. There are two others, Jinx High and Children of the Night.

I read somewhere they didn't sell relatively well, and because of that Lackey doesn't intend to write more of them. I consider that a shame. Lackey is a favorite author and the Tregarde books are among my favorites by her. Before LK Hamilton's Anita Blake, before Buffy, Lackey was writing an appealing, strong heroine in Urban Fantasy and she was unusual back then in pre
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David Caldwell
This series first came out in the late eighties and early nineties. I always meant to read it since the mid nineties but just never got around to it. I finally saw it on sale for the kindle and decided it was time to give it a try. Needless to say, it is showing its age somewhat. Computers were still fairly new for most people and there is comments about using a modem and diskettes. The economy is suffering because gas prices have dropped so low. (Wouldn't you like to have that problem now?) One ...more
Adrienne Crowley
The original "urban fantasy" series. Its really too bad that people decided that Mercedes Lackey was obviously a demon worshipper or satanist because we might have more of this awesome character to read. She was a bad ass female lead before Buffy, or Anita Blake, or Xena!
***Dave Hill
I first read this book more years ago than I care to contemplate, and fell in love with it. The admixture of urban fantasy noir with neopagan dialectic and some cool Meso-American mythmaking was utterly awesome, and I practically wore out my first copy.

I've revisited it a few times in subsequent years, and, alas, it's not aged well. The story dwells a bit too much on the gruesome Aztec sacrifices dotting the Dallas area (and on the sacrificees, almost all of whom are folks who nearly seem to kar
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Gewbook
A fun read, but not as good as the other Diana Tregarde mysteries for me. This was the first of these that Lackey wrote, but the third that I've read (Children of the Night and the novella in Trio of Sorcery, which is what made me pick up the others). I wish I had read this one first because I was disappointed that the character of Diana Tregarde wasn't who I had gotten to know in the other books. I think that's just because Lackey didn't know her that well yet either. She was just starting to w ...more
Stephanie Jobe
Diana Tregarde is a romance novelist, that is what pays her bills but her greater duty is within the realm of the supernatural as a Guardian. Mark Valdez is still a Catholic but this detective went to college with Diana and learned that there are other powers out there. A major case has undeniable traces and so Diana is called in to consult but she is in a strange place with unfamiliar traditions. Searching for and fighting unfamiliar magic will not be easy.

Over a decade ago my sister handed me
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Latham
This isn't the first time I've read this. I went through a craze several years ago where I tried to read everything Mercedes Lackey had ever written, and this one, along with select books out of the Heralds of Valdemar series, is one of the ones that I still like.

The good? It's a portrayal of strong women written in the eighties, when the rapetastic Old Skool romances were still being written (not that they're not being written now, unfortunately, it's just a much less widespread phenomenon. Als
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Nancy Oakes
Burning Water is just a fun book. Fun not as in making me laugh or anything, but fun in the sense that it was just a good old adventure/occult fiction story. I happen to really like that type of book and a person can't read literature all of the time!

Synopsis:
There is a bizarre killer on the loose in the Dallas TX area. People are turning up dead everywhere, with the only clue left at the scene usually some flower petals. Mark Valdez, a detective in the police department, knows that these killin
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Lauren
I like Mercedes Lackey but this book was not as well written as some of her latter works. Plus it lacked her voice. The story dragged a bit and was not as sharp. I came into this novel backwards, I read a short story prequel about our heroine and liked it a lot.

This book starts off with an earthquake in Mexico which leads to ritual killings in Dallas, Texas. Our protagonist is called in by a college friend. There is some occult mixed in with the police procedural drama. There as a lot of dead b
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Autumn
Did not finish, abandoned about halfway through. Every time I get in the mood for a trashy paperback, I neglect to remember that these things don't hold my interest. There were some interesting elements here- I liked the main character and the magical storyline, but overall it was pretty slow and just really started dragging for me and feeling like a chore. Oh well.
June
Sep 17, 2014 June rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lackey and strong female, supernatural, mystery fans
Sometimes Lackey can be a bit much for me in terms of the emotions and gore/violence but then you have her explanation of religion and it all seems worth it.

“First commandment: there ain't no such thing as "one true way" and the way you find is only good for you, not anybody else, because your interpretation of what you see and feel and understand as the truth is never going to be the same as anyone else's.
Second commandment: the only answers worth having are the ones you find for yourself.
Third
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Mary
I have read a lot of Lackey over the years, but I had not read this series. Diana Tregarde is a romance writer to pay her bills, but she is also a paranormal investigator (and exterminator when you get right down to it) Mark Valdez is a detective in TX who worked with her in college. She comes across as a bit annoying, since she seems to know everything - except what she actually needs to know to figure out who the culprit is.

One thing I like to do with a mystery is pit my wits against the dete
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Bibliotropic
Mercedes Lackey admitted to writing the Diana Tregarde books because paranormal investigations were big at the time and she had no problem with making a little cash by playing the fads. I'm glad that she did, because although the series isn't fantastic, it's still very entertaining to read through. In this one, Diana is called upon to help with a police investigation of a serial murder, and ends up getting tangled up in the middle of a plot to resurrect ancient Aztec gods into modern-day (or rel ...more
Phoenixfalls
I'm reading the Diana Tregarde novels in chronological order, rather than publication order, so I came to this novel after Children of the Night. Given that, it does feel like a stronger novel -- I was involved right away, rather than spending the first 1/3 wondering if I should bother. Part of that is that I was now used to Lackey's rather purple style, but part was also that there is far less of the stream-of-consciousness italics that so bogged down Children of the Night for me. Part of it is ...more
Angela
Amazon blurb: A sexy witch who writes romances and a police detective who sees more than mortal man team up to battle an ancient Aztec god!

Dallas Police Detective Mark Valdez isn't just any cop, he's a psychic who knows that the cattle mutilations and torture murders he's been investigating are somehow tied together. He also knows that his meager psychic abilities aren't enough to identify the killers, much less stop them.

Luckily, Mark has an ace up his sleeve: an attractive young romance noveli
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Ward Bond
A sexy witch who writes romances and a police detective who sees more than mortal man team up to battle an ancient Aztec god!Dallas Police Detective Mark Valdez isn't just any cop, he's a psychic who knows that the cattle mutilations and torture murders he's been investigating are somehow tied together. He also knows that his meager psychic abilities aren't enough to identify the killers, much less stop them. Luckily, Mark has an ace up his sleeve: an attractive young romance novelist who happen ...more
Jessica
I had a difficult time getting into this book. Why can I completely relate to modern writing and even old style, like Lovecraft or Austen, but give me something after the invention of television but before the Internet, and I am just lost.

Robert and Sherry don't have an ideal marriage. He has talent but no fame and a wandering eye. She has a little boy, a stifled need to create, and turns a blind eye. So when the exotically beautiful Lupe introduces them to her sisters and offers to be Robert's
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Hoyt
This was certainly different than her other books that I've read (Valdemar fantasy), mainly because it very much felt like a product of when it was written (late 80s). Some of the slang is oddly out of place. For example, the two main characters keep saying "ack emma" instead of A.M. when talking about time in the morning. I had to look that up, and apparently that is how British soldiers in WWI told time. It was out of vogue by WWII, so I'm not sure why a 1980s cop would be saying that.

One of t
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Susan Kelley
Mar 30, 2008 Susan Kelley rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: paranormal lovers
Recommended to Susan by: ReadnSwap group
Burning Water is part of the Diana Tregarde Investigation series. It was my first of this series, in fact, my first Mercedes Lackey at all! This mystery series is thrown on end by the fact that there are paranormal events occuring, and Diana is a witch.

Diana is called to Texas to help an old college buddy, Mark, catch a serial killer. Mark is a cop on the Dallas police force, and he has mediumistic talents. Mark is certain that these brutal killings have a pranormal spin to them.

The book follows
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Jamie R
Amateur writing, dull points, predictable, lacking a climax, & the whole thing is dated (some books stand the test of time. This one doesn't).

BUT an easy read, & worth it for the introduction to the Diana character, who was basically a mix of Buffy & Willow before Buffy & Willow existed. Also props for trying to be racially inclusive & respectful.
Carrie
This book was actually pretty dull. Nothing ever really happened and there wasn't even really a resolution - it just all magically went away.

The main characters were never in any danger - there was no risk and nothing to grab attention. Di was so EPICALLY perfect and nothing ever went wrong for her.

Just... dull.
Jasmyn
Occult meets real life crime solving...and it worked! A great mesh of the supernatural witchcraft and good old fashioned detective foot work creates an intriguing and captivating story. Diana is an "average" girl that just happens to be a witch. While her witchcraft plays an important role in helping to track down a murderous cult, she would not have been able to do it by those means alone. With an ending that at first leaves you a bit upset, Mercedes Lackey ties everything up quite neatly and s ...more
Heather
The first time I read this book it had the distinction of being the bloodiest book I had ever read and I was very impressed. Now the string of corpses don't really stack up compared to other oozy thrillers in my collection, but I think it's still genuinely creepy. It's more of a 3 1/2 star book -- not really fabulous enough to be 4, but very interesting and creative.

My consistent gripe with ML is that, at some point in the book, she usually puts one of her characters on a soap box that feels mor
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Angela
20 November 2014: $1.99 on Kindle
Joseph Kralich
Love Me Lackey's stories

look magic of 's Lackey's writing. Her stories always come alive.
This is the first time that I have found this series and looks good.
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
I started to give this three stars but then I realized that was kind of nostalgia talking, and more sensibly gave it two. Some things here are ridiculous or goofy or strained or clearly the author talking and not the character. But I found that it was easy to be absorbed by the story.

Although this was published first, and is therefore listed as the first book in the series, it's not the best place to start. Children of the Night was published second but chronologically first, and I think it's a
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Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts & ...more
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“First commandment: there ain't no such thing as "one true way" and the way you find is only good for you, not anybody else, because your interpretation of what you see and feel and understand as the truth is never going to be the same as anyone else's.
Second commandment: the only answers worth having are the ones you find for yourself.
Third commandment: leave the world better than you found it.
Fourth commandment: if it isn't true, going to do some good, or spread a little love around, don't say it, do it, or think it.
Fifth commandment: there are only three things worth living for; love in all it's manifestations, freedom, and the chance to keep humanity going a little while longer. They're the same things worth dying for. And if you aren't willing to die for the things worth living for, you might as well turn in your membership in the human race.”
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“Established religion is like established anything else. It's easy. It offers answers you can get prepackaged and predigested, right off the shelf, and the same for everybody. No thinking required, much less hard thinking. Like a board game--you follow the rules, you go to heaven. That's why established religion gets the assholes. They aren't "good" Christians. I rather doubt they ever gave up a thing they valued for any reason or anybody. People like that aren't good anything. What they believe, they believe because it's appropriate; it's what everybody believes because it's the right thing to do--in short, it's easy. Our way isn't easy. We get assholes too, but they usually give up and get out, or get it knocked out of them.” 32 likes
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