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The Deepest Water

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Jud Connors, a successful novelist, is murdered in his isolated cabin in the Oregon woods. His daughter, Abby, embarks on her own investigation, realizing that the clue to the murderer's identity is buried in her father's latest novel, finished just weeks before his death. But will she be able to see the truth right in front of her in time? Martin's.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Mira Books (first published October 1st 2000)
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Moira Russell
Nice setup (rendolent of Hitchcock's Suspicion), great setting as always, but the character interactions are flat, when they need to carry this kind of thriller, and the plot oddly dull. It should be like that Hitchcock description of suspense - the audience knows a bomb's under the table but the heroine doesn't - but it just isn't. It doesn't help the two (male) villains, the investigating homicide dick, and the Famous Godlike Writer-Father are all straight asshole. Wilhelm goes for the old tri...more
Sep 07, 2010 Lara rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
BOOK 33 OF 2010 - I'm sure I could simply blame the fact that I've just finished two other Wilhelm novels, but there is something very familiar to me about the way Wilhelm writes. I don't know if I read something from her a long time ago, but something just feels familiar, in a good way.

I truly do enjoy Wilhelm's books. I love that though this is a mystery, its not entirely bound by the readers need to know to who did the deed. Its an unfolding of how Abby discovers who murdered her father, how...more
Shawna Hansen
I loved the narrator's voice. She had a great range of voices for all the characters. The story was such a great peeling away of layers. Prior to the age of Bernie Madoff and the news about so many criminal activities taking place in the financial sector, most people would assume a "banker" was someone who was the opposite of a gambling addict, right? Abby's first marriage had ended when her father revealed her husband's gambling addiction and paid him off to get out of Abby's life. The second t...more
Yvonne Mendez
Very slow start and the culprit was discovered almost half-way through the book, yet it took what seemed like endless chapters piling up evidence against him. Normally when this happens in a mystery novel it's usually a distraction to prevent the reader to see the real culprit, I kept reading thinking there would be a plot twist, but nothing and even the end was flat since there was no final confrontation with the bad guy. Overall the story was entertaining, but not enthralling.
Abby stumbles through her days after her beloved father's murder; the funeral, the police questioning, and the financial adviser talking about the stipulations in the will... Until she remembers that her father's novels contained fact among the fiction. Did he write her into his latest novel yet again? Is there anything in them she can use to help find his killer? She starts to go through the pages and pages of his unpublished manuscript searching for something she can find to help herself under...more
The female characters were the highlight of the book for me. Abby seems real, devastated by her father’s murder, determined to find the killer, confused by what she discovers. Wilhelm hits a perfect note with the two older women also. They each have their own personalities, their own difficulties. Felicia, Jud’s friend, is actually my favorite, perceptive, comforting, but capable of making tough choices.

For a mystery, I knew the killer early on, but I’m not sure if it was from the clues or from...more
Kathleen Hagen
The Deepest Water, by Kate Wilhelm, b-plus, Narrated by Marguerite Gavin, Produced by Blackstone Audio, Downloaded from

This book is a stand-alone and isn’t part of the Barbara Holloway series, but does take place in Oregon, where Wilhelm seems to set most of her mysteries. In this book, a famous author is killed. He is just publishing the third in a trilogy of books commonly supposed to be mainly autobiographical fiction. He is murdered in his remote cabin which you can only get to...more
Honestly, I was a little skeptical of this book. Usually, if I read a mystery, it will be a whodunnit, not a howdunnit like this one was. The tantalizing bit of finding a killer in the midst of a murdered author's final work was a bit of a let down, and I was about to declare the entire thing a waste of time. But Kate Wilhelm's remarkable character development and emotional tension kept me reading. However, as I finished the book, I felt like it was less of a mystery and more of a tale of a youn...more
Thoroughly forgettable. I won't be thinking of this book tomorrow morning or ever again. It was more like a bad Movie on the Lifetime Channel starring someone from an 80's sitcom. I wonder if Candace Cameron or Jo from the Facts of Life is busy.
Trudy Pomerantz
Mixing Scotch and water - who does this?

Not a bad listen though I found the character Felicia rather obnoxious yet the writer seems to admire her.
David Weinfeld
Pretty good story, but not enough police work to uncover perpetrator and pretty weak ending with no confrontation.
The identification of the murderer was too predictable. however it was a fairl decent light read
I liked a later Wilhelm book but took this one on the plane to MDA...passable throwaway fare.
Nice page turner. I knew whodunnit pretty early on, but it was interesting to see how the author spun out the story to bring it to its conclusion.
I have never read this author before and found her a very strong 3 1/2. Her story was based in the Eugene, OR area which I am very familiar with so I loved that part of it. It is the story of a grown woman and her father who have always been very close until recent years. The father dies unexpectedly and the daughter wants to find out how. While she is trying to discover this, she learns so much about her father and herself and while she grows in her understanding, she is deeply saddened at the...more
Jackie Bouffard
Liked the book until the ending. I didn't much care for it.
Cindy Roberts
Very slow start. Not much of a plot.
Couldn't put this one down! Not part of the Barbara Holloway series, but every minute was enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the story within the story; a writer incorporates friends, family and neighbors into his novels, but in such a subtle way they often don't recognize themselves in the story. Following his murder, his daughter and son-in-law are trying to solve the murder, and his unfinished novel brings a new twist.

The best part is that Wilhelm has been writing since the sixties, and there ar...more
Kelly R
was kinda boring?
I've finished the Barbara Holloway series and also her Hugo Award winning sci fi book, so I came back for this stand-alone book about Abby and her father's death. It was a little like coming back to an old friend because of how Wilhelm writes. Also, it was more of a psychological book than a mystery, and I enjoyed it. She describes everything thoroughly, which comes through nicely in an audiotape, and I thought the narrator did a good job of reading it aloud (except for her pronunciation of Spok...more
I knew "whodunnit" as soon as the character was introduced. Call it intuition, but there was one particular line that raised my suspicions. I just had to wait to see how proving guilt played out through the novel. I listened to the audiobook in the car (much better than talk radio, and revolving playlists) and really enjoyed the presentation. I could easily visualize locations and that made even more enjoyable. I felt like I was witnessing the events, not just "reading" them.
This boook was just OK. I wouldn't necessarily put it at the top of your "to read" list. It's a murder mystery that takes place on a little lake, and the surviving daughter of the murdered author has to read through his last novel to find clues about who killed him. Although the premise sounds intriguing, there was more time spent on the interactions between the various quirky characters who lived in the community. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't really that good either.
"Wilhelm is a first-rate novelist. Her characters are well drawn, the setting is real, and the pace keeps the reader raptly involved to the last page. Fans will love this, and readers who have encountered Wilhelm's previous works are in for a real treat. Highly recommended." � Library Journal

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I frequently listen to Wilhelm's books on MP3 because my library has a lot of them. Every time, I get annoyed that the reader can pronounce neither Willamette or Spokane properly. That aside, all of Wilhelm's books are great, and this one is no exception. I have great admiration for authors (like Sue Grafton) who can crank out such a volume of work in the same genre without telling the same story again and again.
Sometimes we read books because we are familiar with the locations where they take place. We compare the author's descriptions of the area with what we know. This is not really fair, but we do it anyway. It can make the story more or less real.

This is the first Kate Wilhelm book I've read. I was surprised to read that she is 84 years old. No wonder she knows what she's doing.
This book is suspenseful. It is psychological. However, like many "psychological" books with female protagonists, I reached a point at which I felt the main character was just dumb. Even though the resolution was quite satisfactory, drawing out the plot with the dumbness factor ruined it for me, but it was an audio book and I was knitting, so I tolerated it.
In my opinion, "The Deepest Water" is one of her best books. A little slow getting started but once you're into it, impossible to put down. Very suspenseful, great characters, wonderful scenic descriptions, excellent plot. Not part of the Barbara Halloway series but, that's okay, it's a great stand-alone novel. Definitely recommend it.
A murder mystery - who done it - story. I bought this book 2 years ago and it has been sitting on my shelf, and I decided I needed something to read that didn't take much thinking so pulled this one off the shelf. It was pretty good, and is about a woman who solves the murder of her father, who was killed at a lake cabin in Oregon.
An interesting story how it plays out. Poor Abby losing her father Jud and finding out a lot about him that she did not know. Her husband Bryce acts like a little kid who was told no Christmas presents by Santa Claus for being naughty. I enjoyed the setting at finger lake and the characters. They each added a layer to the story.
This is the first stand-alone mystery by Wilhelm that I've read. I really like her Barbara Holloway series, so I thought I'd try this. The plot is quite skillfully woven, and I liked the main character, although she isn't as interesting as Holloway. Overall it wasn't as strong as the best books in the series.
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Kate Wilhelm has won the Hugo and several Nebula Awards. She is the widow of author and editor Damon Knight.
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