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The Dark and Deadly Pool (Mary Elizabeth #1)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  561 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Liz enjoys her summer pool job at the glamorous Ridley Hotel. Until the night, a dark and lonely night, a ghasty shadow surges up from the pool. A face -- eyes wide, mouth gaping -- stares at Liz. A hand clutches at her sneaker. Then it, whatever it is, is gone.But danger isn't. Strange things are happening at the hotel, and a shaken Liz wants to know why. But whoever is b ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published May 1st 1989 by Turtleback Books (first published 1987)
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I went through a pretty good Joan Lowery Nixon phase when I was about twelve or thereabouts. Along with Lois Duncan, Ms. Nixon kept me well supplied with tense, easily digested mysteries about young girls who encountered the horrifying and the deadly on a regular basis. As I was in the process of expanding a bit on my Nancy Drew addiction, I basically ate them up with a spoon. I collected used copies of most of Nixon's books and, at one point, had quite a group of them on my shelf; now they've b ...more
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Well this one actually pretty good.

Looking for a quick but suspenseful filled read, I keep coming back to these books.

Been reading a lot of the author's books lately. And with most, not all, the ending seemed to either happen early or it makes you want more.

The suspense was good and at times I thought Fran was a little forward. But liked that he was honest at least.

And with Mary's "dilemma," it so reminded me of the manga series Love Com.

Either way, adorable.

At first I was like, wait wasn't ther
This story starts out promising - very spooky, but it becomes predictable. The love story moves too fast, and the dialogue seems off for teens. The ending is abrupt. I wondered if Nixon felt she was out of pages so she hurried it up too much.

I liked the story line and how Fran and Liz work together to solve the mystery. I think this is a 2 1/2 star book - not a 2 or a 3. I think I need to be more observant as I would not make a good witness. I don't think I could describe someone I just saw wit
I originally read this when I was 11 or so and recently I started thinking about all the books that I liked when I was growing up. I didn't remember the author's name or the title of the book, but I did remembered the cover. Luckily I found this book for 2 bucks at a local used book store. I wasn't sure If I would like it 19 years later. It was a cute, fun read, it even made me laugh. When I was reintroduced to Fran (a boy who likes the main character)....I was like o yea I remember you and your ...more
Alyssa Flak
This book is VERY good. There is A LOT of action and it is very exciting and there is never a point where you get bored with it!!!
Seriously, I don't think there are any books by Joan that arent suspenseful and make me sit at the edge of my chair and then make me squeal like a school girl when the murderer is finally revealed. Short book, awesome plot. Main character was slightly annoying, but heck, it was a good read. I didnt put it down.
The suspense was killing me in this wonderful book! really enjoyed it and It was one I'd really reccomend to mystery and horror lovers. I finished it in two days because I couldn't resist the suspense! I nearly fell off of my or sofa at times. I was acctally a but dissapointed with the ending because I personally didnt like the character. I didn't like Liz's boyfriend. There was nothing wrong with him, I just didn't like him for some reason. I thought that Liz should have gone out with the tall ...more
This book was almost susprisingly good. Sometimes I felt the storyline was dragging on, but the end was a shock, the main character was likeable, and I found that the writing was pretty nice (though calling flip flops "thongs" just seems wrong to me). I recommend this book to anyone looking for clean mystery fiction :)
K. Anne
The book was really good with a good surprise ending, however, the ending was really rushed, it was like the author wasn't positive how they wanted it to end. It was in the middle of finding clues when suddenly all was revealed, I was about 10 pages from the end and I felt like it could go on for at least another 100.
Matt Kelly
This book was about a girl that got a summer job working in the health club at a 5 star hotel called the Ridley Hotel and ended up seeing a dark figure in the pool when she was closing up one night and then she solved the murder of Mr. Kamara, one of the hotel's wealthy guests that lived at that hotel.
Lizzi Crystal
A very light mystery with a few suspenseful moments and a dash of comedic romance, intended for young teenagers. It's not something I'm glad to have read, but I didn't mind reading it, either. I'd recommend only if you have nothing else to read or want something very light to cleanse the reading palate.
I first read this book in the 7th grade, meaning I didn't really understand what was happening. I just knew that I loved reading Joan Lowery Nixon's books, and this was just something I HAD to solve.
I liked this book because it is filled with suspense and is a good story. Being that it is a mystery book I was so sure I had found out the answers to the crimes, only to find out that I was wrong
Not a very fast paced or engaging book.

Liz has a summer job as a pool supervisor at an upscale hotel and fitness center. It was a great job until some scary things start happening.
It was a page turner, the end was unexpected and I would recommend it to any mystery lover looking for a quick read!
This was not my favorite book by Joan Lowery Nixon. It wasnt bad but it wasnt good either.
This book is awesomw it wants you keep readin. there are lots of details and great drama
Another great book, her book are easy to read but keep you entertained at the same time.
First Nixon book I read... Now I'm totally hooked! Fantastic not-too-gory story line
Ashtinh le
This was a really confusing book. Good though. I would recommend this book.
Kyleigh Eyl
This book was okay but was not the best Joan Nixon book i have read so far.
This book was really entertaining. I really like Joan Lowery Nixon's writing.
it was ok but it reallly didn't get interesting till the end
Madi Vink
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Author of more than one hundred books, Joan Lowery Nixon is the only writer to have won four Edgar Allan Poe Awards for Juvenile Mysteries (and been nominated several other times) from the Mystery Writers of America. Creating contemporary teenage characters who have both a personal problem and a mystery to solve, Nixon captured the attention of legions of teenage readers since the publication of h ...more
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