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Dead Floating Lovers (An Emily Kincaid Mystery #2)

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  117 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Springtime in northern Michigan: a picture-perfect scene. Until struggling mystery writer Emily Kincaid gets a visit from her foul-weather friend Deputy Dolly, who frantically demands Emily's help. Sandy Lake's receding waters have revealed a bullet-pierced skull, along with a keepsake that could mean serious trouble for a man Dolly once loved. As another set of bones surf ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published July 8th 2009 by Midnight Ink
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Linda Strong
Feb 28, 2017 Linda Strong rated it really liked it
Emily Kincaid is a mystery writer ... ar at least, she would like to be. She's settled into a small town in Northern Michigan and loves it there. It's peaceful, it's beautiful, and it's away from her ex-husband.

That all changes when her friend, Deputy Dolly Wakowski is sent to investigate the finding of some bones ... which turn out to be the bones of her husband who disappeared with an Indian girlfriend 13 years earlier. And then more bones are found .. presumably the girlfriend.

The Indians are
Jul 21, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Irritated with Emily's relationship with her ex.
Freda Witt
Mar 01, 2017 Freda Witt rated it it was amazing
After the breakup of the marriage with her cheating husband, Emily Kincade moves up north. She buys a cabin in the woods and prepares to write "the great American novel". She finds it's not quite as easy as she thought. She meets, an becomes friends with the locals, especially Deputy Dolly Wakowski. In this episode, Dolly asks her for help in finding out who killed her husband, who had left her 13 years ago.
Mar 14, 2017 Allyson rated it it was ok
Thank you Netgalley for the chance to read this book in return for my honest opinion.

First let me say that I really wanted to love this book. It sounded so good. The characters were well written, I just didn't find them interesting. They were dull, the story never picked up, I kept waiting for the shoe to drop, for the A-ha moment. It didn't happen. I finished the book, but honestly, don't think I would read another in this series.
Feb 26, 2017 Lindajk rated it really liked it
I read the first book and eagerly awaited this book, now I'm waiting for the third book!

A story of a woman starting over, a story of friendships. Of course a story of murder.

Well written
Dec 29, 2008 Ali rated it liked it
Simply not as good as the first in the series though the overreaching prose of the first book were tamed and the author's talent with words seemed less forced, less aimed to impress and more willing to let the story unfold. Characterization both flourished and floundered; the secondary characters grew more likeable with their added depth, especially Dolly and Harry, while Emily, the lead character grew increasingly unlikable and quite pathetic. I’m just not interested in doormats, especially sel ...more
Apr 06, 2012 Cynthia rated it it was ok
I picked this up off the shelf to have something to read while at lunch. The cover is wonderful--I love illustration. The title intriguing. Unfortunately, the story was not as good. That said, this did give me nice cozy little mystery with some sass.

Emily Kincaid is a good character, as is her side-kick Dolly. She is a writer who keeps turning out someone else's stories accidentally. I found that interesting since I felt like I was reading one of the Stephanie Plumb series, only a little more ta
Jun 12, 2009 Miamienne rated it it was ok
BORING. (it really didn't need to be 324 pages!)

Someone said Emily Kincaid was more Carolyn Keene (Nancy Drew's creator) rather than Agatha Christie. Wrong. She's neither. She's just a dull tool in the mystery fiction shed.

Dead Floating Lovers begins with a bone discovery at a lake of two lovers. One is, Chet, the ex-husband of Emily's sidekick, Deputy Dolly Wakowski. Dolly's a lost soul and Emily's a desperate-for-love wannabe sleuth without a clue. Both bumble along trying to piece a murder pu
Jun 03, 2013 Cea rated it liked it
I'm intrigued. Not enraptured but intrigued enough to have gone to the library to check out the books that precede and follow this one in the series. The protagonist, Emily, is an Ann Arbor transplant to the northern lower peninsula. You may have to live in Michigan to understand that. She was a journalist and moved after her husband played around one too many times. She is not over him. Emily is trying to sell a novel but seems to be stuck in a derivative rut. Her plots have all been done befor ...more
Feb 26, 2010 Leslie rated it did not like it
Buzzelli's second mystery leaves the reader wondering why she finished reading it. Heroine Emily Kincaid annoys more than she appeals, and the help of secondary characters like Deputy Dolly Wakowski and Crazy Harry does little to save Emily from herself.

Also tedious are the constant references to Dead Dancing Women, Kincaid's first book, as an unpublished novel in the process of submission and Kincaid's frankly unbelievable habit of unknowingly rewriting famous movies as novels.

Sadly, Buzzelli p
Jul 22, 2009 Bonnie rated it really liked it
Second in a new mystery series-story line quickly follows the first. Set in upper Michigan somewhere near Traverse City the book is full of local atmosphere and the beauty and also the isolation of the area. The characters seem less eccentric and more believable than in the first of the series-with the character of Deputy Dolly given more background as this plot centers around her and the husband who disappeared 13 years before. The basic crime plot is all too sadly believable. Well written with ...more
Mar 03, 2014 Walt rated it really liked it
"Dead Floating Lovers" is a cozy mystery with a distinctly literary edge. The sleuths are a mismatched pair from "up north" Michigan - Emily, a sad sack who can't sell her novels, pay her bills, or say no to her obnoxious user of an ex-husband; and Deputy Dolly Wakowski, equally wounded but better at hiding it. The mystery, involving the murder of Dolly's long-missing husband and his Native American girlfriend, unfolds in a straight-forward manner without any shocking surprises. The complexity o ...more
Jul 22, 2013 Jessi rated it liked it
Deputy Delores (Dolly) Flynn is in trouble. A body's been found in the local lake and the dog tags her husband gave her for a wedding present are on the scene. Emily Kincaid, frustrated mystery writer and our narrator, was on the scene.
But the dog tags were found on a set of female bones. Bones that Dolly thinks might be of the woman she last saw her husband with. Chet, her husband, is also a skeleton and is found nearby.
Emily and Dolly will need to find out who killed Chet and the other woman b
Went a bit better than the first in this series, but I'm still not sure about this author's writing style. It just doesn't seem to flow quite right.

The characters are unusual and interesting. The lead character still has me on the fence - I'm still not sure about her. She seems almost ditsy in this book. She's an appalling dog owner, though well intended. No concept of how to train or discipline a puppy; but she does love him and generally treats him well (though she leaves him alone and tied u
Jul 31, 2009 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-michigan
Aspiring writer Emily is living in northern Michigan, but is still in thrall to her manipulative ex-husband Jackson. Her friend deputy Dolly Wakowski confides that she thinks the bones recently discovered nearby are connected to her husband Chet, who disappeared years ago. When Emily joins Dolly in the investigation, she is threatened by members of a Native American group that runs a nearby casino. For a former urbanite and reporter, Emily is rather naive--even Dolly can see through Jackson-- bu ...more
Ruth Ann
Nice Michigan mystery series
Didn't hold my interest enough to keep on reading
Mar 06, 2015 Pam rated it it was ok
Love the description of northern Michigan, the mystery and motivations don’t quite make sense if you think too hard about it, but enough to entertain.
Jackie G
Sep 14, 2012 Jackie G rated it really liked it
I am enjoying this series.
Jul 07, 2012 Evelyn rated it really liked it
This novel was beautifully written, and the author's knowledge of ancient Indian rituals was amazing. The ending was lovely.
Alethea Bothwell
Apr 16, 2014 Alethea Bothwell rated it liked it
This was MUCH better - much faster-paced, more interesting - than the first one. I think I'll try her others.

And I would REALLY like to know where her mushroom hunting-grounds are!
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Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli (aka Elizabeth Lee) is a Michigan based novelist whose 12th book is due out in 2016. She teaches fiction writing at Northern Michigan College and has written for the NORTHERN EXPRESS, the ROMEO OBSERVER, the DETROIT NEWS, and the RECORD-EAGLE. She is a member of the Author’s Guild, International Association of crime Writers, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers’ of America, Mi ...more
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An Emily Kincaid Mystery (5 books)
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