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Dead Floating Lovers (An Emily Kincaid Mystery #2)

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It's springtime in northern Michigan, and all is picture-perfect - until part-time journalist and struggling mystery writer Emily Kincaid gets a visit from her crabby, foul-weather friend Deputy Dolly. A bullet-pierced skull has turned up, and Emily finds herself on another murder trail.
Paperback, 324 pages
Published July 8th 2009 by Midnight Ink (first published July 1st 2009)
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"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
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...more
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...more
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
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
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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
This novel was beautifully written, and the author's knowledge of ancient Indian rituals was amazing. The ending was lovely.
3.5 stars. Irritated with Emily's relationship with her ex.
Didn't hold my interest enough to keep on reading
Ruth Ann
Nice Michigan mystery series
Jackie G
I am enjoying this series.
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