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The deepest waters hide the darkest secrets....

When the body of a murdered man literally falls at Elizabeth Stuart's feet, she's able to wash away the blood--but not the terror. Unwelcome newcomers to Still Creek, Minnesota, she and her troubled teenage son are treated with suspicion by the locals, including the sheriff. Yet nothing will stop her from digging beneath the t
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Published December 30th 2003 by Bantam (first published 1992)
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Bruno
Este foi o primeiro livro que decidi experimentar a autora Tami Hoag. Foi a elucidação da capa e também a sinopse que me deixaram algo curioso. Imaginava que esta autora fosse como a Patrícia MacDonald ou a Mary Higgins Clark, e afinal não tem comparação com uma nem com a outra. O estilo de escrita é mais elástico, digamos mais descritivo.

Neste livro, a carga psicológica sobressai mais à carga policial que é quase nula, ou seja, a história centra-se mais propriamente nos personagens da cidade r
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Andrea C.
Dec 04, 2007 Andrea C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous book if you love the court room/CSI type books like me. I also like that they add in just a little twist of romance to it. Not enough to make you wanna put it down and puke but just enough to keep you interested in that part of the story.
Dorsi
This was a possible 3 1/2 stars. It was a bit on the predictable fluffy side. The character development was pretty decent. The twist wasn't bad...it was a good idea although I figured it out long before it was revealed. One thing that grated on my nerves a bit was the main character's use of the term of endearment "sugar". I realize she was southern but she ran it in the ground a bit. I listened to this one and the narration was fantastic. It was read by Joyce Bean.
Awilk -never sleeps-
A fairly enjoyable romantic suspense, although I didn't particularly enjoy either of the main characters. I felt the book was a little slow in places, but this is an author I will be reading more of.
Annika
Aug 26, 2011 Annika rated it liked it
Tami Hoag is quickly becoming a favorite author. I like a shivery, suspenseful murder mystery without being bogged down with details and gore. (I'll save Kay Scarpetta for the best medical examiner ever, though...).

I don't think "Still Waters" is part of any series, like her Elena Estes series or the Bayou Breaux series (both are worth a read).

Elizabeth Stuart is a twice-divorced Texan who has gone from poor to rich back to poor and has packed up her life (after her rich second-ex-husband shredd
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Kyrie
Apr 07, 2013 Kyrie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I didn't finish it. I gave it my 10% try - I read 10% of the story. While the mystery had promise, I didn't think I wanted to wade through another 400+ pages of people being in bed with people they can't stand just because they have an itch to scratch I got the point that the heroine is from a bit city and had also lived in rough and tumble Texas (which is nothing like Amish Minnesota where no one locks their doors, and nothing ever happens)therefore, she will have insights that the locals will ...more
Lee
Running from a messy divorce from a wealthy man, Elizabeth Stuart and her 16-year-old son move to a small Minnesota town. They are treated as outsiders in Still Creek and suspect when Elizabeth finds an unpopular developer dead in his car. As editor of the local newspaper, she starts digging beneath the surface of the placid population searching for the truth only to become more deeply involved and suspect.
Anita
Great mystery, so-so romance. I really love Tami Hoag's early romances and I am puzzled how an author who does romance so well and mystery so well, can't seem to blend to two in this book.

Elizabeth has been kicked to the curb by her SOB, rich ex-husband. She and her son land in Still Creek, MI and she buys the local paper. She also has to fend off everything with a dick due to the SOB ex and his lies during their media circus divorce. She finds the dead body of the town's wealthy sleaze and ever
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Jerri Brissette
Too much romance/sexual tension between main characters, not enough crime. Again, the perpetrator was pretty obvious. This book is from 1992. Happily, her stories and writing style have improved since then.
Cara
Jan 06, 2008 Cara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not even sure if this is the specific Tami Hoag novel I've read- I've read a few. But just take this plot line and change titles and authors and I've probably read a few dozen of these types of books over the years. It's what my mom reads most of the time and so by default, I get handed the leftovers and I read them too. They are mildly entertaining, but after about one hundred or so of the same thing- usually some detective falls in love with the female victim and now they both have to come ...more
Ravi
Feb 10, 2016 Ravi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book at a sale since I wanted to read a new author , the book was cheap , and the blurb was not too bad and then I read the book.

It is the very first book that I can remember where I skipped lines in paragraphs and whole paragraphs themselves without missing a single significant event.

I just wanted the misery of reading this to come to end.

It reads like a love story with 2 of the main characters 'sparring' with each other like they are at war but in their hearts they are like soul
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Larina
Jan 07, 2015 Larina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As i read this book I am usually pretty good at figuring out the killer. This one i was jumping back and forth on. You got me tami! (it was my first guess though hehe)
The book starts out rich woman divorced comes down south and buys a run down house. She has a delinquent son who has been in trouble for drugs but rich step daddy bought the judge.
Well Rich girl buys the local paper and and starts really making the towns folk mad all they want to hear about is what the local 4-h are doing and who
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Cornerofmadness
Dec 28, 2014 Cornerofmadness rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Christine Blachford
Plot: Elizabeth is new in town and isn’t well liked, as she’s a reporter. She manages to get herself mixed up in a murder, her son is becoming a tearaway and she can’t help but fall for the charming sheriff despite her desire to keep herself to herself.

Characters: Elizabeth is actually quite a complex character. I found the romance aspect of her life refreshing, as she didn’t just fall into the arms of the sheriff, even though it seems obvious that they will end up together.

Style Of Writing: The
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Donna
Jun 15, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars. Elizabeth Stuart moved to Still Creek with her 16 year old son to lick her wounds after her second divorce from a very rich man. Pretty much broke, she bought the local newspaper and an old run-down farmhouse next to the Amish community. Still having some of her sass intact, she dresses in her leftover rich clothes and drives a bright red Cadillac. She stumbles over a body after her car gets stuck. She starts to fight an attraction with the sheriff that she feels she doesn't want or ...more
Katy
Nov 27, 2014 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth Stuart, that Southern divorced woman who wears tight close, is good looking, has taken over the local newspaper and is searcingh for truth and justice, drives a cherry-red convertible and has a trouble teenaged son, literally has a man drop dead at her feet in her new hometown in Minnesota. The man fell out of his car, at her feet. Problem was--his throat was cut. Dane Jantzen, the local hometown football hero turned sheriff, thinks it's an open-and-shut case until Elizabeth's son can ...more
Kristen
abandoned halfway through. couldn't stand the cliches, found myself drifting off when reading it, not engaged. meh.

Susan
I gave up on this because it felt like I was reading one of her romance novels. Not interested.
Donna Callejon
Picked this 20 yr old book off the shelf at our annual beach vacation house. It grabbed me and I read to the end...and I will say it was well written from a grammar standpoint. If you like cromance (emphasis on the romance intentional) you might like this.

I don't know if Tamil Hoag is known for ridiculous romance and sex in the midst of crime in small towns but if she is this book is true to form. The most interesting characters are the supporting ones since the two leads are so overdrawn.

If y
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Robin
Sep 05, 2014 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After moving with her teenage son to a small town in Minnesota, Elizabeth Stuart is shocked when she discovers a man murdered at a local construction site. Still Creek, nestled in the heart of Amish farmlands, hasn't seen a murder in years. The small town locals look at Elizabeth and her son with suspicion. Sheriff Dane Jantzen must find who committed the murder, and save Elizabeth from becoming the next victim.

Great romantic suspense with surprise ending! I never guessed whodunit. My rating: 5
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Adrienne Campbell
Mar 06, 2011 Adrienne Campbell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love books that make me think and this one kept me guessing right to the very end. Just when I thought I'd solved the mystery I was confronted with yet another twist in the plot. Great reading in my book!

Elizabeth Stuart and her son are not welcome in Still Creek, a small town in the heart of Amish country. They are both bogged down with all sorts of emotional baggage but not much in the way of physical resources. Although Elizabeth is recently divorced from a Texas millionaire she has nothing
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Leah Coleman
When Elizabeth Stuart moves to the small town of Still Waters,she finds hersef embroiled in the first murder the town has seen in many a year. Jarold Jarvis has had his throat cut and Elizabeth just happens to be the one who stunbles across him. This certainly doesn't endear her to her already hostile neighbours,in fact it sets her up as suspect number 1. While Elizabeth sets out to find the truth all the while trying to control her wayward son,the local sheriff is reluctant to look past the 'ne ...more
L. Chambers-Wright
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Samyann
Jan 01, 2016 Samyann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Narrated by Joyce Bean, just over fifteen hours of listening. Still Waters is about 35% really good mystery and the remainder is ridiculously mawkish romance. The leads both have previous relationship baggage that takes up pages of poor-me self-analysis. You’ll be tempted to fast-forward a lot, but careful not to miss a relevant issue in the murder mystery. At least a third of the relationship-issues silliness could have been skipped altogether and the book would have been much better if shorter ...more
Hyderali Shaikh
Jan 17, 2015 Hyderali Shaikh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tami-hoag
I don't know why other reviewers here didn't like this book but I felt very good & happy after reading it. I know this book is not the best work from Tami but not the worst also. One thing is for sure, you have to keep dictionary besides you while reading this book because there are so many jargon words which you may not understand. Which is good for someone (like me) who wants to read & understand the meaning of difficult words.

Also, the book is much on thinking rather than on dialogue
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Mad Leon
Apr 13, 2016 Mad Leon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the 'Alibi Man' and finding it dismal, I wasn't thrilled about starting the next Hoag selection, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's a fairly typical mystery-thriller combined with a love story but I found the banter between the hero/heroine entertaining. Hoag drops hints here and there about who the villain might be, and I had it figured out early on. Still, a satisfying and quick read for a sunny day.
Maura
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Marie
Nov 17, 2012 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder, romance, thriller mystery set in Minnesota. A young woman from a poor family marries at a young age because of pregnancy to a man who doesn't want to be tied down, loses someone who cares about her, and marries a "prince charming" who makes her feel like Cinderella until she is replaced by someone else who can bring the "prince" more wealth; however, he publicly damages her reputation leaving her basically nothing. From rags to riches and back to rags again. She moves to Minnesota with h ...more
Dale
Jan 19, 2016 Dale rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book focused less on the crime team but rather more on the conflicting emotions of the main characters and their sexual tensions. I finished it so it obviously wasn't horrible. I always enjoy how Tami Hoag lets her reader know bits and pieces of the final outcome, but always tugs around characters and throws in clues so as the finished puzzle isn't blatantly apparent.
David Rasner
Sep 09, 2014 David Rasner rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
The deepest waters hide the darkest secrets....

When the body of a murdered man literally falls at Elizabeth Stuart's feet, she's able to wash away the blood--but not the terror. Unwelcome newcomers to Still Creek, Minnesota, she and her troubled teenage son are treated with suspicion by the locals, including the sheriff. Yet nothing will stop her from digging beneath the
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