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Still Waters

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3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  5,001 Ratings  ·  208 Reviews
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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Paperback, 430 pages
Published October 1st 1992 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.
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.
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.
Emily Higgins
Oct 08, 2016 Emily Higgins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspence
Elizabeth Stuart and her son, Travis, moved to Minnesota after a bitter divorce to start over. Almost the first thing, Elizabeth discovers the body of a prominent local man who had been murdered. Determined to find the killer as part of her efforts to breathe life into the newspaper she just bought, Elizabeth keeps runnung into roadblocks.
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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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
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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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
Lee
Feb 01, 2016 Lee rated it really liked it
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.
Jerri Brissette
May 10, 2014 Jerri Brissette rated it it was ok
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.
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.
Lucy Herondale

These days one cannot want to read a thriller without taking the risk of it being a romance.

And what a boring romance it was, full of stupid, flat characters and annoying clichés. Really, I spent most of my time rolling my eyes. Let's see:

* disgraced heroine - check
* heroine tries to pick up the pieces of her life by moving out to a forgotten place known only to the people who live there - check
* basic murder - check
* physically attractive, athletic hero, with a past connected to sports -
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Erin-emely
Dec 29, 2016 Erin-emely rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favourites. Kept me guessing till the last page. I have actually read this book twice over the past couple of years!
Annika
Aug 26, 2011 Annika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Cornerofmadness
Dec 28, 2014 Cornerofmadness rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Leah
Nov 10, 2012 Leah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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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L. Chambers-Wright
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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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Hyderali
Jan 17, 2015 Hyderali 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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Maura
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Dilinna
The suspense and plot of this book was good, the romance was a little too predictable though. The story has good characters and covers a range of different themes, assault, divorce, addiction etc. Though a little more depth to some of the character's past would have been good like Cannon and Ellstroom. The theme of isolation was interesting. New face in a new town type of thing. Something people can relate to and easy to understand. It would be weird as a training journalist not to mention the f ...more
Donna Davis
Hoag was one of my fall-back writers for awhile, someone I read when Grafton, Paretsky, McBain, Cornwell, or any other first-rate writer in the general mystery/crime genre was not available. Her books are prolific; she cranks them out by the bundle, and why not? They're a lot alike (although not all set in Minnesota; more of them that I've seen have been set in the south).

The vocabulary level is set at the sixth grade level, easy enough for any member of John Q. Public to be able to peruse witho
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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
Jennifer
Sep 02, 2016 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: minnesota
After her second divorce, Elizabeth Stuart and her teenage son move to small town Still Creek, MN where she hopes to get a fresh start with the local newspaper business she's bought with the last of her money. A short time after arriving in town, Elizabeth discovers a murdered body not far from her house, and the small town gossip soon has Elizabeth pegged as the main suspect. The town sheriff, Dane Jantzen, who does not like reporters in general, also appears to immediately dislike Elizabeth an ...more
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
Donna
Jun 15, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it
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
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