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Blood in the Water

(Gregor Demarkian #27)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  431 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Gregor Demarkian returns in a mindbending case of death and disappearance amongst the wealthy suburban elite.
In Waldorf Pines, a very rich, gated suburb of Philadelphia, ostentation and pretension are the order of the day. But even by the local standards, Martha Heydrich is a stone cold pain. She’s the stay-at-home wife of a very rich husband, drives a pink sports car eve
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Minotaur Books
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Kelly Wagner
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I like the Gregor Demarkian series, and while he's gotten a little crankier, and the dialog between him and Father Tibor has gotten to be more of a set piece, the plots are still good. I saw the where the twist was going by oh, about 2 paragraphs after the first hint of it appeared, but it was nonetheless interesting watching the various characters get there. I also like the new character who shows up at the end, Old George's great-nephew (or something like that), Steve Tekemanian, who is studyi ...more
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Blood in the Water (Gregor Demarkian, #27) by Jane Haddam.

Gregor & Bennis are married and living on Cavanaugh Street in Philadelphia. They've bought a townhouse they are renovating with plans to sell in the future. Gregor's long time friend and neighbor, George Tekemanian, has died at the ripe old age of 100 years. His friend's death doesn't sit well with Gregor. A new past time has developed...that of contemplating why death occurs at all.

The Waldorf-Pines, an upper middle class development
Sherri Huntley
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sherri by: Goodreads
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book from Goodreads and I enjoyed every minute of reading it. I would highly recommend it to others. Blood in the Water is a mystery set in the gated community of Windsor Pines. Windsor Pines is filled with upper middle class who aspire to be seen as the wealthy elite of a suburban town outside of Philadelphia. The families of Windsor Pines have hidden secrets that are slowly revealed once two murders are committed in the community pool house. The twists and turns of the plot keep you ...more
Sheila Beaumont
The solution to this whodunit was obvious pretty early on, but the real enjoyment in reading a Gregor Demarkian mystery is in the author's engaging, somewhat exaggerated character depictions. This time she takes on a gated community and its varied assortment of affluent residents. I also love reading about former FBI agent Demarkian and his Armenian-American neighborhood in Philadelphia (but I do wish we'd get to see more of Father Tibor than we have in the recent installments).

If you expect a w
Mar 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
This was disappointing. Very dull, ended up skimming a lot of it. Mystery was obvious by the first third of the book. All characters come across as very two dimensional, even those that weren't meant to be that way. Sadly, most seem to have been drawn this way intentionally -- when done humorously, this can work, but here, the humor is so heavy handed, so without affection, it just comes across as nasty and misanthropic. The author saves her love for the culturally quaint and somehow dishonors t ...more
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I haven’t read one of these books in a long while. So long in fact, that I don’t have any idea of which ones I have read or where I left off in the series. Gregor Demarkian has remarried? Did I know that? I have no idea at this point in time.

My memory (which obviously can’t be trusted in terms of details) seems to recall this series as well-constructed, complex and an involved mystery series. This latest in the series seems to live up to this memory.

Gregor is a former FBI agent that now works o
Sally Smith
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Not recommended.
Aug 26, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the first book I've read in the series, so that may be a factor in my assessment of this book.

There's a lot to like here. The writing is detailed enough to avoid the slickness that ruins many series for me. However, although I was interested in seeing what happened, I found that the story poked and ambled, losing momentum. Mysteries like this often rely on character rather than plot to pull the reader in to the story. I enjoyed having many different personalities to read about -- a nice
Two and a half stars rounded up to 3. This was a struggle for me - although there were only 8 CD's, it seemed as if I had been listening to it for quite a while. It was a double murder mystery that took place in a gated community. There were a number of characters, including the detective hired by the town police department to help on the case. The number of possible suspects was rather large, and the clues were few. The narrator did a good job with using different voices between the speaking ch ...more
Jennifer Robb
Dec 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Jennifer by: Avon Lake Public Library
Disappointing--supposedly an award finalist but 6-7 chapters in all we had was a missing woman and some security camera tampering. Also no sympathetic characters. I had to force myself to keep reading.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed listening to this who-dun-it. good characterization
May 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Long way round the path but it did get there...finally. Could've been more interesting if done more succinctly. Well narrated.
Virginia Trent
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a good book once it got going, but I was having a problem with all the characters. however, it was an important path to the end.
Fred Hughes
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review is based on a free copy of the book received from the publisher through the Goodreads Advance Reader process.

Arthur Heydrich is rich and powerful but even that doesn’t deflect the police from arresting him for murdering his wife and lover found burned in their pool house. The only problem is that when the DNA analysis of the burned beyond recognition body comes back from the lab the results say the body is male. They can’t identify who it is but it is definitely not a woman.

So Arthur
Text Addict
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
My problem with this book is that I figured out the major piece of the puzzle - the identity of one of the murder victims - on the last word of Chapter Two, and since I've never read any of this series before, I'm not invested enough in Gregor Demarkian & Co. to be interested in watching him try to figure it out. Which, since I flipped to the end to check that I was right, I learned that he doesn't even do until very close to the end. Color me Not Impressed By This Plot.

Plus, skipping to the
Mar 13, 2012 rated it liked it
I won this book in a first reads contest.

The Good: I really enjoyed the mystery in this book. I kept thinking I had solved everything, only to be thrown another curve. It really kept me guessing until the end.

The Bad: This was the first book I had ever read by this author, and it is the 27th book in the series. This means that the main character has already been really fleshed out, and most readers have a vested interest in him, that is unless this is the first book you are ever reading about hi
Mar 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
The author Jan Haddam has definitely defined the mediocrity of a very rich, gated suburbia community in "Blood in the Water". The community gives a false sense of security. Everything is in order until a murder happened and everyone in the community is not who they seemed. Martha Heydrich was eccentric with the color pink, disappeared on the day Michael Platte and an unknown body were found burned beyond recognition. The body was assumed to be her until the DNA results came back. Ex-FBI agent Gr ...more
Apr 30, 2016 added it
My first Jane Haddam book and introduction to Gregorian Demarkian, famous detective. Didn't seem to have same "formula" found when writing a great number of books by same author.
I enjoyed meeting detective, having been called to Windsor Academy by his friend's son, Mark DeAvecca. Fifteen years old, wise beyond years and inadvertently being drugged but not with anything illegal, Feels he is losing his touch with reality, Mark's roommate has committed suicide and he calls upon Gregorian for help.
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've read most of Jane Haddam's Gregor Demarkian books, although I am not sure I actually read the first few...gonna get them from the local library just to make sure I haven;t overlooked any! As usual, her writing is superb -- she's one of the best contemporary authors that I've ever read. But the plot was dismal. I knew who-done-it and why before the end of Part 1. And this was the flimsiest excuse for a murder mystery I've seen lately. Loose threads and red herrings all over the place, and as ...more
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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Anne Slater
Nov 11, 2012 rated it liked it
This was the second on I've read. Fascinating because of its location in the area where I live (Philadelhia and its "Main Line"), but the book as a whole missed the mark.... I didn't really care who did the murders, and I couldn't figure out if Gregor liked his wife or not. That role was a little too casually drawn, if she is a serious part of the series (she is his second wife and I can;t tell how long they've been married...)(and why is the Armenian restaurant lady barging into his house with ...more
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Behind the walls of a gated community, these things aren't supposed to happen. A drug dealer, an arson, a double murder. The inhabitants are seriously offended; except for the husband of the missing Martha Heydrich, and he is awaiting trial for murder. In some very nice plot twists, out of jail Arthur Heydrich comes, and Gregor is brought in to sort out which of the many secrets behind those gates are serious enough to kill for.

Alas, the next Gregor Demarkian mystery doesn't come out for another
Meg Benjamin
Aug 10, 2012 rated it liked it
It's not great Haddam, but it's still better than most mysteries. With this one I figured out both mystery and murderer within the first fifty pages, which is unusual for Haddam. It also seems shorter than usual and somewhat rushed--lots of loose ends at the end (what about the missing husband? what about the awful guy's wife? etc.). Usually, Haddam finishes some of these threads off, but this time she just leaves them hanging. I love Haddam--she's one of my autobuys, but if you're just starting ...more
Sep 16, 2012 rated it did not like it

I was seriously struggling with this book and when the due date for the return to the library approached I was quite happy to return it without having finished it. I just couldn't get into it. While I found the part that played at the gated community entertaining enough I got bored whenever the attention shifted to the detective in his own community. I think they were meant to come across as a quirky bunch, but I found them just weird and couldn't relate to them. I just wasn't interested in wha
Karen Hufman
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not bad- there was a lot of the story that had to do with the investigator: Gregor Demarkian. It was a little improbable- the rich live in a gated housing community that seems a little too insular. The seeds are correct, with people treating those that they feel are inferior with a cold shoulder. I wish some of the questions had been answered. There was one character, a woman with 2 children, and it never explained where he went. I figured out before the end that he might have been a she. I woul ...more
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the mystery but the characters were not at all sympathetic. The only one I liked was the detective. The police officer who first tried to solve the crime was an idiot. The people who lived in the gated community had so many secrets and lived behind so many masks that you had no idea who they were. As Demarkian started unmasking them and finding out about them, they were all basically unlikable, selfish, snobbish, criminal, etc. But, as I said the mystery was good and the ending was sat ...more
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
'Blood In The Water' is the first Jane Haddam novel I have read. This was an unusual mystery novel in the way it was written. The novel is well written and it revolves around people's hidden secrets and how these secrets affect their lives and the lives of others. I don't often smile and have a little laugh when I read a mystery novel. I did with this novel. I enjoyed Jane's humorous characterization and her depiction of life today.
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Police arrest Arthur Heydrich for murdering his wife and her reputed lover, but must release him when the DNA tests on one of the bodies reveals something that deepens the mystery around the deaths. Cue the entry of consultant Gregor Demarkian, who can't decide whether he detests some of the local officials or the gated community, Waldorf Pines, more. He soon finds that more than one of the people in Waldorf Pines have secrets, and also may have motives.
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I listened to this book on tape. This was a pretty good book. I've never read or listened to this author before. I thought the story of a double homicide at the pretentious planned golf community of Woldorf Pines was juicy and compelling. The residents think they are above it all and it turns out they all have sordid little lives with secrets galore. Gregor Demarkian, former FBI private eye is hired to unravel the mystery. There was humor and enough twists and turns to keep me interested.
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I always enjoy the Jane Haddam series, since I used to live in Philadelphia (actually Lower Merion). She is very insightful about the stratas of Philadelphia society, from the rich Quakers to the nouveau riche to Gregor Demarkian's Greek enclave. The actual mystery was OK, but many of the characters were unsympathetic, leading me to care very little about them. They are almost caricatures. Gregor is as enjoyable and longsuffering as always, and the ending is clever.
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