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Poison Heart (Claire Watkins #5)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  187 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Fall comes to Pepin County with a vengeance as Deputy Sheriff Claire Watkins confronts a new evil festering beneath the placid surface of the Wisconsin farm community. A refugee from the Twin Cities, Claire has slowly adapted to small-town life–especially now that she loves and lives with Rich Haggard. But in this rural area, other folks are dangerously restless.

One is Dan
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by Fawcett (first published January 1st 2005)
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Debra
Mar 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Rural cop Claire Watkins and Wisconsin make for an interesting combination. I enjoy this basically cozy mysteries, but don't consider them must-reads. Found this on the shelf while doing some collection maintenance at work, hadn't read it, and knew that I couldn't resist.

Quick reading and enjoyable, Poison Heart examines greed and families. You know who is evil and needs arresting, but how will they prove it?
Laura Salas
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, e-book, mystery
The Claire Watkins series is complex and rich. In this one, you pretty much know who the bad guy is throughout the entire book; it's just a matter of how Claire will prove it. I like Claire and Rich and Meg so much. They feel like real people; complicated, realistic, relatable people. I just wanted more of a mystery and less of a suspense novel.
Karla Huebner
Set in small-town Wisconsin near the Minnesota border, this is sensitively written (according to the dust jacket, the author is also a poet) and a decent read, but as other commenters have observed, it is not all that mysterious or suspenseful. That's okay--the book works in its own way--but don't expect a traditional whodunnit.
Thart2002
Jun 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
The writing was terrible! I got so tired of hearing "Clare remembered", "Clare thought", "she said". I felt like it was the work of a high school girl that did well in English but didn't have any writing talent. No more Mary Logue novels for me.
Kae Cheatham
Feb 04, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Billed as a "novel of Suspense" it was dull and boring. Suspense never happened because nearly every POV was given, hence nothing was "hidden" to be suspenseful.
Carolyn
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: eh-same-ole-s
I just can't go through with it eve on the 3rd try.
Amy
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Eh, this book was okay. It wasn't as engaging as her previous, but it still held my attention.
Slim
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-books
The whole first half was slow, but once we crossed the midway point everything picked up nicely. Overall not a bad read for the car rides. Another dollar bin success.
Terry
2nd in series featuring Deputy Sheriff Claire Watkins; I liked Bone Harvest more. Thoughtful, family component--think Libby Hellmann, e.g. Moderate/low violence.
Jim
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as previous books. No mystery here. A known sociopath who finally gets caught.
Annie
May 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
very good local gal. love whoever did her dust jacket...:)
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Alison
May 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Ok story, predicable though, which does not make for a great mystery.
Laura
Aug 31, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as Bone Harvest but better than Glare Ice...
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