REVIEW: Still Waters by Deanna Lee
Dear Ms. Lee,
This is a good police procedure book that is hobbled by the villian (like many a police procedure book) and two major police procedure errors or at least two scenes which featured police procedure actions which seemed impossible to me. It’s spicy love scenes; strong, assertive, capable heroine; and quick pace kept me reading to the end.
Inspector Kyra Moray is called to the scene of a ritual killing. The way in which the victim was killed and subsequently mutilated spells out serial killer. This is confirmed when another young woman appears dead in featuring the same mutiliation. In the meantime (which is a good way to describe the romance), Kyra meets up with her best friend Glory at Still Waters, a classy bar/restaurant establishment. Glory gets attacked by her boyfriend and Kyra lays him out, attracting the attention the owner, Alex Waters. Alex and Kyra have an attraction to each other that neither are afraid to act on (how refreshing!).
The romance plays a secondary role and is sometimes forgotten although I can see where trying to fit more face time between Kyra and Alex would have been forced in light of the fact that Kyra had a serial killer to catch. However, the romance scenes were intense. I liked them alot and wished for more. The police procedure worked pretty well with two major problems for me. I admit that I am no police person but I thought about what a defense lawyer could do to the case if these things occurred in an actual case.
When a murder happens outside Still Waters, Alex and Marcus are at least, material witnesses (they should be suspects until ruled out). Alex is allowed to view the body of a dead woman in the morgue. Kyra has slept with Alex previous to this event yet she is the one who interrogates them. To compound the error, she invites Alex to watch while she interrogates Marcus at the station. To me, Kyra’s impartiality and the validity of the interrogation are seriously compromised at this point.
One other note that I debated heavily about including but felt that I could not leave out was that there were times that this book reminded me of JD Robb’s In Death series. This is not say I think that this book is a copy because it is not. Alex and Kyra are very different than Eve and Roarke. However, I would not be surprised to hear that you are heavily influenced by the In Death series. This is a slightly futuristic police procedure series featuring a highly ranked and very successful female detective. There is no one better than Kyra in her precinct. Certain terms were evocative of Eve Dallas. At times, I asked myself, WWED. For example, you refer to Kyra as “bitch cop”, “my cop/your cop” (when people reference Alex). At one time a relation of the victim asked Kyra whether she would serve the victim well. This scene seemed very reminiscent of scenes when Eve promises to stand for the victim. People use “credits”. Kyra’s vehicle plays a part (although her vehicle always works). Other comparisons that I drew was that Kyra had a strong relationship with her commanding officer and her young, inexperienced partner was a female who needed to study to take her detective’s test. The young partner buys food for Kyra. The brother of Alex is a world renowned musician.
I don’t think that JD Robb “owns” futuristic police procedure novels featuring a successful police female police detective. Neither does she own the female sidekick or the term “credits” or “bitch cop.” It was just a bunch of little details that were evocative of the In Death series.
I guess I want to say that this book is JD Robb’s In Death series only spicier, if Eve were a former beauty queen whose very wealthy grandmother raised her and Roarke was a black man who owned a bar/restaurant. Okay, so not so very similar. As I said before, despite the similiarities (or maybe even because of them) and the police procedure problems, the spicy romance and the fast pace kept me reading. B- for you.