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Summary

Her old high school crush has cleaned up his act...

Anne Hardaway is a reluctant expert on house-cleaning, horticulture, and pet care, who specializes in making some of the country's most famous how-to writers look good in print. But when her long-ago high school crush is found dead in their New Jersey shore hometown, Anne has no idea "how to" find out the truth.

By washing up on shore...

When Tigger Mills returned home to archly conservative, devoutly religious Oceanside Heights, no one was happy to see him. Tigger left 20 years ago, after being accused of setting fire to an old hotel that killed the owner's little girl. Though he always maintained his innocence, no one believed him - except then teenager Anne Hardaway. 

After Tigger's lifeless body is pulled from the surf, everyone but Anne assumes it was suicide. Now, this woman with a relentless knack for research makes it her mission to tackle the town's closed minds, curious suspicions, and ancient lies to dredge the past and uncover a 20-year-old motive for present-day murder.

©1998 Beth Sherman (P)2019 David N. Wilson

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great book

amazing I Enjoyed this audio book very much from start to finish great story line too I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Dead man's float

I thought this was a cozy mystery based on the cover, but I found that it was not. This is due to reading so many of them over the years, that I find, I have a certain expectations when I read cozy mysteries. However, this author did not say it was a cozy mystery and I just presumed it was. I did find it slow at times, but the mystery itself was good. Not really for me but others might love it.

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This book floats along nicely

I enjoyed this book. It had a number of suspects to keep it interesting and you guessing, as well as a number of reasons for the deaths. The characters were quirky making it an enjoyable listen and I hope the author has more books planned for the series. When an old school friend returns back in town. Anne who had a major crush on him is pleasantly pleased to see he has finally noticed her. However Tigger left under a cloud, as he was accused of starting the fire at the hotel which killed a young girl and not everybody is pleased to see him, that includes his own father. But was someone really that unhappy that they killed him? or is it like the police believe he got drunk and then drowned while swimming? Tigger asked Anne for help as he was getting threatening notes and she brushed them off as harmless. Feeling guilty for letting him down she joins forces with Tigger's brother in order to solve his death and maybe once and for all find out who really set the fire at the hotel. Then another body is found and everybody she thought she knew well begins to look suspicious. I liked the narrator, she had to do a number of voices and you could always tell who was speaking. The use of sound effects to make things like recorded messages was fun and it added to to enjoyment.

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 20-06-20

Good

Anne had a crush on a boy in high school has now return, because of a death threat he tells her. They still think he was involved in the accident twenty years ago. Next morning he is floating in the shores. She doesn’t believe it is suicide. The author added the setting of the town, which added to this cozy mystery. As well as good narration, I enjoyed. Well written and plot flowed. Given audio for my voluntary review.

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  • Troublemer(tammy hovey)
  • 24-03-20

Loved it.

The book was the first i have read by this author. I love the story line and it kept me entertained throughout. It had twist and turns when it came down to who the murderer was. I requested this book as a gift i exchange for an honest review. I would definitely do more in this series. The narrator did a great job with the characters.

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  • Beatrice
  • 29-11-19

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Dead Man's Float is an entertaining story. The characters are engaging and realistic. The investigation of the mystery is believable with several twists and turns. The only problem is that the pacing was very slow and detailed at the end. The narrator did ok, but, the accents were a bit off sometimes. All in all, I really enjoyed listening to this book and look forward to other books in this series. I received this book for free in exchange for an unbiased review.