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The Dark and Deadly Pool Unbound – May 1993

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  • Unbound
  • Publisher: Dell Publishing Company (May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440900360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440900368
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
If, judging by the name, you think im being sarcastic i must assure you that i am not in the slightest! This is a good clean whodunnit and is in my opinion one of the best murder mysteries i've ever read! Jean Lowery Nixon spins a wonderful tale here of murder, betrayal, love and greed centred around a health and beauty spa! In a nutshell without wanting to give anything away the plot is basically this. A young girl working in the swimming pool late one night comes across a corpse floating in the pool from there on it's a page- turning, pulse racing race to the finish.
I could not put this book down! I strongly urge that you buy this book if you are a fan of mystery books, murder and crime stories and can appreciate one of the greatest thriller writers that you I for one have ever come across!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This book was greaT! Readers of all agesd will enjoy it. 18 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Dark and Deadly Pool by Joan lowery is a very mysterious book. Liz is an awkward teenager seeking love and acceptance from her school and peers. One summer she decided to take a job. Her mom always told her, it was the perfect job who had grown too tall too fast. Sjhe would be working at the luxirous Ridely Hotel. She will be working in the health club. She has to clean the jacuzzi, watch the swimming pool through the office and lock up at closing time. She will be working five days a week from three in the afternoon till closing.It was a great job and Liz loved it. She was meeting new people and having fun. Liz is always uneasy at closing time. Every sound echoes and all lights cast eerie shadows. One night she is by the pool and sommeone grabs her foot and screams in her face. Then it slides beneath the pool and is gone. The security guard refuses to help Liz and goes about his business. Danger surrounds Liz. Someone is watching her. Thank heaven Liz meet a faithful friend. Fran is four inches shoter then her, but no less funny, romantic, or smart. He makes her feel safe. Whoever is behind the series of events at the pool scene must be someone Liz knows. A person who stop for nothing-even murder.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Dark and Deadly Pool 30 April 2002
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Format: School & Library Binding
Most every sixteen year-old girl wants to be independent from their parents, right? and what better way to prove your independence than getting (and carrying out) a summer job? Mary Elizabeth Ratterfy [Liz] did just this. When she took a job as a pool maintennence janitor at a fancy hotel, she was in store for more than she bargained for, for in the past few weeks, priceless antiques had been stolen from the hotel. She and her best friend Fran decided that someone was conducting all of these seemingly unrelated thefts, and with the clues she finds, and the murderes that are happening, this possibility seems more and more plausible.
The first clue she finds is a gap between two walls, leading to the outside. This gap (covered by ivy) is the only escape route possible for the theives. The second clue was found by Fran: a cavity in the base of a fake tree gives them the idea that the stolen items were placed there untill a safe getaway was possible.
In her last hours of her shift, she is confronted by her boss, Art Mart, and is forced to give him information. After she gives him the information Art needs, Art attempts to drown her by throwing her in the pool, but in the process, falls in himself and gets knocked unconsious by Liz's big feet. The police soon come and put Art Mart behind bars.
My absolute favorite part in the book was all the chararcters. Nixon makes believable chararters with believable lives. You can vividly picture them in your head.
I liked this book because it had a lot of mystery, action and description, all the elements needed to make a good book of this genre.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Problems At The Health Club 22 April 2002
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This mystery thriller by Joan Nixon combines an exciting mystery with romance and a little humor. When you read this book you won't be able to put it down.
There are things getting stolen and some members are murdered at a popular health club, then the troubles begin. As an employee, Liz is caught in the middle. She tries to solve the mystery while juggling her love life. But will she get caught up in the trouble and murders and become a victim herself?
The plot grabs you right away and keeps your attention though out the entire book. For example in the beginning Liz hears something in the pool so she goes to check it out. She leans over the pool and something jumps out and grabs her.
This book is a lot like Wolf Rider by Avi. Both books have an exciting plot which keeps you on the edge of your seat. Both books are mysteries where an "outsider" tries to solve it.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is a really good book! 5 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've just started to read a lot of Joan Lowrey Nixon books, and this one is my favorite one so far. Her mysteries aren't too hard to figure out most of the time, and this one is no exception, but I love the main characters, Liz and Fran. They have so much personality I feel as if they could be my best friends. The dialogue between them is always funny, and even though this story is kind of lacking in the mystery and suspense area, it's still a great book. If you want a good mystery book or suspense book by this author try "The Seance", "The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore", or "Wispers From the Dead"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Another Nixon Hit!..... 6 July 2002
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Joan Lowery Nixon is a talented writer! Even though this wasn't my favorite book by her, she still made sure the reader feels as though they are in the story!...
"The Dark and Deadly Pool" is about a girl named Mary Elizabeth. She just landed a new job at the Ridley Hotel's heath club. Her shift takes place from 3-11 PM. One night, while Liz is by the pool alone after closing, a person comes up from the pool and reaches out to Liz. By the time Liz calls security, the man is gone!
Liz starts to realize that her new job is getting stranger by the minute when guests start to have their wallets pickpocketed. Not only that, but roasts and turkeys are being stolen from the kitchen, and two antique sofas are stolen by people posing as cleaners. Liz knows that these events must be linked, but how? Will Liz be able to detect what's going on with the Ridley Hotel events, or will her investigations lead her to death? Surely finding a dead guest in the pool will throw her off the case, right? Find out in "The Dark and Deadly Pool!"
Overall, I think this story was very good. Nixon also incorporated romance into the story for a sure-hit! Aside from that though, I think that Nixon could have put a bit more action into it!
Also recommended: "Name of the Game Was Murder" and "Nobody's There," both by Joan Lowery Nixon!
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