Still Waters: A Quin and Morgan Mystery Paperback – 15 Sep 2008
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The novel is at once playfully intellectual and grittily realistic.(Canadian Literature)
John Moss weaves a most unusual plot connecting the past and the present. He produces unexpected events and hints of secrets hidden in the minds of his characters.(Connie's Reviews Online Blog)
Still Waters is both an assured debut in the mystery category and offbeat in the charming way only a newbie can be ... If anything, Moss' character-driven writing in Still Waters reminds me of the involving work of the British write Reginal Hill in the famed Dalziel and Pascoe series.(Eric McMillan, Town-Crier)
Moss skillfully enlarges his story to make it more than a murder mystery: it is a life mystery .... This too is a powerful novel.(Star Phoenix, The)
Mosses' writing is as lush as the Canadian fall setting and as exotic as the Koi themselves. The book is brimming with imagery and he writes wonderfully clever dialogues between Quin and Morgan. They put me in mind of Reginald Hill's Daziel and Pascoe, or perhaps the clever cocktail commentary of Hammett's Thin Man duo, Nick and Nora Charles ... I look forward to another Quin and Morgan mystery ... (Merrill Young Reviewing the Evidence)
Moss spins a mystery that sparkles with dynamic setting with vivid pictures, resonant insights and a spin on mystery storytelling that is as multilayered as it is beautiful, Moss teases us down the path to resolution. Still Waters is a mystery told by a storyteller par excellence and is not to be missed. (Don Graves Hamilton Spectator, The)
This psychological mystery introduces David Morgan and Miranda Quin, two maverick and culturally sophisticated Toronto police detectives. It explores the impact of a serial killer's crimes as his malevolence is revealed through the fusion of Miranda's deductive and Morgan's inductive approaches. Details of their own lives contribute crucial elements to their investigation. There is an inexorable build-up of suspense as the novel unfolds from the almost gentle beginning where a millionaire's body is found in his Rosedale koi pond, to unspeakable revelations in the end, when Miranda is forced to confront the implications of a sexual assault in her teens and to endure horrific confinement in the serial killer's slaughterhouse.See all Product description
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3 January 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
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The first in a series based in Toronto. This is not normally my type of book: too much navel gazing, philosophizing, word games. Yet I found this novel amazing. The leads are not yet fully fleshed out, but you know it's because you have not known them long enough. The mystery, while essential to the way the book unfolds is still almost incidental. Can't wait to find the second book.
29 December 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
fairly strange but interesting