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There is no love lost between novelist/sometime sleuth E.J. Pugh and her three sisters: four high-strung Texas redheads who have made sibling rivalry an art form. In an attempt to ease their stretched-thin family ties, the ladies and their respective mates have rented a vacation home together on the Caribbean island of St. John. But reconciliation must take a back seat to There is no love lost between novelist/sometime sleuth E.J. Pugh and her three sisters: four high-strung Texas redheads who have made sibling rivalry an art form. In an attempt to ease their stretched-thin family ties, the ladies and their respective mates have rented a vacation home together on the Caribbean island of St. John. But reconciliation must take a back seat to crim detection when a waterlogged corpse is discovered clogging up the cistern of their stunning beachfront house.The body belongs to a former employee of the dentist husband of sister Liz, which leads the local police captain to surmise that the killer is a member of the clan--especially after an exploding count up from one. E.J., however, is not convinced. And, to the chagrin of her loving, long-suffering hubby, Willis, she's determined to salvage what's left of their vacation by exposing whomever is rapidly turning a family gathering into a wake in paradise.


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There is no love lost between novelist/sometime sleuth E.J. Pugh and her three sisters: four high-strung Texas redheads who have made sibling rivalry an art form. In an attempt to ease their stretched-thin family ties, the ladies and their respective mates have rented a vacation home together on the Caribbean island of St. John. But reconciliation must take a back seat to There is no love lost between novelist/sometime sleuth E.J. Pugh and her three sisters: four high-strung Texas redheads who have made sibling rivalry an art form. In an attempt to ease their stretched-thin family ties, the ladies and their respective mates have rented a vacation home together on the Caribbean island of St. John. But reconciliation must take a back seat to crim detection when a waterlogged corpse is discovered clogging up the cistern of their stunning beachfront house.The body belongs to a former employee of the dentist husband of sister Liz, which leads the local police captain to surmise that the killer is a member of the clan--especially after an exploding count up from one. E.J., however, is not convinced. And, to the chagrin of her loving, long-suffering hubby, Willis, she's determined to salvage what's left of their vacation by exposing whomever is rapidly turning a family gathering into a wake in paradise.

30 review for Don't Drink the Water

  1. 4 out of 5

    Regan

    With all the time spent on how awful each family member was and the looking back in time at how EJ and Cheryl fell out decades ago I began to wonder if I was reading a women's fiction or the cozy mystery it was billed as. The mystery in this one was more or less a non event and treated as an after thought. This was the first of her books -- I don't normally read a series out of order but this one was so badly done I can't see spending time reading the earlier books in this series. If it weren't With all the time spent on how awful each family member was and the looking back in time at how EJ and Cheryl fell out decades ago I began to wonder if I was reading a women's fiction or the cozy mystery it was billed as. The mystery in this one was more or less a non event and treated as an after thought. This was the first of her books -- I don't normally read a series out of order but this one was so badly done I can't see spending time reading the earlier books in this series. If it weren't a book club read I wouldn't have bothered.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mare

    Just not my style. The characters were a bit too abrasive for my entertainment. A few moments of humor and a gorgeous setting.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jerry B

    We're EJ fans, but she seemed a little off here... We've read all of Susan Rogers Cooper's delightful stories, including the six Sheriff Milt Kovak books, the (very difficult to find) two Kimmey Kruse stand-up comedian stories, and the previous six EJ Pugh mysteries. Obviously we like Cooper's great writing ability; one would swear she can turn a soccer practice carpooling chore into an event of note with her descriptive and insightful commentary on everyday life. All of her characters tend to b We're EJ fans, but she seemed a little off here... We've read all of Susan Rogers Cooper's delightful stories, including the six Sheriff Milt Kovak books, the (very difficult to find) two Kimmey Kruse stand-up comedian stories, and the previous six EJ Pugh mysteries. Obviously we like Cooper's great writing ability; one would swear she can turn a soccer practice carpooling chore into an event of note with her descriptive and insightful commentary on everyday life. All of her characters tend to be a little low profile, humble practitioners with an overdose of curiosity that leads to solving crimes, sometimes almost unwittingly. Unlike her sheriff, who of course is paid to catch killers, Kimmey and EJ are strictly amateurs who depend on cajoling friends and policemen into helping move along reasonably good plots. In this story, EJ is far from her home (Texas), and is re-united with her three sisters (with spouses/partners along) in a contrived vacation in St. Johns cooked up by her mother who wants to see the girls "get along". Much of the story revolves around their childhood goings-on and/or their perceptions of each other's adult lives and situations in society. Hence, the plot is almost a little secondary to the mental and verbal meanderings in the Virgin Islands setting. There is a murder or two to solve, and even if a bit improbable in total, we're hooked enough by a few real clues mixed in with several red herrings along the way to feel some suspense. Indeed, we thought the ending fairly surprising, and hardly anticipated the ultimate culprit at all. While we'd readily give almost all Cooper's books 4 stars, we don't think this one was one of her best -- maybe the unusual setting (although entertaining in itself in some ways) put our author off her usual game plan; and with none of the regular supporting characters to help out, we didn't know anybody here either. Still, the faithful will want to read this; and while many of her others seemed better to me, all 15 books are fun, worthwhile "reads" without demanding too much from us the reader but "enjoy". Why not ?!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jobiska (Cindy)

    I was pleased recently to find two more E.J. Pugh mysteries, as I thought the series had ended. Although it's been a while since I read the first several books, so I've forgotten details, I remembered I liked the feistiness of the main character, E.J. I still enjoyed her character in this book, and also liked the delving into the background of her fraught relationship with her sisters. However, there were some jarring editing issues--twice someone "clinched," not clenched, their teeth; octagon w I was pleased recently to find two more E.J. Pugh mysteries, as I thought the series had ended. Although it's been a while since I read the first several books, so I've forgotten details, I remembered I liked the feistiness of the main character, E.J. I still enjoyed her character in this book, and also liked the delving into the background of her fraught relationship with her sisters. However, there were some jarring editing issues--twice someone "clinched," not clenched, their teeth; octagon was spelled octagan; words were repeated in close proximity in a tedious manner when other words would do; etc. I've noticed this in other book series recently--is less time, attention, being paid on editing? Sigh. I don't like mistakes that bring me out of the feel of the work!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    EJ Pugh and her husband Willis go for a vacation to the US Virgin Island of St. John. Paradise with a serpent, or rather three sisters all of whom hates the other to some degree or another. Sibling rivalry, rum, the past, and a dead body make this a vacation to forget. Taking EJ out of her natural habitat made this a tepid mystery. The narrative voice of EJ is likeable as always but this mystery isn't up to Cooper's usual standards.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This was an amazing fun light-hearted mystery about four estranged sisters getting together and encountering murder and ill-will in their midst. I love this book for the characters, especially the sisters, but I could never follow up on the series because I knew E. J.'s sisters wouldn't be in them (view spoiler)[except maybe Liz, but not in a major role (hide spoiler)] This was an amazing fun light-hearted mystery about four estranged sisters getting together and encountering murder and ill-will in their midst. I love this book for the characters, especially the sisters, but I could never follow up on the series because I knew E. J.'s sisters wouldn't be in them (view spoiler)[except maybe Liz, but not in a major role (hide spoiler)]

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    A great mystery! I just adore her books and this one was especially good. If you haven't read any of her books yet you should!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

  9. 4 out of 5

    Fairyprincess1

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christine Monfor

  11. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Young

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elinor

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bobbie

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dan Eggleston

  17. 5 out of 5

    Paul

  18. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jan Folks

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle DeMunck

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Mcculloch

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Harrison-jewell

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jean

  25. 4 out of 5

    Calli

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joyce Wessel

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jeri

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carol

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