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A chilling case of unsolved murders and mistaken identities unravels when a lake in a Christchurch cemetery releases its grip on the murky past in this exciting crime thriller from the internationally best-selling author of The Laughterhouse.

Cemetery Lake begins in a cold and rainy graveyard, where Private Detective Theodore Tate is overseeing an exhumation. But doubts are raised about the identity of the body found in the coffin.

Originally published in Paul Cleave's native New Zealand in 2008, Cemetery Lake is the first novel to feature Theodore Tate. It is full of the clever plot twists and sardonic humor for which Cleave has become known. Encompassing the universal battle against the darkness within in this entertaining crime novel.

©2008 Paul Cleave (P)2015 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 12-27-15

Whoa! Unusual Story Gripping End To End

Complex. Inventive. Thoughtful. Oh... and dark. Yep, it's about Cemetery Lake, both literally and metaphorically. Paul Cleave's written a compelling script that Paul Ansdell cunningly interprets. I'm off to find another book from this team. 15 Stars!

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I really did not enjoy this book

I finished the book, only because I hoped at some point it would get better. (Then it ended without having done so)
First let me say that the writing was good, the Narrator was great, and the subject matter might appeal to some.

Now that the pros are out of the way:
I completely agree with another reviewer, in that I detest the representation of the main character and will read no future books, by this author, with this main character.

The story centers far more around the (annoyingly depressing and irritating) main character's decent into alcoholism and tendency to take justice into his own hands, rather than the mystery itself.

If you cut out the excessive rambling introspection of the main character, the actually mystery would be a short story.. and a very short one at that.

I also found it annoying that, repeatedly, this ex-cop main character chooses courses of action that don't include involving the police, even to the detriment of supplying himself with an alibi. (based on the overly-repeated, and rather weak excuse of feeling responsible)

Not my idea of a good book, but if self reproach, repeated long-winded recounting of past experiences as an excuse for alcoholism and vigilantism, with a serial murder case as background fodder, are your thing; you may like it.

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  • Sires
  • Chesapeake, OH, United States
  • 12-08-15

Almost Stopped Reading Half Way In, Glad I Didn't

Former cop, current private eye Theo Tate stands and watches an exhumation. Then his attention is drawn to the lake that the cemetary overlooks. As the rusted coffin of Henry Martin heaves into view out of the earth, three bodies rise to the surface from the depth of the lake.

The genre is called New Zealand Noire. And it is really dark. About half way in I thought that the author had wrapped everything up and couldn't figure what he was going to do for the second half of the book. However, I was really wrong. I kept going and found out that Cleave's story twists and turns and I enjoyed it to the very end.

The narrator was quite good also. I am hoping that Audible.com adds more Theo Tate novels to it's collection.

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Races right along

The narrator pulled me along so quickly in the plot that huge faults in police practice hardly mattered And this is a good thing. This is a great mystery. The big reveal totally surprised me - I've never seen this in my decades of reading Mystery/Suspence. Well worth your money! Now I must see if Audible has more by Mr. Cleave.

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