Death in Cold Waters: A Madeleine Brooks Mystery - Book 1

Rated 4.50/5 based on 4 reviews
A Murder Mystery Perfect For Lovers of British Crime Fiction

Madeleine Brooks, a probation officer, seeks to uncover the truth about a crime for which one of her clients has been imprisoned. Her search to unearth the truth brings her into dangerous conflict with a scheming and treacherous murderer. More
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About Tannis Laidlaw

Tannis has worn many hats: occupational therapist in her early days, psychologist, university researcher and lecturer at various universities and medical schools and now author. She's written many first drafts which are safely stored on her hard drive (perhaps, one day, to be revised…) but she has published four novels and two books of short stories. Two of the novels are in paperback as well as ebook format. She lives with her husband in various places: two homes in New Zealand - a town house in Auckland and an adobe beach house on an isolated bay in Northland - and, to take full advantage of the northern summer, a tiny summer cottage (off the grid and boat-access only) on a remote lake in North-western Ontario in Canada. All are places perfect for writing.

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About the Series: The Madeleine Brooks Mysteries
To get her stress levels down, Madeleine Brooks switches careers from a professional probation officer dealing with criminals and all that entails to estate agent in the English countryside dealing with ordinary people. Except they are often not ordinary and she finds herself deep in solving the whys and the wherefores of missing people, bodies long buried or murders most foul. If you love English mysteries set in quaint Oxfordshire villages with characters who walk off the pages into your life, then you’ll enjoy Madeleine Brooks, Estate Agent (and frequently, Amateur Detective) in her new career.

Stress free? Not exactly….

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Reviews of Death in Cold Waters: A Madeleine Brooks Mystery - Book 1 by Tannis Laidlaw

shifra reviewed on Aug. 5, 2020

Madeleine “Maddie” Brooks, who lives in England, works as a Senior Probation Officer and is at cross purposes with her newly appointed boss. Maddie is conscientious and dogged in her pursuit of ensuring her clients get a fair shake for integrating back into society. One of Maddie’s clients is sent back to prison for a heinous crime that points to him as the culprit. When Maddie finds out that a witness can place her client elsewhere at the time of the crime, she takes it upon herself to follow up on whether or not the man is innocent or guilty. As Maddie gets further enmeshed in ferreting out the truth, she begins to wonder whether her client was wrongfully convicted in a previous case that bears similarities to the current one and if the two are connected.

Death in Cold Waters, the first book in A Madeleine Brooks Mystery series, contains the right amount of balance between the time spent by Maddie in figuring out an unsolved mystery while she is dealing with real-life issues that will resonate with readers, such as parenting a rebellious teenager, coping with conflict in the workplace, juggling work commitments with family life, and finding out that one’s spouse could be having an affair. This enjoyable mystery builds in tension all the way up until it reaches a pivotal moment as the story draws to an end. A good start to a new series by Tannis Laidlaw that features a relatable main character who has been endowed with the right balance of positive and negative personality traits. I look forward not only to how Maddie’s character develops but also to cases she works on as an amateur detective in future installments.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
Delightfullybooked reviewed on Aug. 3, 2020

This was my first book by Tannis Laidlaw and the first of the Madeleine Brooks Mysteries. It was an enjoyable, easy read with a few twists and turns that made me want to keep reading!
Madeleine is a probation officer helping a client, who was in prison, ease back into the real world. She’s never been fully convinced that Henry was the one who committed the crime all those years ago, but now that he’s out, another crime has taken place that is very similar to the one he was incarcerated for. But things aren’t adding up, so Madeleine sets out to discover the truth all while on suspension from work and dealing with her own troubles at home.
⚠️Trigger warning ⚠️ sex crimes against underage girls.
The only thing I didn’t enjoy about this book was Madeleine's relationship with her husband. He’s basically a slacker and she just lets him get away with it. There were a lot of issues between the two of them, but barely discussed in the book. I’m holding out hope that she speaks her mind in the next book! Overall, a great read! 👏🏻

I received a copy of this book for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
Meredith Chapman reviewed on July 30, 2020

The first book in a very promising series! Madelaine Brooks is very focused and a well written character. Fraught with many personal problems in her own family, as a probation officer, she takes her position extremely seriously. When one of her clients gets picked up for murder, she knows it is wrong and starts investigating which gets her suspended. But with too many strange things happen like a witness suddenly receiving a trip to South Africa, she is definitely suspicious. She thows herself into the investigation while trying to get some control over her family life. I loved how the author gives us a very complex character yet a very human one. Once I began this book, I just couldn't put it down. I am definitely excited about this new series and can't wait to learn more about Madelaine. I received an ARC of this book but the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Carol Smith reviewed on July 29, 2020

Madeleine Brooks works as a British
Probation Officer. When one of her assigned
clients is returned to prison on suspicion
of murder, she jumps on the case believing
her client is innocent.
Then when the witness who can prove his
whereabouts when the crime was committed
receives a gift of a ticket to South Africa
from an anonymous man, Madeleine believes
this is no coincidence.
When Madeleine is put on suspension at her
job, she begins her full fledge investigation.
In addition to helping solve the murder,
Madeleine helps solve a cold case.
She is faced also overwhelmed with personal
family issues. Her daughter has gone Gothic.
Her husband who is a musician not holding
down a job is changing his appearance to
look younger and acting strange.
Three dimensional and multifaceted created
characters in a complex, intriguing, dynamic
murder mystery.
I found the tension and drama building in
Madeleine’s life very formidable very
frustrating and very realistic.
The descriptive qualities of events placed
me with the various characters throughout
the story. It keep me on the edge of my seat
right up until the final word.
Looking forward to this series continuing.
A Highly Recommended Read!!
I volunteered to read Death in Cold Waters.
Thanks to the Cozy Review Crew for the
opportunity. My opinion is voluntary and my own.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
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