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Dr. Andromeda “Andie” Markos knew her patient was lying to her. She knew that something happened in that cave; something far more nefarious than just a simple “dive accident.” When she sees that same patient dead, his body twisted, frozen in his last moments of pain, she knows she was right. His death thrusts her into a world of deceit and betrayal she had never before exp Dr. Andromeda “Andie” Markos knew her patient was lying to her. She knew that something happened in that cave; something far more nefarious than just a simple “dive accident.” When she sees that same patient dead, his body twisted, frozen in his last moments of pain, she knows she was right. His death thrusts her into a world of deceit and betrayal she had never before experienced in her home town of Tarpon Springs, Florida. Dragged headlong into the situation by her pushy best friend, who is the medical examiner assigned to the case, Andie does her best as her sometimes complicated- but safe- world rapidly unravels. A single mother, saddled with the emotions and expectations of her widowed Greek mother, Andie must find a way to navigate this treacherous new world of criminal behavior.


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Dr. Andromeda “Andie” Markos knew her patient was lying to her. She knew that something happened in that cave; something far more nefarious than just a simple “dive accident.” When she sees that same patient dead, his body twisted, frozen in his last moments of pain, she knows she was right. His death thrusts her into a world of deceit and betrayal she had never before exp Dr. Andromeda “Andie” Markos knew her patient was lying to her. She knew that something happened in that cave; something far more nefarious than just a simple “dive accident.” When she sees that same patient dead, his body twisted, frozen in his last moments of pain, she knows she was right. His death thrusts her into a world of deceit and betrayal she had never before experienced in her home town of Tarpon Springs, Florida. Dragged headlong into the situation by her pushy best friend, who is the medical examiner assigned to the case, Andie does her best as her sometimes complicated- but safe- world rapidly unravels. A single mother, saddled with the emotions and expectations of her widowed Greek mother, Andie must find a way to navigate this treacherous new world of criminal behavior.

30 review for Last Man Out (A Markos Mystery Book 1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Austin

    Andie is going through a lot in her life. Dealing with a cheating ex-husband, a moody teenage daughter, and now a mysterious patient that may be connected to a possible murder. Dr. Andromeda Marko's was merely supposed to treat the diver for decompression sickness, but she can't stop thinking about is his partner that never made it out of the deep sea cave. Things only excel when the surviving patient turns up dead. Andie finds herself surrounded by suspicious deaths that lead her on a full blown t Andie is going through a lot in her life. Dealing with a cheating ex-husband, a moody teenage daughter, and now a mysterious patient that may be connected to a possible murder. Dr. Andromeda Marko's was merely supposed to treat the diver for decompression sickness, but she can't stop thinking about is his partner that never made it out of the deep sea cave. Things only excel when the surviving patient turns up dead. Andie finds herself surrounded by suspicious deaths that lead her on a full blown treasure hunt-quite literally. A well written, fast paced thriller that will keep you guessing the entire time.

  2. 4 out of 5

    David Thompson

    “Last Man Out” is a suspenseful mystery/thriller by Isabella Adams that you will have trouble putting down! Her characters are well developed and likeable, in spite of their foibles (or perhaps because of them). The pace she sets is brisk, and her scene settings are realistic- delving deeply into the divergent fields of medicine and cave diving. The author’s knowledge and/or research of these two disciplines is readily apparent. The insights into a Florida coastal Greek Orthodox community are r “Last Man Out” is a suspenseful mystery/thriller by Isabella Adams that you will have trouble putting down! Her characters are well developed and likeable, in spite of their foibles (or perhaps because of them). The pace she sets is brisk, and her scene settings are realistic- delving deeply into the divergent fields of medicine and cave diving. The author’s knowledge and/or research of these two disciplines is readily apparent. The insights into a Florida coastal Greek Orthodox community are refreshing, informative and engaging. The cultural mores and pressures are evident throughout and help to drive the plot forward. These all too human factors are not shied away from, but tenderly put on display, contributing to the authenticity of the story. In conclusion, carve out some couch time for yourself to savor this well thought out read. You won’t regret it! Well done, Mrs. Adams. I was provided a copy of this excellent new novel for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rachael Tamayo

    In the vein of Patrica Crowell and Jonathan Kellerman falls this new author. I love the detail and felt like I was scuba diving off the Florida coast due to the writers attention to detail. Not to mention the great and relatable characters. I love this book and look forward to more from her.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Amanti

    Quick read but entertaining the whole way through. couldn't put it down. Definitely one to take to the beach. Quick read but entertaining the whole way through. couldn't put it down. Definitely one to take to the beach.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Anders

    I picked up this book for two reasons. 1) I'm a local to the area of the setting. 2) I'm a scuba diver and never read a story with diving involved. I'm so glad I picked it up! As for the setting . . . Everything was so factual! I laughed out loud in some places because I knew exactly what the author was talking about. No good chinese in the Tampa area? So true! She painted the muggy weather perfectly. As for the scuba diving . . . I'm not a technical or cave diver. The author did such a wonderful j I picked up this book for two reasons. 1) I'm a local to the area of the setting. 2) I'm a scuba diver and never read a story with diving involved. I'm so glad I picked it up! As for the setting . . . Everything was so factual! I laughed out loud in some places because I knew exactly what the author was talking about. No good chinese in the Tampa area? So true! She painted the muggy weather perfectly. As for the scuba diving . . . I'm not a technical or cave diver. The author did such a wonderful job of providing the information without overwhelming the reader. So, for the two reasons I picked up the book, it definitely satisfied me. But it was so much more than that. The mystery and intrigue were great. I'm normally a romance reader so of course I would've loved a bit more of that. Once I was about 30% in, I did not want to put the book down and powered through to the end resulting in a book hangover. I LOVED the relationship between the main character and her daughter. Nailed the teen angst perfectly. The characters were all wonderful, especially the main characters group of friends. The book also helped me understand the Greek culture that is so prominent in Tarpon Springs. Next time I go to that area, I'll be thinking of this book. The use of the Greek language in some places bothered me at first but it wasn't too much. Well written mystery and can't wait to read future books.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Davina Guy

    Debut author Isabella Adams has created a suspenseful mystery/thriller in "Last Man Out," an original page turner with a fast moving plot. The author enlists elements of a burgeoning romance in her mystery while displaying insights into a Florida coastal town. A Greek Orthodox family, the medical field, underwater murders and an ex-husband (with a secret) combined with cave diving, and a potential new beau in the same book? As I said- original, and thoughtful. Ms. Adams pulls it all together bea Debut author Isabella Adams has created a suspenseful mystery/thriller in "Last Man Out," an original page turner with a fast moving plot. The author enlists elements of a burgeoning romance in her mystery while displaying insights into a Florida coastal town. A Greek Orthodox family, the medical field, underwater murders and an ex-husband (with a secret) combined with cave diving, and a potential new beau in the same book? As I said- original, and thoughtful. Ms. Adams pulls it all together beautifully. The pressures of family, single motherhood and community are evident throughout, and further develop her characters. The heroine Andromeda (Andi) is a strong independent woman, reminiscent of Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta, one of my favorite series. Saying goodbye to this character at the end was like leaving behind an old friend. "Last Man Out" is a perfect rainy day, relaxing beach read! The intricate plot with well developed scenes, and believable characters create a very entertaining read. Everyone should give this new author a go!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dr Chandra Shekhar Bhatt

    This is a great novel I have read story builds a new awareness for humanity like the book Lila by Robert M Piercing. I am quoting the incident from the novel for all humans to grow. When Andie helps s victim with cpr. An older medic who appeared to be incharge held a medic clipboard box. He knelt next to Andie & was taking notes as she spoke , "Oh it sounds like you've had some training, that's great, "he said, "Are you a nurse or did you take a CPR class at YMCA ! " Andie stared at him , blankl This is a great novel I have read story builds a new awareness for humanity like the book Lila by Robert M Piercing. I am quoting the incident from the novel for all humans to grow. When Andie helps s victim with cpr. An older medic who appeared to be incharge held a medic clipboard box. He knelt next to Andie & was taking notes as she spoke , "Oh it sounds like you've had some training, that's great, "he said, "Are you a nurse or did you take a CPR class at YMCA ! " Andie stared at him , blankly. She blinked leaving lid down for a long moment. She did not have the energy to have this conversation; she was too tired to have to explain that, just because she was a woman, does not mean that she is a nurse. Not that there was anything wrong with being a nurse, it just got tiring correcting people on a regular basis.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Himanish Prabhakar

    My review is 4.4 stars. As per the Debut Author, 'Isabella Adams' knows very well how to create a Suspense Thriller. I liked the book. The story of the book is awesome. The pace is good and maintained throughout. Not on a single point, I had the feeling that I'm getting bored. Underwater murder, that actually excited me. I'm definitely going to read this one again. Story - Awesome Pace - Good Suspense - Don't ask Thrill - Goosebumps Lovely!!! Lovely!!! And lovely!!! My review is 4.4 stars. As per the Debut Author, 'Isabella Adams' knows very well how to create a Suspense Thriller. I liked the book. The story of the book is awesome. The pace is good and maintained throughout. Not on a single point, I had the feeling that I'm getting bored. Underwater murder, that actually excited me. I'm definitely going to read this one again. Story - Awesome Pace - Good Suspense - Don't ask Thrill - Goosebumps Lovely!!! Lovely!!! And lovely!!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    In Last Man Out, Isabella Adams crafts an action-packed thriller of diving, lost treasure, murder, friendships, teenage parenthood, and a nice romance. I especially enjoyed the characters, the Florida setting, and the "taste" of Greek culture. It had many interesting themes, and I'm looking forward to the next Andie Markos mystery. In Last Man Out, Isabella Adams crafts an action-packed thriller of diving, lost treasure, murder, friendships, teenage parenthood, and a nice romance. I especially enjoyed the characters, the Florida setting, and the "taste" of Greek culture. It had many interesting themes, and I'm looking forward to the next Andie Markos mystery.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    The title, “last man out,” refers to a protocol for cave divers – the first man in is the last man out. Sometimes, the last man doesn’t make it out alive. This short novel is very well written and edited, making it a pleasure to read. It moves along at a good pace and is equal parts romantic adventure and murder mystery, written from the point of view of Andie, a general practice doctor in a small Florida town. Andie has several side-plots involving her brooding teenaged daughter, a lurking ex- The title, “last man out,” refers to a protocol for cave divers – the first man in is the last man out. Sometimes, the last man doesn’t make it out alive. This short novel is very well written and edited, making it a pleasure to read. It moves along at a good pace and is equal parts romantic adventure and murder mystery, written from the point of view of Andie, a general practice doctor in a small Florida town. Andie has several side-plots involving her brooding teenaged daughter, a lurking ex-husband, an overbearing Greek mother (there is a lot of reference to the Greek culture of the family and the town), a pushy best friend who is also the county medical examiner, and a hunky former high school classmate who is now the chief detective investigating the case of at least two murders involving cave divers. Andie’s ex-husband is an expert cave diver, and there is a lot of detail about the cave diving process in this book. Searching for lost Spanish treasure in the hidden caves of Florida is certainly an intriguing setting for a story. The main plot starts off with the murder of a diver by his fellow diver and treasure-hunting companion. The reader knows very little about the treasure or the hunt, or (in the beginning) why it involves cave diving. Soon after, the murderer is also found dead. Andie is pulled into the investigation because she examined the now-dead murder suspect, because she is friends with the ME, because she knows about diving, and because she knows the detective, Sean. After Andie happens to witness a mysterious skinny man fighting with a rival dive shop owner, whose shop is blown up shortly after, the race is on to solve the mystery. But, the main plot is never the focus of this book. The mysterious skinny man is never named, and the reader has to speculate about why the other two members of this team of treasure hunters were killed and why the skinny man does what he does through the rest of the book. We get no history about the treasure itself, how it came to be in its hidden place, how the unnamed skinny man found it there, or who the other two divers were. There are several big plot holes and several convenient coincidences, as well as a substantial logic problem with the exciting climactic sequence. But, that’s not the focus of the book. The book is about Andie, and the side plots. It’s more of a cozy mystery with romantic suggestions than a crime thriller. Despite the plot issues, this is a fun read, with interesting characters. The side plots about Andie’s romantic interest in Sean, her embattled relationship with her daughter, her Greek heritage, and her tense dealings with her ex-husband are the main focus of what is already a pretty short book. The good news is that these side plots are interesting and well-written. Since Andie is not a cop (or the ME), she’s not really “investigating” the murders, but is still our point-of-view into the story. Sometimes the author has to stretch to explain exactly why Andie is so involved, but we’re glad she is since she’s such an engaging person. If you’re looking for a quick, fun read and a well-written book, this is an excellent choice.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bruce Perrin

    Some Serious “Series Building” and A Murder Mystery Too! Last Man Out introduces us to Dr. Andromeda “Andie” Markos, heroine of the Markos Mystery series. And by the end of the book, she may feel like your best friend. You’ll learn about her and the Greek culture, transplanted to Tarpon Springs, Florida, in which she was raised. You’ll met her three best friends, her mother, her somewhat moody teenage daughter, her philandering husband or ex-husband (depending on who you talk to), and her new rom Some Serious “Series Building” and A Murder Mystery Too! Last Man Out introduces us to Dr. Andromeda “Andie” Markos, heroine of the Markos Mystery series. And by the end of the book, she may feel like your best friend. You’ll learn about her and the Greek culture, transplanted to Tarpon Springs, Florida, in which she was raised. You’ll met her three best friends, her mother, her somewhat moody teenage daughter, her philandering husband or ex-husband (depending on who you talk to), and her new romantic interest, Sean. Sean just happens to be a detective in the local police department and Andie’s high school boyfriend. Yep, there’s a lot of family, a lot of history, a lot of Greek culture in this first installment of the series, and the author does it well. Add to that her skill in bringing the sights and smells of this Gulf Coast city to life and this first novel involves some serious building of the series setting and its characters. But don’t worry; there is a murder mystery too! Andie treats one of the criminals early in the story, then stays involved in the case through a combination of bad luck, coincidence, and some meddling by one of her friends who wants to fan the flames between her and Sean. The author maintains the story’s tension skillfully, but overall, the pace is a bit slow, especially for a book in the crime-thriller genre. There are explosions and murders, but there are also quite a few chapters with only backstory, devoid of any event that moved the plot forward. But as the first book in the series, this heavier focus on character development and setting building is understandable. And the finale, while short, is action-filled and tense. Overall, Last Man Out is a deliberately paced, suspenseful murder mystery, introducing us to an interesting amateur sleuth, complete with nods to her family, friends, and Greek life in a Gulf Coast city. It’s a solid foundation for a series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Robert Williscroft

    From what I can tell, Last Man Out is either this author’s first or second book, but they both were published on the same day – so I’m going to call it a first novel. I am very impressed! I looked, but could find none of the beginner errors so many other first novelists make. Point-of-view was solidly anchored. There never was any doubt from whose perspective I was seeing the story. I found no tense errors, no mismatched adverbs or adjectives. The story was well plotted and the narrative was wel From what I can tell, Last Man Out is either this author’s first or second book, but they both were published on the same day – so I’m going to call it a first novel. I am very impressed! I looked, but could find none of the beginner errors so many other first novelists make. Point-of-view was solidly anchored. There never was any doubt from whose perspective I was seeing the story. I found no tense errors, no mismatched adverbs or adjectives. The story was well plotted and the narrative was well written. Great job! Last Man Out is a mystery that involves a lot of diving. I was gratified to see that the author knows a lot about diving. I have thousands of hours underwater (many saturated to a specific depth), so I looked carefully. I didn’t notice any diving-related technical issues. Again, great job! The mystery story itself is a fine, page-turning mystery that keeps the reader fully involved until the end. Other reviewers have adequately described the story, so I will not do so here. I do, however, have a question for the author. Where are these many-mile-long flooded tunnels in Florida? I know about some extensive flooded caverns that cover a lot of ground, but am unaware of any that are as long as the author implies. This might take a little bit off my 5-star rating, but not sufficient to make a difference.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Heather Harrison

    Hidden secrets, underwater murder, a realistic protagonist, and romance--what more could you want? What began as a routine treatment of decompression sickness left Andromeda ("Andie") Markos tangled in a net of deceit. With a sleazy ex-husband, a culturally assertive mother, and the demands of a single mom, Andie has her plate full. The last thing she needed was to be dragged into a deadly ring of lies, especially when the cop investigating it sends her heart into overdrive. At the epicenter of Hidden secrets, underwater murder, a realistic protagonist, and romance--what more could you want? What began as a routine treatment of decompression sickness left Andromeda ("Andie") Markos tangled in a net of deceit. With a sleazy ex-husband, a culturally assertive mother, and the demands of a single mom, Andie has her plate full. The last thing she needed was to be dragged into a deadly ring of lies, especially when the cop investigating it sends her heart into overdrive. At the epicenter of this fast-paced thriller is the high-pressured expectations of her Greek heritage, which delves into the heart of the protagonist. Andie, along with the rest of the characters know each other so well, it's like being with old friends. The plot drives the story along at an outstanding pace without losing the hallmark of Andie's personality. The deeper you read, the deeper the mystery goes until it's impossible to put down. The author does an excellent job of balancing pace and intrigue. I found myself carrying the book in one hand as I attempted to do chores with the other, unable to set it aside without finding out what happens next. Last Man Out has a bit of everything, from thriller, to romance and mystery. I highly recommend reading this book!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Madeleine Holly-Rosing

    I never knew primary care doctors could lead such exciting lives. This taut and exciting thriller follows the story of Dr. Andromeda Markos whose suspicions about a patient lead her into mystery and murder. When the police find a body in an underwater cave in Florida, they first believe it was an accident. But when his panicked dive partner goes to Dr. Markos for help when he's not feeling well, she suspects the worse. When he winds up dead, the mystery deepens and Dr. Markos may be in more dange I never knew primary care doctors could lead such exciting lives. This taut and exciting thriller follows the story of Dr. Andromeda Markos whose suspicions about a patient lead her into mystery and murder. When the police find a body in an underwater cave in Florida, they first believe it was an accident. But when his panicked dive partner goes to Dr. Markos for help when he's not feeling well, she suspects the worse. When he winds up dead, the mystery deepens and Dr. Markos may be in more danger than she realizes. This story has great characters and pacing. Andie's relationship with her mother and daughter ring true and the conflict is organic at every level. OMG, I wanted to scream at her mother. I could have read this novella in one sitting, but I needed sleep. There is a bit of romance, which I felt distracted from the story, but I'm pretty sure that's just me. (Sorry, I'm not a big romance fan.) However, her best friend is a riot and I loved the sound of the saw in the phone conversations. (Read it as I'm not going to spoil it for you.) It was wonderful to see women portrayed as competent in fields other than their specialty who were complex, yet flawed. BTW, I see this as an indie movie. I definitely look forward to reading more of Ms. Adams work.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amy Proebstel

    An Intriguing Mystery Last Man Out is an intriguing tale of a string of murders and the hope of finding ancient, sunken treasure. I enjoyed how different this story was with the main character, Andie, being a divorced, Greek, single-parent, physician and how she dealt with juggling all aspects of her life. We really discover the depths of the Greek heritage and the expectations of the different roles in the family. This brings home the complications of divorce, dating, and raising a child in a br An Intriguing Mystery Last Man Out is an intriguing tale of a string of murders and the hope of finding ancient, sunken treasure. I enjoyed how different this story was with the main character, Andie, being a divorced, Greek, single-parent, physician and how she dealt with juggling all aspects of her life. We really discover the depths of the Greek heritage and the expectations of the different roles in the family. This brings home the complications of divorce, dating, and raising a child in a broken home. The story was told in an easy style, humorous at times, which broke up the underlying tension between Andie and her ex-husband, Pete. This story is based on the beach-living lifestyle, the diving community (which is where the title of the book comes from), as well as a dysfunctional family dynamic all while delivering a great murder mystery.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Vickie Fisher

    Isabella Adams takes you into the world of diving, and intrigue. Seamlessly she takes us through the pages of Last Man Out, and before you know it you are hanging onto every word. The characters especially Dr. Andromeda “Andie” Markos, are people you would like in your life. From the beginning you feel a bond with Andie and her daughter. A cheating ex-husband and a handsome ex-boyfriend both want her back in their lives. It doesn’t hurt that the ex-boyfriend is a cop and is forced to spend time Isabella Adams takes you into the world of diving, and intrigue. Seamlessly she takes us through the pages of Last Man Out, and before you know it you are hanging onto every word. The characters especially Dr. Andromeda “Andie” Markos, are people you would like in your life. From the beginning you feel a bond with Andie and her daughter. A cheating ex-husband and a handsome ex-boyfriend both want her back in their lives. It doesn’t hurt that the ex-boyfriend is a cop and is forced to spend time with Andie when she is turn into the middle of a string of murders. There are moments when fear actually gripped my heart. I am glad this is a series, I can’t wait to read what happens next with this entertaining group of friends.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie Sharpe

    Compelling And Great This great book is great. You fall in love with Andie immediately. The Greek culture infiltrated throughout the book gives you a taste of their culture but is on the Gulf Coast in the United States. I love how Isabella introduces her family and her new found friend Sean. Not only is there romance within, a mystery is within also. The story compels you to finish. You will want to finish and grab the next book from this author. The writing skills of Isabella is great and holds Compelling And Great This great book is great. You fall in love with Andie immediately. The Greek culture infiltrated throughout the book gives you a taste of their culture but is on the Gulf Coast in the United States. I love how Isabella introduces her family and her new found friend Sean. Not only is there romance within, a mystery is within also. The story compels you to finish. You will want to finish and grab the next book from this author. The writing skills of Isabella is great and holds you with great interest. One thing I’d change in the book, the use of taking my Lord’s name in vein. I tried to slide right past and kept reading to complete this great book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Babcock

    Satisfying mystery and the start of a love rekindled Meet Andie, her daughter Kallie, her exes, and her friends. This book starts the Markos mysteries well and pulled me in immediately. The author puts you inside Andie as she finds herself in the middle of a murderous conspiracy. The book also pulls you into the world of Tarpon Springs Fla and gives you a taste of the Greek culture there. I especially enjoyed the realistic scenes of cave diving and kidnapping, as well as the budding romance. Exc Satisfying mystery and the start of a love rekindled Meet Andie, her daughter Kallie, her exes, and her friends. This book starts the Markos mysteries well and pulled me in immediately. The author puts you inside Andie as she finds herself in the middle of a murderous conspiracy. The book also pulls you into the world of Tarpon Springs Fla and gives you a taste of the Greek culture there. I especially enjoyed the realistic scenes of cave diving and kidnapping, as well as the budding romance. Excitement, suspense, and treasure hunting are all here.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Yael

    This was an entertaining, easy read, which fit the bill for a Pandemic weekend. I’d read another book in this series next time I’m looking for someone in that category. Some of the characters are more like caricatures. And the scenario of the police involving a doctor (even if she’s connected to one of the victims) so directly in a murder investigation requires some suspension of disbelief to get past.

  20. 4 out of 5

    H.M. Gooden

    I’ve been wanting to read this book for awhile now and was not disappointed! The author takes you to a rich story with characters that leap out and smack you over the head with their quirks and Greek culture. The mystery is well done and without giving away any...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ahn

    Great story. Engaging.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Debra Blaine

    Suspense filled from the first page and kept me on edge. Well developed characters and believable story about a doctor who finds herself in the center of intrigue. Adams does not disappoint.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Valerie Noel

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carol Mccombie

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lori Costa

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Hanrahan

  27. 4 out of 5

    Geri

  28. 4 out of 5

    Isabella Adams

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sharron Mason

  30. 4 out of 5

    Grace A. Micklos

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