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Dark Water Dive: An Underwater Investigation

by Kathy Brandt

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Hannah Sampson is leaving her job as head of the Denver Police Department's dive and recovery team to move to paradise: the British Virgin Islands, and a new job. In the first book in this series, Swimming with the Dead, Hannah ventured to the BVI to investigate the death of the Denver police commissioner's son. She impressed the police chief enough that he offered her a job as a detective-and in Dark Water Dive, she takes it.

Arriving in the BVI, she's snubbed by the other detectives and saddled with a young, energetic but inexperienced partner named Jimmy Snyder. He's no more than eighteen, Hannah is certain, and has a penchant for hot-rodding the police boat. She's not so sure the partnership will work out, but soon has to admit Jimmy's easy manner and insider status get better information from the locals than she can.

Hannah's first case is the disappearance of an American tourist, Allen Robsen, who was in the BVI on a sailing vacation with his wife. When divers find his body snagged in a coral reef, it's apparent it wasn't an accident-not with a bullet hole in the forehead. The pressure is on to find the murderer-officials don't want to put a damper on the sailing industry that makes up much of the BVI's economy.

The person the chief thinks is the murderer is jailed, but Hannah doesn't believe the suspect killed Robsen and, behind the chief's back, continues with the investigation.

I really enjoyed the Swimming with the Dead, giving it a 4.5 Quill (out of 5) rating. Although I don't think Dark Water Dive is its equal, it's a solid sequel -- smooth writing, great island characters, a spunky heroine and a complex plot. The love interest, O'Brien, is almost too perfect to believe, and Hannah could lose him and the story would move along nicely without him. ( )
  NewsieQ | Dec 27, 2006 |
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A new underwater investigation from the author of Swimming with the Dead...

Homicide detective Hannah Sampson has traded the Colorado Rockies for the sunnier climes of the British Virgin Islands. But a murdered tourist whose marriage may not have been all smooth sailing-and colleagues eager to sink her career-have left Hannah navigating the stormy waters of betrayal, greed, and murder as cold as the deep blue sea...

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