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Dangerous Depths: An Underwater Investigation Mass Market Paperback – May 3, 2005

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; First Edition edition (May 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451214935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451214935
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,203,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kathy Brandt and her son, Max Maddox, are the author of Walks on the Margin: A Story of Bipolar Illness. Kathy is the recipient of the 2012 NAMI Award for her outstanding service and is an active voice for mental health issues. She is also the author of the Underwater Investigation series featuring SCUBA diver and underwater crime scene investigator, Hannah Sampson. The Denver Post calls the series "A Plunge into intrigue." Kathy taught writing at the University of Colorado for ten years. She lives in Colorado. Visit her website: www.kathybrandtauthor.com

Max Maddox has a BA in philosophy from Grinnell College and an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, where he was nominated for the Joan Mitchell Award and received the Fellowship Trust Award. He has exhibited his work in galleries including The Slought Foundation, The Print Center of Philadelphia, and the Ellen Powell Tiberino Memorial Museum. He was the preparator, photographer, and curator at the Sun King Gallery and Pyramid Museum in Philadelphia and also assistant to artist and curator Richard Torchia, Director of Arcadia University Gallery. He now lives in Colorado where he teaches and continues to pursue his career in art.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Police underwater diver and homicide investigator Hannah Sampson went down to the British Virgin Island as a favor to her boss who wanted someone on his team nearby during the inquiries into the death of his son there. Hannah loved it so much that she quit her job in Denver and went to work as a detective in BVI in Tortuga. After a year of living there she has a lover, good friends and a houseboat where she can look out at the sea every day.

One day she is awakened by an explosion and sees the Caribbe on fire and sinking into the water. She dives and brings up her friend Elyse Henry who lapses into a coma. Evidence points to the incident being an accident because she left her propane stove on, which apparently sparked and caught fire. Hannah's instinct tells her somebody was trying to murder her friend. In defiance of her boss' orders to leave the case alone, the determined Hannah tries to prove her instincts are correct, but almost gets killed in the process.

DANGEROUS DEPTHS is an exciting police procedural set in an exotic setting. What makes the attempt on Elyse's life interesting is that she didn't have an enemy with a motive to murder her; so readers keep wondering why as they seek along aside the heroine to find out who the killer is. Armchair travelers beware! Once you read this book, you'll want to hop at plane and visit the unspoiled British Virgin Islands.

Harriet Klausner
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Detective Hannah Sampson is back in her third adventure and this time dealing with what she believes was an attempted homicide. It was Sampson who was first on the scene when her friend Elyse Henry was thrown into the burning sea by an explosion aboard the boat "Caribbe." Sampson was asleep on board her own boat "Sea Bird" when the noise woke her up and she investigated. Despite her injuries due to the flames, she was able to rescue Elyse who now lies in the hospital in a coma.

For Hannah Sampson, she believes that the explosion and resulting fire were caused by foul play. Everyone else, including Chief Dun of the Tortola Police Department, believes it was just an accident. Elyse Henry, advent environmentalist especially in regards to the sea turtles and the coral reef, annoyed some of the natives in the British Virgin Islands and appealed to others. With no real evidence other than a gut feeling on Hannah's part, Dun wants her to move on to more serious and obvious matters such as who is breaking into charter boats and stealing stuff. Hannah is not about to let anything go.

What follows is a rather simplistic but enjoyable read. The second storyline of the break-ins on the charters is rather obvious as is the author's feelings on environmental issues. Frequently the narrative read stops completely as the groups are portrayed simplistically as either for or against the environment and the reader is lectured. Like the character development itself, the lectures are simplistic and cultural differences regarding native islanders are mentioned but basically ignored.

The main plot line is enjoyable however and holds a couple of minor surprises.
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Third in a great series. This book, in particular, will take you for a ride both above and underwater with enough twists and surprises to satisfy any reader. I have a love of diving and a healthy respect for the Sea. It is obvious Kathy Brandt does too. Through her facinating main character, Hannah Sampson, she tells a heck of a yarn, but in so doing gives us all a tast of beauty, danger, romance and the need to respect our "one earth" and its endangered species.
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Third in this mystery series called "An Underwater Investigation." When I was recommending this series to friends, I called it "the love child of (Nora Roberts's) The Reef and C.S.I. Crime Scene Investigation. I've really been enjoying this series. This one's grittier than the previous books.

This time, Hannah's best friend Elyse's boat burns, and Hannah's the only one who thinks it wasn't just a tragic accident. She's racing against time and her boss to prove it was attempted murder before the killer can finish the job.

In addition to the diving details and the exotic British Virgin Islands scenery, Dangerous Depths includes interesting environmental details about sea turtles and the effect of rats in the islands.

The mystery has nice twists, and I'm enjoying the development of Hannah's friendships and her romance with O'Brien.

Good series. I recommend it if you like mystery. There's romance there, but the door's shut on the sex scenes, and, glory be, the heroine wasn't a relationship idiot--I've seen that WAY too many times lately.
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I gobble up detective novels the way some people eat chocolate. I loved the series, and wish there were more. Hannah Sampson is a likable, capable, and very human sort of person struggling to find her way in a fascinating setting: the British Virgin Islands of the Caribbean.

The pace is fast, fun, and intriguing. The author's knowledge of the islands and their people shines through, and she captures the language cadence of the islanders beautifully.

If you're looking to vary your same-same urban detective novel with some exotic settings and breath-stopping (pun intended) underwater crime scenes, then try these Kathy Brandt novels.

Good reading for a general audience. Especially appealing to detective story buffs who dive, snorkel or are interested in the Caribbean.
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