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Too Far Under (Cleo Sims Mysteries Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Lynn Osterkamp
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Book Description

Ten-year-old Angelica is sure her mother didn't drown by accident. But no one will listen to her -- especially not her father and his greedy girlfriend. How can she uncover the truth and expose her mother's murderer?

Mirabel Townes has her share of enemies. But when the wealthy heiress and lapsed Scientologist drowns in her backyard hot tub one August night, the police pronounce it a tragic accident. Her daughters, who suspect murder, refuse to accept that ruling. Determined to unmask their mother's killer, they beg grief therapist Cleo Sims, to accept them into her Contact Project that helps people communicate with dead loved ones.

Cleo is a capable mental-health professional who is reluctant to involve herself in another possible murder investigation. But she can't resist the pleas of ten-year-old Angelica Townes, a spiritually gifted Indigo child, or the demands of Tyler, her quirky spirit guide, so she agrees to help solve Mirabel's murder.

Too Far Under is a story filled with complex characters, lots of intrigue, and multiple plot twists that will keep you reading and guessing to the end. Too Far Under is the second book in the Cleo Sims series, but it can also be read as a stand-alone book.

The Cleo Sims series is set in Boulder, Colorado, where the author lives. She uses the high-tech, New Age, outdoorsy health-related aspects of Boulder to develop themes such as reality vs. illusion; good vs. evil uses of technology; and use vs. misuse of drugs and herbs. She also uses real settings from Boulder to give the stories a rich sense of place.

Editorial Reviews


"The author did a wonderful job of keeping the story moving, while developing characters who were interesting and believable." --Feathered Quill

"This is a good book for mystery lovers who like a touch of the supernatural, like cozies, or who simply enjoy a well-crafted mystery." --TCM Reviews

"Author Lynn Osterkamp created a plot filled with twists, turns and surprises placing Cleo, Angelica and Lacey in the direct path of a clever murderer." --BookPleasures

"Just enough of a paranormal touch to make the story extraordinary. I highly recommend this novel."

"A fantastic read! This book is as good as it is spooky! Pick this one up! -- Kitty Bullard, Goodreads.

From the Author

I've asked some readers who love my mysteries what they like and why they read them. My readers are puzzle solvers who like to try to figure out who did the murder. They like to be kept guessing throughout, and they like to be surprised in the end. They like interesting, complex characters; a variety of suspects who have believable motives; and a setting that draws them in and gives them a flavor of the local culture.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1440 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: PMI Books (November 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004PGNET4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,082 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gotta love Cleo March 13, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
New age grief therapist finds herself in over her head in the investigation of the death of a wealthy community leader. Actually she didn't "find herself" involved, more she made several questionable judgments working with grandchildren who think the death was not the accident ruled by police. Guided by a heart of gold (and visions of a surfer dude providing cryptic guidance) Cleo gets entangled as did this reader. She is an overachiever set in with lots of real characters, twists and turns.

Grounded in solid research the reader learns about Indigo children, grief therapy, hikes in the Rockies. You can even find some lively spots to visit on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder and learn about prairie dogs (only in Boulder). Descriptions are quite real (except hopefully not many residents get involved in murders and not many adult children are struggling to find a good nursing home for a parent).

The mystery is classic in leaving the reader in suspense about how the truth will come out and "who done it". I didn't want to put it down but my plane ride ended and I was exhausted so I picked it up again first thing next day. (Good thing it was a weekend trip.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Clark- TCM Reviews April 16, 2011
I reviewed and very much liked The first book in the series "Too Near The edge," and was curious how well the main characters and the themes would carry over. I'm happy to say, reading this book was like getting together with a good friend after a lengthy absence. It was comfortable, easy to get into and built nicely on the first book. While reading this without having read the previous book would be an enjoyable experience, I strongly encourage potential readers to start with "Too Near The Edge" so they will get full enjoyment out of book two. I revently introduced one of my pickier library patrons to the first book and she is eagerly awaiting the second to hit the library shelves. This is a good book for mystery lovers who like a touch of the supernatural, like cozies, or who simply enjoy a well-crafted mystery.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted mystery July 5, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book was a giveaway won through Libary Thing.

This book is the second in the Cleo and Tyler mysteries. Cleo is a pyschotherapist who specializes in grief counseling but with a supernatural twist ... she has a spirit "surfer dude" who often appears with cryptic messages which she has to interpret herself.
Cleo decides to help two girls whose mother has died and whom the 10 year old believes has been murdered. As she becomes involved in the family's drama, Cleo is also trying to deal with moving her grandmother from her current nursing facility because the facility is closing.

This is a great mystery and Cleo is a strong woman who follows her convictions in spite of warnings from her best friend and the man she is dating. In solving the mystery of the mother's death, Cleo also manages to obtain the money she needs to transfer her grandmother to a facility that will take good care of Gramma who has Alzheimer's disease.

I especially like the author's inclusion of the supernatural in a very believable and professional way. The author cites as references some notable and well respected works concerning death and the afterlife.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable series. October 28, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I reviewed Lynn Osterkamps Too Near the Edge that book 4 highest rating....until now.
Too Far Under has 5 stars because it was just that enjoyable.
I would suggest these books to anyone with slightly off-center friends.... you will relate to Cleo who seems incapable of staying out of trouble.....and the spirit, Tyler, who communicates in his surfer slang.
A unique odd assortment that works well.
Thanks, Lynn Osterkamp!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK, but.... July 27, 2011
By Fly Guy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I already read and reviewed the first book of the "series", "Too Near The Edge". I gave that 4 stars but I'm giving this 3 stars, even though the style is little changed. And that's why: it continues with way too much description of clothes and food, and way too shallow a description of Tyler the surfer guy. Why even include him in the series title, since he contributes so little?

The author can and does put prose down well, and is good at description. But she spends too much time in descriptions, and not enough time in action. As a guy, I want more action, more plot twists, more surprises.

I'm now reading "The Lincoln Lawyer" series by Michael Connelly. What a difference! This and the other Cleo & Tyler book are ok, even good at times, but compared to an excellent detective novel don't hold up. Still, at the price ($0.00 and $0.99) you can't go far wrong.

I hope the author continues the series, but removes a lot of description, adds more plot turns, and gives Tyler some substance. Otherwise these don't have a ghost of a chance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What is a hard-working, May 5, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
grief therapist, part-time professor of paranormal psychology and creator of the Contact Project to do when her spirit guide, Tyler, who imparts his on-the-other-side wisdom through surfer lingo, tells her - she must help that little girl ride those mean waves? Take the case, of course! Even though Cleo is put-off at first, she keeps happening to be in the right place at the wrong time and becomes intrigued with the 'accidental' death of Mirabel Townes.

This mystery keeps you guessing to the end!

Osterkamp has a prequel - Too Near The Edge (Cleo & Tyler Mysteries) that is mentioned in this book. You don't need to read that one to enjoy this one, but if you like this one, I'm sure you'll end up reading that one.
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Read this book a few years ago and really enjoyed it!!
Published 6 months ago by Christina Rice
3.0 out of 5 stars Defiantly a good book. Even though I didn't read the first ...
Defiantly a good book. Even though I didn't read the first book Too Far Under caught the reader up and it was easy to catch up from the first novel. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Really great read,you feel like you really get to know the characters.. good plot,keeps you guessing,well rounded out story highly recommend
Published on January 28, 2013 by L.m.
4.0 out of 5 stars wow..
settle down, get cozy and plan on doing nothing ultil the last page; holds your attention, well defined plot, characters... Read more
Published on January 27, 2013 by jneware
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Far Under
Too Far Under
It was an easy but very lightweight read. A little better than nothing but not much. A little too predictable.
Published on December 30, 2012 by Mary
3.0 out of 5 stars story OK
Writing and story line are fine, but the writer projects too much of too much of her liberal views.. I don't read a book to have political views forced on me.
Published on December 20, 2012 by Ronald C. Logan
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring -
I couldn't finish this book. On my Kindle, I got thru 35%, but kept FALLING ASLEEP.
Someone else mentioned excessive descriptions of food and clothing. Read more
Published on December 4, 2012 by LivinginBeauty
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and Fast Paced
Too Far Under is the first I have read in this series, and I would like to pick up the other I see listed as part of this series as well. Read more
Published on July 20, 2012 by Busymommylist
5.0 out of 5 stars A steal at $2.99 for Kindle version!
The cover on this book doesn't do it justice. I am one of those people who absolutely chooses a book based on its cover, and this is one that I would have passed over. Read more
Published on June 28, 2012 by savingsinseconds
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More About the Author

Lynn Osterkamp is the author of Too Near the Edge, and its sequels Too far Under, and Too Many Secrets--the mystery novels that gave life to Cleo, a Boulder-based grief therapist whose ability to contact dead people gets her involved in solving a murder; and Tyler, a dead surfer dude who gives Cleo cryptic and often inscrutable advice. Too Near the Edge won a silver medal in the 2007 IPPY Book Awards for best regional fiction in the west-mountain region.

Lynn is also the author of two nonfiction books as well as numerous articles, manuals and national newsletters. Her professional experience includes hospital and hospice social work, university teaching and research, special education, and long-term-care ombudsman. She lives in Boulder Colorado, where she works for Boulder County Aging Services.

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