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Murder runs deep in a thrilling new series.
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Summoned to the sun-drenched beaches of the British Virgin Islands, Hannah Sampson is fully prepared to face unknowable dangers beneath the crystal-clear waters of an idyllic paradise. But the possibility of murder runs deeper and...
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Overview

Murder runs deep in a thrilling new series.
An Underwater Investigation featuring C.S.I. diver Hannah Sampson.

Summoned to the sun-drenched beaches of the British Virgin Islands, Hannah Sampson is fully prepared to face unknowable dangers beneath the crystal-clear waters of an idyllic paradise. But the possibility of murder runs deeper and darker than the sea itself. Her police commissioner's son-an expert diver and researcher-was found dead, pinned under the submerged wreckage of a cargo ship. Whatever the victim was looking for, he found.

Whatever he found was the death of him. Now Hannah must discover for herself what lies beneath-a secret that could take Hannah's breath away.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451210203
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Series: Hannah Sampson Series, #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 4.38 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathy has published four mystery novels and a memoir, Walks on the Margins, which she coauthored with her son, Max Maddox. An excerpt of that book was a finalist for the 2009 Iowa Review Award in Non-Fiction. She has published articles on parenting, health, scuba diving, and travel in dozens of magazines, such as Women’s Sports and Fitness, Scouting, Yachting, Cruising World, Complete Woman, and Diver Magazine. She lives in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, Ron. Visit her website at www.kathybrandtauthor.com
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2003

    Enjoyable Caribbean Diving Mystery

    Kathy Brandt makes an impressive debut in mystery fiction with her first in a series of books featuring Hannah Sampson, head of Denver¿s Police Dive and Recovery Team. Denver¿s Police Commissioner sends Hannah to the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean to investigate the supposedly accidental scuba diving death of his son, a graduate student doing marine biology research. Hannah¿s time in this idyllic setting is no vacation, and she is soon beset by a series of ¿accidental¿ mishaps, including a near fatal dive in the sunken ship, Chikuzen, where the Commissioner¿s son had met his demise. Hannah soon concludes that the Commissioner¿s son¿s death was no accident, and her suspect list quickly grows. Along the way to her discovery of the murderer, Hannah comes to appreciate the beauty of the coral reef and begins a romantic involvement with the head of a charter sailboat company. There is much to like in Swimming with the Dead. Mystery fans will find pleasure in the abundance of plausible suspects and the difficulty of deciphering the perpetrators. At the end of the book the reader can reflect back and see the subtle clues that Kathy Brandt has woven into the story--clues that seemed only innocent occurrences at the time. For scuba divers there are underwater scenes with harrowing escapes for Hannah. Sailing enthusiasts will enjoy the cruise to St. Martin. Conservationists will appreciate the description of the threats to the coral environment and the growing awareness in Hannah of its fragile nature. Best of all, there are more books to come in this series. I can¿t wait to find out how Hannah adapts to the warm Caribbean island milieu. Highly recommended!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2003

    Mystery in Paradise

    Without repeating details given in the main reviews, I can say that I especially enjoyed this murder mystery set in the BVI because I am captivated by the BVI, having both sailed and scuba-dived there. Having sailed right by the marker buoy for the Chikuzen wreck, I can easily visualize the scenes that took place there. And Kathy Brandt's descriptions of the islands and several dive sights serve to bring back many fond memories. The book is an easy read and will probably soon be a staple aboard many of the charter boats in the BVI fleets. Like others, I am looking forward to the next in the series. And I will definitely have to dive on the Chikuzen on my next visit!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2004

    Brings the BVI's to Life

    My family and I read this book while on a sailing/diving trip in the British Virgin Islands. We passed the book around, each reading a few chapters at a time and being careful not to disclose 'who done it' before we had all finished the book. We had to fight for the book since each of us had a hard time giving it up when it was someone else's turn. Kathy Brandt's observations of the island residents and her descriptions of sailing and diving were right on the mark. Our itenerary included many of the island destinations she described, which only added to the excitement of our trip. For those who cannot make it to the BVI's any time soon, be assured you will have a good feel for the islands after having read this and will have a lot of fun in the process.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2004

    Murder, diving and sun in the British Virgin Islands

    Hannah Sampson is a Homicide Detective in Denver. She is also a member of the Dive and Recovery Team for the Denver Homicide team. The Denver police commissioner¿s son, Michael Duvall, was found pinned inside a submerged wreckage of a cargo ship in the British Virgin Islands. He had been living down there and was an expert diver and researcher. Hannah is sent down to investigate. When she first arrives, Chief Dunn was not too receptive. He didn¿t like her coming in to look over his shoulder and re-investigate Michael¿s death. Slowly she is able to gain some people¿s respect, including Chief Dunn, and helps them get to the bottom of his death ¿ proving it was murder and not an accident. During this time, though, Hannah finds herself in many dangerous situations, above and below the water. At first, everyone thinks they are accidents. Hannah believes they are related to Michael¿s death and someone not wanting the truth to be known. Eventually Chief Dunn begins to believe this to be true too. I really enjoyed this book. It is so different from any other mysteries I¿ve read. I am not a diver, but I found the diving portions to be so well written, I enjoyed them. I felt like I was down there with Hannah and seeing everything she saw. It was fabulous! Hannah is a very likable character. She is a loner and thinks she wants to stay that way until she meets Peter O¿Brien. He is a suspect and she has a real struggle because she is so attracted to him. This relationship really adds to the storyline. I think Kathy has a real winning series! I have also read Dark Water Dive, the second book in the series, and loved it. I highly recommend both books.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2011

    Good Book

    I enjoyed this book and would try other books by this author.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2003

    Fast paced...

    After an innocent woman is killed for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, Hannah Sampson is sent from the cold mountains of Denver to the tropics. The dead woman apparently had interrupted the theft of a file on the death of the Denver police commissioner's son. The young man had drowned, and at first, it seemed an unlikely accident. With this murder, that possibility seems a bit more implausible. Hannah is a part of the CSI diving team, and one of the best there is. It is now up to her to solve these two connected cases. ................ Quickly, Hannah finds she has stepped into a hill of fireants. Enviromental issues, stolen jewels, jealousy, and murder place her as the next target for the killer. Yet, the harder they try to kill her, the more determined she is to get the truth, even if it breaks her heart. ................ *** Swimming With the Dead is a fast paced introduction to an intriguing new series. Amid a beautiful setting, the author educates and fascinates her readers. Hannah is a tough, smart new heroine that we can look forward to getting to know better. ***

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    delightful mystery in the British Virgin Islands

    In the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the owner of the Lucky Lady is making a solo dive into the bowels of the sunken ship, the Chikuzen. While looking around he sees another diver and when he recognizes who it is he knows he is in trouble. When his body is found, the authorities believe it was an accident and it looks like his killer will get off free. Soon afterward, someone breaks into the deceased¿s office, kills his secretary and rifles through his files. His father, the Police Commissioner of Denver, begins to believe that his son was murdered <P>On the chance that his son was a homicide victim, the commissioner sends Hannah Sampson, head of the Dive and Recover team to the BVI to investigate his son¿s death. From the moment she gets there and starts to question people, attempts are made on her life leading her to believe that Michael¿s death was not an accident. As she gathers information about Michael¿s last days, she begins to put the pieces of the puzzle together and once again comes very close to dying. <P>SWIMMING WITH THE DEAD is the first installment in a very exciting new series. The heroine of this novel falls in love with the British Virgin Islands and by the time the case is closed she is ready to move down there and give a new romantic relationship a chance to develop into something deeper. There are many viable suspects who had reason to want the victim dead so the reader is thoroughly entertained trying to figure out who the killer really is. <P>Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Good story

    A few scuba related errors:
    - no way a fit experienced female diver in the Caribbean would need 16 lbs of weight
    - if someone cuts your low pressure hose for your reg, you can just start breathing of your octo...

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2014

    Hannah Sampson is a homicide detective and on the dive and recov

    Hannah Sampson is a homicide detective and on the dive and recovery team for Denver p.d.

    What a pleasure to have an intelligent, highly skilled female lead. I could not put this book down. It draws you into the story. The author's description of the BVI, its waters, reefs, and vibe are spot on. The plot was fantisic.
    I have purchased the remaining books in this series and can not wait to read them.

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  • Posted April 16, 2014

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    As I sit here in the freezing weather, just outside Denver, I ca

    As I sit here in the freezing weather, just outside Denver, I can’t help but envy Hannah Sampson. Heck, Hannah should envy herself! Stuck knee-deep and zero degrees into a bitter winter in Denver, Hannah, a Homicide Detective for the DPD is called to the scene of what first seems to be a senseless crime. The secretary of the Police Commissioner, Greta, has been murdered in the file room of the Commissioner’s offices. While the room is torn to pieces, the contents are so innocuous, there is really no reason for the death, or the break-in.

    When Hannah received a call from the Commissioner’s assistant the next day, she is pulled into a situation she never would have believed. A month before, the Commissioner’s son died while diving a shipwreck off of Great Camanoe, an island in the BVI (British Virgin Islands). The investigation, slapdash at best, was dropped with minimal investigation, and an outcome of “Death by Drowning.” Commissioner Duvall and his wife Caroline cannot, and will not, accept that their son, Michael, a professional diver and Marine Biologist, would have died so carelessly. They want the situation investigation, and answers found. And who better to do that than Hannah, who is not only Homicide Detective, but also head of Denver Homicide’s Dive &amp; Recovery Team?

    When Hannah arrives upon the breathtaking shores of the BVI, things immediately turn interesting as her investigation leads further and further into darkness. Did Michael truly drown due to his own carelessness? Or is there something much more evil occurring, something that could endanger Hannah’s life?

    Swimming With The Dead was an absolute pleasure to read. It is always fun when a book is set in your own home area, and with the author, Kathy Brandt, being a “local” as well, it was great fun to follow Hannah through Denver before she left for the BVI. Then, when she arrives in the BVI, the surroundings become even more interesting, as Hannah becomes more and more involved in her investigation. I loved how Ms. Brandt described the islands and the people, the colour and vibrancy of that gorgeous world. Her descriptions of the underwater world were stunning, as well as being informative as Hannah follows through on Michael’s quest to protect the ocean and her creatures. The book is well researched, and draws you into the beauty and the warmth of her story. At first, honestly, I didn’t really care for Hannah herself. She comes across as hard and emotionally distant, and her seeming lack of care for the environment and the fragility of the ecosystem seems quite odd for a resident of this beautiful state. However, as you come to know Hannah and what her life is, you begin to understand. And as Hannah begins to bloom, you get a true feel for a woman who is damaged, but begins to live once again, and appreciate the beauty around her.

    I will be checking out Ms. Brandt’s other works in the Hannah Swenson world, and very much look forward to the pleasure.

    This book was provided to me by netgalley in return for a realistic review. All opinions are my own.

    Check out Ms. Brandt's website for information not only on her books, but also about the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) and her role with the organization.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Easy read, guilty pleasure.

    The books in this series are all the same...in a good way. If you need to quickly get lost in a mystery and you'd like a fast read, these are great. Caribbean setting, good characters, and diving, what's not to like? If you're looking for deep meaning or intellectual stimulation, tho, move on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Surprise

    I was worried that this would be formula predictable, but my fears were unfounded. I am ready for more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Fun Read

    The first book of an underwater mystery series is a good start if you are looking for light reading and a good plot. I agreed with others who have posted reviews that this book and the subsequent series are a good, fun read that does not disappoint.

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

    author is up with the best of them

    Very good story line and an easy but complelling read. Looking forward to purchasing the next book in the series. Kathy is one of my newest favourite authors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    good fun read

    Kathy Brandt has hit a home run to me. Her story is well told and the characters are believable. This is a fairly fast paced mystery novel, though it was fairly obvious who at least one of the culprits was from early on. Still I thoroughly enjoyed the romp through the BVI enough to make me want to get the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Ok

    Not bad...

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    great read!!

    after reading this book I had to have the other 3 ( sure hope there will be more) I really enjoyed these books!!! easy to read & keep up with 7 hard to guess the endings!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    nice easy read

    I got this as a 'free Friday' selection and really enjoyed it. It was an enjoyable light story, am looking forward to reading other books in this series.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Highly recommended

    All Kathy's books are excellant and this is no exception.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    GREAT BOOK

    This was my first book from Kathy Brandt. Great book and looking forward to reading the next one.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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