Swimming with the Dead: An Underwater Investigation

Swimming with the Dead: An Underwater Investigation

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by Kathy Brandt
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451210203
Publisher:
Signet
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Series:
Hannah Sampson Series, #1
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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Swimming with the Dead 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and would try other books by this author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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. ***
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I was worried that this would be formula predictable, but my fears were unfounded. I am ready for more!
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HutchMI More than 1 year ago
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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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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