Signet, July 2004, 25.99, 242 pp.
Denver homicide detective and police scuba team member Hannah Simpson quits her job and relocates to the British Virgin Islands so she won't have to see kids shoot up or shoot at her. The team throws her a going away party and the next day everyone is helping when a call comes in that someone was shot and thrown in the reservoir. Since Hannah is one of the few fit to dive, she agrees to go into the black inky water where she finds the body and the gun.
The next day she is off to the British Virgin Islands where the water is so clear one can see yards in front of them. She learns quickly that paradise has its rash of robberies; with the victims being wealthy islanders pressure is high on the department to solve the cases quickly. Hannah is called out on a missing person's case. Alex Robsen is found caught underwater in the reef with a bullet in his head. Hannah is once again working homicide and even when someone is arrested, she follows through on a hunch that the wrong person has been incarcerated.
Kathy Brandt makes scuba diving in the sea feel so exhilarating; readers will want to take a trip to the Caribbean to see if it is as wonderful as it sounds. The protagonist is a tough, feisty and spunky individual whose honesty, tenacity and intuition make her a good police officer. DARK WATER DIVE allows armchair travelers to visualize the British Virgin Islands from a newcomer's point of view. This police procedural is so exciting readers will finish it in one sitting.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner