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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Memento Mori Mystery; First Edition edition (April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966107292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966107296
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 12.8 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,524,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Luanne Fogarty is enjoying her time off from teaching by rebuilding her family home deep in the swamps of Florida when her occasional job diving for the police gets her involved in a mystery. She finds a body tied to an underwater cave, but the next morning, it's gone. Exploring a second cave, she finds a second body. Is there a connection? And if so, what is it? And who is the unidentified first woman and where is her body?
This is a wonderful debut book. The plot develops nicely, and the characters are interesting as well. The real star here is the setting. Ms. Alam is able to bring the swamp to life using all five senses in a way that places you right there without overshadowing the characters or story. I was completely drawn into this world, enjoying every minute of it.
I highly recommend this entertaining mystery debut and all of the author's books.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Writer unfamiliar with her subjects 13 Jan. 2013
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The protagonist is a college linguistics adjunct professor, but the character doesn't tall, think, or act like one at all. She's more like a stereotype of a high school English teacher. Ironically, the Kindle edition is chock full of spelling, spacing, and punctuation errors, as bad as the typical community college English papers the character says she hates. The central character is supposed to be a diver, but she keeps calling fins, "flippers!" She's very inconsistent, sometimes diving without proper safety equipment and standard precautions, sometimes getting angry with others for failing to follow safety protocols. The dialogue is awkward, and often really illogical. For example, she spots a cigarette smoker on land as a "swimmer because of the way he moves." Former competitive swimmers can spot each other y the way they swim, maybe, and by the way they don't smoke. Very disappointing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mystery That Will Give You a Bite 12 Nov. 2008
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Glynn Marsh Alam's DIVE DEEP AND DEADLY is a smooth paced beginning for a great cozy mystery series set in the upper panhandle of Florida. You get mosquito bites reading the prologue. Glynn has made "swamp noir" all her own.
Luanne Fogarty has escaped from the halls of academia to resort her family home and heal a broken heart. Using her inheritance to finance her dream all is fine until some kids chance a dive to the caves of the nearby springs and discover a body. The local sheriff prevails on Luanne to dive to check out their reports as his team is unavailable. She finds and photographs the body, but when the professionals return for search and rescue the body is missing.
What follows has as many twists and turns as the underground caverns eaten away through the cracks in the limestone bed of the swamps. Life and death are balanced in this vivid glimpse of a special niche of our ecological heritage.
I'm looking forward to the next title of this series.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich, evocative writing that takes you right to the swamp 25 Sept. 2000
By T. Prentice - Published on
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Late at night, when the crickets suddenly stop chirping, your skin crawls and your scalp and neck tingle as you feel the silent terror of an unknown interloper intruding into the secluded, telephone-free ancestral home. Will the crickets start their chorus again?
Glynn Alam's writing is so rich and evocative that from page one, you are deep in the Florida swamp, sweating in the humidity, listening to crickets, driving down rutted roads, partaking of sumptuous southern feasts, dodging snakes of both the slithering and two-legged kind, warily avoiding gators of both the four- and two-legged kind, scuba diving in frosty cold spring water and stumbling upon dead bodies in the limestone caves of the cold swamp springs of the Florida Panhandle.
Alam has crafted lots of plot twists and surprise turns that keep you moving through the swamp-fest as elderly Cajun swamp neighbor Pasquin helps Luanne Fogarty use her intellect, diving skill and Mother Wit to help otherwise pedestrian, balky Joe Friday-style cops solve a set of mysterious and bewildering murders, robberies and some nautical weirdness on the Gulf.
Get the book, enjoy it, and hope that Alam hurries up with the sequel.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing and Authentic 27 Sept. 2005
By L. S. Tucker - Published on
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A child of Florida, I was drawn to this book for its setting and the presence of scuba diving. I was hooked from the first, intrigued by the characters, human, reptile and the swamp itself, as much as by the mystery. I'm embarrassed to say that I was almost two thirds through the first chapter before I realized that it was written in first person, something I tend to avoid as few writers can pull it off well. Alam has jumped to my must-buy list and I'm on my way to get the second in the series right now. If you love well rounded characterization as well as a engrossing story, buy this book. You won't be disappointed!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting new character and setting 10 July 2000
By Cathy J. Wright - Published on
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A great read. The atmosphere is so real: the north Florida swamps, the heat, the critters (four-legged, two-legged, and winged), and the food. I knew that I wasn't in Ohio anymore as I was swept into the story, and was holding my breath during the cave dives. Luanne is a feisty, independent woman, trying to re-direct her life and is drawn into quite an adventure. I am looking forward to reading much more about her.
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