Underwater, Fin is a supremely competent young woman. On land, not so much. She has problems in every part of her life, from her scheming ex-husband to her career as chief underwater photographer at the oceanographic institute founded by her mother. She's got very few friends and no love life to speak of. But her troubles really escalate the day of the first accident...
While reading an old ship’s log, Cayman Islands based underwater photographer Fin discovers the location of a fabled sunken treasure, the Queen’s Tiara. She lands a contract to film the recovery expedition and despite the legend that says the treasure is cursed, she sets off on the mission, which runs into trouble from the start. As the situation worsens, Fin wonders if the curse is real. She begins to think so when sorrow, betrayal, and death by drowning—the very words in the ancient curse—stalk the treasure hunters.
Sunken Death is the second book in the Fin Fleming Scuba Diving series, and continues Fin’s heroine’s journey to find the family, friends, and love she needs.
Fin Fleming, chief underwater photographer at a famed oceanography institute on Grand Cayman learns her friends Gus and Theresa have been kidnapped, and it doesn’t take long for the kidnapper to contact her with demands.
As ransom, the kidnapper asks for the exact amount of Gus’s potential reward payout from the salvage operation completed in Sunken Death. But the payout isn't available yet, and the kidnapper insists the ransom must come from Gus’s share of the reward. No other funds will do. He calls every hour asking if they’ve received the money yet.
Until he doesn’t.
The police are on the case, and for once, they’ve asked for her help. She dives right in, even though she has a pretty full plate of her own. She’s busy trying to bring the institute's new CFO up to speed. Her ex-husband is still trying to get credit for her photography, and her estranged parents drop an unexpected bombshell on her. There’s a killer shark in the area and someone is stealing dive tanks from RIO’s scuba shack. With all that going on, will she find Gus and Theresa before it’s too late?
Read Dark Tide to find out.
Category 5 Hurricane Willard is barreling toward Grand Cayman, but Fin Fleming, acting director at RIO, a world-famous oceanography institute, has everything under control.
Or so she thinks, at least until she realizes she forgot to send her stepbrother Oliver’s new boat to drydock along with the institute’s other boats. She risks her life to move his boat to safety. Then after the storm, while assessing the boat for damage, she makes a horrifying discovery that sets off the disturbing chain of events.
Maddy concentrates on an off-island project while Newton and Dane are still struggling to figure out their relationships with her. Benjamin suffers injuries during the storm, but Doc is around to bring him back to health. Stewie and Chaun work on rebuilding RIO, while Fin and DS Dane Scott go after the bad guys.
And Fin is puzzled by Oliver’s erratic behavior. He’s flipping every few minutes from his usual sunny self to a snarling, angry shark snapping at everyone around him—especially Fin.
The usual fun stuff is happening too. A once in a lifetime chance to pilot a multi-million dollar personal submarine. Rosie, the American Pygmy octopus, and Suzie Q, the Southern Stingray, are back, both doing their things. Plus there’s a crazy free-range rooster named Chico on the hunt for treats and bad guys.
And then there’s Liam. Always Liam.
The wonderful NYTimes best-selling author Hallie Ephron graciously invited me to do a guest post. Click here to read "Three Things I learned From Diving That Aren't About Diving
Sharon Ward is the author of the traditional mysteries In Deep, Sunken Death, and Dark Tide, all part of the Fin Fleming Sea Adventures Thriller series.
She was a PADI certified divemaster who helped local dive shops with their training classes, and she has hundreds of dives under her weight belt.