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Cold Blood, Hot Sea

Cold Blood, Hot Sea by Charlene D'Avanzo
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"Charlene D'Avanzo is a marine ecologist who has written a first crime novel that makes her scientific specialty exciting The central character, Mara Tusconi, is a Maine oceanographer who thinks there's something fishy (pardon the pun) about the death of a colleague on board a research ship."

"When it comes to research vessels, labs and scientific protocols, [D'Avanzo] knows her stuffthe action scenes are genuinely thrilling pageturnersthe Down East setting is, of course, a plus."

"Cold Blood, Hot Sea showcases the effects of climate change on a particular industry, presenting a range of opinions and attitudes, [and conveys] a global problem on a personal level. Cold Blood, Hot Sea will make for great beach reading, but it also has meat on its bones, with rich characterizations and an intriguing mystery at its core."

"An oceanographer fears she was the target of an accident at sea that kills one of her colleagues. Are climate change doubters at work?[Cold Blood, Hot Sea combines] niche material about Maine life and oceanography."

"[A] whirlwind of plotdriven activity."

"The central premise is a new one, and forms an excellent basis for the mayhem and dramatic situations we demand in our murder mysteries. Five out of five stars."

"Sleuths will have to figure out who done it, but the real crime is the backdrop here: the endless heating of a fragile planet."
BILL MCKIBBEN, author of Eaarth

"Cold Blood, Hot Sea is a clifi mystery that both entertains and bores deep into the heart of the issues. The author knows her science, too."
DAN BLOOM, editor, The CliFi Report

"Artfully mixing scientific detail with her characters' personal struggles, Charlene D'Avanzo creates a tense story that makes it clear: When profits are favored over health of the planet, we are all at risk."
JOEANN HART, author of Float

A thrilling contribution to the new wave of cli-fi hitting the shelves, Cold Blood, Hot Sea pits climate change scientists against big energy conspirators. When a colleague is killed aboard the research vessel Intrepid, oceanographer Mara Tusconi believes it's no accident. As she investigates, Mara becomes entangled in a scheme involving powerful energy executives with much to lose if her department colleagues continue their climate change research. Mara's careerand lifeis on the line, threatened by intrigue as big and dark as the ocean.

Marine ecologist and awardwinning environmental educator Charlene D'Avanzo studied the New England coast for forty years. As a scientist, D'Avanzo sees firsthand the effects of climate change, and as a college professor, she knows the importance of storytelling in bringing ideas to life. Today she uses mysteries to immerse readers in Maine waters' stunning beauty and grave threats. An avid sea kayaker, D'Avanzo lives in Yarmouth, Maine. Cold Blood, Hot Sea is her first novel.
Torrey House Press; June 2016
250 pages; ISBN 9781937226626
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Title: Cold Blood, Hot Sea
Author: Charlene D'Avanzo