Cold Blood Hot Sea by Charlene D’Avanzo

“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


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 career—and life—is on the line, threatened by intrigue as big and dark as the ocean.

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TP ISBN: 978-1-937226-61-9 | E ISBN: 978-1-937226-62-6|$14.95 | 240 pp

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Marine ecologist and award–winning environmental educator CHARLENE D’AVANZO studied the New England coast for forty years. 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.

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Praise for Cold Blood, Hot Sea

“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.”

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 plot–driven 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.”

“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

Cold Blood, Hot Sea is a cli–fi mystery that both entertains and bores deep into the heart of the issues. The author knows her science, too.”
DAN BLOOM, editor, The Cli–Fi Report

“A page turner set in Maine’s picturesque working waterfront where lobsters aren’t the only ones feeling the heat.”
KAY HENRY, Co-Founder, Northern Forest Canoe Trail

“Charlene D’Avanzo puts climate change science and marine biology at the center of a fast–paced murder mystery set in the cold waters of the Gulf of Maine. A great read that gives us more to think about than just the plot twists.”
GARY LAWLESS, Co–owner, Gulf of Maine Books

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