I was recently given the opportunity to read and review a murder mystery written by Lynn Osterkamp. Anyone that knows me, knows that I LOVE murder mysteries so I was excited to be given a chance to review Too Far Under.
Mirabel Townes has her share of enemies. But when the wealthy heiress and lapsed Scientologist drowns in her backyard hot tub one August night, the police pronounce it a tragic accident. Her daughters, who suspect murder, refuse to accept that ruling. Determined to unmask their mother’s killer, they beg grief therapist Cleo Sims, to accept them into her Contact Project that helps people communicate with dead loved ones.
Unable to resist the pleas of ten-year-old Angelica Townes, a self-professed Indigo child, Cleo ignores warnings from her police-detective lover and agrees to help contact Mirabel. In the new-age mountain community of Boulder, Colorado where reality is often up-for-grabs, Cleo finds herself entangled in a perilous and perplexing search for truth. As she explores Mirabel’s life and death, she confronts serious issues of trust, tough ethical dilemmas, life-threatening challenges, and questions about the influence of money on family loyalty and love. In the process she makes a personal discovery that will change her life forever.
I could not put this book down! It took me a little bit longer than usually to read it (normally I can go through a good book in a day or two), but I had little time to actually sit and read so it took me 5 or 6 nights (2-3 hours per night). When I wasn’t reading it, I was wishing I was!
While Too Far Under is the second book in the Cleo and Tyler series, I didn’t feel lost for not having read the first book (although I intend on purchasing it tonight and reading that one too!) Thinking back, I think there may have been one piece of information referred to in this second book that I’m sure is discussed in the first book, but it wasn’t a necessary piece of information.
While I love murder mysteries, I tend to figure them out right away. With Too Far Under, I really did not piece it all together. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I had some ideas, but I did not figure it out completely.
There really are not enough words for me to express how much I enjoyed reading this book! I highly recommend it for anyone that likes to read and an absolute must for anyone who likes murder mysteries!
Lynn Osterkamp, Ph.D., MSW, is the author of two mystery novels, Too Near the Edge and Too Far Under; as well as two nonfiction books, numerous articles, manuals and national newsletters. Her professional experience includes hospital and hospice social work, university teaching and research, special education, and long-term-care ombudsman. She lives in Boulder Colorado, where she works for Boulder County Aging Services.