Tide Water Talisman
is the eighth in the Luanne Fogarty series of spine-tingling swamp noir
mysteries set in the springs and underwater caves of northern Florida where
Luanne, a linguistics professor, serves as adjunct scuba diver for the
A rag tag group of Gulf coast hurricane refugees have managed to
find a new home along the coast of North Florida, where the St. Margaret and
Palmetto Rivers run into the Gulf. Some fish for a living. Others run tiny
shops. Still others hire out on boats and in cafes, wherever they can find
work, banded together by their common misfortune. When bodies begin to turn
up in water and on land, their fragile hold on community unravels, adjunct
diver, Luanne Fogarty, finds herself trying to solve the mystery among a
menagerie of people from the Gulf coast, tourists from northern states, and
roving souls who seem to come from nowhere specific.
"Glynn Marsh Alam presents a side of Florida
few tourists see: a dark place where everyone has secrets. The physical
picture she paints is so realistic, readers’ hair will frizz up or go limp
in the humidity, and they’ll get a creepy-crawly feeling from her
description of the creatures that inhabit the area. Luanne Fogarty is a
great heroine… gutsy with a soft side… and the secondary characters most
intriguing,. I particularly liked Pasquin, Luanne’s neighbor, who wants her
to hurry up and marry Vernon, her current love interest and fellow diver."
Diana Vickery, Mystery Scene
“Gators, bottomless caves, mucky sinkholes, blood-sucking mosquitoes and
drippy humidity come together in a Florida swamp to provide the perfect
eerie elements for murder…. The story lines flow like the Palmetto River,
which hides another world beneath its smooth surface.”
“Inventive, stylish…manages to bring to life yet another part of Florida’s
seemingly endless killing grounds: the deep and cold freshwater springs of
the northern part of the state….”
— Dick Adler, The Chicago Tribune
"Alam's novels are thoroughly enjoyable. They
offer, in addition to a good read, a fascinating look at the swampland of
northern Florida and the world of diving in mysterious rivers and bottomless
Lauren Haney, author of the Lieutenant Bak ancient
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