A Luanne Fogarty Mystery

by Glynn Marsh Alam

ISBN 978-0-9725078-9-9

Trade Paperback      September 2010

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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 sheriff’s department.  
            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.”
    Dawn Goldsmith

“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 caves."
    Lauren Haney, author of the Lieutenant Bak ancient Egyptian mysteries

Other books by Glynn Marsh Alam
Dive Deep and DeadlyDeep Water Death, Cold Water Corpse, Bilge Water Bones, Green Water Ghost, High Water Hellion, Moon Water Madness and River Whispers

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