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  • Title: Beneath the Surface
  • Series: Dive Team Investigations, Book 1
  • Author: Lynn Blackburn
  • Publisher: Revell
  • Release Date: March 6, 2018
  • Genre: Romantic Suspense

After a harrowing experience with an obsessed patient, oncology nurse practitioner Leigh Weston needed a change. She thought she’d left her troubles behind when she moved home to Carrington, North Carolina, and took a job in the emergency department of the local hospital. But when someone tampers with her brakes, she fears the past has chased her into the present. She reaches out to her high school friend turned homicide investigator, Ryan Parker, for help.

Ryan finds satisfaction in his career, but his favorite way to use his skills is as a volunteer underwater investigator with the Carrington County Sheriff’s Office dive team. When the body of a wealthy businessman is discovered in Lake Porter, the investigation uncovers a possible serial killer — one with a terrifying connection to Leigh Weston and deadly implications for them all.

Dive into the depths of fear with an exciting new voice in romantic suspense. Award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn grabs readers by the throat and doesn’t let go until the final heart-pounding page.


Lynn H. Blackburn is the author of Hidden Legacy (Love Inspired, June 2017) and Covert Justice, winner of the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery and Suspense and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel. Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. She ’s passionate about CrossFit, coffee, and chocolate (don’t make her choose) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina, with her true love, Brian, and their three children.

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Investigating an underwater crime scene would add multiple challenges not experienced while investigating on dry land. One of the first considerations is that such a scene requires experienced divers who are also trained in criminal investigation. In addition special equipment is also required, especially that needed by the divers in order to survive underwater. Other equipment needed would be underwater cameras to record details from the scene.

Securing the scene can also be difficult. After all, it is not that easy to just mark it with yellow barrier tape. Collecting evidence can also prevent a challenge and investigators knowledgeable in underwater investigations are essential. It can be helpful for the investigator to collect both water and soil in the vicinity of the crime.

In the case of homicide, the body is affected not only by long exposure to water but also by marine life that can not only damage the body but can destroy pertinent evidence. It is often difficult to judge how long the victim has been deceased unless a witness actually saw the body enter the water. Not only is scientific expertise helpful with dry land cases but can also be very necessary when investigating the causes of death, etc. of a body found in water. Modern technology is obviously also helpful.

These are just a few of the many considerations in investigating an underwater crime. Be sure to read Beneath the Surface to see how the Dive Team handles their investigation.


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