Adrift

The first Mer Cavallo Mystery

Marine biologist-turned divemaster Meredith Cavallo thought adjusting to a laid-back life in the Florida Keys would be a breeze after the regimented schedule of an Arctic research vessel, but when she rescues a diver who claims to have seen a ghost, she’s caught in a storm of supernatural intrigue.

News of the rescue goes viral—not welcome notoriety for a researcher trying to obtain a new position. A team of ghost hunters descends on the Keys and Mer is pressured into serving as a safety diver for a documentary crew in search of paranormal activity. When Ishmael, the crew’s charismatic leader, vanishes during a midnight dive on the Spiegel Grove shipwreck everyone but Mer is convinced that things really do go bump in the night.

Determined to find a rational explanation, Mer launches her own investigation, but how to find a dead man wasn’t covered in grad school and the local law enforcement consider her involvement in both diving incidents criminally curious. Relying on skepticism, discipline, and logic gets her nowhere. The victim’s life is as shrouded in mystery as his disappearance. Insurance fraud, business debts and illicit love further muddy the waters. Reluctantly, she considers employing less scientific means. When someone tries to kill her, she knows the truth is about to surface. Maybe dead men do tell tales.

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Agatha Finalist Best First Novel
Best Mystery
Best Mainstream Mystery

Browning’s debut is stunning–so is this mystery. Mysteries don’t get much better than this. Browning draws the reader in, feeds us a line and BOOM, we’re hooked. Fantastic!

Joanna Campbell Slan
National Best-Selling Author

Great suspense and razor-sharp wit! Adrift isn’t a romp cozy mystery, nor is it a raw, blood-and-guts thriller. It has the perfect level of suspense made all the more enjoyable by Browning’s Sorkin-esque dialogue and wry humor.

Mandy Mikulencak
Author of Forgiveness Road and Last Suppers