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And on the Surface Die: A Holly Martin Mystery (Holly Martin #1)

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
In this new series by the acclaimed author of the Belle Palmer mysteries, RCMP Corporal Holly Martin takes charge of her first post, a detachment in tiny Fossil Bay on the wild south coast of Vancouver Island. Drunk drivers, speeders and the occasional theft from tourist cars lead the crime roster, but her first day starts with a distress call. A scuba diver has found the ...more
ebook, 280 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Napoleon and Co
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Martha Cheves
Sep 21, 2009 Martha Cheves rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And on the Surface Die - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

'"Don't discount petty-ante crime," Ben Rodgers, her mentor in The Pas, had told her. "Sometimes they're part of a bigger picture, and it usually involves drugs. Why steal a CD player you can sell for only a twenty unless you need another fix?" But Ben had made his own fatal error. Their last month together, checking out a stolen car seen at a trailer park, he hadn't expected the twelve-year-old deaf boy to be hold
Reggie Billingsworth
Initially, this one was closer to the 'it was ok' rating for me actually but, why be mean? A compelling and at times slightly over-involved read. Writing is sound and characters have realistic structure and background to them.

RCMP Corporal Holly Martin really does come across as pretty naive and incredibly lacking in thoroughness and organisation. Her training is therefore suspect as may be the case with RCMP issues in real life. Even so, during the first third of this book, my disbelief grew. I
Nov 03, 2012 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holly is a new RCMP Corporal at a small community on the east side of Vancouver Island. Ann, a RCMP officer confined to desk work because of an accident restricting her physical abilities had believed the Corporal position was hers until fate played a different hand. Chipper, a Sikh RCMP is the only other member at the small detachment. A young high school girl is found drowned and at first, the death seems an unfortunate accident but as the facts unfold, Holly determines the death is looking mo ...more
Cidney Walter
Feb 08, 2014 Cidney Walter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed And on the Surface Die by Lou Allin. This book has a new heroine, Holly Martin, whom I'm enjoying getting to know. I also am fascinated by the new location of this Holly Martin series...near Sooke, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island. Lou Allin's descriptive writing style and effective character development, as well as compelling plots, continue to entertain. Now I'm on to my next Holly Martin mystery, She Felt No Pain.
RCMP Corporal Holly Martin has just been transferred to her new post at Fossil Bay on Vancouver Island. This area is known as the Canadian Carribean because of the clement weather. Holly is inexperienced and naive and so when a drowning happens on her patch she is smart enough to realize that it is suspicious but slow to follow up on clues, suspects and even regular police procedure. Hopefully she will wise up on her next case.
Mar 22, 2009 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It bothered me that I had to look up a lot of the words/phrases (I know the author is an English prof, but please...) but I couldn't put it down. It's a great book, especially for the first in a new series - it introduced and fleshed out the characters well and I'm definitely looking forward tot he next one!
Sep 19, 2015 Penny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had such high hopes for this first of a series set on Vancouver Island, but alas it was not meant to be. It was sort of a travel log novel, but really missed the mark even though I enjoyed reading about the south part of the island. Too, too much detail and the characters were just too predictable. I stopped half way through and moved on with my life.
Aug 13, 2015 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
enjoying this author. enjoy the biology and botany facts which makes it a bit more interesting than a simple murder mystrey.
mainly picked it up because it is a canadian author writing about vancouver island. its always easier to imagine a setting if you have references.
Luce Cronin
Feb 28, 2016 Luce Cronin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this! Lou Allin just keeps getting better with every one of her books. Great suspense!
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