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Black Coral

(Underwater Investigation Unit #2)

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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  88 reviews
For a police diver in Florida, solving a cold-case mystery brings a serial killer out of hiding in a deep, dark thriller by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Naturalist.

Sloan McPherson and the Underwater Investigation Unit have discovered a van at the bottom of a murky Florida pond. Sealed inside the watery tomb are the bodies of four teenagers who disappea
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Kindle Edition, 317 pages
Expected publication: February 16th 2021 by Thomas & Mercer
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Lisa
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
My thanks to Thomas & Mercer, Andrew Mayne and Netgalley. In my opinion, Mr. Mayne can do no wrong! It's just a truth. I've read one book that I found underwhelming. That turned out to be his first book! I loved McPherson! Not just her, but her workmates at iui? Uiu? Crikey! Underwater Investigative Unit! McPherson is fearless! Just wait to see her diving skills! Listen, I loved this book enough to buy the first book of the series! That's a rarity, lately! Mayne is intelligent. That means his ch ...more
Liz
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
If you’re looking for a fast paced, entertaining police procedural, this is it. Sloan McPherson is a detective and underwater diver for the Florida UIU. The book starts off with a bang as she attempts to retrieve a body from a submerged car while avoiding Big Bill, a 1000# alligator. While underwater, she spots a van nearby and her spidey sense is engaged. Turns out, there are four bodies in it.
This is the second in the series, but worked well as a standalone. But book one, The Girl Beneath the
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Linda
Ya don't mess with Big Bill.......

Gotta respect the girth and the glamour of those 1,000 pounds and not to mention that size does matter when you're leaning close to the massive jaws of a 13-foot alligator.

Ol' Bill has set up housekeeping in Pond 65 in the Florida Everglades near Fort Lauderdale. Now Detective Sloan McPherson of the Underwater Investigation Unit (UIU) had no intention of rubbing elbows with the big guy after a car was spotted submerged near the guardrail.

As McPherson dives bene
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Lisa
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to Thomas & Mercer, Andrew Mayne and Netgalley.
In my opinion, Mr. Mayne can do no wrong! It's just a truth. I've read one book that I found underwhelming. That turned out to be his first book!
I loved McPherson! Not just her, but her workmates at iui? Uiu? Crikey!
Underwater Investigative Unit!
McPherson is fearless! Just wait to see her diving skills!
Listen, I loved this book enough to buy the first book of the series! That's a rarity, lately!
Mayne is intelligent. That means his charact
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Adrian Dooley
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well that was something different and hugely enjoyable. 4.5 stars rounded down to 4(explained later and a minor gripe stopping it being a 5 star read)

Sloan McPherson is a police diver working in Florida. She works for the Underwater Investigative Unit and is assigned to a case of a car going off a bridge into a pond.

When she dives and discovers the car, she also discovers a van with four bodies inside nearby. It turns out they are the bodies of four young local people that went missing 30 years
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fleurette
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, netgalley
Another great book by Andrew Mayne. The second book in the series about Sloan McPherson and the Underwater Investigation Unit is as good as the first one. You can also read it as a stand-alone without too much trouble.

Mayne is great at building a complex and interesting storyline and combining it with lots of action. This story does not slow down for a moment, from the first scene where Sloan pulls one body out of the water, finds a suspicious van under the water, and meets a local celebrity, th
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Rick
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Black Coral is a murder mystery where no one believes a crime has been committed until bodies abound. Sloan McPherson is a young tough detective and diver who can’t help but act before she thinks. Black Coral is the second book in the Underwater Investigation Unit series by the prolific author Andrew Mayne.

Sloan McPherson literally bumps into a van containing 4 bodies during a dive to retrieve another submerged car. Everyone, except Sloan, assumes the van was lost in an accident. In spite of rep
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Kasa Cotugno
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
So glad to have the opportunity to read this second installment so soon after reading the first, and Mayne doesn't disappoint. Sloan McPherson possesses unique skills as a member of a Florida police unit in that she is an intrepid diver, who sometimes goes rogue and takes chances that jeopardize an investigation. While working another case in the murky waters of an alligator's playground known as Pond 35, she discovers a submerged van that answers a 30 year old riddle and opens a heartbreaking c ...more
Samantha Gonsalves
Five fabulous stars! Black Coral is a book like no other & I'm so glad I was introduced to Andrew Mayne's books. I'm in love with the UIU series & all its characters. I'm amazed by the writing powress by both books in this series. One minute I have my hairs on the neck standing & the next chapter I'm laughing at the dialogues! The best parts of this book involved Big Bill & the hunt for The swamp killer. The plot is unique & something I've never read before. Naturally this had me hooked from the ...more
Dylan
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
tl;dr: The second book in the Underwater Investigation Unit series completely blows the first book out of the water (forgive me). More grounded cases make this book far easier to buy into and the introduction of a new character helps add some more personality to the book. There are regular twists and turns throughout the novel and the weaving together of two cases helps keep the book interesting throughout. I blew through this in one day and I now rank it among my favourite thrillers.

Summary: Sl
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Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: October 24th 2020


"My point is that we like to shove things into convenient boxes, even when we know they won't fit."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***


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Varshasri
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Many thanks to Thomas & Mercer for this exciting read in exchange for a honest review.

This is the second book I had read by the author and the first is not of the UIU. The first one being ‘The Naturalist’, I may have expected a lot more subject matter or a in depth view of the investigation.

Clearly, this is a fast paced novel and ‘unputdownable’. But is it believable?

Our protagonist, Sloan, discovers a van with 4 teenage carcasses in a remote lake during a rescue operation. She calls foul play
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Victoria
Nov 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to Thomas & Mercer and Netgalley for sharing the advanced copy of the second book in the Underwater Investigations series. I enjoyed this installment although perhaps not as much as the first one, because some of the novelty of the diving aspect has dropped off, and the underwater part of the detective story was greatly lessened. But overall, what I’m not enjoying is that I don’t think the main character is evolving at all. She talks and acts like a very young inexperienced adult vs the 3 ...more
Gloria
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second entry in Mayne's "Underwater Investigation Unit" series continues the riveting blend of adventure and thrills. Sloan McPherson is a police diver with keen intuition and blunt social skills. In the course of finding answers in one case, she discovers a van underwater filled with four dead teenagers who disappeared 30 years ago.

In South Florida, alligators generously populate the waters. Sloan takes on "Big Bill" in a tense and propulsive early scene. There is tremendous pressure to so
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Samantha  Hehr
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book appears to be a sequel, but it wasn't hard to get up to date with the story and plot lines.
McPherson is a single mom in a complicated relationship with her kid's dad. She comes from a family of pirates who searched the Florida coast and beyond to find anything of value, but McPherson decided to become a cop and is studying archeology. She is part of the Underwater Investigation Unit that brings up a car from a pond, but when diving down, she finds a sunken van. When they bring up the
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Mellissa Bushby
Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas and Mercer for my advance reading copy of Black Coral.

I enjoyed this one a lot, and intend going back to read the first one. I'm a big fan of maritime and underwater intrigue, especially when it relates to treasure hunting! This wasn't your average treasure though, what Sloan, along with Hughes and Solar, was hunting, was a seriously dodgy killer. A killer who managed to evade capture for rather a long time.

There was a lot of action, and I like Sloan, I really do
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Nancy Hudson
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-challenge
4.5 stars.

This was an amazingly good book. It is fast paced, exciting, scary, foreboding and a true page-turner. I could not stop reading! This is a police procedural suspense novel with a recurring protagonist, Sloane McPherson, a woman who is an expert diver, student of archeology and a police officer in a special underwater investigation unit which is comprised of only three people, her, her supervisor and one other guy. This is the second book in the Sloan McPherson series and I want to rea
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Kristen
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Black coral is a fast paced crime thriller that is distinctly unique. It follows the newly founded U.I.U as they investigate crimes in and around the Florida waters. This is the second book in the series.

When called to the scene to dive and investigate an accident in a pond, Sloan accidentally uncovers a van which has been missing for decades. This throws the underwater investigative unit into a 30 year old cold case.

Sloan is a master diver who comes from a colorful family with an even more co
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Cathy
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
his is the second in the series of diver/cop Sloan McPherson. She is another headstrong cop who has great instincts but sometimes bad judgement. When pulling a body out from a car accident she later discovers more bodies. I like the new diver Hughes and look forward to their relationship further developing. The story twists and turns.
A fun ride.
I was given a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
Cathy
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in the series of diver/cop Sloan McPherson. She is another headstrong cop who has great instincts but sometimes bad judgement. When pulling a body out from a car accident she later discovers more bodies. I like the new diver Hughes and look forward to their relationship further developing. The story twists and turns.
A fun ride.
I was given a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
Joann
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loving this underwater investigation series - I really enjoyed this! What a fresh take on a mystery - to be diving for answers in the Florida swamps! I love crime novels, and his fresh twists and takes on solving them is very enjoyable for me. I like Sloan the main investigator and her crew of folks trying to prove their worth as an investigative unit. In this one, we have a van that has been in the water for years, and what is found inside leads to many more missing bodies spanning 30 years. Th ...more
Jace
Sep 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
I am morally conflicted about reading this book. On one hand, fuck cops, and not in a fake white liberal way, in a empathetic way, where I am truely angry and deeply saddened by police brutality. On the other hand, supernatural thrillers scare me too much, and I am in the mood to be SPOOKED, like heart pounding page gripping spooked, and I have always had a deep love for crime thrillers. I donated the books amount to a therapy fund for black woman to counteract the unwilling support I’m showing ...more
Jace
Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am morally conflicted about reading this book. On one hand, fuck cops, and not in a fake white liberal way, in a empathetic way, where I am truely angry and deeply saddened by police brutality. On the other hand, supernatural thrillers scare me too much, and I am in the mood to be SPOOKED, like heart pounding page gripping spooked, and I have always had a deep love for crime thrillers. I donated the books amount to a therapy fund for black woman to counteract the unwilling support I’m showing ...more
Kim Radatz
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Black Coral is the second book in the thrilling Underwater Investigation Unit series by Andrew Mayne.

The Underwater Investigation Unit, still trying to gain clout among fellow investigators, is helping with the examination and recovery of a submerged vehicle. During this assignment, Sloan McPherson, the lead diver and co-founder of the Underwater Investigation Unit, stumbles upon the final resting spot of four teenagers. Their final resting spot, confined to the bowels of a submerged van, after
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Jackie Taylor
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
First, thank you to both NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for providing me an advance copy of Black Coral by Andrew Mayne in exchange for an honest review.

Black Coral is the second book in Mayne’s Underwater Investigation Unit (“UIU”) series. Although I must confess that I did not have the opportunity to read book one, nor have I ever read any novels written by Mayne prior to this one, it simply did not hold my interest and I struggled to finish it.

Maybe it is the author’s writing style or maybe i
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Ray Moon
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another Heart-Stopping Thriller for the Detective Sloan McPherson

The heroine, Detective Sloan McPherson, arrives at the scene where a vehicle went in a small lake. She was on call for law enforcement diver support. Her job here was to recover the body in a submerged vehicle. She recognizes this location and asks if this is Pond 65. Pod 65 is a popular spot for alligators, especially for Big Bill, a 1,000 pounds and 13 feet apex predator. Of course, Big Bill makes an appearance during the recover
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Kat, lover of bears...
Andrew Mayne has an incredible way with words. He expertly places each word with a calculated purpose that paints a vivid picture without verbal posturing. If textbooks were written by Andrew Mayne, students would enjoy reading and retain information better. He has all the talent of Koontz and King without the verbal tangents that make a 300 page book 600 pages. I am riveted to a Mayne book and lose all sense of time and space as I am brought front and center into the story. I am such a fan of h ...more
Jessica Foster
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read The Girl Beneath the Sea as my Kindle First Read's choice back in April and I loved it. It gave me vibes from a detective TV show called The Glades that I loved but that only lasted a couple of seasons. I love the imagery and the detail in which the author was able to describe diving, boating, and underwater search and rescue. The second book in the Underwater Investigation Unit series, Black Coral was no different. I liked that we got to see more of main character, Sloan's personality in ...more
Hannah P
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Black Coral is a fast paced, gripping thriller! UIU #2 is a great follow up to the first in the series: The Girl Beneath the Sea. TGBTS (UIU #1) has National Treasure and Outer Banks (show) vibes that thrill in the hunt for hidden treasure while the bad guys are in hot pursuit. UIU #2 takes on a darker tone with as the UIU crew explores a more sinister murder mystery. Maintained from the first in the series are the incredible descriptions of Florida wild-life and sea-diving excursions. I have fo ...more
Lisa
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an e-ARC of Black Coral from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

South Florida police diver Sloan McPherson has recently been hired by nemesis turned mentor George Solar for the Underwater Investigation Unit (UIU). In the process of recovering remains from a car crash in a murky south Florida pond, Sloan finds a van which contains the remains of teenagers missing since the 1980s. Investigators think the crash is a tragic accident but Sloan thinks the crash is
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