It is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war. Handsome and outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. On shore, Jim encounters Mary Stirling, a childhood friend who is now an astute and beautiful Boston Navy Yard secretary.
When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is discovered, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges – and dangers – await them.
I devoured Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, and Trixie Belden books growing up. They were just classic mysteries wherein the end of each chapter left you hanging on a climatic note, and the authors did a pretty good job of keeping you guessing until the final page. I have amassed quite a collection over the years, and still today, if I discover a book in a thrift store that I don’t have, I usually purchase it to read for old-times sake (and add to the collection, of course!).
Mary Stirling references her love for Nancy Drew mysteries in Through Waters Deep, and the story held some delightful similarities to the classics. Combining old-fashioned sleuthing and a healthy dose of “what-ifs”, Mary Stirling sets out to discover the saboteur in their midst. Jim is a willing accomplice to her escapades and enthusiastically supports her ideas and suggestions. Along the way, romance is kindled between the two of them, but is soon threatened when an old crush shows up, adding yet another dynamic to the story.
With a mix of history, suspense, mystery, romance, and values of stepping out boldly in faith and conquering your fears, Through Waters Deep is winning read that will appeal to a wide variety of readers. This is a another series that I will be keeping tabs on for when the next book comes out!
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.