A Dangerous Harbor by R. P. Dahlke
R. P. Dahlke
Two Weeks #1 on Amazon Best seller list in 2012-Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Adventure
Bleary-eyed and sleep deprived after a long overnighter into Mexico, solo sailor and SFPD police detective, Katrina Hunter, thinks the mermaid twenty yards behind her sailboat is nothing more than a sailor’s hallucination But everything she knows about floaters convinces her to turn her boat around for another look—and this one wasn’t the result of an accident.
Now, alone and isolated in a Mexican police station for six hours, she’s convinced that reporting a floater to authorities was a terrible mistake. Even the arrival of a handsome, if somewhat dour, Mexican/Italian investigator does nothing to dispel her growing anxiety that she might still be charged.
Chief Inspector, Raul Vignaroli, is as surprised by the attractive solo-sailor as he is to find that she’s a respected member of the San Francisco police force, and after some well-placed phone calls he’s also sure he’s found the perfect partner to help him solve another murder, if not the cure for his broken heart.
Katy quick exit from the police station hits a snag when two policemen march in, a drunk prisoner between them. But before Katy can dodge around them, the prisoner raises his blond head and a startling pair of turquoise eyes meet hers.
He straightens his back, wincing at the angle of his cuffed wrists. “What the… Whisper?”
Suddenly, the sound of the ceiling fan is terribly loud. Blood pounds in her ears, her mouth goes dry, her palms are damp and her feet are nailed to the floor. Her worst nightmare has just returned to ruin her life.
Praise for A Dangerous Harbor:
“I strongly recommend “A Dangerous Harbor.” By the time I finished the book, my wanderlust was in full throttle. I was drawn to the sense of adventure and I admired the strong female lead. Best of all, the ending, which I won’t give away, was extremely satisfying. Five Stars out of Five.” Lynn Farris, mystery reviewer for Examiner gave her much coveted 5 star review
“This is an engaging, well-written mystery with characters that took up residence in my imagination; moving in with all their baggage and quirks. I found them incredibly difficult to dislodge even several days after I had finished reading the book. I loved the setting; the beauty of the waters and the lovely hillsides existing alongside the abject poverty and ugliness of the slummy, sleazy habitats of those less fortunate. The day to day uncertainly of life is realistically portrayed in an area where powerful drug cartels operate from shadowy positions in almost all levels of government…” LauriJ’s Reviews for Night Owl Reviews 8/24/12 Reviewer Top Pick
“I could say I love it 20 times !! having sailed the Ensenada race many years these adventures there were near reality…A Dangerous Harbor for sure is an excellent read…writen as a pro in adventure…Loved it !….If you ever sailed this is a book adventure that can hold you captive…Now I am on to her other adventures…” Commodore Bill, Amazon Review
From the Author:
This book was the result of several years in Ensenada,Mexico aboard our cutter rigged Hylas 47 sailboat. Ensenada is, as most California sailors know, first port of call into Baja, Mx after San Diego. Most of the town is clustered around the harbor where working marinas like Baja Naval still service American boaters.
I found this sleepy little town to be fascinating, full of endless stories, with a culture that was, and still is, struggling to gain a foothold in the 21st Century. The irony is that I started this book ten years ago, based on a local news story, which at the time was staggering in its brutality. This story is no longer unique as the Mexican Cartels daily murder with impunity.
But, just as the cartels are not all that is Mexico, this story isn’t all about them, it’s about what happens when you try to run away from your problems and it’s about Americans, the ones passing through and the ones stuck in A Dangerous Harbor.