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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Derelict: A Divemaster Ricky Mystery is a work of fiction in the mystery and suspense subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience owing to some instances of moderate language and was penned by author Tracy Grogan. Following the adventures of Flotsam, this second work in the series once again follows the off-piste and chaotic adventures of divemaster Ricky Yamamoto, but this time our loose cannon may have bitten off more than she can chew. The decision to launch an independent investigation after an explosion and a disappearance in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula leaves Ricky wondering if the people around her are truly who they claim to be.
Author Tracy Grogan knows how to tell an action-packed mystery tale, and there was never a dull moment in this superb rollercoaster of a novel. As a concept in itself, I found that having a divemaster as the central protagonist was an original perspective to look at investigative mystery from. On top of that, Ricky was so well developed with her dry, witty dialogue and the close narration that lets you feel every moment of tension, despair, and revelation as she experiences it. The location was also a huge selling point of the work for me, taking us away from the concrete jungles of the west into a more exotic and culturally different locale, both above and below the surface. Overall, Derelict is an accomplished work of mystery fiction that achieves everything it sets out to do and will entertain fans of thriller mysteries and leave them hungry for more.