Reviews of Too Far Under
Reviewed by Fran Lewis

March 9, 2011
Mirabel Townes is murdered. Heiress, scientologist is
drowning in her hot tub. Pronouncing her dead at the
scene and a tragic accident the police are satisfied but
her children suspect murder. Cleo Sims helps people
communicate with the dead through her Contact Project.
Two different minds, one that is going to crumble and
another that no one wants to believe as Angelica Townes
fights to find out the truth behind her mother’s death as
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Too Far Under by author Lynn Osterkamp
Cleo Sims’s Gramma has Alzheimer’s. Cleo agreed to care
for her. With her grandmother’s nursing home about to
close down and all of the residents become homeless,
Cleo needs to find a viable solution to this serious
problem. Nursing Homes that are safe and care for their
patients are few and far between and the one her
grandmother lives needs funding and those in charge
have no qualms about shutting it down. As Cleo is
focused on her grandmother’s situation and finding
another home for her, Lacey Townes the daughter of
Mirabel Townes approaches her leaving frantic messages
that she needs to enlist her help to find out the truth
about her mother’s death. With a sister, who is an
Indigo child, one that has psychic abilities, bright,
sensitive and sees beyond the surface, Angelica knows
that her mother was killed but cannot tell who did it
without Cleo’s help. But, there is much more to this
outstanding paranormal and unique novel.
Author Lynn Osterkamp introduces us to many areas
many of we would ordinarily not be aware of. With the
ability to contact those that are deceased using her
Contact Program, Cleo hopes to help Lacey and her
family find out the truth behind Maribel’s death. But, at
what expense and how dangerous can this become?
Added to that Cleo has a ghostly friend named Tyler,
who appears only to her and who specifically tells her to
help Angelica and her sister and put her grandmother’s
problems on the back burner? But, can she when the
home is closing in 60 days, where will she turn and what
will she do when the pressure is on.
Angelica is a special child crying for help, but are her
concerns unfounded? As Cleo tries to find out the truth
behind Angelica’s sense of her mother’s death, her father
and live in mistress foil any further opportunities for her
to learn more stating that she needed direction,
medication and treatment by a doctor of their choice.
Hiding the truth, covering something or just not wanting
to believe this ten-year-old child’s insights and senses
Cleo becomes embroiled in situations that could cost
many lives. Feeling a close connection or strong sense of
her mother being murdered, Angelica pleads with Cleo
through Lacey to help connect with Mirabel and learn the
truth. Suspects mount up but where should the final
finger point? As Angelica’s father and live-in mistress foil
any attempts from Cleo to treat her or communicate with
her again, Cleo decides to work with either Lacey or
Shane. Greed can do many things to a person and
money is one of the prime issues of all of the suspects.
Who gets Mirabel’s money and who is cut out of the new
will if anyone can find it? When Angelica takes matters
into her own hands and gets foiled by the killer, will
anyone be able to save her or will it be too late? Added
to that is the rocky relationship that Cleo has with her
boyfriend Pablo and the twist at the end that might
change it all.
Author Lynn Osterkamp created a plot filled with twists,
turns and surprises placing Cleo, Angelica and Lacey in
the direct path of a clever murderer. Everyone wants to
know what is in Mirabel’s will and what her final wishes
really were. Who will benefit and who is really cut out?
What is the hidden truth about why Cleo’s Gramma’s
paintings are not selling at full price? Who stands to lose
if a new will is uncovered and to what lengths will the
players in the story go to find out? The suspense
becomes intense and the ending is quite riveting as our
author brings this story to a dramatic conclusion. Who
killed Mirabel? What will happen when Shady Terrace
closes and will her Gramma have a safe place to live?
Too Far Under and find out who got in too deep.
TCM Reviews
Reviewed by John R.Clark

April 15, 2011
I reviewed and very much liked the first book
in the series
Too Near The Edge, and was
curious how well the main characters and the
themes would carry over. I'm happy to say,
reading this book was like getting together
with a good friend after a lengthy absence. It
was comfortable, easy to get into and built
nicely on the first book.
While reading this without having read the
previous book would be an enjoyable
experience, I strongly encourage potential
readers to start with
Too Near The Edge so
they will get full enjoyment out of book two.
I recently introduced one of my pickier library
patrons to the first book and she is eagerly
awaiting the second to hit the library shelves.
This is a good book for mystery lovers who
like a touch of the supernatural, like cozies, or
who simply enjoy a well-crafted mystery.