Charlene D’Avanzo is a marine ecologist, award-winning environmental educator, published nonfiction author, and editor of several journals. Her piece about environmental mysteries appeared in Sisters in Crime’s First Draft in April 2014. "Hot Clams" was a winner in a short-story contest and will appear in a published anthology in June 2015. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Sisters in Crime New England, and the Maine Writers & Publisher's Alliance. She’s also an avid sea kayaker (a sport key in her mystery series) and lives in Yarmouth, Maine.
D’Avanzo is seeking representation for Death in a Hot Sea, an 85,500-word amateur-sleuth mystery and the first in a series. The book features a smart, plucky oceanographer named Mara Tusconi who is horrified when a thousand-pound buoy free falls onto her friend and colleague on a research cruise. Mara suspects that the dead scientist’s campaign against climate change doubters made him a target. When the Maine Oceanographic Institute whitewashes inquiry into the incident, it’s up to Mara to find out whether she and other scientists are heading for deadly seas.