Cold Blood, Hot Sea

A thrilling contribution to the new wave of cli-fi hitting the shelves, Cold Blood, Hot Sea pits climate change scientists against big energy conspirators. When a colleague is killed aboard research vessel Intrepid, oceanographer Mara Tusconi believes it’s no accident. Though pulled by the demands of her work and distracted by Ted McKnight, new hire at Maine Oceanographic, Mara delves into the circumstances surrounding the death.

Mara quickly becomes entangled in a scheme cooked up by powerful energy executives with much to lose if scientists like Mara and Ted continue their climate change research. The murky trail takes her from a lobster-lined research lab to a kayak bobbing in the Atlantic’s icy waters.
Mara’s career—and life—is on the line, threatened by intrigue as big and dark as the ocean. Cold Blood, Hot Sea proceeds full speed ahead through the often cutthroat world of scientific research. This remarkable debut novel brims with ocean wonders, kayaking adventure, and plenty of twists, turns, and deep sea treachery.

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Pacing is spot-on, making for a page-turner that allows time for reflection on larger issues … of note is the friendship between [Mara and Harvey]; their relationship is warm, believable, and modernly feminist without being preachy. Cold Blood, Hot Sea will make for great beach reading, but it also has met on its bones, with rich characterization and an intriguing mystery at its core. Foreword Reviews, the independent publishers’ magazine

Sleuths will have to figure out who done it, but the real crime is the backdrop here: the endless heating of a fragile planet. Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth and founder of

… when it comes to research vessels, labs and scientific protocols, she knows her stuff … the action scenes are genuinely thrilling page- turners … red herrings … are nicely handled. And as a bonus there’s a lobster called Homer (Homarus americanus being its scientific name)… the Down East setting is, of course, a plus… All in all, Mara Tusconi is an attractive enough character, dealing compellingly with issues I care about, that I wouldn’t mind encountering her again. Portland Press Herald by Thomas Urquhart

a cli-fi mystery that both entertains and bores deep into the heart of the issues. The author knows her science, too.” Dan Bloom, editor, The Cli-Fi Report

In ‘Cold Blood, Hot Sea’ author D’Avanzo gets everything right: the plot, the characters, the science, the deniers, and most especially, the lives of climate scientists today. You will have a hard time putting it down. James L. Powell, author of “Rough Winds: Extreme Weather” and “Climate Change and The Inquisition of Climate Science”

Through its mystery and its specificity, the novel manages to convey a global problem on a personal level… Foreword Reviews

A page turner set in Maine’s picturesque working waterfront where lobsters aren’t the only ones feeling the heat. Kay Henry, co-founder Mad River Canoe and co-founder Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Paddlers will love this book’s hero – an oceanographer who uses her kayak to thwart climate change deniers. Lee Bumsted, Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide and author, Hot Showers! Maine Coast Lodgings for Kayakers and Sailors


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