Author Lloyd Christensen knows his profession of diving. In "Sunrise Caye", he takes the reader to an island near Belize where George Schroeder and his wife own two somewhat primitive resorts. The specialty of the Caye which draws visitors consistently is the barrier reef. Classes are offered for snorkeling, scuba-diving and kayaking and families are welcome. George has a twenty year history of safety for his vacationers and is horrified when accidents begin to occur on the resort. At first, it appears that the deaths are accidental or even natural. But then, a mystery villain ups the ante and murder is the obvious conclusion. Suspects abound as George tries to determine how best to protect his guests while following clues which will lead to the murders.
There is a wealth of information about diving in this book and avid divers will probably maintain their interest due to the detailed explanations.
While not a top-notch mystery novel, it will be a pleasure for most readers due to the enchantment of the island itself. Some of the characters are difficult to understand and I guess this prevents early disclosure of the guilty person. I did like the way Christensen treated the child guests and he has developed a strong character in George Schroeder who appears determined to protect his resort at all costs.