Cataclysm in Blue Water

                                        By Renee Louise Johnson

Book One in the Blue Water Detective Agency Series



Murder at Sunset Crater

Book Two in the Blue Water Detective Agency Series

Available Kindle and Paperback

Krista, Cynthia, and Minos journey to Arizona.

Their vacation turns mysterious and deadly.

One of them will not return

Sunset Crater (a site of volcanic activity)

An ancient culture (the Sinagua)

and TWO murders












New edition includes a bibliography and a few clarifications.

Audio book pops with Terry's experienced display of character personality /Andy's pulsating music!

August 6, 2013

Andy Rosen, musical genius and artist extraordinaire,

adds to the making of the audio book with intro/ending music

Completely and totally awesome!


               July 10, 2013                 

Cataclysm in Blue Water is now in audio book production.

Terry Rose narrates with marvelous skill based on years in radio, television and stage.

I cannot wait for the finished product! 

It will be available on and Whisper Sync/Kindle.                    


April 17, 2013

Attending the London Book Fair - Earls Court


April 15, 2013

 2013 Beverly Hills Book Awards - Finalist -  Mystery 

Cataclysm in Blue Water's second major award! 


   June 18, 2012

                            BEA (Book Expo America) in New York - Done Deal for 2012!  "Cataclysm in Blue Water" was on display. 



February 8, 2012

Atlantis Uncovered

Discovery Channel, Curiosity, aired a program entitled "Atlantis Uncovered" on 9-25-2011

Though based on my book, I had no involvement.

In the few areas where I, as author of "Cataclysm in Blue Water," took liberties regarding the Minoan culture

based on the fictional nature on my book,

"Atlantis Uncovered" transformed these areas into fact.

It is a clear cut copyright infringement.

In a letter from BBC Worldwide Americas, Inc. dated 11-29-2011 to my attorney,

they state "The BBC will need to make extensive enquiries in order to properly respond to your letter."

Still waiting, BBC.... It is way past Thanksgiving and close to Valentine's Day. Hello?


September 4, 2011

Had a wonderful time at the Greek Festival in Monterey Bay, California

Greek dancing, greek food, gorgeous setting

If you haven't gone - do! If not this year - next year.


July 19, 2011

Just returned from a wonderful tour of France and Italy with my co-author and husband, Doug.

Revisited the scene of the crime (Chapter 3 of CBW)

I wonder how many detective readers guessed the identities of the characters before "all was revealed."

Ah, the devilish delights of a mystery writer.


March 16, 2011

Tragedy in Japan

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Tsunamis cause the most damage and are responsible for the greatest number of fatalities

How did the Minoans, a Bronze-Age civilization, deal with a far greater cataclysm?

What did the before and after look like 3,500 years ago?

My prayers go to Japan and all affected areas


February 1, 2011

Starfish Under Seige

Looters destroyed two mummies and smashed artefacts from the Cairo Museum

Looking for gold, they dropped the figures after discovering they did not contain gold

The gold granulated starfish featured in "Cataclysm in Blue Water" resides in the Cairo Museum.

To my knowledge, the starfish remains safe.

I would be heartbroken to learn of its theft along with the vast majority of Egyptians.

At one point, a line of good-hearted citizens locked arms to protect the museum.


December 21, 2010

Akrotiri to Reopen!!

Wonderful news :D

Closed since September 2005 Due to the Tragic and Fatal Collapse of the Roof,

These Magnificent Minoan Ruins Take Flight as Phoenix Once Again

In 2011 - Open to the Public

Read "Cataclysm in Blue Water"

Then go to Santorini and Breathe In The Ancients, Marvel at the Cliffs

Kudos to Professor of Archaeology Ch. Doumas


May 17, 2010

National Indie Excellence Awards

I received an e-mail yesterday morning from INDIE congratulating me as my submission placed as a winner for 2010.

"Cataclysm in Blue Water" is a finalist in the category of Historical Fiction

I am absolutely thrilled!


April 21, 2010

Iceland Rocks

As dramatic as the volcanic ash causing disruption to Europe has been -

In the annals of history, it is not a huge event

Two major plates are drifting apart in Iceland (Eurasian and North American) creating a dramatic rift valley

Iceland is moving over a hot spot with 100 volcanoes on hand to accomodate the lava

This country is geologically fascinating!

Minoan and Santorini enthusiasts should enjoy this novel after reading "Cataclysm in Blue Water"


February 19, 2010

The Writers Conference was top notch.

Wonderful speakers, quality information, large array of subjects.

Happy to say "Cataclysm in Blue Water" generated solid interest from the experts

A reader's review - Barbara of Santa Barbara, California writes:

"Just finished your book. It is incredible!! Excellent writing, research and story. A must read. Congratulations!

The end is fascinating. I remained connected to the characters, wondering what happened next.

It is an ideal mix of captivating writing, mystery and history. Will there be more?"

To Barbara:

Thank you and YES!!


February 1, 2010

Check out

Cataclysm in Blue Water is featured in the cover section

The starfish will have dimension when the cover is converted to 3-D


January 7, 2010

Looking forward to

The San Francisco Writers Conference

"Building Bridges to Better Tomorrows"

February 12-14, 2010


December 1, 2009

Fun factoids for my reader:

In developing my modern-day heroine, Krista, I held a mental image of Kristen Bell.

Krista's mother, Cynthia? Candice Bergen came to mind.


October 26, 2009

I received this e-mail from a reader today:

"I spent the past week visiting my mom, and was able to read your book. As I was reading, I kept thinking, there is no way she is going to be able to tie this complicated story line together, and YOU DID IT!! With the help of your character Jonathan, there has to be a sequel somewhere in the back of your mind. Your book was not only a page turner, but an education."


October 7, 2009

Renee and contributing author/technical advisor, Doug Pitts, will be at the Seaburn Bookstore on Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. Look for event details on in the coming days

Seaburn Bookstore is located in Astoria, New York (718) 267-7929


October 3, 2009

The author will be in New York October 19-24, 2009 on a promotional tour.


October 2, 2009

Following the news and updates from Samoa and Indonesia, the author cannot help but reflect on the subject matter of Cataclysm in Blue Water, and draw a comparison. Earthquakes and the eruption did not wipe out an entire civilization, the tsunamis did. Think of a Bronze-Age civilization, the Minoans, coping with devastating walls of water that make the current disaster pale in comparison.


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