When Shelby Belgarden's peaceful hometown of Little River is shaken by a series of robberies, suspicion falls on Amber Chapman, a new girl in town who has alienated others with her standoffish attitude. Shelby's own dislike of the newcomer is fed by jealousy as she begins to suspect a relationship growing between Amber and Greg Taylor. But as evidence against Amber mounts, leading to her eventual arrest, new clues cause Shelby to question her own judgement. Shelby races against time to free her, and soon realises that in order to do so, she must uncover a dark secret known only to the thief.
Valerie Sherrard is the executive director of a group home for adolescents, and has fostered more than seventy teenagers. She lives in Miramichi, New Brunswick, with her husband, Brent. In Too Deep is the second installment in the celebrated Shelby Belgarden Mysteries series. The first, Out of the Ashes (2002), was a critical and commercial triumph, and has been nominated for the 2003 Red Maple Award.