Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on March 1st 2015
Genres: Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Women Sleuths
Source: CBB Book Promotions
After talking her way into a job writing for Portland's Northwest Extreme magazine, Meg Reed may now really be in over her head. Actually, about 8,000 feet over her head. . . She's at Mount Hood's remote Silcox Hut, covering the the seriously hardcore Ridge Rangers-- Oregon's elite high-altitude rescue team--during their four-day winter training. Sure, Meg beefed up her outdoor skills over the summer . . . but she's still hoping to cover the event with some hot chocolate by the cheery fireplace. Then, during a sudden blizzard, she swears she hears gunshots. No one stranded in the hut believes her . . . until self-absorbed Ridge Ranger Ben Rogers is found outside in a pool of frozen blood. Meg's now got to find this killer quickly . . . before cabin fever does them all in! Praise For Scene Of The Climb "A splendid overview of the greater Portland and Columbia River Gorge region, perfect for travel buffs. Her protagonist shows promise with her determined attitude and moxie." --Library Journal Includes Adventure Guides!
I received this book for free from CBB Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Welcome to my tour stop for Slayed on the Slopes by Kate Dyer-Seeley! This is the second book in the Pacific Northwest Mystery series. Slayed on the Slopes released March 31st by Kensington Publishing. The tour runs April 6- 17 with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for more information.
Young Meg Reed is a journalist who fears she’s out of her depth, so when she has the opportunity to really prove herself to her boss at Extreme Magazine, she takes it – planning a feature on elite mountain rescue team the Ridge Rangers during their winter training. Even though she writes for an extreme sports publication, Meg isn’t the sporty type, nor the most practical, heading off to the mountains of Oregon in her flip-flops, brushing off warnings from the locals about the incoming snowstorm. Soon enough the storm hits, not long after Meg gets to the isolated Silcox Hut and it’s not long before the snow is four feet deep. making the most of the ‘snow-in’ Meg uses her journalistic skills to get to know the team. It’s not long before obnoxious financier Ben Rodgers makes himself known, upsetting and offending many, and when he’s found shot dead, buried beneath the recent snowfall, it’s up to Meg to use those skills to get to the bottom of it all. Can she unravel who murdered Ben without falling foul of the law, her friends and the killer themselves?
Dyer-Seeley’s second extreme sports based mystery is a cracking read that never flags in pace and is far from predictable. A well-rounded cast of characters surround Meg, each with a purpose to serve, be it the handsome boss, her artistic best friend, the nightmare bridzilla, the cross Sheriff, or the concerned Grandmother who also acts as Meg’s inner conscience, they all mingle with the plot without feeling superfluous.
The real star here though is the scenery and Dyer-Seeley’s ability to set a scene. Don’t be put off by the extreme sports background as it’s just a means to an end. Wallow instead in some glorious locations beautifully described one-minute, and terrifyingly claustrophobic the next as the power of a strong blizzard really comes to the fore. Dyer-Seeley references Kubrick’s The Shining here and she’s clever to do so as once you have that image in your head of being locked-in with nothing but snow, ice, and wind surrounding you, it ramps up the tension perfectly.
As it’s the second book in a series there are some references to the previous novel, but they aren’t obstructive to the plot of this one. We’re also given some more insights into the mystery surrounding her journalist fathers fall from grace and subsequent death that are so good they could be a novel on their own.
If you like your mysteries to be a bit more ‘extreme’ than cosy then this series is the one for you.
Praise For Scene Of The Climb
“A splendid overview of the greater Portland and Columbia River Gorge region, perfect for travel buffs. Her protagonist shows promise with her determined attitude and moxie.” –Library Journal
Includes Adventure Guides!
Winter warmer package- signed copy of Slayed on the Slopes, Signed copy of Scene of the Climb, Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Hot Chocolate Mix, Oregon Chai Tea, 1 Pound of Coffee and Collectable Mt. Hood art coaster (US)
Ends April 27, 2015