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First to Find (Caching Out Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Morgan C. Talbot
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Death is the hardest puzzle to solve.

Margarita Williams escaped death at a young age, but its shadow has followed her all her life. Now, amidst the chaos of a new Australian roommate and mysterious, menacing neighbors, Death has set the puzzlemaker a puzzle of her own. Someone is killing her fellow geocachers, one by one.

Supersmeller Bindi Ryan left Australia to marry a man who abandoned her the minute her plane landed in Oregon. When thieves steal a local sculpture and a teenage friend is blamed, Bindi and her nose must prove him innocent and find the real culprits. But are she and Margarita working on two mysteries, or one?

If they can’t solve the final puzzle, the killer will strike one final, deadly blow.

What is Geocaching?

From Geocaching.com: "Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location."

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Editorial Reviews

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By the end of the first chapter, I was at the edge of my seat. - Offbeat Vagabond

If you're into solving puzzles (which is almost surely the case for any mystery lover), then First to Find won't disappoint. - Big Al's Books and Pals

The Australian in me loved the flair of Margarita's roommate, Bindi, along with the suspenseful mystery, and I'm looking forward to reading more books in this series. - Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

What a wonderful book!! I just could not put it down. - Geeky Girl Reviews

A wonderfully fun novel with multi-layered mysteries, intriguing characters, and yes, even a little budding romance. Kept my total interest throughout. - Mallory Heart Reviews

I loved all the puzzles in play. - Marie Reads and Reviews

With humor, great characters, a twisty mystery, secrets and a hint of romance in the air there's much to love in this beginning of a very promising series. All-in-all an excellent humorous mystery suitable for whiling away the hours. - I'm A Voracious Reader

From the Author

Geocaching is a versatile hobby that has been variously referred to as "using million-dollar satellites to hunt for Tupperware in the woods" and "a high-tech treasure hunt." Geocaching.com's succinct description describes it thus: "Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location." Yes, geocaching is all of this, and more.

Geocaching allows you to search for hidden containers at your own pace. It takes you to places in your own hometown that you never knew existed. It helps you discover interesting locations you might otherwise never have sought out. It adds another layer to your business trip, your family vacation, your trip to the mall.

Geocaching lets you venture forth alone or with as many people as you can find. It lets you take your dog, your children, your camera, and your phone, and often these companions enhance your experience. It is the most flexible hobby many people have never heard of. Grab a GPS unit or download a geocaching app and see what's hiding in your neighborhood. Who knows what you will discover when you step outside your door?

Product Details

  • File Size: 468 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480022039
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Red Adept Publishing (October 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009V4LABY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,475 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun take on the Mystery genre. This was a blast! December 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Geocaching? What the hell is geocaching? That was the first question that popped in my head when I started this. But man, I am glad I found out about it. It is such an interesting hobby. It is actually a treasure hunt. People use cell phones/GPS to locate hidden containers that are called geocaches. First To Find (aka FTF-a term of when you are the first to find a cache) is about a woman named Margarita who is a geocacher (is that what they are called, I have no idea). One night she gets the coordinates to a cache from an anonymous member and stumbles on the body of a fellow friend. Margarita and others don't believe it is the accident some claim it to be. So it is up to Margarita and her best friend to find out who and what killed their friend.

I had a blast with this book. It was such a fun read. This is a murder mystery I know I will be reading again. Margarita was a great lead character. She was a very clever woman. She knows how to create puzzles for the caches and she reads in between the lines. My favorite character though was Bindi. Bindi is Margarita's close friend and roommate. She has a condition (I say superpower). Her nose is extremely sensitive to smells, she can only handle so much and she knows people by their scents. But Bindi's sense of humor nearly killed me in this book. You never know what she will say next. If she were real, I would instantly become friends with her. Her and Margarita were quite the duo in this book. Very memorable characters.

The story was a lot of fun to read. I was invested very quickly. By the end of the first chapter, I was at the edge of my seat. Graham's murder reveals so much about those around town. Everyone and no one had a reason to kill a sweet and nerdy 60-something year old man.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A puzzling murder mystery with a twist November 18, 2012
Format:Paperback
Margarita Williams is a geocacher, and when her fellow geocachers start to be killed off, one by one, she is determined to solve the puzzle around these murders before she's the next victim. With the help of her Australian roommate, named Bindi, Margarita must solve the puzzle.

First to Find piqued my interest enough for me to pick it up for two reasons: being an Australian by birth I'm always curious as to how authors that aren't Australian write Australians. And, geocachers?! I've never heard about geocachers so I was curious to find out more about this.

Geocaching is the outdoor recreational activity where the participants use a GPS to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches". It sounds like a interesting activity and is essentially a puzzle. A puzzle and a murder mystery? I'm not sure if anything goes together so well. As such, this book definitely kept me interested while I learnt about geocaches and trying to solve the murder of the geocachers at the same time.

First to Find was a really good debut mystery from Morgan C. Talbot. The Australian in me, loved the flair of Margarita's roommate, Bindi, along with the suspenseful mystery, and I'm looking forward to reading more books in this series.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First To Find - A Good Find November 6, 2012
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Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this story. I was not familiar at all with the practice of geocaching before reading this book. After reading it, I think it could be a very fun and interesting hobby. That being said, someone who is already familiar with, interested in, or participates in geocaching may enjoy it even more than I did.
I loved all the puzzles in play in the story, and how Margarita used her skills and Bindi used her uncanny sense of smell to solve them. Not that her exceptional abilities with her nose didn't cause her troubles and also set the scene for some comedic moments.
I especially liked the fact that Margarita could defend herself, strong in mind and body. It was an interesting journey watching her overcome her fear that death would take anyone she cares about and learn to take a chance on love again, all while she tried to solve multiple murders before the local law officers could.
I would recommend this book.
I was given an ARC of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not just about satellites! November 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First to Find, the first book of Morgan C.Talbot's Caching Out series, introduces you to a host of geocachers, and their passion for this adventurous sport. Of course there is the wonderful mix of personalities that we find in real life, as well as some things we hope not to find, such as dead bodies. Two amateur sleuths, Margarita and Bindi, combine their different approaches to life and mysteries to solve geocaching puzzles, life's quandaries, and a murder or two through the course of this book.

As a geocacher, at first I read more to explore Talbot's approach to `caching, but the book pulls you in, and you find yourself just reading for pleasure and curiosity, and the wicked twist or two that Talbot keeps throwing in here and there.

Talbot has done intimate & thorough research on her locale, and that shows up in her detailed descriptions of the geography and location, adding richness to her writing. She, obviously, is an experienced cacher as well, as she provided enough tangents for the caching reader to be intrigued, and to ponder "I wonder if I could do a cache like that?"

This book is a good read, and I recommend it to mystery buffs, geocachers and cozy mystery fans. And I hear that more is yet to come; looking forward to more books in this series by this talented young author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading.
This was a quick read. I was unfamiliar with geocaching and was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed the story line.
Published 1 day ago by FYousif
3.0 out of 5 stars just okay...
I received this book free for an honest review. Overall not a bad book, but with so many characters, it was a little hard to keep track. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Kim
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
got this as a present for my boyfriend. he didn't care for it.
Published 17 days ago by M. Gormley
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder with a geocache twist
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this book. Margarita is a geocacher who finds the body of a friend at her latest cache find. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Bugsmom
5.0 out of 5 stars ... book in exchange for a honest review i really loved this book had...
i received this book in exchange for a honest review i really loved this book had me trying to figure out and use my brain only complaint i have i wish the writer would go more... Read more
Published 18 days ago by kristen minor
4.0 out of 5 stars It started off pretty fast and kept me reading to the end to ...
First to Find by Morgan C. Talbot

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Published 19 days ago by Billie
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable!
That was a fun read! Bindi and Margarita are enjoyable characters. The mystery was pretty good, with an excellent conclusion to the whole thing. Read more
Published 29 days ago by L. J. Capehart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 1 month ago by Sally
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit too many characters.
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I was looking forward to a book which combined one of my hobbies, geocaching, along with my favorite genres,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by GeocacherFromNH
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book
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I enjoyed this book, but would have liked to know more about the main characters, Margarita and Bindi. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lori Rutherford
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More About the Author

Morgan is an outdoorsy girl with a deep and abiding love for the natural sciences. Her degrees involve English and jujitsu. She enjoys hiking, camping, and wandering in the woods looking for the trail to the car, but there isn't enough chocolate on the planet to bribe her into rock climbing.

When she's not writing, she can be found making puzzles, getting lost on the way to geocaches, reading stories to her children, or taking far too many pictures of the same tree or rock.

She lives in Eastern Washington with her family.

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