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Too Near The Edge (Cleo Sims Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lynn Osterkamp
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A man falls to his death at the Grand Canyon. Accident, suicide or murder? What if you could ask him?

When park rangers find Adam's crumpled body 300 feet below the rim of the Grand Canyon, they think he was one more careless tourist. But back home in Boulder, Colorado, his grief-stricken wife Sharon is sure he was murdered. She won't rest until she knows why he was so troubled in the month before he died. Over the objections of her prominent father, she turns to grief therapist Cleo Sims, who runs a project that re-unites people with dead loved ones.


Despite threats and warnings, Cleo takes on the challenge to help Sharon contact Adam and solve the mystery of his death. She gets extra encouragement from Tyler, a surfer-dude spirit who visits her from beyond, offers cryptic advice, and pushes her to "ride the wave" with Sharon.

Tension mounts and Cleo's professional reputation and her life are on the line as her digging uncovers a sinister underbelly of scams, fraud and deceit in this hip mountain community. 


If you're looking for a richly-textured mystery, with a courageous female sleuth, unexpected plot turns, a cast of fascinating suspects, a touch of humor and a paranormal twist, Too Near the Edge is the quick, enjoyable read for you.

Too Near the Edge won a silver medal for best regional fiction in the 2007 Independent Publisher Book Awards


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***Independent Publisher Book Awards: 2007 Silver, Best Regional Fiction, West-Mountain***

"A good mystery story, characters that I made a connection with, and locations that I wanted to visit --- what else can you ask for in a book?"
--Joe Graham, Reader Views

"An excellent book. Very well written...characters well-developed and believable. I would encourage anyone who enjoys mysteries to grab it." --mrscherer, LibraryThing

"The twists, turns and blindsides were awesome and I found myself unable to put it down." --cwaldrum, LibraryThing

"The mystery deepens and gets more complicated...all leading to a very unexpected standoff towards the end." --Armchair Interviews

"Gets hold of you from the first page...makes you keep reading... Exciting novel recommended to anyone who loves mysteries." -- BookPleasures.com, December 2006

"This book was well done all the way around. The characters were believable, the plot was suspenseful, and it was well edited." --cramundson, LibraryThing

From the Author

I've asked some readers who love my mysteries what they like and why they read them. My readers are puzzle solvers who like to try to figure out who did the murder. They like to be kept guessing throughout, and they like to be surprised in the end. They like interesting, complex characters; a variety of suspects who have believable motives; and a setting that draws them in and gives them a flavor of the local culture.

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  • File Size: 1072 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: PMI Books (November 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001DTSRKW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,964 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Near the Edge May 13, 2011
Format:Paperback
Cleo is a grief therapist, one who combines her skills in psychology with the paranormal. Through her practice, she connects loved ones with the recently deceased through a combination of soul searching, meditating, and the paranormal. When Sharon is referred to her by a friend, Cleo is in for more than she bargained for. With an unusual and quirky cast of characters, this book kept me up reading all night long. I definitely enjoyed the myriad of twists and turns, as well as the author's writing style. Overall, this was a home run!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok May 9, 2011
By V. Cano
Format:Paperback
I received this book through the Librarything Member's GIveaway program.
This is a book that could have used a good round of extra editing, both grammatically and story-line wise. The first issue is that it begins really slowly, for the first few pages it drags in building up the plot. The author made the rough choice of writing in the present tense, which is never the best option unless the author is a master. It's just very limiting.
The characters themselves are not as original as they'd need to be to make the book work, their actions are predictable except when they are so random the reader is left staggering and turning pages (or in my case epages) to see if there was anything I missed.
The middle section is better crafted, the pacing is steadier and much more amusing than the beginning, but as we get closer to the end, the plot stasrts to unravel again.
Some of the characters seemed superfluous, like Tyler, the main character's spirit guide, who offers nothing substantial to the story at all. Actually, the fact that the main character is a "psychic" makes no real difference.
It wasn't a horrible book, but it also wasn't anything to write home about.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not close enough to the editor September 11, 2011
By DKT
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I might be the odd person out, but I did not enjoy this book. I had to force myself to finish the story.
I didn't understand why it was a Cleo and Tyler Mystery ~ Tyler wasn't part of the story other than to appear and not offer anything. A spirit guide should guide if that is what he is.
There was a lot of focus on food, drink and clothes~ time would have been better served being less concerned about menu and more concerned about unique characters. At this time I don't see how there could be a series following because they don't stand out enough to draw a person in.

I did finish the book, but I felt as if it was a story by a high school student opposed to a published author and I want a bit more out of a book than that ~ regardless the price.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Near the Edge July 26, 2011
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I downloaded the free book less than a week ago. The story - the first in the Cleo/Tyler Mystery series- is set in Boulder, Colorado and the author describes the area, restaurants, scenery in great detail while developing her story. Cleo Sims is a grief counselor who uses a "controversial" method of ghost contact with some of her clients who have unresolved issues with their departed loved ones. This first book deals with a wife wanting to find out if her dead husband did in fact just slip and fall into the Grand Canyon or did something sinister happen. Before the book ended I was already looking to see if there was a next book in this series and indeed there was - "Too Far Under" for just 99 cents.

I enjoyed the book immensely. I found it held my interest and kept me in suspense until the final pages. Needless to say I have devoured both books and look forward to the next book in this series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific mystery, setting, characters March 25, 2013
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I have now read and loved both Cleo and Tyler mysteries and mourned a bit that the third is not yet available. I thought the characters (very engaging and real) and plot were great in both. I got really involved with them and both books had the benefit of increasing my knowledge base a bit along the way. I liked the citing of research in places and having Cleo teach a course made it seamless to work that in and admired the way she described Indigo children with both belief and skepticism. The Indigo Children though were in her second book (Too Far Under - also highly recommended.) In Too Near the Edge, there was some fascinating background information on Walden II offering a kind of painless education in psychology. Speaking psychologically also, I thought the development of Erik's character was amazingly rich and accurate.

Warning! These books could be addictive! Luckily, the author has just published a third book in the Cleo and Tyler series so you won't have to mourn as I did when I read the first two and heard a rumor of a third (Too Many Secrets) but could not yet find it online. Read them and write reviews to encourage this author to keep writing. She's a modern M.C. Beaton set in Boulder, Colorado. Actually Boulder should be paying her to write because you'll be itching to go there if you haven't already been and feeling nostalgic to return if you have!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Near The Edge, (Cleo & Tyler Mysteries) September 9, 2012
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It was a riveting, "can't put it down" type of murder mystery.

This murder mystery will keep you guessing, "who done it!" While
some people may not believe in mediums,psychics,or seers, I find them
fascinating. Who are we to say that this is not possible...perhaps God touches
their shoulders and enables them to possess these talents.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the sequel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Exciting!!!
This book was exciting with all the twists and turns. It keeps you guessing and intrigued. For a new Author I am looking forward to more from Lynn Osterkamp :)
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great twist on a classic whodunit
This is the first book in the Cleo Sims Mysteries Series. The first book I read was number 3 in the series, "Too Many Secrets", and as much as I enjoyed that one I had to go back... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Danielle D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
Keeps your interest with several twists in the story, leaving you guessing who is the real killer. Has a touch of supernatural. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Roxanne Speck
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice supernatural crime story
I bought this book because Amazon suggested it, based on a geology mystery I had purchased. Well, this book was NOTHING like that one, but I enjoyed it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Dan Ecklund
1.0 out of 5 stars One star is too many
Made it about halfway through before I gave up. Most of the male characters are portayed as domineering, manipulative, and--in at least one case--as a sociopathic liar. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Reader in AZ
1.0 out of 5 stars Too wordy
I started reading this book and got about 3 chapters in and decided against finishing it. I don't like books with too many uninteresting details.
Published on April 5, 2012 by Jazzy
1.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness it was free on my Kindle
A third of the way in I was beyond bored. So many tedious meal descriptions, so many "baddies" cropping up, and a protagonist who's beyond dense--a so-called therapist who is... Read more
Published on February 2, 2012 by KBS
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Near the Edge
Too Near the Edge is a mildly suspenseful story about Cleo, a grief therapist, who has come up with a way to help her clients make contact with deceased loved ones from the other... Read more
Published on December 13, 2011 by klred
3.0 out of 5 stars I Liked It OK But Probably Not For Everyone
As a long time Boulder area resident I enjoyed the mystery set in my home town entitled TOO NEAR THE EDGE. Read more
Published on December 3, 2011 by Susan K. Schoonover
4.0 out of 5 stars Like the Grand Canyon, this book changes with the light.
We met Adam in the first paragraph on the edge of the Grand Canyon. Then, spent the remainder of the book seeking more information about him, his friends and family. Read more
Published on October 26, 2011 by J. Kirkham
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More About the Author

Lynn Osterkamp is the author of Too Near the Edge, and its sequels Too far Under, and Too Many Secrets--the mystery novels that gave life to Cleo, a Boulder-based grief therapist whose ability to contact dead people gets her involved in solving a murder; and Tyler, a dead surfer dude who gives Cleo cryptic and often inscrutable advice. Too Near the Edge won a silver medal in the 2007 IPPY Book Awards for best regional fiction in the west-mountain region.

Lynn is also the author of two nonfiction books as well as numerous articles, manuals and national newsletters. Her professional experience includes hospital and hospice social work, university teaching and research, special education, and long-term-care ombudsman. She lives in Boulder Colorado, where she works for Boulder County Aging Services.

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