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Product Details

  • Series: A Nora Abbott Mystery (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: MIDNIGHT INK; 1 edition (March 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738734225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738734224
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,561,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Shannon Baker (McCook, NE) can often be found backpacking, skiing, kayaking, cycling, or just playing lizard in the desert. From the Colorado Rockies to the Nebraska Sandhills, the peaks of Flagstaff and the deserts of Tucson, landscapes play an important role in her books. She is a member of SinC, MWA, and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.  Baker was named the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers 2014 Writer of the Year.  Visit her online at Shannon-Baker.com.

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Shannon Baker is lover of mountains, plains, oceans and rivers and can often be found traipsing around the great outdoors. Tainted Mountain, the first in her Nora Abbott Mystery Series, is set in Flagstaff, AZ, where she lived for several years and worked for The Grand Canyon Trust, a hotbed of environmentalists who, usually, don't resort to murder. Shannon now makes her home in Boulder, CO.

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When you read it, you, like me, will look forward to Nora's next adventure.
Karen
Tainted Mountain is a twisty roller-coaster of a mystery novel, full of unexpected plot twists, endearing characters and non-stop action.
Bonnie Ramthun
An intriguing blend of mystery, relationship acrobatics, and cultural insights set in the beautiful backdrop of Northern Arizona.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cathy G. Cole TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
First Line: Frigid air ripped down her throat, searing both lungs as her heart threatened to burst through her ribcage.

Nora Abbott has thrown her heart and soul into her husband's dream: buying a ski resort outside of Flagstaff, Arizona, and turning it into a success. As a result, it's become her dream, too. But there are many obstacles in the way of making that dream come true. The prolonged drought has meant very little snow. Fighting for the right to make snow has brought hordes of environmental protesters and Hopi Indians to the courthouse and the resort, all with their own agendas, and it makes no difference that Nora intends to do this in as environmentally friendly a manner as possible.

Slashed tires, ruined equipment, fires, very real threats of bodily harm, a marriage that's turning sour-- Nora needs more stress like she needs another overdue bill-- but she gets it. Her husband is murdered, and energy baron Barrett McCreary, who wants to reopen the area to uranium mining, seems poised for a hostile takeover of the resort. The only help Nora can see on her horizon is Cole Huntsman, but even he seems to be playing both sides against the middle.

I looked forward to reading this book with a great deal of anticipation. I have a fondness for mysteries set in Arizona, and ones set in the northern part of the state are few and far between. Baker does extremely well with her setting up in the cooler, pine-scented mountains. The issues she highlights in her book are very real. The ski resorts in Arizona have struggled for years with the drought that never seems to end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clare O'Beara on May 21, 2013
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For Nora Abbot, Flagstaff's proprietor of a ski resort, a court win allowing her to generate snow on Kachina Mountain is great news. Not everyone agrees. Someone tries to stab her, environmental protestors gather and an elderly Native man gifts her kachina dolls for the sacred mountain. Given that the resort was her husband Scott's idea, however, it seems strange that now he says he wants nothing to do with it. Unfortunate accidents occur, to Nora, her equipment and the people around her, and she doesn't know who to trust.

Barret McCreary wants the ski resort to go ahead, and Scott's protests prove his undoing as McCreary Energy puts profit before health. Barret tells his half-Hopi daughter that the Hopi live a simple spiritual life to control their children, stop progress and lead a life of poverty and poor medical care. There are two sides to every story, but Barret is only concerned with exploiting uranium, water and coal.

Ever since reading Peter Matthiessen's 'Indian Country' I have been aware of the exploitation of the South-West deserts and the dangerous nature of mine tailings and water pollution. Modern methods are used intensely to extract fuels, between coal, radioactive elements and fracking. TAINTED MOUNTAIN shows that big money can ride roughshod over lives. Nora believes that bringing more water to the drought-stricken mountain must be a good thing, and the runoff will seep back into the water table. This would increase biodiversity and employment. But the people on the Hopi and Navaho reservations like their mountain as it is. Through the characters we see the sides of a modern conflict, one in which, as always, the balance of power lies with the exploiters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Saytchyn Maddux-Creech on July 6, 2013
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One of those mysteries where you know whodunit, but the adventure is watching the characters figure it out and hoping your favorites don't also get killed. I loved the narrator and want to follow her into her next story. This one, set in and around the Hopi Reservation in Arizona, has a rich and intriguing setting as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen on May 30, 2013
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Shannon Baker's career is on an upward trajectory. I've enjoyed her novels beginning with her first, Ashes of the Red Heifer. I was looking forward to this, her third. She did not disappoint. Her series will continue to thrill many more readers. We love Nora!

Tainted Mountain poses intriguing questions right off the bat. Are Nora's friends really her enemies? Are her enemies friends? We care because Nora's not a stock character. One has to sympathize with the trials and dangers she encounters. Even though she's in a state of angst, she powers on. In this luscious and layered thriller, Nora's battling her own inner demons as she attacks those from outside.
Ms. Baker has crafted a smooth, fun read. She is the queen of action and a master at drawing on hot-button topics.

Once again, With Tainted Mountain, Shannon has done her homework on Native American and environmental topics. She is sensitive to them without being obnoxiously P.C. I recommend this book to those willing to take a wild breathless, ride. When you read it, you, like me, will look forward to Nora's next adventure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Ramthun on April 12, 2013
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Tainted Mountain is a twisty roller-coaster of a mystery novel, full of unexpected plot twists, endearing characters and non-stop action. The novel begins with a well-meaning ski resort owner, Nora Abbott, targeted by crazed environmentalists, suspicious locals, and mysterious Hopi that both help and hinder her in her quest to create snow for her ski resort. I won't tell you the twist that follows the first moments of the novel because it's a jaw-dropper, and the tension and the stakes intensify from there. Shannon Baker evokes the sparse beauty of Arizona with beautiful language that makes every scent and color come to life, and she gives the reader a glimpse of the spiritual history and strength of the Hopi people. An excellent novel. I think you'll enjoy reading it.
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