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Deadly Currents (An RM Outdoor Adventures Mystery) Paperback – March 8, 2011
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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The dead man is Tom King, a rich developer. The trip was with the rafting company that Mandy's uncle owns, and Tom's widow is intent on suing Mandy's uncle, a prospect that would destroy his business.
Then comes word that Tom might have been murdered. Now Mandy is determined to find the killer and clear her uncle's reputation once and for all. But can she find the killer?
I love rafting (although I've never gone any big rapids), so I was looking forward to this book from the moment I heard about it. Mandy was a good guide into a world I am unfamiliar with. I liked her, most of the time. I felt some of her reactions to her boyfriend weren't fair to him, although I could see her side of things. But I really did like her and felt that those sub-plots were resolved well by the end.
The plot of the book started out rather slowly and could have been tighter. While I enjoyed some of the passages about life on the river and Mandy's job, I didn't feel they were really forwarding the story. As the book progressed, the story began to take center stage more and it all resolved for a great climax.
While all the books in this series won't be focused on river rafting, I am excited to see what other outdoor sports will be covered. I definitely plan another trip to Colorado with Mandy.
I have to admit I'm not really a water person. I don't even like to soak in a bath. My idea of enjoying the water is listening to it babble in brooks and writing insipid poetry about it.
But that didn't keep me from being sucked under by this book and becoming totally immersed in learning about white water rafting and the people who are involved in it. I immediately liked the protagonist, and though I was a bit suspicious of the love interest for awhile, I'm sure that was intentional, and by the end, I approved of the relationship. I took longer than usual to figure out who the villain was, yet when I did figure it out, it was logical and believable. (I did suspect, but just couldn't let go of my favorite pick for the role.)
In short, this is an action-filled and involving mystery with believable characters in an interesting setting that most of us have little or no experience with. I recommend it for summer vacation reading.
Most def. a series I would continue with!! Hint, Hint Beth!!
Her second week patrol proves that sometimes doing things in an orthodox way is at times very necessary. She successfully pulls in two passengers, one female and one male. The woman, Hannah Fowler, is shaken but, all things considered, okay. The man, a local land developer named Tom King, was dead by the time she got him out of the water to a river bank.
With a wrongful death lawsuit in the early stages and her Uncle's river rafting business at stake, Mandy Tanner decides to investigate and ask questions of anyone involved with that river trip. Her questions annoy a long list of suspects especially when it becomes clear Tom King was a victim of foul play. Still reeling from her guilt over Tom King's death and a second much closer to home tragedy, Mandy Tanner does not know when to shut up and enjoy the river while leaving the case to the law enforcement professionals. If she isn't careful and very lucky, her career, her young life might be over before it starts.
Reminiscent of early Nevada Barr novels and not just because of the outdoor setting, this cozy style read is the start of a new series featuring River Ranger Mandy Tanner.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had hoped for a really adventurous mystery. The first few pages were enough to make you hold your breath. Then the story slowed down and became a cozy mystery. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
I am not an avid reader but joined a book club and this was the selection for the month. Since we live in Colorado and I have been white water rafting the story was very... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Marlene Davis
Entertainment in high gear! Ace writing with memorable characters and a twisted ending.Published 9 months ago by William H. Lovejoy
A very light read; you'll get to the end quickly. It's a very formulaic story and predictable.Published 14 months ago by Deborah
I don't know what age group was the target for this book but my guess would be early teens. I wouldn't even give this one star. Not worth reading in my opinion.Published 19 months ago by gordy bower
Beth Groundwater is a new author for me. I have read 2 RM mysteries and will others. Mandy is a ranger for the Arkansas Headquarters Recreational Area (AHR There is a lot of... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Bettylouise
Unpleasant heroine. Far too emotional and irrational to make for a good detective. Fabulous setting, well described. Pretty good mystery.Published on June 22, 2014 by Hungry Mama