Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Deadly Currents - 1st in the RM Outdoor Adventures Mystery series
Author: Beth Groundwater
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Release Date: March 2011
Year/Setting: Present day, Salida Colorado
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Beth's Website/Blog: www.bethgroundwater.com
The first book in a new series, the subject being white-water rafting.
The heroine, Mandy Tanner, was brought up by her Uncle Bill after her parents were killed in an accident. Uncle Bill runs a whitewater rafting company on the Arkansas River in Salida, CO. Mandy worked for her Uncle until she decided to become a River Ranger and work for the County. Her uncle was planning to leave Mandy the company in his will and wishes that she had kept on working for him. The River is the most important money maker for the small town's economy and most of the people who live there work for the Outfitters in the area. Mandy and her boss Steve are on the river when a whitewater accident occurs and she and Steve go out on the water to rescue the people, but, sadly a local resident dies of a supposed a heart attack. This really shakes her up as she tried so hard to save him. As it turns out however, he did not die from a heart attack but was poisoned. Mr. Tom King, the victim, was a local businessman who had many enemies in the business community and also he cheated on Mrs. King. He had cut his only son out of his will and the environmentalists who protect the river had a beef with him too. So, there were many, many suspects.
Unfortunately for Mandy, her Uncle Bill passes away from natural causes and that throws Mandy into a tailspin. She blames the killer of Mr. King for the death of her uncle and becomes suspicious of just about anybody she sees. She tries to solve the crime herself, much to the annoyance of the local police and gets in trouble with all the suspects. This serves to make her the target of any and all who had trouble with Mr. King.
This was an interesting read as the author knows her subject backward and forward. There are many twists and turns in the story and the heroine sometimes gets a little too emotional but, I'm sure that will change in future books in this series. Getting to the end of the book is like riding the whitewater, many ups and downs. So, enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.
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