Thursday, October 30, 2014

Book Review: Halloween Hijinks Anniversary Edition by Kathi Daley

Title: Halloween Hijinks Anniversary Edition
Author: Kathi Daley
Series: Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 1
Publisher: CreateSpace
Format: PDF
Source: Received for Review from Author
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Reviewed by: Tina

Halloween Hijinks Anniversary Edition is the first book in the Zoe Donovan Mystery series with a short story included, I will be reviewing Halloween Hijinks and the short story, Zoe's Treasure Hunt.

Zoe Donovan is a animal control officer with a heart of gold who has a passion for finding homes for lost animals and she loves spending time with her trained therapy dog, Charlie. It's Halloween In Ashton Falls. Zoe had a few friends that keep her grounded, Levi and Ellie. Zoe takes it upon herself to set up some neighborhood festivities for the Halloween Hamlet event. Levi is also busy with the high school football team to make sure that the opposing teams hijinks don't get out of hand.

Zoe is out on a call to rescue a howling dog in a creepy haunted house, she creeps into the basement to find the football coach of the opposing team murdered. Levi ,who is coach of Ashton Falls team is soon pinned as the prime suspect in the murder. Zoe makes it her goal to find the killer bring him to justice and set Levi free.

What I love most about reading is relating to characters in a story and I could relate to Zoe and her history. I love her passion and love for animals and her friends and her fellow man. Very character driven cozy mystery and enjoyable especially when the murderer is revealed and justice is truly prevailed. If you are a dog and mystery lover this book is perfect for you. I found while reading, recalling my love for my dog when I owned one bringing back memories of my own. I look forward to getting to know Zoe on her future adventures in this series. I can't wait to read and review another book in this winning series.

Zoe’s Treasure Hunt. A short story

 Zoe and her trained therapy dog, Charlie venture to the hospital to visit patients. Charlie had a special knack for helping patients in need by providing comfort and support during illness or to the dying. First she and Charlie Visit a boy named Tommy and found that he started to be doing better. Dr Ryder Westlake then recommends that Zoe and Charlie look in on another Patient named Burton Ozward, nicknamed Oz, who had a mild heart attack, not being a doctor’s dream patient he wants to leave the hospital.

 It’s takes awhile for for Oz to open up to Zoe and Charlie but then he finally does and tells her a tale of fearing his remaining time on Earth was short and the real reason he came to Ashton Falls was to claim his inheritance from his dead grandfather, the inheritance being a bag of gold and clues on how to find it, like a treasure hunt.

 Oz wishes the bag of gold to go to his granddaughter who has dreams of going to medical school that he would not have been able to finance otherwise. Zoe happily offers to help Oz on his quest to track down the hidden treasure his and his granddaughters sake. Zoe then enlists the help of her pappy and his friends to help in the search for the treasure because they are of advanced age and know the history of Ashton Falls. Being able to find the treasure is now Zoe’s mission before it’s too late.

 I really enjoyed this story after reading Halloween Hijinks, it was a refreshing look into Zoe and Charlie’s kind hearts and Zoe’s compassion for animals and people. I also enjoyed that there was no murder involved and how sometimes one meeting one person can change someone’s perspective and views on life and love.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Book Review: Murder with Ganache by Lucy Burdette

Title: Murder with Ganache
Author: Lucy Burdette
Series: A Key West Food Critic Mystery Book 4
Publisher: NAL
Format: Kindle Editon
Source: Amazon
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Reviewed by: Tina

There was nothing better to lift my spirits than a trip to Key West Florida on another adventure with Key West food critic writer, Hayley and her friends and family. In what was supposed to be a joyous occasion with Hayley's best friend, Connie marrying her one true love Ray and with Hayley preparing to make two hundred scrumptious Lime Cupcakes with Lime Cream Cheese Frosting. Hayley's family also flies out to vacation and to celebrate the only glitch is Rory, Hayley's teenage step  brother who wants nothing better than to not be at the wedding.

So with approval of Hayley and her Step mom, Allison. Rory heads out to explore Key West alone or so Hayley and her family thinks. When he does not return by his curfew Hayley sets out to find Rory on Duval street. As the hours pass and she is unable to find him her fears for him escalate and she then tells her father and Allison. They find Rory half concious on a boat then with a little investigating from Hayley she finds out that Rory did indeed have friends in Key West and then that friend is found murdered in the mangroves and Rory soon from his hospital bed becomes the prime suspect and with Connie cancelling the wedding at the last minute, it's up to Hayley to save her brother and find his friend's murderer and  possibly save a marriage.

This is one of my very favorite culinary cozy mystery series. Murder with Ganache is foodie mystery lovers dream. Hayley's true love first and foremost is food and bringing her readers delicious reviews of some of Key West's restaurants but in Murder with Ganache her family came first and that is what I loved about it . I have come to love Hayley and her entire family and friends throughout this series, and after reading you will come to love them too. Murder with Ganache left me with happy tears. I can't wait to read and review Death with all the trimmings the next in the series released in December of this year.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Facebook 1000 + likes Giveaway: Murder with Ganache By Lucy Burdette

Head over and like our Facebook Page if you have not already, you can find a link to our Facebook page right here on the blog To enter to win a signed copy of Murder With Ganache by Lucy Burdette. Book 4 in the Key West Food Critic Mysteries. The Winner will be announced Wednesday October 29th at 9:00 AM EST. You have until that time to enter.
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Friday, October 24, 2014

900 + like giveaway winner: Iced to Death by Peg Cochran

Congratulations to VONNIE LONGWOOD CLARK. You have won a signed paperback copy of Iced to Death by Peg Cochran  Book 3 in the Gourmet De- Lite mysteries. I will send you a private message via Facebook, I will need your email address to send to Peg so she can send you your winning book. Thank you, Vonnie and to all that entered. Vonnie, you need to respond within 24 hours or another winner will be drawn.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Facebook 900 + likes Giveaway: Iced to Death by Peg Cochran

It's our 900 + Facebook Giveaway time and this time we are giving away a copy of Iced to Death Book 3 in the Gourmet De-Lite mysteries by Peg Cochran. So please head over to our Facebook Page found right here on the blog and like us and enter to win. The winner will be announced Friday October 24 th at 9:00 AM EST Here is the synposis:

Gigi Fitzgerald, owner of Gigi’s Gourmet De-Lite, knows how to put her clients’ cravings on ice. But catching a slippery killer is more of a challenge…

 Gigi’s business may be hot, but her home life is leaving her cold. Her sister, Pia, has dropped in for an unannounced visit and, much to Gigi’s chagrin, has immediately fallen for handsome bar owner Declan McQuaid. So when Declan asks Gigi to help him prep for a big engagement party, she’s not only dealing with the heat of the kitchen and her own feelings for Declan, but Pia’s jealousy.

 However, Gigi’s rising temperature quickly chills when the host of the party is found stabbed to death with an ice pick in back of the pub. Now, as Gigi’s beau, Detective Mertz, hones in on Declan as a possible murderer, Gigi will have to shave down the growing list of suspects quickly, before Pia’s newfound love interest finds himself locked in the cooler….


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Book Review: A Midwinter's Tail by Sofie Kelly

Title: A Midwinter's Tail
Author: Sofie Kelly
Series:  Book 6 Magical Cats
Publisher: Signet
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Received for Review from Publisher
Format: Paperback
Reviewed by: Tina

Known though out the town as "The Cat Whisperer" Kathleen Paulson has an ability to communicate with cats and it seems that her cute and cuddly felines Owen and Hercules have special ways they express themselves, shall we say. Kathleen works at the local library of Mayville Heights and is putting together a program at the library called "Reading Buddies" that promotes literacy for children.

Brutus Chapman is a man with a shady past that haunts him. His ex wife, Dayna shows up back in town after a twenty year absence and after eating a chocolate at the fundraiser for Reading Buddies, collapses and falls to her death. When it is revealed that Dayna was murdered by the chocolate Brutus then goes to Kathleen for help along with her detective boyfriend, Marcus knowing that Kathleen has helped solve past murders and Owen and Hercules are also keen on getting in on the sleuthing to find a killer.

The way that Kathleen interacted with Owen and Hercules reminded me how I sometimes talk to my cats and if your a pet owner I don't care who you are we are all guilty of it. I loved it. There were a great cast of characters. The cat duo make this mystery a joy to read with a touch of magic. A Librarian cat owner, a winning combination for a great cozy mystery like A Midwinter's Tail.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Book Review: Bless Her Dead Little Heart by Miranda James

Title: Bless Her Dead Little Heart
Author: Miranda James
Series: A Southern Ladies Mystery Book 1
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Received for Review from Publisher
Format: Paperback ARC
Publisher: Berkley
Reviewed By: Tina

The Ducote Sisters, Miss An'gel and Miss Dickce exemplify sweet  southern charm and true manners. Their southern upbringing and manners  are really put to the test in this first of the A Southern Ladies Mystery.  We first come to know the the Ducote sisters in Miranda James's Out of Circulation, the fourth book in the Cat in the stacks Mysteries. The sisters are cat sitting Diesel, Charlie Harris's Maine Coon Cat also from that series

The sisters former sorority sister, Rosabelle shows up at their door out of the blue. She explains to them that she fears that one of her family members is trying to kill her. The sisters boil it down to Rosabelle's always wanting to be the center of attention and her self absorbed ways. Rosabelle then explains examples of how she thinks her family has tried to harm her, so being the true southern ladies they are let her stay.

Then just as suddenly and Rosabelle shows up so does her family members one by one. Their behavior is deplorable but the sisters show their true manners and self restraint by letting the family stay in the home to see if they can discover if what Rosabelle is saying is really true. Then one of the family members comes tumbling down the stairs to her impending death then deputy Kanesha Berry from the Athena Police department and The Cat in the Stacks Series is soon investigating the murder and soon another family member is murdered.

These sleuthing sisters all the while keeping to their true southern roots and charm made these sisters a true match made in heaven and their poking in and meddling look exemplary to the suspects and there were many in this deranged family. I loved all the familiar characters from the Cat in the stacks series especially Diesel the cat who was along for the ride and deputy Kanesha Berry,  made reading this book a true cozy comfort. This first in a  spin off to the Cat in the Stacks series was a true delight to read. I can't wait to meet up with these charming ladies again in the next in the series.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Book Review: Fatal Fortune By: Victoria Laurie

 Title: Fatal Fortune
 Author: Victoria Laurie
 Series: A Psychic Eye Mystery Book 12
 Publisher: Obsidian, Published by The Penguin Group
 Genre: Cozy Mystery
 Format: Hard cover
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Reviewed by: Marlene

 Abby Cooper, psychic and long time PI partner and friend to Candice Fusco will be taking on her most challenging case yet. And alone because it is to clear Candice's name of murder.

 In the middle of the night Abby receives a desperate voice mail from Candice requesting some help. Which sets off a series of events from dodging her FBI husband and his and her's boss, also Candice's husband to the seedy casinos of Las Vegas. As well as Candice's seedy ex husband. While Abby is trying to untangle Candice's web of deceptions, she finds herself and her radar doing the same.

 With only her radar to guide her Abby will need to overcome her own doubts and those of everyone around her to find out the truth.

 Loved this book. So many twists and turns and then twists. It was beautifully written to keep you engaged in the story and the constant emotional attachment Abby has for her friend. I loved the characters too. Abby is great, loved how she kept the FBI husband's on the side lines and took the reigns. She is a very strong female lead that I can have continued respect for.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Book Review: The Christie Curse by Victoria Abbott

 Title: The Christie Curse
 Author: Victoria Abbott
 Series: A Book Collector Mystery Book 1
 Publisher: The Berkley Publishing Group
 Genre: Cozy Mystery
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from Author
 Reviewed by: Marlene

 Jordan Bingham a recent college graduate finds herself retreating back to her home town of Harrison Falls. Due to lack of employment and the fact her ex has maxed out her credit cards. Now she is living with her uncle's above their could be, could be not so on the level antique shop. Luckily she lands what she believes will be a great job after some resistance from her new employer Miss Van Alst, one of the town's most hated resident's. Jordan has been set to hunt down a possible unpublished play by Agatha Christie written during her eleven day disappearance in 1926.

 But soon enough Jordan is faced with the fact that the last employee of Miss Van Alst died under suspicious circumstances, a stalker cop, grieving parent's/fiance, multiple attacks on the contacts she has made to try and find the manuscript and her employer's Dr. Jehkyl/Mr.Hyde cat. With only the lessons learned by her band of uncles to keep going and learn the truth will she find out who is behind all this tragedy and find the manuscript too.

 I loved the story of Jordan tracking down this supposed lost manuscript and all the twists and turns. And it is a great take on what Agatha Christie could have done with her disappearance. I look forward to reading the next one.

Book Review: Stirring The Plot by Daryl Wood Gerber

 Title: Stirring the Plot
 Author: Daryl Wood Gerber
 Series: Book 3, A Cookbook Nook Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for Review From Publisher
 Genre: Cozy Mystery
 Reviewed by: Tina

 Dorothy and The Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz, Fortune Tellers, Physics and Witches and shall I say a floral delivery man, it can only mean one thing, it's Halloween in Crystal Cove, CA at The Cookbook Nook, a culinary bookstore. All of The Cookbook Nook and the town of Crystal Cove is anticipating the annual Winsome Witches Faire for literacy. Proprietor Jenna and her Aunt Vera are once again in the thick of things. The Winsome Witches are not real witches or so they claim but a group of fundraising, fun loving women and the High Priestess of the Winsome Witches, a admired therapist, Pearl is found dead and it is soon discovered that she was murdered.

 It comes to light that many of Pearl's patient's have many hidden secrets, One of them may possibly have a dark secret enough to kill over or could someone else emerge from the shadows as the guilty party. Aunt Vera with the murder of her beloved friend, Pearl is understandably distraught and is unable to unlock her powers of perception which is frustrating for her wanting to help find out who killed her friend so Jenna takes it upon herself to help once again to solve another crime in Crystal Cove with a few tricks up her sleeve, of coarse.

 If you love Halloween, Witches and dressing up and don't forget scrumptious and ghoulish treats made by The Cookbook Nook Chef, Katie and novice cook Jenna with recipes included and don't forget, The Cookbook Nook would not be complete without a murder, Stirring the Plot is a perfect read for you. The delicious food descriptions made my mouth water with enchanting characters like Jenna and Aunt Vera I knew I would be captivated from the first page. This is a favorite series of mine and I wish it all success. I look forward to reading and reviewing the next in this delectable series.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Book Review: Off Kilter by Hannah Reed

 Title: Off Kilter
 Author: Hannah Reed
 Series: A Scottish Highlands Mystery
 Publisher: The Berkley Publishing Group
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Reviewed by: Marlene

 Eden Elliot has just had one of the worst years of her life, losing her mother and her marriage. Being pressured by her best friend to go spend the next few months in the highlands of Scotland to get away and emerse herself in scottish culture to aid her in writing her very first novel. And to maybe emerse herself in a man as well.

 Once there she finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation, a family fued, an accusation of arson and the possible sparks of an attraction to a man that is spoken for. Eden struggles to clear her name as well as her friend's name of all the wrong doings around town and soon becomes the target. She then has to race against the clock to make sure everything is set right.

   This story for me was a cross between Murder She Wrote (not that Eden was writing about the murder) and Eat Pray Love. Eden reminds me of Julia Robert's character going to go find herself and finally going to take of her herself and herself alone but then the murder hits and she takes it on like Angela Lansbury's character with a sense of determination and pride.

I also loved how Scotland was depicted and infused to the story, it sounds like a beautiful place I would like to travel to one day. The cuisine of Scotland also make some appearances and although I don't believe haggis or blood pudding would be my dishes of choice there is one dish I have never heard of and would like to try is Scottish eggs. They sound yummy.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Book Review: Literally Murder by Ali Brandon

Title: Literally Murder
Author: Ali Brandon
Series: Book 4 A Black Cat Bookshop Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
Format: Paperback
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Received for review from Publisher
Reviewed by: Tina

My favorite crime fighting cat, Hamlet is back and I couldn't be more excited. Along with his owner and mystery bookstore owner Darla Pettistone. Darla and Hamlet gained some notoriety when a video of Darla and Hamlet with the black cat Hamlet mimicking Darla in a karate tournament that goes viral on the internet and forever dubbs Hamlet the "Karate Kitty".

Hamlet is then invited to to be a guest of honor at a championship cat show in Fort Lauderdale, Flordia. Darla readily agrees as there is a renovation going on at her bookstore with a addition of a coffee shop and Hamlet would be better off away from the construction and soaking in the Florida sun.

Darla and Hamlet and Darla's friend, Jake in toe make it to the show to discover animal activists reeking havoc. Then a so called cat breeder, Ted when he tries to pass off a new breed, Minx, half sphnyx, half manx and does not win the competition  then to the horror of Darla and with Jake being Hamlet's security guard for the show Hamlet is catnapped and he is found by Darla and Jake in the hotel room of the Judge of the competition beside the dead body of Ted. Now its up to Hamlet with the help of Darla and Jake to sniff out a killer before someone else takes a permanent cat nap.

Hamlet, the black bookshop cat is the star in this series along with some other charming and zany characters. Jake's mom, Nattie had me completely in stitches through out the book. Very character driven and well written, never a dull moment in this series yet. Along with the comforting Florida landscape beautifully laid out made me want to jump right into the book to help solve the murder right along with Hamlet, Darla and all their friends, while reading I was envisioning myself being there.That to me being the very best thing about reading. I can't wait to read and review the next in this delightful series.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Book Review Murder She Wrote : Death of A Blue Blood by Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain

Title: Murder She Wrote : Death of A Blue Blood
Author: Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain
Series: Book 42: Murder, She Wrote
Publisher:  NAL Hardcover
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Received for Review from Publisher
Reviewed by: Tina

In this newest edition of the Murder She Wrote series we ring in the new year with mystery writer Jessica Fletcher and her close friend a detective inspector of Scotland Yard, George Sutherland. They are invited to Castorbrook Castle with her British publisher by the Lord and Lady Norrance .

Just as suddenly as Jessica settles into her room where she is to stay for the duration of her time at the castle, she looks out the window to discover a woman lying on the ground, she ventures out of her room to investigate and finds her dead. Being a typical British Royal family they are closed mouthed and perfectly poised regarding the death, when the identity of the woman is discovered, that she is no other than the Lady's maid and the children on the castle's previous caretaker, Flavia Beckwith .

There is to be a costume ball to be held at the castle to ring in the new year and the Earl wants to make a toast to the new year but before he gets a chance and without warning he collapses and dies apparently of a poisoning from caviar. Soon after it is discovered that there are many grudges and suspects emerging against the Lord of the Castle and family secrets start rising to the surface. With Jessica's knack for solving crimes and as a writer of mystery novels with her expertise  along with her detective friend, George, find a murderer.

It was so refreshing to see a relationship blossoming between Jessica and George, The murder she wrote series is a comfort to the soul with murder always at the helm keeping me wanting more and more of this series. I love how Jessica always finds a way to weave herself into every situation to help solve a crime. With a mix of endearing and vicious characters makes this edition of the Murder she Wrote series a must read. I can't wait to read and review the next in the series.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Book Review: The Cavanaugh House by Elizabeth Meyette

 Title: The Cavanaugh House
 Author: Elizabeth Meyette
 Publisher: Elizabeth Meyette
 Genre: Cozy Mystery
 Format: PDF
 Source: Received for review from author
 Reviewed by: Marlene

 The Cavanaugh house which has sit vacant for the last twenty-eight years finally has someone brave enough to take up residency. A house that has been labelled haunted and abandoned, except by a million mice, will come to life again once more. Jesse Graham coming off a bad break up from her fiance has decided to trade in the high life for a more simple life in upstate New York. Jesse inherited the house from her long deceased aunt.

 Attempting to battle the house's decay and prepare herself to start teaching at the local school she comes face to face with the ghost of her aunt. Sensing the love and need to find peace from her Aunt Helen's ghost sets Jesse on a frantic chase to find her aunt's killer. Finding along the way the support from her long time friend Maggie and new acquanitainces Susan (Helen's best friend), her son Joe and local police officer Marty. As Jesse reveals more facts and questions about what happened to Helen so long ago she is also hit with some hard truths regarding her past and future.

 I loved this story, it had the right amount of drama and action to keep you going. I could completely emerse myself in the characters of Jesse and Maggie. Jesse was a great female lead. And even though Women's lib was before my time (This story was set in the late 60s) I thank those women for helping us to where we are today. But I still don't understand the downside of being called a lady instead of a women. Personally either is fine with me.

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Anxious to acquire some killer deals for her on-line resale business, Pippi O'Brien enlists the help of her long-time shopping buddy, Shep Jones. However, they get more than they bargain for when the owner of a local consignment store, The Classy Closet, turns up murdered and Shep becomes the number one suspect.

 When Shep asks for Pippi's help to clear his name, she is only too eager to take on the case. Before long, she's searching for suspects with the same enthusiasm that she uses to scour clearance racks for good deals. Only, she quickly finds out that it's difficult to maintain a booming resale business while playing detective.

 Adding to the stress, Pippi is recruited as a stand-in maid of honor for her cousin's pending nuptials and soon finds herself stretched tighter than her poor-fitting bridesmaid dress. To make matters worse, wedding bells are also chiming for ex-boyfriend, Detective Sean Panelli, and the uber-possessive Sarah Maloney. Will Pippi be able to keep her cool, nab a killer and perhaps even reclaim her man? Or, will she find herself next on the list of bargains to die for?

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Book Review: Murder off The Beaten Path by M.L. Rowland

  Title: Murder off the Beaten Path
 Author: M.L. Rowland
 Series: Book 2 A Search and Rescue Mystery
 Publisher: The Berkely Publishing Group
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from author
 Reviewed by: Marlene

The story starts of with Gracie Kinkaid being part of the failed search of a teenage girl in the California mountains. Gracie herself is part of a search and rescue team while balancing her day job as a director at a church owned camp. Soon after the failed search she is faced with another call for a rescue that ends with finding her friend, Jett dead at the bottom of a canyon area. She then proceeds to uncover what really happened to her friend.

 While Gracie is investigating her friends death and uncovering secrets involving the family that runs the camp. She is also fighting some of her own personal inadequacies and juggling multiple romantic offers from men. At one point she sets herself on a mission also decides to take on her sickening excuse of a neighbour. As the book continues the more she finds out, the more she needs to seek justice for the wrong doings.

I found this story extremely engaging and possibly most of it could be the work of non-fiction. The events depicted in this book are issues faced in society today. I loved how Ms. Rowland writes Gracie, I felt like I was in her head and figureing it out along with her. This book is now on my favourites list. I look forward to the next one. And also, reading Ms. Rowland's previous novel - Zero-Degree Murder.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Book Review: Scene of the Climb by Kate Dyer-Seeley

 Title: Scene of the Climb
 Author: Kate Dyer - Seeley
 Series: Book 1 A Pacific Northwest Mystery
 Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from author
 Genre: Cozy Mystery
 Reviewed by: Marlene

 Recent college graduate Meg Reed has had her life swept from beneath her dealing with the death of her father, no job opportunities and living on a friend's couch. But a chance encounter with the owner of an outdoor enthusiasts magazine sends her into the world of rock climbing, reality tv and murder.

 Soon Meg finds herself wrapped up in a murder that she can't just leave up to the local authorities to take care of. She needs her story, she needs to know and she needs to watch her every step. Along with help and increasing warnings from her friends, boss and local sherrif, she keeps digging deeper and deeper until she has no where to go.

 I enjoyed the story Meg took me on, trying to find her way in the world of journalism and rock climbing. It is two worlds I would never have to ventured into in my life. The depiction of Oregon was beautiful, the mountains and forests and rivers. And I love Meg's Adventure Tips at the back of the book, they were great.


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