Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Pacific Northwest Mysteries by Kate Dyer-Seeley

Do you remember when you first started reading mysteries? I was a teenager and it was Nancy Drew. That being said, young adult mysteries still hold a very special place in my heart and I grab them whenever I see one. If you are like me, or if you have a young reader in your home, then I have a great series to tell you about. The Pacific Northwest Mystery Series is a fun, fabulous cozy with a college aged lead character.

There are two parts available right now and a third on the way!!

The first part, Scene of Climb was a great start to the series that I devoured in two days!

From the cover:
Portland, Oregon, is the perfect fit for someone like Meg Reed. It’s a city with a small town feel, where she can crash on the couch of her best friend Jill, now that she’s graduated from journalism school…

But a girl needs a job, so Meg bluffs her way into writing for Northwest Extreme magazine, passing herself off to editor-in-chief Greg Dixon as an outdoor adventure enthusiast. Never mind that Meg’s idea of sport is climbing onto the couch without spilling her latte. So when she finds herself clawing to the top of Angel’s Rest—a two-thousand-foot peak—to cover the latest challenge in a reality TV adventure show, she can’t imagine feeling more terrified. Until she witnesses a body plummet off the side of the cliff. Now Meg has a murder to investigate. And if the climbing doesn’t kill her, a murderer just might…

My thoughts:
This was gripping right from the start and a perfect pace to keep you turning pages. Meg was so much fun and did a lot of things I could have seen myself doing at her age… maybe I did, maybe I didn’t. LOL. First I want to mention that the settings were beautiful to read about and even though, like Meg, I may not be an adventure girl it sure did make taking a hike in the area sound like a fun day out.

Did I mention the pace, it was lovely, no filler, just a perfect what will happen next feeling that kept me flipping pages well past my bedtime. I found I was really drawn into the lives of the characters and I am super excited to see what happens next with  Meg and her friends and, of course, her good looking boss.

The second book in the Pacific Northwest Mystery series, is called Slayed on the Slopes…

From the cover:
After talking her way into a job writing for Portland’s Northwest Extreme magazine, Meg Reed may now really be in over her head. Actually, about 8,000 feet over her head…

She’s at Mount Hood’s remote Silcox Hut, covering the the seriously hardcore Ridge Rangers– Oregon’s elite high-altitude rescue team–during their four-day winter training. Sure, Meg beefed up her outdoor skills over the summer … but she’s still hoping to cover the event with some hot chocolate by the cheery fireplace. Then, during a sudden blizzard, she swears she hears gunshots. No one stranded in the hut believes her … until self-absorbed Ridge Ranger Ben Rogers is found outside in a pool of frozen blood. Meg’s now got to find this killer quickly … before cabin fever does them all in!

My thoughts:
This has the same great pace as the first part and is a page turner from the very start. I loved that this one not only was it’s own free standing mystery but also deepened the secondary mysteries around Meg’s Dad that were left unresolved in the first part. I think that kind of multi-layer story makes this the kind of series where you won’t want to miss a single part. There is also a deepening of the relationships among all of the characters that gave me a deep interest in knowing what will happen next.

The setting of this was also lovely and being isolated in bad weather, as they were, made it feel all the more urgent that Meg solve this murder before she found herself the next victim. I am so afraid of heights, like Meg, and that made the part on the ski-lift make my stomach turn.

In the back of both books you will even find adventure guides in the event you are in the area and really are feeling adventurous.

I recommend you grab both of these, now, and get yourself ready for the next part.

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Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

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