Fatal Descent is a variation on a "manor house mystery" where members of a closed group are stuck in a remote location with minimal opportunity for outsiders to enter or for members of the group to escape often an English country house in the s and 30s. Then they all become suspects in a murder of one of their number.
Fatal Descent by Beth Groundwater
In Fatal Descent , instead of a manor house, the closed group of rafters and guides in Rob and Mandy's expedition are "locked up" in the remote canyons through which the Colorado River flows. What have been some of your favorite manor house mysteries? Does Fatal Descent effectively set up the suspenseful situation of a group of people stuck with an unknown killer among them? Were the motive s of the killer s in Fatal Descent realistically portrayed? Did you believe that they could drive someone to murder?
If so, why? If not, why not? Thanks for the peek into your writing process. Thanks for your comments, Catherine and Kelly! Kelly, even if you decide not to outline your third novel, you might be able to use this structure like Carolyn as a checklist for revision. Wonderful advice here. Really, any book we start,write, revise, repeat is a mystery in its own right. I like that I can apply some of these scaffolds to the next revision tour of my fiction novel and make it stronger. Good overview of How-to Write a Mystery.
In my first book it was the illegal trading of Peregrine Falcons, in the second the impact of the coffee industry on migratory birds. In my first book, A Rant of Ravens, the murder victim has information on someone who was once involved in a smuggling op and is threatening to release it. Suspects abound with people whose careers and reputations could be ruined, etc.
In my second book, Death of a Songbird, the book opens with the murder of my protagonists silent partner in a coffee house and coffee import company. She inherits the business AND the problem, the reason her partner was killed in the first place. For me, the issue determines who is most vested in solving the problem and the suspects. I really like the idea of making sure every suspects has means, motive and opportunity, if possible.
It adds a lot more depth. Thanks for your comments, Dean and Chris! Chris, I, too, always try to incorporate an issue-related subplot in my books. In my RM Outdoor Adventures series, the issues are related to river conservation. In my latest Claire Hanover gift basket designer mystery, A Basket of Trouble, the issue was illegal immigration. Patricia Stoltey. Patricia grew up on a farm in central Illinois so naturally had to use the old farm in her first mystery. The second Sylvia and Willie tale takes place near and in the little touristy gold mining town of Oatman, Arizona.
Then another guest is almost killed in a climbing accident. Could the Tanner party be in danger from a killer? The beauty of these books is that the reader also gets to experience rafting and climbing adventure plus a little murder mystery. Mandy Tanner is up to the task of both leading her party and solving the murder. Groundwater does a good job of setting up the scene and certainly knows the wilderness.
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Its a short good read. Jun 03, Yvonne rated it it was amazing. When one of the travelers is apparently the victim of a bear attack, things take a very nasty turn.
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Evidence shows that this might not have been a bear attack after all. Mandy and Rob are determined to protect their clients at any cost whether from a bear attack or something even more sinister. All of this and Mandy has to deal with her soon-to-be mother-in-law who is happily planning their wedding. Mandy would rather elope than deal with the wedding plans.
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I quickly fell in love with the two main characters, Mandy and Rob. I need more of this series! The author paints a vivid picture of the setting which made me feel as if I was on the trip, too!
objectifcoaching.com/components/garrard/rencontre-homme-akbou.php Each character was perfectly portrayed and the mystery had me at the edge of my seat. Beth Groundwater is a new-to-me author that I will be reading all the time. I totally enjoyed this book! This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own. Apr 28, Nancy rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery-suspense , netgalley. Now that her season as river ranger has concluded, Mandy Tanner focuses on organizing an October rafting and mountain climbing trip in Utah along with her fiance Rob Juarez.
Clients on board for this trek down the Colorado River include a young woman attempting to get her divorced parents back together, three "gal pals" hoping for some female bonding, and a family who may not have been Now that her season as river ranger has concluded, Mandy Tanner focuses on organizing an October rafting and mountain climbing trip in Utah along with her fiance Rob Juarez.
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Clients on board for this trek down the Colorado River include a young woman attempting to get her divorced parents back together, three "gal pals" hoping for some female bonding, and a family who may not have been upfront about their father's health in light of this potentially grueling trip. Things go well until one of the clients is suddenly killed!
Looks like when a bear allegedly attacked Alex, their radio transmitter was destroyed as well. That, as well as learning what species of bear supposedly made the attack makes Mandy question things. Then when a mountain-climbing harness was cut and its wearer almost killed, Mandy realizes there may be a murderer in their midst and must now proceed with caution! Fast-paced, intense read where the personalities of the folks on the trip and their interactions with one another and the things Mandy learns about them make for a gripping puzzle.
I think this one can stand on it's own; there not really a lot of references to events in the first two RM mysteries: Deadly Currents and Wicked Eddies. Highly recommend, as always! Nov 18, Christine rated it really liked it. Another exciting book from Beth Groundwater. Her writing is action packed and the story moves along at break neck pace. Rafting details are excellent. Jun 04, Gabby rated it it was amazing Shelves: , fiction , kindle , series , fave-books. Having read all three of these mysteries, Fatal Descent is the best one, but I expected it would be. Any new series takes one or two books to really get started so the reader knows, just for starters, who not to suspect of the crime.
So, when I read Fatal Descent, I was familiar with the main characters and without exception liked all of them. Beth Groundwater has structured these novels so that it's almost like reading about a Fatal Descent is the third book in the RM Adventures Mystery Series. Beth Groundwater has structured these novels so that it's almost like reading about a family sharing similar interests and often having similar ideas about what they do for a living.
And what they do for a living is, for me, dangerous. I enjoy reading about the rafting, although I don't see myself ever doing it.
Instead, I'll live vicariously through the adventures of Mandy and Rob as they undertake what to me is white knuckle travels often leading a bunch of novices who may do something totally stupid thereby setting off yet more white knuckle moments. That certainly appears to be the case in Fatal Descent. As though it isn't enough to be facing travel through white water in a raft, there is a killing of one of the members of the rafting party.
At the same time, the group's radio, their only link to the outside world, is ruined, so the group not only has to be fearful of what is assumed to be a rogue grizzly bear, but they also have to lug a dead body with them to the end of their trip. This is a nightmare of the first order, and both Mandy and Rob need to use all their skills, plus a few they didn't know they had, to get the rest of their rafting group to safety.
When they figure out that the killing may not have been caused by a grizzly bear at all; that they probably have a murder on their hands, things get kicked up a notch. The mystery part of this book was well written and plotted. For me, though, that's not the only reason I like to read this genre.
Groundwater's descriptions of the scenery, flora, and fauna observed on this trip gave me a sense of being there and being able to picture what those characters saw. I knew very little about what one could expect to experience on these expeditions, and for me, it was fascinating. I am looking forward to reading book 4 in this series, but in the meantime, there's also Beth Groundwater's next book in her Handbasket series coming out in November.
I recommend both series to anyone who enjoys both cozies and adventure series. When they wake up one morning and find one of their clients has been killed in a bear attack, no one else heard, they know there is more to the story.
With no way to contact anyone for help they realize they must continue the trip even though they may be traveling with a killer. Beth Groundwater just takes us on one wild ride after another! Mandy and the gang have a group that contains basically novices when it comes to whitewater rafting and having the patience of saints take them on this fantastic trip. Of course, there is a murder and at least one killer in the group.
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