With visions of Anna Pigeon, Nevada Barr's park ranger turned sleuth in my mind http://www.nevadabarr.com/biography.htm, I turned my eyes to Fatal Descent http://www.amazon.com/Fatal-Descent-Outdoor-Adventures-Mystery/dp/0738734829, a murder mystery set in the great outdoors. It was a good decision.When a murderer attacks during the trip, it will prove to be much more dangerous than expected.
Mandy Tanner and Rob Juarez, her fiancee, run RM Outdoor Adventures, an outdoor adventure group. They embark on a whitewater rafting and rock climbing trip on the Colorado River with 12 guests and their fellow guides Gonzo and Kendra, and a trip hire, Tom "Cool" O'Day, a climbing expert. The trip is sure to be exciting with major white water rapids and colorful flora and fauna.
But before they even get to the exciting rapids, one of the guests is killed in what at first blush looks like a bear attack. Oddly, the radios were also smashed by the bear. Mandy, however, is immediately suspicious. The bear did not leave a lot of paw prints, was from a bear that was not native to that area and Alex did not fight back.
Then another guest is almost killed in a climbing accident and it looks like her line was deliberately cut.
Could the Tanner party be in danger from a killer? It will take all of Mandy Tanner's guile, bravery and wilderness smarts to thwart the killer's plan.
The beauty of these books is that the reader also gets to experience rafting and climbing adventure plus a little murder mystery.
Groundwater does a good job of setting up the scene and certainly knows the area and the wilderness.
The only issue is that the title is oft base as the fatal descent is not that meaningful to the overall plot of the book.
But this is a good read for those who want to see a little more of the outdoors and wilderness.