Fatal Descent (An RM Outdoor Adventures Mystery)

By Beth Groundwater

Between a rock and a troublesome paddle

Mandy Tanner and her fiancé Rob are best an offseason rafting-climbing journey in Utah’s distant Canyonlands. skilled publications, Mandy and Rob understand they need to maintain their cool after one among their team, Alex Anderson, seems to be to became undergo bait. Walled off from the surface global with 11 shell-shocked consumers and miles of Colorado River whitewater forward, Mandy’s nerves threaten to resolve whilst she learns that Alex’s dying used to be now not the paintings of a homicidal grizzly. even if it used to be a criminal offense of ardour or the random act of a psychopath, Mandy fears that in the event that they don’t root out the river rat between them, one other camper should be operating the rapids in a physique bag.

“A extraordinary e-book by means of an writer who in actual fact understands and loves her territory. Don’t leave out it!”―William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling writer of the Cork O’Connor series

“Once back, Groundwater, blending secret with outside experience, comes up with an day trip that would please so much comers.”―Kirkus Reviews

“A exciting trip . . . choked with river lore, bright descriptions . . . and loving depictions of the various characters.”―Alfred Hitchcock secret Magazine

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What’s flawed? ” “I don’t like what Cool acknowledged approximately bedding babes and taking turns snoozing outdoor with Gonzo. due to the fact we ‘babes’”—she wrinkled her nostril in distaste—“are taken, is he making plans on making a choice on up one of many girl consumers and slumbering along with her? ” “Maybe he was once simply attempting to do Gonzo a favor,” Rob stated, taking a look considerate. Mandy placed her arms on her hips. “He larger no longer have plans to hit at the consumers. That’s completely lame. ” Rob frowned. “Some informal flirting with the courses is more or less anticipated on those journeys. ” “I understand, i do know. Like what went on among you and Viv Davis. That’s ok. yet Cool moves me as being a bit sleazy, like he’s making plans on taking it much extra. ” She stared on the door wherein O’Day had exited. “We’ll need to control him. ” _____ An hour later, Mandy strode at a quick clip with Kendra to Milt’s cease & devour. The aspens and cottonwoods again in Salida, Colorado, had already shed their yellowed leaves. even if, the following in Moab, 3 thousand ft decrease in altitude, the timber nonetheless retained their excellent gold colours. The reducing solar flashed dancing yellow lighting fixtures off the cottonwood leaves twirling within the mild breeze. The darkening sky held quite a few puffy white clouds, and no rain used to be anticipated for the 1st couple days in their journey. the elements, at the least, used to be cooperating. Mandy felt a bit frightened approximately creating a strong impact at the consumers. She have been too busy making an ice run and aiding Kendra pack the coolers to scrub up. Kendra, besides the fact that, even if she were operating challenging all afternoon, appeared attractive and serene as ordinary. Mandy had neglected greeting the Anderson extended family, too, and regretted that. She was hoping that on the dinner she can make them suppose welcome and assured that they'd be good handled. As she and Kendra neared the restaurant’s parking zone, the mouth-watering aroma of grilled meat wafted towards them. Mandy noticed Gonzo Gordon status beside their fifteen-passenger van. He had taken the van on his quest for tenting lanterns. He waved of them triumphantly within the air. a large grin break up his faded, freckled face and the breeze teased his dreadlocked blond braids. Kendra clapped her fingers. “Success! ” “Success, certainly! ” He held out his hands for her then, hesitated. “It’s ok. ” Kendra slipped into his include. “Mandy and Rob recognize. ” Gonzo gave her a brief kiss, then glanced at Mandy, nearly begging for approval. Of the connection or of his profitable venture, Mandy couldn’t inform. yet she knew the getting better alcoholic nonetheless wanted the entire optimistic suggestions he may get. Relieved that he hadn’t arise brief, she gave it to him. “Good activity on discovering the lanterns, Gonzo, and I’m fairly stoked for you and Kendra, too. ” His annoying shoulders visibly comfy. “And I’ve acquired a shock for you. ” He untangled himself from Kendra and opened the van door to bare a 3rd lantern. “Since they weren’t our inventory, i presumed it'd be more secure to deliver 3. I established them all, and so they paintings.

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