Friday, April 8, 2016
Silenced in the Surf by Kate Dyer-Seeley (thoughts)
"Covering a windsurfing competition should have been a breeze for reporter Meg Reed, but with a killer in the curl, she’s headed for rough waters…
Hood River in the Columbia River Gorge is the windsurfing capital of the world, and Meg is stoked to cover the King of the Hook event for Portland’s Northwest Extreme magazine. Before the competition gets under way, Meg has a chance to try some windsurfing on her own. But when the current sweeps her downriver, she spots a body snagged on the rocks. The dead man is Justin Cruise, aka Cruise Control, a celebrity windsurfer and not exactly a nice guy. It’s soon clear his death was no accident, and Cruise had no shortage of enemies. As Meg dives right in to discover who wiped out the windsurfer, she’ll need to keep her balance—or she too may get blown away."
I'm three books into this cozy mystery series and am loving this series more and more with each book. I enjoyed getting to jump back into Meg's world where writing about extreme sporting events is her focus (even though she isn't much of an athlete herself). This usually leads to trouble for Meg and this book was no different. I love how each of the books in this series has featured a different type of sporting event. It is so interesting to read about and really unique for a cozy mystery series! I had actually never even heard of windsurfing so I was completely intrigued by the author's descriptions of it in this book. Actually that is one of the things that really seems to stand out for me with this series. The author does an amazing job of making me feel like I am there in the book with the characters experiencing everything for myself. Seriously, the descriptions of Portland, Oregon and windsurfing had me sucked into the book all by themselves. Add to that a mystery and a great cast of characters and you have a winning combination!
I've really grown attached to the characters in this series the further I get into it. Meg is a magnet for trouble but often times it is almost humorous to read about the situations that she finds herself in. She isn't afraid to ask questions and for whatever reason always seems to find herself in the middle of a murder investigation. I just can't help but love her! Then you add in her Gran and friends and there is just an entire cast of characters that I love. Once again in this book the author delves a little further into the ongoing mystery of what really happened to Meg's father. I am really, really eager to learn more especially after the way that this book ended! In fact (without trying to share any spoilers) the way this book ended left me with many, many questions. Now I am desperately waiting to get my hands on book four! The mystery portion of this book was good but it wasn't my favorite of the series. No special reason why, I think I was just more interested in what really happened to Meg's father (and if we were going to find out more or not). Also I was really, really rooting for Matt and Meg to finally figure out their feelings for one another. I won't share if they did or not but I spent the majority of the book hoping that they would! It was a good, solid mystery though and left me intrigued throughout the book. The ending of this book though-that is what made this book stand out for me! I am seriously, seriously anticipating get my hands on the next book!
Overall, this was another great addition to this mystery series and I really enjoyed it! Obviously I am super excited for the next book and am wishing that I already had it in my hands. I really think that these books just keep getting better and better as they go on. This series is on my favorites list and while I don't think that you need to read them in order by any means, you definitely will appreciate the characters more if you do. I highly recommend this book and actually all of the books in the series to cozy fans and mystery lovers as well.
Bottom Line: Yet another great addition to this series! I can't get enough of these books!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publisher as part of a CBB Book Tour.
If you are interested here are my thoughts on books one and two:
1. Scene of the Climb
2. Slayed on the Slopes