Title: In Cave Danger
Author: Kate Dyer-Seeley
Series: Pacific Northwest Mystery #5
Synopsis (from Amazon.com):
On an expedition into Oregon’s Lava River Cave, outdoor journalist Meg Reed stumbles across a body buried way more than six feet under . . .
A debate is raging over the use of public lands, and to cover the story for Northwest Extreme magazine, Meg joins a congressman and several others on a subterranean adventure—despite her intense claustrophobia. The thoughts of cave-ins and cougars are unnerving, but at least it’s a distraction from her other anxieties, like her best friend’s departure for Italy, her boss’s plan to sell the company, and the ongoing questions about her father’s suspicious death. But in the chilly darkness of the volcanic rock, she discovers a Forest Service employee, stabbed with a trowel. Now Meg will need to do some in-depth investigating or the truth may never come to the surface . . .
My thoughts: I love, love, love this cozy mystery series and it is quickly becoming one of my favorite series . . . you know the kind where you research the publication date and make sure you order it immediately!!
First of all, this may seem a bit silly to say one is learning from a simple, fun mystery, but as a lifelong Midwesterner who has not visited the Pacific Northwest I really am enjoying how much I am learning about this area of the country in terms of its landscapes, places, and adventures! Love it.
All of the characters in this series are just fun to love! They are quirky, smart, and yet each have their own wonderful backstory and personal story.
As the series progresses I am absolutely loving how the author is slowly building on each character and giving us more insight into their backgrounds, their connections, and who they truly are.
My only caveat to this wonderful glimpse into giving us more depth into each character, is that I feel that the author has lost a bit of the absolutely hilarious humor that was present in the first few books. At the beginning of this series when the author was describing the main characters adventure antics, I was laughing out loud at what she was getting herself into. Now some of this humor is lacking. If there was a better balance between this humor and character development – it would be PERFECT!
Overall, a great cozy mystery series. Do yourself a favor and start from the beginning.
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