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Fly fishing season proves deadly in this new RM Outdoor Adventure Fly fishing is dangerous? River ranger Mandy Tanner had no idea until days before a huge tournament in Salida, Colorado. True, the Arkansas River can be a man-eater, but the rapids weren’t responsible for driving a hatchet into the heart of would-be competitor Howie Abbott. Was the killer upset that Howi Fly fishing season proves deadly in this new RM Outdoor Adventure Fly fishing is dangerous? River ranger Mandy Tanner had no idea until days before a huge tournament in Salida, Colorado. True, the Arkansas River can be a man-eater, but the rapids weren’t responsible for driving a hatchet into the heart of would-be competitor Howie Abbott. Was the killer upset that Howie was cheating? While casting around for suspects, Mandy makes a horrifying discovery in the river: the dead body of Howie Abbott’s niece. What provoked the teenage girl to run away from home? Is her death connected to Howie’s?


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Fly fishing season proves deadly in this new RM Outdoor Adventure Fly fishing is dangerous? River ranger Mandy Tanner had no idea until days before a huge tournament in Salida, Colorado. True, the Arkansas River can be a man-eater, but the rapids weren’t responsible for driving a hatchet into the heart of would-be competitor Howie Abbott. Was the killer upset that Howi Fly fishing season proves deadly in this new RM Outdoor Adventure Fly fishing is dangerous? River ranger Mandy Tanner had no idea until days before a huge tournament in Salida, Colorado. True, the Arkansas River can be a man-eater, but the rapids weren’t responsible for driving a hatchet into the heart of would-be competitor Howie Abbott. Was the killer upset that Howie was cheating? While casting around for suspects, Mandy makes a horrifying discovery in the river: the dead body of Howie Abbott’s niece. What provoked the teenage girl to run away from home? Is her death connected to Howie’s?

30 review for Wicked Eddies

  1. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    I have now read 2 RM fast moving and exciting cozy mysteries along the Colorado River channel mysteries and will read others. Mandy is a ranger for the Arkansas Headquarters Recreational Area (AHRA).There is a lot of information of the work the rangers do. RM is a combination of her boy friend and her first initial. White water rafting and fly fishing is the major activity of the area. While on a cleanup patrol she comes across a man that was murdered. To help a friend she needs,to find out what I have now read 2 RM fast moving and exciting cozy mysteries along the Colorado River channel mysteries and will read others. Mandy is a ranger for the Arkansas Headquarters Recreational Area (AHRA).There is a lot of information of the work the rangers do. RM is a combination of her boy friend and her first initial. White water rafting and fly fishing is the major activity of the area. While on a cleanup patrol she comes across a man that was murdered. To help a friend she needs,to find out what happens. Mandy must decided to do with her Grandfather house. Rob wants her to merged their holding together and she not sure if she wants give up her home. This book covers the River Patrols monitoring of a stretch of the river for a flying contest.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Norma Huss

    Mystery on the river---with Mandy finding bodies. Not a good experience for Mandy, but an excellent experience for the mystery reader! Love the quotes that begin each chapter. Many are by Mark Twain, so you know there are a lot of funny ones.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Diana Biggs

    Have read two of Groundwater's novels now - will be getting more! Have read two of Groundwater's novels now - will be getting more!

  4. 4 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Salida Colorado is getting ready for its annual fly fishing tournament. The river rangers are checking all the spots up and down the mighty Arkansas River making sure everything is ready for the participants. Mandy thinks it should be a busy weekend but it shouldn't be too dangerous. Then she finds the dead body, would-be competitor Howie Abbott and it wasn't a fish that drove that hatchet through his neck. As Mandy searches for clues she finds out Howie Abbott is Cynthia's uncle and her least fa Salida Colorado is getting ready for its annual fly fishing tournament. The river rangers are checking all the spots up and down the mighty Arkansas River making sure everything is ready for the participants. Mandy thinks it should be a busy weekend but it shouldn't be too dangerous. Then she finds the dead body, would-be competitor Howie Abbott and it wasn't a fish that drove that hatchet through his neck. As Mandy searches for clues she finds out Howie Abbott is Cynthia's uncle and her least favorite person on earth. She is not surprised when Cynthia becomes a prime suspect but she knows her friend is not a murderer. She takes in upon herself to find the real killer while being careful not to be carried away by the undertow or plunges too deep into Wicked Eddies. Dollycas's Thoughts Beth Groundwater writes what she knows. You can tell that by the way she writes. She takes us on a wild ride! Cynthia was my favorite supporting character in Deadly Currents and she is center stage in this installment. She is so upset she is not even telling the blonde jokes that I loved. The author reveals Cynthia's past and we get to see the person behind the jokes. The vulnerable Cynthia, a person I grew to care even more about. Mandy is dealing with a lot in this story as well. She is still coming to terms with her own uncle's death and trying to move forward which we know is never easy. Rob makes me a little mad as he continues to push her at times for his own agenda. Sometimes guys just don't have a clue. There are a couple of mysteries here, murder and missing persons along with the adventure of the fishing tournament that makes this a very fast paced story. Plenty of clues and plenty of distractions to keep the pages turning as we try to solve the mysteries ourselves. You do not have to fish or ride the rapids to be hooked by this adventure, but you want to start after reading it!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lyn (Readinghearts)

    In Wicked Eddies, the second title in Beth Groundwater's RM Outdoor Adventures series we again find Mandy, Rob, and their various cohorts, employees and employers embroiled in the thick of a mystery as murder once again hits Salida, Colorado. In this case, it is one of the town's fly fishing aficionados, who just happens to be the uncle of Mandy's bartending friend Cynthia. I actually felt this book was a bit better than the first book in the series. Again the author had done her homework on the In Wicked Eddies, the second title in Beth Groundwater's RM Outdoor Adventures series we again find Mandy, Rob, and their various cohorts, employees and employers embroiled in the thick of a mystery as murder once again hits Salida, Colorado. In this case, it is one of the town's fly fishing aficionados, who just happens to be the uncle of Mandy's bartending friend Cynthia. I actually felt this book was a bit better than the first book in the series. Again the author had done her homework on the subject of fly fishing competitions and includes great descriptions and information in the book. In this book, though, the rambling descriptions of minor items are not in evidence. In addition, the recurring characters are given a bit more depth which makes it easier to become invested in them. I still don't particularly see what Mandy sees in Rob, but by the end of this book he was starting to grow on me. In addition, Mandy and Rob's plans to expand their business promises many new opportunities for Mandy to practice her sleuthing skills in the future. If you are an Outdoor Adventure fan and like cozy mysteries, this book will probably appeal to you. I would give it 3.5 stars and consider it a good entrant into the cozy mystery genre.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Having already dealt with the death of a rafter in Deadly Currents during her first season as river ranger along the Arkansas River in Colorado, Mandy Tanner finds that the season will not conclude quietly for her. While picking up litter ashore, Mandy finds Howie Abbott axed to death a la Lizzie Borden! With the annual fly fishing tournament fast approaching, Howie had a reputation for cheating in this cutthroat sport. However, when Mandy later finds the body of his teenage niece in the river, Having already dealt with the death of a rafter in Deadly Currents during her first season as river ranger along the Arkansas River in Colorado, Mandy Tanner finds that the season will not conclude quietly for her. While picking up litter ashore, Mandy finds Howie Abbott axed to death a la Lizzie Borden! With the annual fly fishing tournament fast approaching, Howie had a reputation for cheating in this cutthroat sport. However, when Mandy later finds the body of his teenage niece in the river, Mandy soon finds out much more tragic family secrets. Really enjoyed reading this one--fast paced action that doesn't disappoint, as well as some memorable characters. The relationship between fiercely independent Mandy and her protective boyfriend, Rob, develops even further. I am already looking forward to the next RM Adventure!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    Beth Groundwater's knows her stuff when it comes to describing Colorado and the outdoor activities that take place there. In this book she covers not only whitewater rafting but also fly fishing and there is a hint that soon there will be a story about winter events. Mandy and Rob are partners in a small business with Mandy also a river ranger. When a local man is killed, then his niece is found floating in the river, then another man goes missing, Mandy gets heavily involved in the whole mess. H Beth Groundwater's knows her stuff when it comes to describing Colorado and the outdoor activities that take place there. In this book she covers not only whitewater rafting but also fly fishing and there is a hint that soon there will be a story about winter events. Mandy and Rob are partners in a small business with Mandy also a river ranger. When a local man is killed, then his niece is found floating in the river, then another man goes missing, Mandy gets heavily involved in the whole mess. Her best friend Cynthia is implicated because she is also the niece of the dead man. There are plenty of twists and turns to this one -- and the relationship between Mandy and Rob is moving along nicely. I can't wait for the next in the series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kari Wainwright

    I love how Beth Groundwater weaves knowledge of river rafting and fishing competitions into the story. She also uses so many of the senses in describing settings. There is strong motivation for Mandy to become more involved in the crimes than her job requires so that works for me. The only negative for me was Mandy's boyfriend, Rob, when he kept pushing her to sell her uncle's home. I wanted to yell at him to let her deal with her grief in her own way and her own time. The problem is that fictio I love how Beth Groundwater weaves knowledge of river rafting and fishing competitions into the story. She also uses so many of the senses in describing settings. There is strong motivation for Mandy to become more involved in the crimes than her job requires so that works for me. The only negative for me was Mandy's boyfriend, Rob, when he kept pushing her to sell her uncle's home. I wanted to yell at him to let her deal with her grief in her own way and her own time. The problem is that fictional characters seldom listen to their readers. Beth Groundwater is one of my favorite writers (and persons) and this is my favorite series by her.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    Cynthia, Mandy's best friend is accused of murdering her own uncle. Mandy will stop not nothing to see that the real killer floats to the surface. As Mandy struggles to decide what to do with her uncles house; she must solve the mystery of who killed the fly fishing sportsman. Groundwater does a great job of writing her new mystery. This book is better than the first one and I look forward to seeing her grow in her writings even more with the next book "Fatal Descent." I truly enjoy her books o Cynthia, Mandy's best friend is accused of murdering her own uncle. Mandy will stop not nothing to see that the real killer floats to the surface. As Mandy struggles to decide what to do with her uncles house; she must solve the mystery of who killed the fly fishing sportsman. Groundwater does a great job of writing her new mystery. This book is better than the first one and I look forward to seeing her grow in her writings even more with the next book "Fatal Descent." I truly enjoy her books of the Arkansas River, its rapids and the fly-fishing all flowing together with a great mystery.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I think I enjoyed the second Mandy Tanner mystery even more than I did the first. As a character, Mandy is developing nicely, and in this installment she copes with some seriously tough subjects. What impressed me was the clever way she put the clues together in the end to nail the killer—clues that even the police didn’t pick up on. This is exactly the kind of mystery that I love to hunker down with, and I hated to see it end. As a bonus, author Beth Groundwater adds a delightful teaser in the I think I enjoyed the second Mandy Tanner mystery even more than I did the first. As a character, Mandy is developing nicely, and in this installment she copes with some seriously tough subjects. What impressed me was the clever way she put the clues together in the end to nail the killer—clues that even the police didn’t pick up on. This is exactly the kind of mystery that I love to hunker down with, and I hated to see it end. As a bonus, author Beth Groundwater adds a delightful teaser in the end, and now I can’t wait for the third installment in this fascinating series!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mab Morris

    I was the first few chapters into the book, and had to go to work. At one point I found myself reviewing movies in my head--thinking of the images and such. There was one movie I couldn't remember the name of. I could see the setting, and so on... and then I realized it was Beth Groundwater's book. It wasn't a movie at all. I understood, then, how descriptive her writing is. The plot and characters are just as wonderful! A very good read. I look forward to reading more of her work. I was the first few chapters into the book, and had to go to work. At one point I found myself reviewing movies in my head--thinking of the images and such. There was one movie I couldn't remember the name of. I could see the setting, and so on... and then I realized it was Beth Groundwater's book. It wasn't a movie at all. I understood, then, how descriptive her writing is. The plot and characters are just as wonderful! A very good read. I look forward to reading more of her work.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mascanlon

    The second outing in the outdoor adventure series featuring River Range and outdoor guide Mandy Tanner. A fly fishing contest with a $10K prize attracts entrants from around the world. It also leads to murder and the death of a young girl struggling to fit in after the move to a new state. A touch of romance and some clever twists make for an engaging read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    I think I liked this one better than the first. I always enjoy figuring out the "whodunnit" before the sleuth, but not so far ahead of them that finishing to book seems like a waste of time. I really enjoyed Mandy's growth as a person as well as her growing relationship with Rob and the other characters. I think I liked this one better than the first. I always enjoy figuring out the "whodunnit" before the sleuth, but not so far ahead of them that finishing to book seems like a waste of time. I really enjoyed Mandy's growth as a person as well as her growing relationship with Rob and the other characters.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cat.

    Pretty good mystery, set in an area I've driven through quite often but never spent much time in. If you're into fly-fishing and white-water rafting, you'll REALLY like this book. I like it because it's a good reproduction of life in Colorado. It made me very homesick. Pretty good mystery, set in an area I've driven through quite often but never spent much time in. If you're into fly-fishing and white-water rafting, you'll REALLY like this book. I like it because it's a good reproduction of life in Colorado. It made me very homesick.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lesley

    geez stayed up almost til midnight to finish this! Mandy is a good solid likeable character with murder on the Colorado river. I got this book about 2 yrs ago and you know what happens, gets collected in the books files of the kindle. glad I found it to read!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Even though I am not a rafting enthusiast this book was very exciting. MandyTanner uses all her training as a river ranger to rescue people on the river or find missing persons in the river. Lots of action.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Vera

    Great read. The setting and characters work together to make this one of my up and coming favorite series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This one was great. I love Mandy and Rob's relationship and how it's developing. I can't believe I have to wait an entire year for the next one!! One of my favorite series right now, for sure. This one was great. I love Mandy and Rob's relationship and how it's developing. I can't believe I have to wait an entire year for the next one!! One of my favorite series right now, for sure.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Scott Smith

    River Rats excel It is a good and fun book. Interesting mystery in mind of the wilderness. I love mysteries, but this was great because no speeding cars, no tall buildings, no gun shots.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gabby

    First of all, I have to mention that Beth Groundwater has a great sense of humor. I know this because one of the characters in her book tells blonde jokes. Since Beth Groundwater just happens to be a drop-dead-gorgeous blonde herself, and since blonde jokes are usually NOT flattering to blondes, I appreciate her being such a good sport in passing these jokes along to her readers, because darn it, some of those jokes are hilarious. I also want to mention up front that Groundwater really knows how First of all, I have to mention that Beth Groundwater has a great sense of humor. I know this because one of the characters in her book tells blonde jokes. Since Beth Groundwater just happens to be a drop-dead-gorgeous blonde herself, and since blonde jokes are usually NOT flattering to blondes, I appreciate her being such a good sport in passing these jokes along to her readers, because darn it, some of those jokes are hilarious. I also want to mention up front that Groundwater really knows how to write very tense, very thrilling scenes. Her command of the language in conjuring up images that are nail biters impressed me. Groundwater is no amateur either in the art of writing nor of her subject matter. I did not realize when I began reading Wicked Eddies how much I didn't know and how much I would learn about fly fishing. I can't say I ever gave it much thought since I never had the opportunity to experience it outside of the Brad Pitt movie. I still have no desire to learn this hobby, but I found Groundwater's treatment of the subject both interesting and informative. I don't know about a whole series devoted to the subject, but that's Groundwater's problem to figure out, not mine. I also never pictured a woman taking on the jobs Mandy Tanner does, but there's not any reason to assume a woman couldn't meet the challenge. I don't know that I would have categorized this book as a cozy mystery. The murder and the explanation of it seemed more grim and dark to me than what I've usually found in cozies. I thought the mystery was well written. In most cozies I've read it's usually obvious early on whodunit or at least who the most obvious suspects are. Groundwater doles out her pieces of Information sparingly, so I was further along in the story before I became sure I had solved who the murderer was. I thought there was a slight lack of credibility in explaining why the murderer turned out to be who it was, but that could just be my own amateur psychologist at work. I did not read the first book in this series yet because as part of the author's Q&A group, this is the book she wanted reviewed. I plan to read that book next. I did want to mention though, that I did not feel as though I missed anything by reading the series books out of order. I do want to read the first book just because I liked the characters and would like to see how they all began together. I would recommend this book to mystery lovers and to anyone who'd like to learn more about a subject that doesn't get much coverage. I'm looking forward to reading both the first and the third books in this series to see what Mandy Tanner gets into next.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Parker Fitzgerald

    this is a good mystery book. if you like a cliffhanger you will like this book. the rm adventure series is very good. i would recomend it to any one.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is the second book in a series of rafting mysteries. Mandy Tanner is a river guide along the Arkansas River,and owns a rafting company along with her boyfriend Rob. I have such mixed feelings on this book because of some of the subject matter. Any mention of child molestation/rape is uncomfortable, and having it in a cozy, left me uncomfortable. While this genre focuses on murders, and murders aren't light fluffy reading, I can stick to the mostly tame adventures that usually happen in a cozy. W This is the second book in a series of rafting mysteries. Mandy Tanner is a river guide along the Arkansas River,and owns a rafting company along with her boyfriend Rob. I have such mixed feelings on this book because of some of the subject matter. Any mention of child molestation/rape is uncomfortable, and having it in a cozy, left me uncomfortable. While this genre focuses on murders, and murders aren't light fluffy reading, I can stick to the mostly tame adventures that usually happen in a cozy. While I enjoyed seeing Rob and Mandy's relationship continue to blossom (and the cliffhanger at the end)!!, I had some tough times getting through it with the murdered victim being a child predator. I'm looking forward to see Mandy and Rob's relationship in the next book, and hope that the author leaves child predators out of future books in the series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stina

    Book #15 of 2013 This is the second installment in the RM Adventures series featuring river ranger Mandy Tanner, and I think it's significantly better than the first book. I can get a better feel for the recurring characters this time out, and the relationship tensions threaded throughout the story seem less manufactured. Though I hope that I'm wrong that Beth seems to be setting up for a relationship crisis in a future book. Then again, it would be totally realistic, so it's just my personal squ Book #15 of 2013 This is the second installment in the RM Adventures series featuring river ranger Mandy Tanner, and I think it's significantly better than the first book. I can get a better feel for the recurring characters this time out, and the relationship tensions threaded throughout the story seem less manufactured. Though I hope that I'm wrong that Beth seems to be setting up for a relationship crisis in a future book. Then again, it would be totally realistic, so it's just my personal squeamishness talking, I suppose. I think I had a good idea pretty early on what the story behind the murder was. I even pegged the murderer, despite some good red herrings along the way. As usual, the sense of place was excellent, and I look forward to seeing the adventures expand to more outdoor activities. And maybe in the next book I'll find out how good I am at reading Beth's mind.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Cook

    fast read - a little mystery and a little romance First paragraphs A shiny black raven shot a raucous caw toward the blue whitewater raft that nudged its nose into the Arkansas River bank. Disturbed, the bird flapped its wide wings and swooped to another large peachleaf willow farther downstream, where it scolded the two interlopers in the raft. Ignoring the Native American’s keeper of secrets, Mandy Tanner stowed her bow paddle and stepped out onto the muddy bank. She planted a sandaled foot agai fast read - a little mystery and a little romance First paragraphs A shiny black raven shot a raucous caw toward the blue whitewater raft that nudged its nose into the Arkansas River bank. Disturbed, the bird flapped its wide wings and swooped to another large peachleaf willow farther downstream, where it scolded the two interlopers in the raft. Ignoring the Native American’s keeper of secrets, Mandy Tanner stowed her bow paddle and stepped out onto the muddy bank. She planted a sandaled foot against an exposed sandbar willow root to keep from slipping, then pulled on the bow line to beach the raft. Groundwater, Beth (2012-05-01). Wicked Eddies (An RM Outdoor Adventures Mystery) (p. 1). Llewellyn. Kindle Edition.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I find the characters a little rude. This series would appeal more to the 20 and 30 somethings rather than older mystery fans. This series is more of a mystery rather than a cozy which may be why it appeals to me less than other series. This particular title deals with disturbing subject matter.However, the plot is very well crafted.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sera Lewis

    The book physically fell apart before I managed to drag my way to the end, but it was no loss. The author wearied me with her endless repetition of backstory, the characters were barely held together, and the plot was weakly constructed.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    This was a light easy read, and maybe not quite as engaging as the first book in this series. But even though the book is written in a fairly simple writing style, it was entertaining and held my interest; a good read to have when you want something that doesn't require much thinking. This was a light easy read, and maybe not quite as engaging as the first book in this series. But even though the book is written in a fairly simple writing style, it was entertaining and held my interest; a good read to have when you want something that doesn't require much thinking.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sigrun

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  29. 4 out of 5

    Susan Moore

    It was an alright read, maybe better for someone more interested in the 'romance' side of it. It was an alright read, maybe better for someone more interested in the 'romance' side of it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Janna

    I liked this book.

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