First Degree Mudder

A Pacific Northwest Mystery, #4

A great murder mystery from the Pacific Northwest (PNW) comes packed with information about Portland-Vancouver area in particular. This read is full of humor, weird moments, and other typical PNW behavior which clearly illustrates how weird Portland is. Great character development aids in those moments too! Kate Dyer-Seeley does an outstanding job of truly capturing the muddiest moments in a marathon practice.

Meg works for a magazine (Extreme) which might go up for sale soon. But first she has to complete her assignment on the Mud, Sweat, and Beers Marathon. Her preparations take her to Mind Over Mudder team to help run in the extreme 5K sport. Sadly, things quickly deteriorate when the trainer, Billy, is found murdered in the locker room. Of course, Meg was the first person to find him, so she reported it. Now, she has to race against time as well as run the 5K marathon.

While this is going on her friend, Matt, who works at the Oregonian, is studying the last major news article her Pops was working on: a meth crisis story. Her dad left clues behind as to what was really going on and it turns out that there is a crooked mess which never got reported because of his death. Meg sets out to find the murderer, discover more about her father's last few weeks, and track down the supplement trade that is ever-present at Mind Over Mudder.

Ms. Dyer-Seeley knows how to keep the tempo just right, and this novel is page-turning all the way to the end. So many questions were left unanswered concerning the deceased father, but it looks like these questions may get answered in another novel. I also enjoyed the back of the book where the food carts and breweries are discussed along with other items of interest.

Book Blurb for First Degree Mudder

When a mud marathon champion bites the dust, Meg Reed has to go the distance to make sure a killer comes clean . . .

Back home in Portland, Oregon, Meg is ready to take her career as an outdoor writer for Extreme magazine to the next level. Lesser journalists sling mud—Meg plans to run through it. To train hard for Mud, Sweat & Beers, an extreme 5K mud run, she’s signed on with the Mind Over Mudder team, run by ten-time mud marathon champ—and former drill sergeant—Billy the Tank. But when Meg finds her tenacious trainer dead in the locker room, she has a sinking feeling someone may have been pushed too far. Digging through the hidden secrets at Mind Over Mudder is a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it. Meg will have to tread carefully, though—or she may soon be running for her life . . .

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2016 4.00