Wicked Eddies (An RM Outdoor Adventures Mystery)
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Book two in the RM Outdoor Adventure Mystery series by Agatha Award finalist Beth Groundwater.
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 neck of would-be competitor Howie Abbott―a secretive man who may have been cheating. While casting about for suspects, Mandy seeks clues from Abbott’s family members, including her best friend, bartender Cynthia Abbott. But when Cynthia becomes the prime suspect, Mandy realizes that trolling for the true killer has plunged her way too deep into wicked eddies.
Wicked Eddies is a finalist for The Rocky Award for best mystery novel set in the Left Coast Crime Geographical Region
former rafting guides, the ties between the two groups ran deep. Kendra saw Mandy and gave a whistle and come-hither wave. She and Dougie had a pitcher of beer and a couple of glasses in front of them. Gonzo was slurping a soda. When he finished, he glanced at the pitcher and licked his lips. He looked glum while Mandy settled into a chair that was vacated by a ranger who got up with his teammate to shoot pool. After greeting the others, Mandy asked Gonzo, “What’s up?” “Newt told
searching for a missing fisherman. We didn’t find his body, but we found someone else’s.” Eyes widening with sick, dawning realization, Cynthia said, “Oh, God. Who?” “I wish I knew how to tell you this so it wouldn’t hurt as much, but I don’t, so I’m just going to say it.” Mandy paused, her eyes already starting to burn with unshed tears. “It was Faith. We found Faith’s body in the river.” Cynthia’s hand dropped. Her body crumpled, and her face with it. “No. No. Not Faith.”
“My rental car’s over there.” While she ferried him over, she asked him where he was staying, so she could tell Quintana. “Maybe I’ll see you at the tournament,” she said when she dropped him off. “I’ll be patrolling during it. Good luck.” He shook her hand. “Thanks, lovie, and thanks again for the rescue. I owe you a beer.” Mandy laughed. “It’s all part of the job, but if I see you at Victoria’s Tavern, I may take you up on that.” Tim gave her a thumb’s up and sloshed his
something today during the autopsy.” “We want some answers, obviously,” Lee said. “It’s hard to believe little Faith isn’t with us anymore. I keep expecting her to come flying in the back door, letting the screen bang, which she always did, no matter how many times I told her not to.” A bittersweet smile rose to his lips then faded. “Kinda wish I hadn’t harped on that so much now.” “I remember her practicing on that guitar,” Cynthia said in a choked voice. She nodded at the acoustic
bathroom. As Quintana escorted Brenda out of the bedroom, with Lee assisting at her other elbow, Mandy asked him. “Do you think the note was a suicide note? Did Faith kill herself ?” His reply was solemn. “We may never know.” _____ Rob drove Mandy to the emergency room to get an x-ray of her ribs. When the emergency room doctor came in the examining room with the x-ray film, he stopped dead. “You two again? Next time, get a padded room.” Mandy looked at Rob’s swollen nose