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ARC Review – First Degree Mudder by Kate Dyer-Seeley

First Degree Mudder (Pacific Northwest #4) by Kate E. Dyer-Seeley
Published by Kensington on November 29th 2016
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 304
Source: Author

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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 . . .

Meg is back in the PNW and ready to tackle her next writing assignment. Her next adventure is to train to do a mud run. She finds her trainer murdered the assignment takes on a whole new level. She tries to figure out what happened while juggling the other mysteries in her life like romance and her dad’s death. Will Meg find the answers she is looking for?

In ” an Oyster Shell – Another great installment of the Pacific Northwest Mystery series.

The Pearls – The mystery in this book is astounding. Not only do you have the mystery of the murder but there are other mysteries going on as well. Like the death of Meg’s dad. That subplot becomes quite prominent in this book. I feel like this book was more personal because of the dad mystery.

The romance in this story is intriguing. Meg has her one love interest the guy who has been her best friend for years. She can’t quite get a gauge on how he feels. Then comes another one, one of the detectives on her current case. It makes for an interesting read.

The biggest theme of this book seems to be change. Change is happening for Meg in all aspects of her life, career, family, friends, and romance. It was nice to see the tension that this added to the book. It gave it a nice layer of complexity that made for an enjoyable story.

The Sand – It was a good book.

4 Pearls


4 Stars

About Kate E. Dyer-Seeley

Kate Dyer-Seeley writes the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series for Kensington Publishing, featuring the rugged landscapes of the PNW and a young journalist who bills herself as an intrepid adventurer in order to land a gig writing for Northwest Extreme.

The first two books in the series, SCENE OF THE CLIMB and SLAYED ON THE SLOPES, are available now. SILENCED IN THE SURF and FIRST DEGREE MUDDER coming in 2016.

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