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Beth Groundwater

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I write two mystery series, the Claire Hanover gift basket designer series and the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Adventures series starring whitewater river ranger Mandy Tanner. The first book in my Claire Hanover series, A REAL BASKET CASE, was released in hardcover in 2007 and re-released in trade paperback and ebook in November, 2011. It finaled for the 2007 Best First Novel Agatha Award. The second book in the series, TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET, was released in hardcover in 2009 and re-released in trade paperback and ebook in 2012. The third book, A BASKET OF TROUBLE, will be released in November, 2013.

The first book in my Rocky Mountain Outdoor Adventures series, DEADLY CURRENTS, was released in trade paperback and ebook in 2011 and became an Am...more

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Thank you so much for patiently waiting, but I'm sorry to say your waiting likely will be in vain. For a variety of reasons, I have decided to…more
Hi Barb,
Thank you so much for patiently waiting, but I'm sorry to say your waiting likely will be in vain. For a variety of reasons, I have decided to lay down my writing pen (or keyboard) and become fully immersed in the retirement lifestyle of Summit County, Colorado (which is why we moved here, after all). I'm busy with outdoor sports (skiing and snowshoeing in the winter and hiking and biking in the summer), socializing, volunteering and travel, mostly in the spring and fall. I worked so hard the last few years, with two book releases each in 2011-2013, that I burned out a little. So, I'm "refilling the creative well," as we writers like to express it. I've told my agent that if we get a TV/movie offer for either series, I'm ready and willing to jump back in to either one. And, if an idea for a new project nags at me, I'm willing to listen. For now, though, I'm happy where I am and am not missing the writing--yet.(less)
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About a week and a half ago, my husband and I took a canoe out of the Frisco Marina and paddled around Lake Dillon, Colorado. It was a beautiful still morning, and we even managed to spot an osprey.

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Wicked Eddies (Mystery & Thrillers)
1 chapters   —   updated Jun 25, 2012 07:24PM
Description: Wicked Eddies is the second book in the RM Outdoor Adventures series. 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 she's wading into deeper, more hazardous waters than ever.
Deadly Currents (Mystery & Thrillers)
1 chapters   —   updated Nov 15, 2010 01:22PM
Description: The first book in my new Rocky Mountain Outdoor Adventures mystery series starring Mandy Tanner, a whitewater river ranger, to be released March 1, 2011. When Mandy rescues a man who fell out of a raft on the upper Arkansas River in Colorado and he dies on the river bank, she feels driven to find out what—or who—killed him. "Deadly Currents is a remarkable book by an author who clearly knows and loves her territory. Don't miss it!" -- William Kent Krueger, author of the Cork O'Connor series "Hurray for Deadly Currents, a heart-racing debut to a new series with as many twists and turns and unexpected upsets as a ride through the rapids itself." -- Margaret Coel, author of The Silent Spirit
A REAL BASKET CASE (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: When police accuse gift basket designer Claire Hanover's husband of killing her massage therapist, she becomes a bumbling amateur sleuth. Will she free her husband and save her marriage before the killer gets her next?
The Epsilon Eridani Alternative (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: What would you do if confronted with a kill or be-killed scenario? What if you had to kill an infant? Of an alien species? And what if the future of the human race depended on your decision? The Epsilon Eridani Alternative explores a timely ethical issue--the use of stem cells for medical research--but with a futuristic twist.
To Hell in a Handbasket (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: The second in the Claire Hanover gift basket designer mystery series, To Hell in a Handbasket will be released in May, 2009. It is set in Breckenridge, CO, where Claire and her family go on a ski vacation a few weeks after the events in A Real Basket Case. The vacation quickly goes to hell in a handbasket when the sister of her daughter’s boyfriend is killed on the slope.
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" 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... " Read more of this review »
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message 107: by Beth

Beth Thanks, Unsolved Mystery, for the kudos and for signing up for my email newsletter! ;-)

Unsolved Mystery Thank you Beth for accepting. I love your book titles and the covers for them. I'm signing up for your newsletter.

Thank you again. =))

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Beth Thanks so much for your interest and your congrats, Lindsay!

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Lindsay Hi Beth,

I am always looking for new cozies. I have added you library of work to my ebook wishlist and will promptly do the same for my to be read books. I signed up for the newsletter on your site but dont worry about the contests. Most authors dont send books up here to Canada. I hear the shipping can be murder. And since im here commenting anyway congrats on the recipe inclusion in the mystery writers cookbook. Very much looking forward to at release.

Have a good one!

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Beth Thanks, Jeanie! You, and anyone else who is interested in reading my blog can find it at:

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Jeanie Hi Beth. Just read your latest blog and it was great. I think I got the link from a post in Mystery, Crime group but now I can't find the original discussion. Anyway, I like your blog.

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Robert Thanks for the friend request, Beth.

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Donna Thanks for friending me on Goodreads.

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Beth Thanks, Becky, for your feedback and for putting my books on your list. I, too, read Gone Girl and really enjoyed it.

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Becky Cook Hi Beth, I am looking forward to reading both your series! I love crafty stuff and I am a big outdoor enthusiast. Camping, kayaking, hiking I love it all! I am currently reading Gone Girl and Death by Killer Mop Doll. I have your books on my list! I am gong to recommend your basket series to my sister she is a big coy reader. Thanks for the friend add! :)

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Beth Thanks so much, Julia, for the positive feedback! I hope you enjoy book 2, To Hell in a Handbasket, just as much.

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Julia Grey Beth - loved reading A Real Basket Case - good plot, entertaining read.

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Rebecca Grant Thank YOU for adding me :)

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Beth Thanks for your concern, Richard! We are safe here in Breckenridge, but we lived in northwest CO Springs for almost 20 years before moving here, so we have good friends who have lost their homes. Heart-breaking! It's hard to focus on anything else.

Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways Beth, seeing all the news stories about the wildfires in CO, I hope against hope that you and all of your loved ones are safe and sound, and stay that way.

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Beth Thanks, Beth, and I hope you enjoy it!

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Beth Downloaded Deadly Currents. Will read as soon as possible

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Beth Hi Beth,
Both DEADLY CURRENTS and WICKED EDDIES are available on the Nook. Here are the links:

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Beth Beth, when will Deadly Currents be available on Nook

Christine Hatfield I hope i'll get to see you when you come to new jersey and your welcome

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Jeffrey Hammerhead Hello Beth,

I'm still new at Goodreads. I was wondering if you have a few minutes, you could help me navigate around in Goodreads. I'm trying to find all the different genres so I can join a few.

Thank you.

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Beth Thanks so much for your note and for signing up for my email newsletter, Christine! Unfortunately, unless my books start hitting more bestseller lists, I won't be able to afford to travel from Colorado to New Jersey anytime soon. The closest I'll get this year is the Malice Domestic conference in Bethesda, MD and the Festival of Mystery in Oakmont, PA. I'd love to hear from you after you read any of my books, though.

Christine Hatfield i went on your website and i wrote you a long note and i'm glad that we're friends on this website and i can't wait to read your books

Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend

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Beth Thanks, Landy Danielle and Tammy, for becoming my Goodreads friends!

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Tammy Hi Beth, thank you for the add, glad to have you as a goodreads friend :D

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads) Hi Beth. Thanks for the friendvite.

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Beth Yea, Anne! I hope you love it!

Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo Beth, I am going to read A Real Basket Case (Claire Hanover, Gift Basket Designer, #1) by Beth Groundwater after I finish Magnificent Obsession. I finally get to use a book of yours in the Seasonal Reading Challenge :)

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Beth Thanks for accepting, Annie and Kouk!

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Annie Thanks for the friend request!

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Kouk Hi Beth,

Thank you for the friend request!

I hope you'll have a wonderfull day!


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Beth Thanks for accepting, Kelly!

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Kelly Thanks for the friend invite!

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Beth And thank you, Dorothy, for accepting my friendship!

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Sweetie Beth, thanks for friending me. I look forward to reading your work. I do love a good mystery.

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J.J. Murphy Beth, thanks for friending me! (I think we met at Malice Domestic?) See you around the Cozy Mystery group!

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Terry Wright Hi Beth, I must be moving up in the world. I'm finding you everywhere I go. Thanks for the shining light to light my way. Terry

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Alecia Hi, Beth,

A pleasure to meet you. The Epsilon Eridani Alternative sounds completely out of this world, no pun intended, which is just how I am, so I look forward to reading it :)

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Beth Karen wrote: "Thanks for the friend invite!"

Thanks for accepting, Karen!

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Karen M Thanks for the friend invite!

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Beth Jeri wrote: "I look forward to reading your books. The Deadly Currents sounds so exciting. I will add to my read list."

Thanks so much, Jeri!

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Jeri Hoag I look forward to reading your books. The Deadly Currents sounds so exciting. I will add to my read list.

message 64: by Karin

Karin Kaufman Thanks for the friendship, Beth!

message 63: by Britney

Britney Hi Beth,

Thanks for the friend request. I have put your first book on my to-read list for it looks very interesting. If there are other books that you really like feel free to message me. I am always looking for new authors to read.

message 62: by Ruth

Ruth I see that you have read some of Tim Cockey's books. He is an old college friend of mine. I did enjoy the Hitchcock series. He is now writing under the name of Richard Hawke. I do not care so much for this series. A little bit too violent, sicko type characters. I have read your basket books and enjoyed them very much. Will you be writing another in the series?

Barbara ★ Thanks for the friend request. Your book A Real Basket Case sounds interesting and I've added it to my TBR.

message 60: by Libby

Libby Thanks for the follow! Will look forward to your posts..Libby

Stacy-Deanne Stacy-Deanne Hey Beth,

Check out a sneak peek of my upcoming 2011 novel, Giving Up the Ghost.

Also, if you have a literary blog or site and would like to do a review or interview with me for your blog when the book is out, let me know. I'll add you to my list. Just send me a message in my inbox.

Best Wishes!

Penelope Marzec You've got some awesome looking covers. Good luck with the books.

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