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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

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Beth Groundwater Thanks for the question, Charlene. I recommend you start with the site, to find mystery series featuring protagonists…moreThanks for the question, Charlene. I recommend you start with the site, to find mystery series featuring protagonists in outdoor occupations, then send Goodreads friend requests to the authors who write those series. As far as I know, there isn't an environmental mystery group on Goodreads, but you could always start one, then encourage those other authors to join and invite readers from general mystery reading groups. Also, once you befriend those other authors, ask them if they know of other environmentally-oriented mystery authors. For example, William Kent Krueger's Cork O'Connor series isn't blatantly environmental, but you can tell from reading his books that he loves the Minnesota outdoors. A way to connect in-person is at mystery cons, such as Left Coast Crime and Malice Domestic. You can always propose to the program organizers that they include a panel on environmental mysteries. Good luck with making your connections!(less)
Beth Groundwater Hi Jessica,
Thanks so much for your interest in my books and for for not-so-patiently waiting for the next one, but I'm sorry to say your waiting…more
Hi Jessica,
Thanks so much for your interest in my books and for for not-so-patiently waiting for the next one, 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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Description: When Claire Hanover saddles up for the opening event of her brother Charley's new riding stable, the last thing she expects is a murder investigation. Kyle Mendoza, one of the stable hands, is found dead in Gunpowder's stall. Everyone thinks the horse trampled him, until it's discovered someone killed Kyle before dragging him into the stall. Charley's troubles worsen with Kyle's family suing him and a rival stable owner wrangling up his clients, so Claire decides to find the real murderer before her brother's business is put out to pasture.
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Description: A fast-paced locked-room mystery in Utah's awe-inspiring canyon lands provides thrills and spills in book 3 of the bestselling RM Outdoor Adventures series. River guide Mandy Tanner and her fiancé Rob Juarez, owners of RM Outdoor Adventures, are leading an off-season rafting and climbing trip on the Colorado River. The unfamiliar topography and a lecherous local climbing guide have Mandy on edge — but that's nothing compared to the trouble the clients bring. When a young man is found dead, everyone on the trip is a suspect. Since there's no way out of the Colorado River's steep canyons, it's up to Mandy and Rob to solve the mystery before the murderer strikes again.
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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)
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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
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Description: An icy demise snowballs in book 2 of this Agatha Award-nominated series. Gift basket designer Claire Hanover is reluctantly enjoying a spring ski vacation with her family in Breckenridge, Colorado, when a bloodcurdling scream cuts the frigid air. Claire is appalled to find the sister of her daughter's boyfriend dead on the slopes. Others assume the girl's death was an accident, but Claire notices another pair of ski tracks veering dangerously into the victim's path. To protect her daughter as incriminating clues surface, Claire unravels a chilling conspiracy.
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message 110: by Shellii

Shellii Huff Hi Beth!!
Thank you for the request! And, very nice note
Have got to read your books, they sound sooo good!!

message 109: by Beth

Beth Thanks, Lacy! I hope you enjoy the books. I sure enjoyed researching them, since whitewater rafting is one of my favorite sports. :)

message 108: by Lacy

Lacy Hey Beth. I can't wait to read your RM Adventure Series. That sounds like it is right up my alley! Thanks for letting me know about them.

message 107: by Beth

Beth And thank you for accepting, Jeffrey!

message 106: by Jeffrey

Jeffrey Keeten Thank you for the kind words and the friend request Beth!

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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!

message 101: by Beth

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! :)

message 95: by Beth

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.

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Richard Derus 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 (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) 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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Dorothy 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!

message 68: by Terry

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

message 67: by Alecia

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 :)

message 66: by Beth

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

Thanks for accepting, Karen!

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Karen M Thanks for the friend invite!

message 64: by Beth

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!

message 63: by Jeri

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

message 62: by Karin

Karin Kaufman Thanks for the friendship, Beth!

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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.

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