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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 Yes, Nancy, I do tend to read similar books around the same time. In between the "heavy" books by Shreve and Picoult, though, I'm also reading light…moreYes, Nancy, I do tend to read similar books around the same time. In between the "heavy" books by Shreve and Picoult, though, I'm also reading light mysteries by Tim Cockey, Donna Andrews, and Alan Bradley. Robert Crais is a great author. Thanks for the reminder that I need to get back to him, too!(less)
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Yesterday was the last day of the 2014 Dew Tour Mountain Competition in Breckenridge. The event included men's and women's ski and snowboard superpipe and slopestyle events as well as an evening streetstyle event downtown on a collection of street features under the lights on Washington Street. I did watch two on-mountain events as well as the streetstyle one, the women's and men's snowboard su... Read more of this blog post »
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A Basket Of Trouble (Mystery & Thrillers)
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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.
To Hell in a Handbasket (Mystery & Thrillers)
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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.
A Real Basket Case (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: The best friend of Claire Hanover, 46-year-old proprietor of a Colorado Springs gift basket business, arranges for a handsome young massage therapist to give Claire a massage. When he's shot and killed in her bedroom and police arrest her husband, Roger, for the crime, Claire must convince Roger she wasn't having an affair and, with advice from a PI friend, find the real killer before Roger loses his job and goes to trial. Claire confronts the victim's fiery ex-girlfriend, his drug-dealing cohorts, and the gym ladies he supplied with cocaine or seduced for money. She must extricate herself from under a drug dealer's bed while he seduces his girlfriend, from jail--charged with breaking and entering, from a drug boss's limousine while he berates her for "messin' in his business," and from her angry aerobics classmates when they discover she suspects them. She makes mistakes at every turn, but she perseveres. Will she find the real murderer before Roger loses his job and goes to trial? Can she convince her husband to come back to her? Or will the killer get to her first?
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: 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.
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message 106: 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!


message 102: by Beth

Beth Thanks, Jeanie! You, and anyone else who is interested in reading my blog can find it at: http://bethgroundwater.blogspot.com/


message 101: by Jeanie

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.


message 99: by Donna

Donna Thanks for friending me on Goodreads.
Donna


message 98: by Beth

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


message 97: by Becky

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 96: 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.


message 95: by Julia

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.


message 85: by Beth

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!


message 81: by Tammy

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 :)


message 77: by Beth (last edited Oct 22, 2011 10:03AM)

Beth Thanks for accepting, Annie and Kouk!


message 76: by Annie

Annie Thanks for the friend request!


message 75: by Kouk

Kouk Hi Beth,

Thank you for the friend request!

I hope you'll have a wonderfull day!


kouk


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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!


message 71: by Sweetie

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!


message 69: 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 68: 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 :)


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

Thanks for accepting, Karen!


message 66: by Karen M

Karen M Thanks for the friend invite!


message 65: 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 64: 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 63: by Karin

Karin Kaufman Thanks for the friendship, Beth!


message 62: 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 61: 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 59: 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.

http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note...

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!

http://www.stacy-deanne.net


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


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