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Tainted Mountain (Nora Abbott #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  44 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Nora Abbott needs to make enough snow to save her ski resort from the drought that is ravishing Northern Arizona, and her recent court victory should mean good times are ahead. But when the death of Nora’s husband brings her overbearing mother into town, energy tycoon Barrett McCreary uses the opportunity to launch what might just be a hostile takeover of her cash-strapped ...more
Paperback, 345 pages
Published March 8th 2013 by Midnight Ink (first published March 1st 2013)
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Deborah Ledford
Aug 04, 2016 Deborah Ledford rated it it was amazing
I’m thrilled to have found this debut novel by talented author Shannon Baker. As a Native America, I found TAINTED MOUNTAIN to paint one of the only authentic pictures of the Hopi tribe represented in crime fiction. The fascinating plot kept the story moving and I look forward to more of these captivating characters. Also appreciated is the humor sprinkled amongst the action. Well done and highly recommended.
Cathy Cole
Feb 24, 2013 Cathy Cole rated it it was ok
First Line: Frigid air ripped down her throat, searing both lungs as her heart threatened to burst through her ribcage.

Nora Abbott has thrown her heart and soul into her husband's dream: buying a ski resort outside of Flagstaff, Arizona, and turning it into a success. As a result, it's become her dream, too. But there are many obstacles in the way of making that dream come true. The prolonged drought has meant very little snow. Fighting for the right to make snow has brought hordes of environmen
By: Shannon Baker
Published By: Midnight Ink
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For: GMTA

"Tainted Mountains" by Shannon Baker was a good read of a interesting 'mystery, relationship acrobatics and cultural insights set I the backdrop of Northern Arizona' in a fast paced adventure that will also involve a murder. "There will be many twist and turns in this novel with some well captivating and developed characters that will keep you turning the pages till the end
Bonnie Ramthun
Apr 10, 2015 Bonnie Ramthun rated it it was amazing
Tainted Mountain is a twisty roller-coaster of a mystery novel, full of unexpected plot twists, endearing characters and non-stop action. The novel begins with a well-meaning ski resort owner, Nora Abbott, targeted by crazed environmentalists, suspicious locals, and mysterious Hopi that both help and hinder her in her quest to create snow for her ski resort. I won't tell you the twist that follows the first moments of the novel because it's a jaw-dropper, and the tension and the stakes intensify ...more
May 20, 2013 Marcie rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
Didn't like enought to finish. Did not like her style and the slang names of various characters--ex:"an enviro".
Susan Williams
Nov 12, 2016 Susan Williams rated it liked it
2.5 I really wanted to like this book. The author visited a local library for a "Creating memorable character" seminar and was a big hit so I was looking forward reading one of her novels. The story was interesting and had potential. I also learned a lot about the Flagstaff AZ area and the Hopi culture which was a bonus.
Unfortunately, I could not warm up to ANY of the characters, especially Nora Abbott, the novel's protagonist. Some of the phrasing in the novel could have been better as well. H
Suspense Magazine
Aug 23, 2013 Suspense Magazine rated it really liked it
I immensely enjoy learning things when I read mysteries. I know that beautiful mountain places, which are attracting more and more building, are having water troubles, but this novel did much to inform me further.
The mystery isn’t a vehicle for the water question, though. It’s a bona fide mystery with a compelling sleuth, Nora Abbot, who didn’t want to end up running an Arizona ski resort, on fictional Kachina Peak, near real Flagstaff. She inherited it from her uncle and, at first, feels duty b
Mar 21, 2013 Nancy rated it liked it
After a long legal battle, Kachina Ski Resort owner Nora Abbott is finally granted the right to make artificial snow on her cash-strapped, drought-stricken Arizona resort. This doesn’t sit well, however, with environmentalists, as well as the native Hopi who regard the snow machine as a desecration on their native mountain. The sudden death of Nora’s husband Scott soon after the decision is the first of several horrific events set in motion for Nora. Just when Nora soon discovers that Scott had ...more
Apr 29, 2013 Sharon rated it it was amazing
An intriguing blend of mystery, relationship acrobatics, and cultural insights set in the beautiful backdrop of Northern Arizona. Nora Abbott's human triumphs and foibles are riveting in this fast paced adventure. I love to be entertained as well as informed, and this book satisfied on both counts!
Jul 05, 2013 Saytchyn rated it really liked it
One of those mysteries where you know whodunit, but the adventure is watching the characters figure it out and hoping your favorites don't also get killed. I loved the narrator and want to follow her into her next story. This one, set in and around the Hopi Reservation in Arizona, has a rich and intriguing setting as well.

Jan 09, 2013 Kathy rated it really liked it
First book in a new series by Shannon Baker. Tainted Mountain is set in one of my favorite places, America's southwest. Contemporary themes make this book interesting reading. I found this book could have used a little more editing as it was not the smoothest read. Good story overall.
Jeanette Hubbard
Mar 13, 2016 Jeanette Hubbard rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-books
I loved this book. Funny, fast paced, with a strong heroine racing to solve a mystery that will keep you interested until the satisfying conclusion.
Kim hansen
May 12, 2015 Kim hansen rated it it was amazing
Great mystery Shannon Baker. From beginning to end was a page turner that was hard to put down. Love the back drop for the book Arizona.
Dec 03, 2013 Catherine rated it it was amazing
This was an action-packed fun read, with a southwest setting, a touch of Native American mysticism, and environmental issues.
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Shannon Baker is the author of the Nora Abbott mystery series from Midnight Ink. A fast-paced mix of Hopi Indian mysticism, environmental issues, and murder. Shannon is an itinerant writer, which is a nice way of saying she’s confused. She never knows what time zone she’s in, Timbuck-Three, Nebraska, Denver, or Tucson. Nora Abbott has picked up that location schizophrenia and travels from ...more
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