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Scene of the Climb (Pacific Northwest #1)

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  330 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
Portland, Oregon, is the perfect fit for someone like Meg Reed. It's a city with a small town feel, where she can crash on the couch of her best friend Jill, now that she's graduated from journalism school. . .

But a girl needs a job, so Meg bluffs her way into writing for Northwest Extreme magazine, passing herself off to editor-in-chief Greg Dixon as an outdoor adventure
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2014)
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Apr 05, 2015 Lynn rated it liked it
Scene of the Climb is the first book in the Pacific Northwest Mystery series. Meg Reed recently graduated for college and is looking for a job as a writer. She applies to the Northwest Extreme magazine where is passes herself off as having an interest and experience in outdoor adventures. She is hired and soon has her first assignment of following race members up a difficult rocky climb. She has a fear of heights and fakes a fall pretty far along in the climb to get out of completing the climb. ...more
Aug 25, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing
The characters are well developed the setting, theme and mysteries are so good and so well researched that you can tell that this story is written by someone who truly loves and grasps the feel and energy of this state. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves the great outdoors, and to anyone who loves the great outdoors from the comfort of their reading chair like I do! I really enjoyed main character Meg and her friends, I can relate to her less then athletic abilities and her ...more
Sherry Fundin
Meg is afraid of heights and many outdoorsy things, but she is like a dog with a bone and sifts through the list of suspects that kept me guessing and kept the mystery alive in this fun cozy.
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: joanne

Brought to you by OBS reviewer JoAnne

Meg Reed lives with her friend Jill and sleeps on the couch. She lives in Portland, Oregon and needs a job so she can get a place of her own. One day, while out for coffee, Meg trips on the rain-slicked floor and a hunky man helps her up. He starts talking to her, learns she’s the daughter of a well-known newspaperman and tells her he is the editor of an outdoor magazine. When he hears that she herself is a writer, he o
Jul 30, 2014 Candace rated it really liked it
Scene of the Climb is an adult murder mystery but fit’s the ‘New Adult’ category fine since the main character, Meg, is fresh out of college. She has a young voice and still lives the life of a young person. This book is also appropriate for mature YA readers as there’s no adult content.

Meg was a character that was immediately easy to like. At times she felt slightly naive, but I liked her go-get-it attitude where she pushed to get answers and didn’t just sit back. When she knew that someone was
SOS Aloha
Jun 02, 2014 SOS Aloha rated it really liked it
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. - Edmund Hillary

My favorite reality show, HOUSE HUNTERS, introduced me to the Pacific Northwest by way of its housing market. The couples interested in the Pacific Northwest desire a green home, fresh air, and granola bars. I have a few military friends who loved living in the Pacific Northwest ... so it was their enthusiasm which prompted me to review Kate Dyer-Seeley's debut cozy mystery, SCENE OF THE CLIMB.

I read fiction for entertainment, educ
Denise Zendel
Jun 30, 2014 Denise Zendel rated it liked it
Meg Reed is a fresh-from-journalism school graduate, crashing on the couch of her successful friend in Portland, Oregon, while trying to find a job. She falls into a job with “Northwest Extreme” magazine, even though her idea of adventure is climbing onto a couch with a cup of coffee.

Her first big story involves following a “Survivor” type adventure show as it winds to a close in Oregon. One of the contestants, a particularly unpleasant one, takes a header off a cliff in front of her. She feels
Jul 20, 2014 Paula rated it really liked it
This was a quick, fun read, perfect for a summer afternoon or two.

Meg is a 23 year old journalist, fresh out of school, who has landed her first job with Northwest Extreme Magazine. She may have inflated her outdoor skills to get the job and may be crushing just a bit on her new hunk of a boss, Greg. Her first real assignment has her hiking Angels Rest when THE murder takes place. Meg would rather be hanging out with her friends in one of the local brew pubs, but she has a murder to solve now,
Mark Baker
Jan 20, 2015 Mark Baker rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2015
Meg Reed has finally landed her first post college job. Unfortunately, it’s at an outdoor magazine, and Meg is not an outdoor kind of person. Still, she bravely faces her fear of heights to cover the final leg in a cross country reality TV show competition. But when she witnesses one of the contestants plunge to his death, Meg realizes she might be in over her head.

Meg is a great main character, and I loved spending time with her. The rest of the cast is equally as strong. The pacing was off in
Oct 10, 2014 Melodie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
This is a solid 3.5 star read, so since I'm in a good mood today I'm giving it the full 4 here. I liked the locale and the main character. Even though I'm not really the outdoorsy type this caught my interest and kept it. Good enough mystery, too. I'll read the next one. Recommend!
By the time I had read 50 pages I was tired of Meg. She is silly foolish and immature. I am afraid I have developed an aversion to books with titles that are plays on words. They are like dandelions, popping up everywhere and they look better than they are.
Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
I thought this was a decent first cozy but was not 100% in love with it. It might be a series that grows with time though so I will likely try book two to see where everything is going.
Oct 03, 2016 Bonnie rated it liked it
I found this an entertaining mystery, set in Portland in modern times. It didn't have any intellectual redeeming qualities I look for in books, but it was fun to read.
J would like to start this review by thanking both the author and the Goodreads New Adult Book Club Read It Review It programme for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review this fab page turner of a book, which I enjoyed so much that I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

A young journalist named Meg bluffs her way in to a job writing for a local paper called Northwest Extreme by passing herself off the editor in chief Greg as an adventure enthusiast. When in fact
Apr 14, 2015 Samantha rated it really liked it
Summary from Goodreads:

"Meg Reed bluffs her way into writing for 'Northwest Extreme', passing herself off to editor-in-chief Greg Dixon as an outdoor adventure enthusiast. Never mind that Meg's idea of sport is climbing onto the couch without spilling her latte. So when she finds herself clawing to the top of Angel's Rest - a 2000-foot peak - to cover the latest challenge in a reality TV adventure show, she can't imagine feeling more terrified. Until she witnesses a body plummet off the side of
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014
Portland, Oregon, is the perfect fit for someone like Meg Reed. It’s a city with a small town feel, where she can crash on the couch of her best friend Jill, now that she’s graduated from journalism school. . .

But a girl needs a job, so Meg bluffs her way into writing for Northwest Extreme magazine, passing herself off to editor-in-chief Greg Dixon as an outdoor adventure enthusiast. Never mind that Meg’s idea of sport is climbing onto the couch without spilling her latte. So when she finds hers
Sep 16, 2016 Brooke rated it liked it
Meg Potter is a fresh out of college, unemployed writer living in the bustling city of Portland, Oregon. After a chance encounter at a coffee shop, the fates seem to be smiling on Meg as she lands a job with the adventure magazine, Northwest Enthusiast. However, Meg's excitement soon dwindles when she realizes that she will have to cover Race the States, a television show featuring a slew of obnoxious contestants that trek to the nation's highest elevations. With Meg's fear of heights, this is a ...more
Cathy Cole
Aug 30, 2014 Cathy Cole rated it liked it
This is the beginning of a new cozy series that shows a lot of promise. Meg is a good-hearted, and sometimes bumbling, young woman fresh out of college who's always wanted to follow in her talented father's shoes as an investigative journalist. Her best friend Jill has a nice apartment in Portland and is more than willing to put up with Meg's slovenly ways. There are suitable romantic interests for our heroine, and Dyer-Seeley has created a cast that should stand up well to future adventures ...more
Jennifer L Gundersen
Did she solve the mystery? I don't think so

When did the main characters in cozies stop actually solving the mystery? Or does stumbling upon the killer by accident and being saved by someone else count? It was a fun read with interesting characters and it did capturee feel of the place but it seems like it was written with product placement revenue in mind. I never refer to my car by the make unless asked. Same with my shoes.
Dav'ne  Stahley
Sep 21, 2016 Dav'ne Stahley rated it liked it
Bubble gum for the brain, not even a beach read, but Pacific NW descriptions are great!
Aug 21, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it
Title: Scene of the Climb

Author: Kate Dyer-Seeley

Series: Pacific Northwest Mystery

Synopsis (from

Portland, Oregon, is the perfect fit for someone like Meg Reed. It’s a city with a small town feel, where she can crash on the couch of her best friend Jill, now that she’s graduated from journalism school. . .

But a girl needs a job, so Meg bluffs her way into writing for Northwest Extreme magazine, passing herself off to editor-in-chief Greg Dixon as an outdoor adventure enthusiast. Never mi
Dec 06, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sara by: Megan
Meg is a recent college grad who's offered a position at an outdoor magazine, thanks to her exaggeration of details about outdoor experience. The magazine is sponsoring an extreme reality show race, and Meg has to hike up Angel's Rest, a steep hike, to keep up with the contestant. Near the top, one of the contestants falls off the cliff, and Meg's the only one who witnessed his fall. She's pretty sure he was pushed off the cliff, but she doesn't have evidence to prove it, so she starts ...more
Feb 27, 2015 Kristina rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2015
Scene of the Climb by Kate Dyer-Seeley is a cute cozy mystery. It is the first book in A Pacific Northwest Mystery series. Mary Margaret Reed (Meg) has just finished college. She is a journalism major living in Portland, Oregon with a penchant for pink. Unfortunately for Meg, newspapers and magazines are not doing well. The O (the newspaper that she wanted to work for) has closed its doors. Meg is staying with her best friend, Jill Pettygrove in her apartment in The Pearl (an expensive area of ...more
Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff)
Apr 06, 2016 Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All cozy mystery lovers

Scene of the Climb is the story of Meg who wrangles herself a job under false pretenses and then is soon embroiled in a mystery where not only is she faced with a killer but is also faced with the challenge of completing her work assignment which means that she will have to break her trekking shoes!

The cover is beautiful and instantly made me relive my holiday to the many scenic hill stations in my country. The blurb is pretty interesting too and had me wa
Carl Brookins
Dec 15, 2015 Carl Brookins rated it liked it
Points for location and some descriptions of the areas around Portland, Oregon. Points for an interesting plot line. Unfortunately, although there is potential value in the protagonist, Meg Reed, it is mostly lost in her falsehoods and bumbling incompetence. Persistence she has however, in abundance.
Daughter of a reporter, she has a college degree in Journalism which seems to have overlooked in her case, a prime message: finish the assignment. Meet the deadline. She gets a job with a boss who is
Jun 11, 2014 Jenna rated it really liked it
I have to say, I'm with Meg Reed on this one. Outdoor gear is super cute and, if I had a related expense account and I could deck out in awesome duds, kicks,and accessories, I'd totally do it. But, as far as climbing mountains, hiking to soaring summits, and rappelling down rock faces, I think I'll be a spectator, thanks. (A dressed-to-the-nines spectator!)

Kate Dyer-Seeley's debut in the new Pacific Northwest mystery series is outstanding - like Meg's pink outfits on a green hiking trail. Meg i
Mar 21, 2015 Missie rated it really liked it
I signed up to review the second book in the Meg Reed series and was sent the first book so I could get the whole story on who Meg was and what she is all about. I am so glad I signed up for the tour because I really enjoyed the series!

Meg was an awesome MC. She had just finished college and was an aspiring journalist who was struggling to find a job. Her father was also a well-known journalist and Meg wanted to follow in, at least, some of his footsteps.
The mystery was pretty well done.
Aug 15, 2014 Katreader rated it really liked it
Scene of the Climb by Kate Dyer-Seeley
The First Pacific Northwest Mystery

Just out of college with a degree in Journalism and still struggling with her father's unexpected death, Meg Reed is crashing on a friend's couch, desperate to find a job. Sadly, she graduated when newspapers and other print media are laying off reporters rather than hiring newbies. When a surprise opportunity appears, Meg jumps at it. As the new journalist at an extreme sports magazine, Meg has padded the adventure experie
Jan 29, 2016 Jessa rated it really liked it
**. I received this Ebook for free in exchange for an honest review **

Meg is desperately looking for a job and has a passion for journalist endeavors, so when she finds out a local extreme outdoor sports magazine is hiring she jumps at the chance. Even if she isn't the extreme outdoorsy type. While working for Northwest Extreme, she's tasked with reporting about the TV Reality Nature race that has come to Oregon for its final leg of the completion. Meg is certain she saw someone fall to their de
Jun 08, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing

Was that ever a satisfying read.
Main character, A young woman, Meg, 23, Journalism degree, fresh out of U of O
is living in her best friend’s house in the upscale Pearl area of Portland -
desperately applying for work…anywhere to make use of her writing skills (
her recently deceased
father was an award winning writer for the Oregonian). Through a series of Karmic
happenings is hired by an online adventure publication, “Northwest Extreme” as an
entry level reporter. Meg is a good writer, but knows tha
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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.

Kate also writes the Bakeshop Mysteries (St. Martin's Press) under the pen name Ellie Alexander.

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