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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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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.
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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.
Wicked Eddies (Mystery & Thrillers)
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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 1: by Daniel (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:03PM)

Daniel Beth, I've added A Real Basket Case to my to-read list.

message 2: by Terri

Terri Look like you have read my mind to add as friend. I was going to add you .. oh well. Thanks for add.

message 3: by R.J.

R.J. Thanks for finding me. Your novels sound great. And you're a very active author. That's inspiring. Best wishes.

Vivian Zabel I love mysteries, too, have since as a child I discovered Nancy Drew.


Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hi Beth, Thanks for adding me as a friend. I see you're a member of Sisters in Crime. Are you on Crimespace, too? One of my author friends asked me to join bc I'm co-authoring a novel that's a romantic suspense. Like this site, they're all great people. If you have the time, I'd love for you to visit my web site, I'm a novice writer so feel free to make any kind of suggestions, ideas or thoughts to correct it. While you're there, please sign the guestbook, too!

message 6: by Molly

Molly Thanks for the comment!

message 7: by Karen

Karen Hi Beth - thanks for letting me know about those groups - I'm not much of a cozy reader (I like the darker side of things), but I'll definitely check out Mystery Lovers :)

Regards KarenC

message 8: by C.J.

C.J. Hi Beth,

I'm guessing you are still hard at work on To Hell in a Hand Basket. Hope it is going well.

I'm just about to release A Demon Awaits and I'm very excited about the early feedback. After a year and a half, I'm looking forward to going to book stores and shaking hands. It's been a long time here in the cave.


message 9: by Kent (last edited Aug 18, 2008 10:20AM)

Kent Lundgren Thanks for the add, Beth. It must be nice, writing in the shadow of Pike's Peak and the foothills.

You have an interesting concept for your character, one nothing quite like I've seen before.

Kent Lundgren

message 10: by Ivana

Ivana Hi Beth,
Thanks for the friending - I do have a lot of friends;)but even more books on my home bookshelf so I am keeping things in perspective (I hope). Have a lovely day, cheers Ivana

message 11: by Jeannie

Jeannie Faulkner Barber Thanks Beth for recommending you book! I'm co-authoring a novel with a friend of over 30 years (and we're still one of our main characters is named Clair. (We left off the "e"). Your book sounds like a real grabber!

Michelle Hey, I see you are reading LC Hayden's book! I just endorsed her YA novel that is coming out soon! :P

Stacy-Deanne Stacy-Deanne Hey Beth, thanks for stopping by! I read your sample writing and voted. I liked it very much and couldn't wait to read more! Please stop by and vote on my sample of Melody if you like! Best Wishes! Also, that sounds like a fantastic novel!

message 14: by Diane

Diane Beth
Got your book yesterday. Looks good.

message 15: by Dianne

Dianne Ascroft Best of luck in the Best First Novel Agatha Awards! Thanks for the friend request.

Dianne Ascroft,

message 16: by Karen

Karen Hi Beth,

Thanks for befriending me here on GoodReads!



Homefrontgirl Any friend of Bob's is a friend of mine!

Stacy-Deanne Stacy-Deanne Hello, sending warmth and love your way!

message 19: by Alycia

Alycia Hi Beth,
Thanks for adding me to your list! I will be more than happy to read your book, I am adding it to my list now!


message 20: by Angela

Angela Thank you for the comment. Your books sound really good. I'll have to start keeping my eye out for them. I have family that used to live around Pikes Peak. Actually I still have family that lives there. Unfortunately I have never had the pleasure of visiting though it is a place I have always wanted to go. I have seen many pictures & it look's so beautiful there! Hopefully I will make it there someday! :)


message 21: by Kristy

Kristy Hi Beth,
I already put your book on my next to read list and plan on picking it up as soon as possible.
Its nice to meet you!
~ Kristy

message 22: by Elise

Elise Hi Beth
Good luck with your book! I will look out for it.

message 23: by Ryan

Ryan Ford Beth,

Thanks for the invite! I just read your excerpt and, I must say, I am hooked. I look forward to reading the rest of you material. I just uploaded a section of my own book for everyone to peruse, so I would be interested in your thoughts. Thanks again!

Stacy-Deanne Stacy-Deanne Hello, just stopping by to say hello! Continued success to you and best wishes!

message 25: by Maddie

Maddie James Hi Beth. It's great to meet you!


message 26: by Maria

Maria Hi Beth, nice to have you as a friend on Goodreads. Good luck with your book signings!


message 27: by Michael

Michael Mallory Hey Beth. Yes, fancy meeting me here. I was already a member of Mystery Lovers but not Cozy Mysteries (there are so many groups!!!). Thanks for the suggestion.

message 28: by Bonnie

Bonnie HI Beth
great seeing you here !!! have a good one!

message 29: by M.C.

M.C. Beth, we are friends on FB, I just linked today with goodreads:)

Marts  (Thinker) Hi Beth
Thanks for the friendship!!

message 31: by Ida

Ida Plassay Hi Beth!
Thank you for the friendship.


message 32: by Lisa

Lisa See Beth,

I'm so pleased that you invited me to be a friend. Thank you for your kind words about Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Next time your book group reads one of my books, you should invite me to join in by speaker phone. Happy reading!

message 33: by Ann

Ann Keller Hello, Beth!

I've got A Real Basket Case down on my To Be Read list. Sounds like it will be a good read.

Ann B. Keller

message 34: by Dean

Dean Baker hi Beth - my pleasure, thank you for saying so

message 35: by Tony

Tony Hi Beth! Glad our paths crossed. Your new book, To Hell In A Handbasket, sounds absolutely fascinating! All the best to its success!

Tony Eldridge, Fellow author.

message 36: by Ali

Ali Yes! For sure, Beth! I look forward to the friendship!

Ali :)

message 37: by Beth

Beth I've tried a few of Goldy's recipes (Diane Mott Davidson's catering mysteries), especially the desserts and cookies. Also, I love the cookies that Diane makes herself and gives away at her book signings. Has anyone else gone to one of her signings and had one of her cookies? Yummy!

message 38: by Lisette

Lisette Brodey Hi Beth:

It's an absolute pleasure to meet you! I'll check in with you again soon!

Happy Reading & Writing,


message 39: by Dorlana

Dorlana Hi Beth,
sorry I missed your comment - for some reason I'm not receiving updates by email any longer. IDK - but anyway - thanks for the comment and for the friendship. Have a great day,

message 40: by Olgy

Olgy Hi Beth! Thanks again for the add. I'm happy to be your friend both here and in real life as well. :-)

message 41: by Elise

Elise Crawford Hi Beth, glad to meet you and glad we are friends, I'm on my way over to your website to see what's up. Blessings, Elise

message 42: by Nadia

Nadia Sahari Thank you for signing up! I am just learning this whole thing on Good Reads. Getting it slowly. Very busy.

message 43: by Roxanne

Roxanne Hi Beth, always nice to meet another author. Thanks for adding me.

Nurture Your BOOKS™  - Bobbie Crawford Hi Beth,

Thank you for the friendship! :)

Cindydee Hey beth, thanks for the add.
It's always nice to meet people with sinilar tastes. I see you have Lisa See listed as a favorite author. I just finished her novel Shanghai Girls, actually.

Hope things are well.

Cindydee I signed up to your newsletter, I mean, can't beat the possibility of winning a free signed book, right? I'm always looking for some mystery recommendations, so I will definitely add your books to my to read list and try to check them out sometime. : )

message 47: by Jackie

Jackie Hi, Beth: One of the very best things about being a writer is you meet so many wonderful readers and writers.
Merry Christmas everyone,
Jackie Griffey

message 48: by Jackie

Jackie Beth, enjoyed all your news and reading about new books - one of the great joys of blogging is meeting new readers and writer (and news about new books :-)
Happy New Year,
Jackie Griffey

message 49: by Robert

Robert Beth
Keep on writing as we say in the FWA.
Robert Mykle

message 50: by Trine

Trine Thanks for inviting me, Beth.

Happy Reading & good luck with your books.

Trine :-)

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