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Falling Into Green: An Eco-Mystery

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Everything -- in nature and in murder - is connected...

As an ecopsychologist, Dr. Esmeralda Green is skilled at solving the mysteries of the mind, especially if they collide with the laws of nature. But when a body is found below the crumbling cliffs near her Los Angeles home, she is pulled back in time to a tragedy that defies all understanding. When a young girl is
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Paperback, 340 pages
Published April 2012 by Ashland Creek Press
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Mindy Mejia
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ecolit
Original and entertaining. I came away with a heightened environmental perspective and a desire to visit Santa Monica. :)
Debbie
Oct 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Falling Into Green is billed as an “eco-mystery” and features Esmerelda (aka Emerald) Green, an ecopsychologist who uses horse-back riding, among other techniques, as patient therapy. Esmerelda quotes a report that says: “Ecopsychology acknowledges the environment as an important part of the human psyche.” Indeed, there are environmental concerns woven throughout both the mystery and the lifestyle of the protagonist.

I had a hard time liking Esmerelda (‘Ez’) Green. She comes across as a
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Nan Jacoby
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Although I am generally uninterested in stories about “psychic powers” and do not believe that inanimate natural objects like trees and water can communicate with humans, I enjoyed this mystery owing to its ecologically minded protagonist. Esmerelda Green, an ecopsychologist, is not vegan in the true sense because she rides a horse and uses leather (albeit recycled), but she is environmentally savvy and unabashedly plant-based, and it’s nice to read about characters who have connected their ...more
Kyria
Jul 12, 2012 rated it liked it
I always love a good murder mystery. This book was about a woman named Esmeralda, who lives near Los Angeles. She is an Eco-psychologist who treats patients with things like animals and walks on the beach. When the daughter of her high school friend's brother dies in the same place as her high school friend did, Esmeralda gets caught up trying to figure out who did it.

The author did a good job with the mystery part, but I think she overdid it with the green references, vegan meals and
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Cait
Dec 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, ebook
Received a free ebook review copy.

In the beginning this book reminded me of the way Kathy Reichs writes.

The main character, Esmeralda, came across as being really obsessed with the environment, to the detriment of all else.

Felt it was a little implausible that a family would cover up their daughter/sister's brain tumour and it wouldn't come up in an inquest.

Didn't feel overly preachy about the environmental messages.

The ecopsychology stuff and fusing with plants was a bit weird.
Christen
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was very interesting. There was a lot of information on how to be eco friendly and environmentally conscious while playing out a really intriguing mystery. I very much enjoyed the message in this book as well as the story it told. At times I did feel that it was a little preachey but it was easy to get lost in the story and have that become part of the background. Eventually it all tied in together and I was glad I stuck it out...the conclusion was well worth it.
Cynthia Rielley
Jun 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
heavy handed, thomping with environmental preaching. Pretentious and just not a good story.
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