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Silenced in the Surf

(Pacific Northwest Mystery #3)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  234 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Covering a windsurfing competition should have been a breeze for reporter Meg Reed, but with a killer in the curl, she’s headed for rough waters…
Hood River in the Columbia River Gorge is the windsurfing capital of the world, and Meg is stoked to cover the King of the Hook event for Portland’s Northwest Extreme magazine. Before the competition gets under way, Meg has a ch
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 29th 2016 by Kensington
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Peggy R
This is the third installment in the Pacific Northwest Mystery series by author Kate Dyer-Seeley. This series has been on my to be read list for a while but for whatever reason I had not yet gotten around to bumping to the top of the pile. Because I haven't read the first two books I was a little hesitant but once I started the story, the author pulled me right in from the opening pages. I didn't feel that I was missing out on a lot by not having read the first two books, but that being said I t ...more
Every time I read a book in this series, it makes me even more anxious to read the next. The main murder always gets taken care of, but the suspense surrounding Meg's father's death ten years ago after working on a drug expose keeps getting more intense. This time, her friend Matt was digging into the old case, and Meg's boss Greg told her that he was on someone's radar and should stop.

I know this will all be explained by the time I read the last book, since the series was discontinued. I did h
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
3 stars
Again Meg doesn't solve the crime, but she got a little closer and the killer doesn't have to convince her, so that's a little bit better. Some things I dislike about the series (view spoiler)
While I like all the characters, Gam is starting to (view
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
3 stars
Again Meg doesn't solve the crime, but she got a little closer and the killer doesn't have to convince her, so that's a little bit better. Some things I dislike about the series (view spoiler)
While I like all the characters, Gam is starting to (view
Mark Baker
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2017
Meg’s latest assignment in the annual windsurfing competition on the Hood River. She hopes this is a sport she can actually learn, but strong winds blow her away from the rest of the other reporters early one morning, and she discovers the dead body of Justin, the star of the windsurfing world. Justin was also a jerk, but who actually wanted him dead?

I really found this particular sport to be a fun hook into the mystery. The pacing was a little off, but there are still plenty of clues, viable su
Denise Spicer
Oct 24, 2019 rated it liked it
In this Meg Reed Pacific Northwest Mystery, Meg is in Hood River, OR covering a windsurfing competition. Picturesque Columbia Gorge setting, an unlikely conflict between surfer types and Dungeon and Dragon nerds, and lots of New Agey stuff with Meg’s “Gam” (gratuitous and not very relevant to the actual story). Discussions of Meg’s personal and professional life take precedence to the murder mystery and the solution does not feel neatly tied up. Ongoing clues and unresolved questions about the d ...more
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Another brilliant installment by Kate E. Dyer-Seeley, I am glad to be back reading about Meg!

This Summer in Portland is hot and sticky and Meg jumps at the chance to get away from the city and cool down, more to the point for the first time she actually may know something about the sport she is covering (well not really she was a swimmer not a windsurfer, but hey ... to do with water ... right?), the problems though kick off fairly quickly when she sees the winner of previous windsurfing competi
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I cant say too much because its the 3rd in a series but I can talk about the mystery.

I loved that this took place on the water. I was always interested in wind surfing.It looks so much fun and hard to do at the same time. The way Kate E. Dyer-Seeley describes Meg's time out on the water it was so realistic and fun and terrifying to read at the same time lol. The characters were all interesting and their backstory was sad. It was a great read.

Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, arc, cozy
The erratic winds of the Columbia River Gorge garner Meg Reed's windsurf board and separated it from the other boards. Meg tries desperately to control the device as she slept down the river. Meg sees a body struck on the rocky shore, thus starts the fast-moving pace of this book. The descriptions of the area are first class and you feel the tensions of a major competition. The body turns out to be Jason Cruise, a champion surfboarder. This causes a media storm with Meg and friends caught in the ...more
Katherine Decker
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once again I was absolutely drawn in by the writing. Meg travels to Hood River to cover the big windsurfing event, King of the Hook. She is excited to get out of hot Portland and write her piece for Northwest Extreme. What should be smooth sailing quickly turns into rough water as Meg once again finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. It's not her fault she keeps finding dead bodies while on assignment. Now instead of just covering the competition, she is asking questions about Ju ...more
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This might be my favorite series ever. Meg is thrown into another murder investigation while reporting for a windsurfing competition and once again has her friends and grandma to help her get through it. Its been slowly building up to her finding out what really happened to her dad, but its not there yet which makes me have to keep reading. I really like that this cozy mystery will also appeal to even younger readers because there are always current references and terms thrown in. You also reall ...more
Mar 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2016
Silenced in the Surf by Kate E. Dyer-Seeley is the third book in A Pacific Northwest Mystery series. May Reed is a journalist with Northwest Extreme in Portland, Oregon. They are currently experiencing a heat wave. So when the assignment came up to cover King of the Hook in Hood River (surfing and windsurfing competition), Oregon, Meg jumped at the opportunity (to cool off in the water at the beach). The only rental she could find was a three bedroom house, so Meg invites her bestie, Jill and bo ...more
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, usa-oregon
Loved, loved, loved it! All my favourites in one: outdoors, adventure, sports and mystery! Even though I very much enjoyed the previous mysteries in the series I think this one was even better....and the next one in the series is already pre-ordered :)
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really love this series, and this book doesn't disappoint. Meg is a fun heroine, with strengths and flaws that make her believable and allow her to grow as a person. Dyer-Seeley paints a vivid picture of the sports and the environment. Though I've never been to the Pacific Northwest, I feel as though I'm there when I'm reading her books. I enjoy the unique story lines in each book, with each one focusing on a different sport--in this case windsurfing--which I know nothing about but feel as tho ...more
Kate Vale
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: murder-mystery
One of a small group of mysteries, in which reporter, Meg, somehow becomes involved. In this tale, she finds the body of Justin Cruise, the best-known windsurfer on the first day of a major windsurfing contest set in the Columbia River Gorge. If you want to learn more about this area, read this book. It accurately describes the area.

Friends of Meg help her try to solve the mystery, but by the end of the book, we still aren't sure who did it--though there are numerous clues--or why. Also tantaliz
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this story, but I don't have much patience for drama that drags on through several books, so I am really over the crap with Meg's dad's death and his meth story. Who even cares? It's an annoying distraction from the main plot, and so far adds absolutely nothing interesting or compelling to the series. Put it to bed and let's move on. I also didn't like how much of the plot revolved around Meg's crushes on Matt and her boss, Greg. *yawn* I wanted to read a cozy mystery, no ...more
Amanda Wilcox
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was another amazing adventure with Meg and crew. I loved the fast paced mystery and the questions that kept coming. There was so much going on that kept you turning pages and staying awake for just one more chapter. I also really loved how so much still happened after the mystery was solved...which, of course, led to more mystery. And now I also have to plan a trip to Hood River to watch some windsurfing! I can't wait for the next book! ...more
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this series a lot. This may be my favorite one so far. I've never seen wind surfing before, so I looked up some video as I read the book. I like that these books are set in real places and that the author gives suggestions at the end about visiting the sites in her books. I did not guess the murderer in this one, so that's always a plus. The characters are all coming to a big change in their lives by the end of this one. I need to read the next one soon. ...more
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have read several of these books and have enjoyed them They take place in and around the Portland, OR area. She does a great job of including the "real" communities into her stories. I have been to Hood River many a time and have actually been into several of the places she mentions. I can picture where the characters are. Pretty much why I read all the Beaumont series by J.A. Jance. ...more
Sandy Lipinski
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well written mystery with a suspect you didn't expect. Going to Hood River to cover a windsurfing contest, the last thing she expected to find was a dead body. Groupies , competitors, and ex-girlfriends are some of the suspects. ...more
Lindy Maus
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book

I really have enjoyed this series! As a PNW girl it’s fun to read a story that’s based around here. I love the story line and it’s a fun clean book. I can’t wait for the next one!
Marisa Young
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A report for an outdoor magazine is covering a windsurfing competition on the Hood River in the Columbia River Gorge. She finds the favored winner floating in the river. Accident or murder?

Interesting setting - interesting sport.
Laura Steinert
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teen romance
There really isn't surf on the Columbia river, but okay. The author is sliding more and more into virginal romance/girly clothes genre and leaving the cozy mystery part behind. It was cute and a quick read, but not as much fun as the first two books. ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it liked it
The murder was not solved, the love interest disappeared with a mysterious note, and I kept expecting the opening cliffhanger to be a second scene. Apparently it was part of another scene, I am still not sure.
The book has some nice strengths but I am not sure I can recommend it.
Erin Robison Welch
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Compared to the first two books in the series, this one was boring in comparison. Even when confronting the “killer”. Also no real ending, left off with lots of unanswered questions about the current situation.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love her description of the Gorge. Excellent book!
Cyndy Hagin
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
An enjoyable read by a local author.
Heidi Prockish
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Great story! I love when there is a bigger mystery than extends over multiple books, not just the one murder. I am excited to see what information is dug up in the next book!
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
These are some fun adventures!!
I love Hood River and I love Meg's clothes!!!!
(E-Lib) I love reading these books, but they make me want to go to Oregon so badly. It's fun that the places/restaurants in the books are real ones. Even though I'm much older than Meg, I feel like I relate to her and her struggles. I do hope she and Matt hook up. I am always amazed in these books how much action takes place in such a short amount of time. I can't believe all this this took place just over a weekend! ...more
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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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