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(A Stone Mountain Mystery #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  23 reviews
When Kalin Thompson is promoted to Director of Security at Stone Mountain Resort, she soon becomes entangled in the high-profile murder investigation of an up-and-coming Olympic-caliber skier. There are more suspects with motives than there are gates on the super-G course, and danger mounts with every turn.

Kalin’s boss orders her to investigate. Her boyfriend wants her to
Kindle Edition, First, 301 pages
Published July 25th 2015 by Imajin Books (first published July 17th 2015)
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Carol Balawyder
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It’s been many decades since I worked on a ski patrol team and so reading Descent brought me vicariously back to those days, giving me a fresh look at the administrative and security aspect of running a ski resort. It was also fascinating to learn about the ins and outs of the ruthlessness of coaches and their high caliber skiers in their attempts for a spot in the Olympics.
Reading Descent was like skiing downhill with its twists and turns and mogul bumps along the way. It’s also the kind of my
Judy Sheluk
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great debut mystery novel! The location of Stone Mountain Ski Resort in British Columbia is so well drawn, I could almost see my breath puff out in the cold, and the protagonist, Kalin Thompson, a rookie head of security, is entirely believable. Add to the mix a sexy boyfriend and an interesting cast of characters and you've got yourself a winning combination. Thoroughly enjoyable!
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Kristina Stanley's first book in the Stone Mountain Mysteries series, Descent (Imajin Books 2015), Kalin Thompson becomes the ski resort's new Director of Security when the former Director dies of a heart attack. Not only does she have to deal with the seucirty of a large and popular ski resort, but she has to juggle politics, the attitudes of contestants, and worries that the guy next in line for the job didn't get it, but now one of the top skiers is killed in a skiing accident under myster ...more
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kristina Stanley has made an impressive debut with her first mystery novel, Descent. The fictional setting, Stone Mountain, is loosely based on my nearby ski resort of Panorama Ski Resort in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia. It was very clever to base the mystery at a ski resort, since it allowed her to add many details about skiing, ski racing, and resort security that lend interest and authenticity to the novel -- especially if you are a skier, but even if you have never skied. Kristi ...more
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Schneebedeckte Berge

In einem Skiresort in Kanada trainieren sie alle, die Einheimischen, die aus dem Nachbarort, die Deutschen, alle eben. Nicht gut für die Reputation des Ortes ist da natürlich, wenn bei Training ein Unfall passiert. Die neue Sicherheitschefin Kalin, die Pistenbereiter, das Hilfspersonal, alle im Resort versuchen für das Wohlergehen der Sportler zu sorgen. Schon zu Beginn der Trainingssaison allerdings stürzt Steve McKenzie, einer der unbeliebtesten aber auch einer der besten F

Inhalt: Während einer Slalom-Trainingsfahrt im kanadischen Skiresort "Stone Mountain" verunglückt ein junger Fahrer tödlich. Schnell wird klar, dass seine Ausrüstung manipuliert worden war.
Nicht nur die Polizei nimmt die Ermittlungen auf, auch die Sicherheitschefin des Resorts, Kalin Thompson, stellt Nachforschungen an. Sie findet bald heraus, dass der ermordete Sportler sich in letzter Zeit eine Menge Feinde gemacht hatte…

Meine Meinung: Mit großer Neugier hatte ich mit dem Lesen begonnen, denn
Nick Rippington
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
THIS book leaves you breathless like an out-of-control bobsleigher on the Cresta Run. When a top skier dies on the slopes and it’s discovered that his equipment has been tampered with, murder suspects line up like snowboard enthusiasts at a ski lift in a peak holiday period. As a former Head of Security at a mountain resort, Kristina brings her knowhow to bear in crafting a plot to keep you guessing right up to its dramatic conclusion. The first in the Stone Mountain Series, heroine Kalin and he ...more
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
The sudden death of Stone Mountain Resort’s security director turns Kalin Thompson’s life upside down when she’s quickly promoted to take his place. As head of HR, Kalin isn’t sure she’s qualified, but she definitely wants to do her best. Kalin soon finds herself dealing the murder of an elite competitive skier who happens to be one of the least liked people on the mountain. Compounding Kalin’s challenges are personnel issues and the arrival of her boyfriend Ben’s ex girlfriend, who clearly want ...more
Roland Clarke
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Descent by Kristina Stanley

This was an impressive debut that left me guessing at the murderer almost to the last page. As the blurb says, “There are more suspects with motives than there are gates on the super-G course, and danger mounts with every turn.”
And as Director of Security at Stone Mountain Resort, Kalin Thompson has a tough task unravelling the tangled web of lives and secrets surrounding the murder of “an up-and-coming Olympic-caliber skier.”

The description of the mountain community,
Allie Potts
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In Descent, author Kristina Stanley introduces readers to Kalin, HR manager at Stone Mountain Sky resort as well as several other individuals who either support or participate on an aspiring Olympic racing ski team. Before long Kalin finds herself promoted to Director and is placed in charge of security in addition to HR, and is forced to adapt her people reading skills to a much different sort of problem. If that weren't challenge enough, her boss expects results immediately. Specifically the n ...more
Sarah Butland
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Much like I imagine a mogul run would feel like, this story had my heart racing with all of its bumps in the road and twists on the path. Filled with a lot of characters, each one seemed as real and honest as the next which made me care for each and yearning for their innocence in all the chaos.

With an opening of a bit of romance, this novel was a whirlwind of enticing looks into lives so complex I had a hard time putting it down. Stanley had a way of enveloping me in the beauty that is a ski re
J.P. McLean
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Perfect Winter Read

A snowy winter seemed like the perfect time to read Kristina Stanley’s Descent. Set in the fictitious Stone Mountain Resort, a murder with a slate of likely suspects presents a tough challenge for the resort’s newly promoted Director of Security.

From the first page, it’s clear you’re in the hands of an expert. Stanley infuses the story with her first-hand experience living in a resort community and managing human resources, security and guest services. She’s equally as knowl
R.M. Greenaway
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kristina Stanley's debut novel is set at a wintery, high elevation. This gave me, a B.C. non-skier (what??? everybody says), some vicarious pleasure and education. The murder and intrigue takes place entirely at a ski resort, and the writer's knowledge of the skiing world was fun in itself to read. There's plenty of captivating romance -- especially between Kalin and Ben -- a well-thought out and twisty plot full of suspects and questions, and a lovable yellow lab named Chica, who I have a feeli ...more
Jesse Christiansen
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the easy, natural pace of this book and the interesting plot developments. I was especially enchanted by the local color panache that the author brought to the novel. It is obvious that Kristina Stanley has rich experience in her book's setting and successfully makes it a character in the novel, almost leaving the reader with the wistful desire to escape to a beautiful ski town and start anew. The thoughtful crescendoing of the story and well-crafted denouement also make this a mystery ...more
Carol Taylor
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is my first reading of this author , the characters were credible and it was a pacy novel which kept you turning the pages.Lots of twists and turns which kept you thinking did he or didn't he? The heroine Kalin was well portrayed and likeable.I am looking forward to reading more from this author
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rating rounded up, more like 3.5 stars, a bit long, and while I did not guess the killer, the suspense came sometimes from information which was introduced late when needed, not real twists. Short chapters, fast read, romance, no sex-scenes, most sex happening off-page.
Expected more thrill and twists, so maybe 4 stars is a bit much, but this is the first book, and I am willing to hope it might get better. Like the setting in British Columbia (Canada) with snow and mountains, better than every ot
Wayne Kerr
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I felt like I was there at the ski resort. Great character interaction. Kristina's writing style is very easy to read, it flows beautifully.
Jan 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book but I have a few minor qualms I'll talk about later! This is a pretty well written book for a debut novel and it's easy to see why it was shortlisted for the Unhanged Arthur. The setting, atmosphere and weather were all described excellently and all the characters are fleshed out fairly well with Kalin being quite likeable but we'll wait for book 2 to judge Ben. I found all the technical skiing stuff quite interesting, especially to a non-skier like me, and I don't thi ...more
Carolyn McBride
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I worked at a resort for many years. It sits in my backyard, as a matter of fact. So the fact that this story was based on a ski resort hooked me right away. At first, it was difficult to keep all the characters straight. New twists and turns and motives kept me hooked though, and no matter how confusing the characters got, I stuck with it. I didn't see the real murderer coming, that was a surprise. There were a couple of subplots left unresolved, which I found a little disappointing, but overal ...more
Roxy Boroughs
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kristina Stanley brings her ski resort setting to life, giving it the feel of a small town. And like most small towns, the cast of characters all know each other. Which heightens the suspense, once a murder occurs. Central character, Kalin Thompson, who’s just been promoted to oversee security, walks a dangerous path—investigating her friends to catch a killer. I couldn’t put the book down until I found out whodunit. A very enjoyable read.
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Great mystery, had me guessing til the end!
Patricia Mccammon
Apr 27, 2016 rated it liked it

Within a sking resort, there are a lot of tension making situations especially when training for the Olympics is involved.
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DESCENT shortlisted for 2014 Crime Writers of Canada Unhanged Arthur award. BLAZE shortlisted for the 2014 Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger. Short Story "When a Friendship Fails" won 2014 Capital Crime Writer's best short story.


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