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Mortal Fall

(Glacier Park Mystery #2)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  733 ratings  ·  119 reviews
A wildlife biologist’s shocking death leads to chilling discoveries about a home for troubled teens in Christine Carbo’s haunting and compelling new crime novel set in the wilds of Glacier National Park.

Glacier National Park police officer Monty Harris knows that each summer at least one person—be it a reckless, arrogant climber or a distracted hiker—will meet tragedy in t
Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 31st 2016 by Atria Books
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Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Mortal Fall: A Novel of Suspense from NetGalley for an honest review. I wish to thank NetGalley, Atria Books, and Christine Carbo for the opportunity.

This is certainly not my first rodeo with the author, Christine Carbo. I have read her outstanding book, The Wild Inside, as well. (See my review on Goodreads.) You don't have to be the "outdoorsy" type to enjoy the eloquence of her writing skills. She has the fine-tuned talent to take you on the serrated edge of this towering
James Thane
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
On the heels of her excellent debut novel, The Wild Inside, Christine Carbo returns with another suspense-filled book, Mortal Fall, which also takes place in and around the majestic setting of northwestern Montana’s Glacier National Park. The protagonist is a park police officer named Monty Harris who somehow survived an extremely dysfunctional family life as a child to graduate college and become a productive citizen. But he’s haunted by specters from the past which continue to affect his curre ...more
 Li'l Owl ~ Incorrigible Reader
' The facts are that every summer in Glacier Park, there is at least one if not several hikers or climbers who stumble on unstable rock or lose their balance on wet, slippery boulders, sliding wildly out of control and catapulting to their demise on the jagged terrain below or into a raging stream, whisking them away.'

Paul Sedgewick, a biologist and lead researcher of the Wolverine Research Team, has been found dead at the bottom of a ravine off the cliff edge of a well known hiking trail calle
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
The setting of Glacier National Park and murder. Two deaths from falling and they are similar. Now Park Police Officer Monty Harris has to investigate and one of these deaths is tied into Monty’s past. Great read and great detail about Glacier National Park. I would like to thank the Publisher and Net Galley for the chance to read this ARC.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Really enjoyed the wild inside, this not so much... too much inner dialog and I began to skim....
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read by this author. I really enjoyed the setting; Glacier National Park. In the story, Monty Harris, a park employee is given the task of trying to solve what may possibly be two murders which appeared to happen a few days apart. One of the deceased, "Wolfie" Sedgewick, was a wolverine researcher and had been live trapping wolverines (tranquilized, of course) to determine their part in the park's ecosystem. Apparently, the powers that be were considering putting th ...more
Jun 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
I wanted to like this book more than i actually did. It has a terrific setting, Glacier National Park, a sympathetic park police officer as a main character & a marvellous start with the unsolved disappearance of a child 22 yrs earlier. Unfortunately this tragedy has really nothing to do with solving the current mystery, the death of a researcher in Glacier Park, other than the main character Monty never got over the loss of his childhood friend and it has been weighing on his mind ever sinc ...more
Carol Jean
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
I read this mainly because it is set in Glacier National Park. Unfortunately, it became so painful to read that I skimmed the last third of it. Misused vocabulary -- people "mulling about," "remiss" instead of "amiss" -- tripped me up repeatedly. The narrator does impossible things: "I clenched and unclenched my fists the entire drive to his house," for instance, which I would think makes for some extremely awkward driving. And there is, seriously, a three page metaphor using seafaring to descri ...more
Shannon Hollinger
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, mysteries
Christine Carbo is an excellent writer. She draws the reader into her characters’ world, making them see what they see, putting the reader into their fictional shoes. Her descriptions and insights are wonderful. That said, for a suspense novel, her writing is a little too good. By that I mean that perhaps it’s too literary. The wonderfully crafted sentences detract from the story’s momentum.

Maybe I’m alone in this as a reader and a writer, but I feel there’s a huge distinction between sentences
Lisa Nocita
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I really want to enjoy this series more but after finishing book two, I just don’t think I’ll carry on with it. There are two problems for me. One, the writing. Far too much tell rather than show. Every action detailed in minutiae. Great if the details are integral but overblown and overwrought when they don’t. Two, as a mystery, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of layering of the clues. Rather, you have to wait for the reveal. There’s no way that the first two thirds of the book are all red herri ...more
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: suspense-nature
This second book in Christine Carbo's series of crime solving in the Glacier National Park makes a side character of the first book the lead character. Monty, more of a bureaucrat in the first book, is now the quite boring, sometimes surprisingly quick witted investigator of two deadly falls in the park.

I was slowly fighting and skipping through it. I did like the crime story and how the investigation evolved, it just had way too much baggage in it - Monty's angst about his alcoholic dad, parano
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook-arc
I'm pretty certain that this is going to become one of my favorite series. After just two books, it is well on its way!

I love the Glacier National Park setting of Carbo's books. As a Montana resident, I really appreciate the familiar area and the authenticity.

I'm already a big fan of the characters. Monty is great, and I enjoyed seeing him investigate the death of a wildlife biologist.

This one had great characters, a compelling storyline, and a fantastic setting!
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Christine Carbo writes a complicated tale in which Glacier National Park police inspector Monty Harris leads his first investigation of two bodies found in a ravine. Accident? Murder? Monty’s a meticulous guy, and his desire for order is rooted in a chaotic childhood with a mentally unbalanced mother and an alcoholic father. As the investigation begins, Monty is dealing with his crumbling marriage and living in Park housing as he and his wife explore separation. Their differences appear to have ...more
One of the reasons I am enjoying this series is because of the evocative setting description. I haven't been to Glacier National Park (yet) but Carbo's details bring the park to life. Monty Harris is investigating the deaths of two men who appear to have fallen from a well-hiked path. His investigation triggers memories of a traumatic childhood and bring him back into the path of his troubled older brother. I found the book a bit slow in parts, with too much of Harris' interior dialog at times. ...more
Margie (Bookzombie)
In the wilds of Glacier National Park, the body of a wildlife biologist is found at the bottom of a ravine. Monty, a park police officer, sets out to confirm if it was an accident or something more sinister. The remains of a second body are found not far away and the likelihood of two accidents is slim. I loved the setting of the park and surrounding areas. The main character is dealing with personal issues related to his marriage and his
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the second of Carbo's books I have read, having started with the most recent. It is true to form with its love of nature and Montana and Glacier Park in particular. The mystery and the characters are pretty good. However, I am concerned about the fact that the central characters (a male here and a female in my prior read) are both so very emotionally conflicted, with faltering relationships. Once seemed a plot device but twice seems a trope.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
What would be do without crappy people to write books about? (I struggled to keep Monty's correct gender in my mind.)
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm really enjoying this series, set in the most beautiful place, my Glacier Park! Pretty cool to be able to picture exactly the setting. Thanks to Rani for introducing me to Christine Carbo!
Mish Middelmann
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
What I really appreciate about Carbo's books is the deep ache of connection with the land and all that lives on it, particularly in this savagely beautiful high mountain area. She describes it all so lovingly and fiercely. And along with the ache of connection with nature comes the ache and the yearning of complex, messy human relationships.

The counterpoint works. On the one hand, the human characters turn to nature for solace when family and personal trauma and drama gets too much to handle. O
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure, genre, montana
I loved the setting of Glacier National Park! It felt like I was there. I appreciate the fair description of MT and her citizens. The plot was engaging, but I found the narrator too cool and distant.
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed listening to this 2nd book in the Glacier Mystery series.
Kathy Martin
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Monty Harris is investing the death of wildlife biologist Paul "Wolfie" Sedgewick. He was found at the bottom of a cliff in Glacier National Park. Was it an accident? A suicide? Or a murder? As Monty investigates, he discovers that there were lots of political implications of the death. Wolfie's study of the wolverine's life in the park or outside it could have results that would anger the people who live near the park and who want to have the right to hunt or develop or otherwise use the lands. ...more
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Last year, I read Christine Carbo's The Wild Inside (also set in Glacier National Park) and enjoyed it. Glacier National Park is a "1,583-sq.-mi. wilderness area in Montana's Rocky Mountains" and that is an awful lot of wilderness. Carbo obviously loves the area deeply, but it is just as obvious that she acknowledges and respects all the dangers it represents.

Mortal Fall follows the investigation of Glacier National Park police officer Monty Harris, who is tasked with determining the cause of th
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mystery and mayhem at Glacier National Park

I like these books about Glacier National Park by author Christine Carbo very much. Last year I read THE WILD INSIDE about grizzly bears at the park and really enjoyed it. This year it's MORTAL FALL and the animals du jour are wolverines.

Park police officer Monty Harris is the main protagonist in this story. A seasoned biologist studying wolverines is found dead at the base of The Loop on Going-to-the-Sun Road, a road that bisects the park east to west.
Sheree Wood
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After you read a Carbo book, you are not left with the I've-just-eaten-a-whole-bag-of-Doritos feeling that many fast-paced, and light murder mysteries evoke. Instead, you are left feeling the deep satisfaction of having had your life suspended for a time, while you were dropped into the gorgeous setting of Glacier Park, and given a private tour via Carbo's knowing, skilled, and insightful eye. In Carbo's books, you don't just get a gripping story of murder and investigation. You get some of the ...more
This is the story of Monty Harris, police officer for the Glacier National Park Police. He and his partner Ken have been called in to investigate what appears to be an accidental fall off a cliff. The higher ups want the case closed and declared an accident ASAP to get the park back open to tourist but another body is found at the bottom of the ravine: coincidence? Monty doesn't think so but he has no proof of foul play. Through his investigation issues from his past start to resurface including ...more
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in a series featuring Glacier National Park police officer Monty Harris. Fresh off his last case aiding another officer in investigating a murder by grizzly bear, Monty finds himself in the lead exploring the cause behind two eerily similar deaths from falls. One of the victims is a well respected park biologist and the other has ties to Monty's past. As he digs deeper into the deaths, Monty finds himself confronted by demons long held in check and family secrets that ne ...more
Michael Grider
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
A mediocre mystery, despite the fact that the publisher/author touts it as "a novel of suspense." There really wasn't any suspense until the last 20 pages or so. Editing left a lot to be desired, as there were several grammatical errors and a couple of typos or misused words (e.g. "than" instead of "then"). Dialogue wasn't believable in many instances... and then there was the whole scene in which Carbo describes a Glock pistol with its safety engaged. Glock pistols don't have a safety that can ...more
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The publisher has requested that reviews be held until on or very close to the publication date (May 31). My review to come then!
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Christine Carbo is the author of The Wild Inside, Mortal Fall, The Weight of Night, and A Sharp Solitude (all from Atria Books/Simon and Schuster) and a recipient of the Womens' National Book Association Pinckley Prize, the Silver Falchion Award and the High Plains Book Award. After earning a pilot’s license, pursuing various adventures in Norway, and working a brief stint as a flight attendant, s ...more

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Glacier Park Mystery (4 books)
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