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First Degree Mudder

(Pacific Northwest Mystery #4)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  185 ratings  ·  59 reviews
When a mud marathon champion bites the dust, Meg Reed has to go the distance to make sure a killer comes clean . . .

Back home in Portland, Oregon, Meg is ready to take her career as an outdoor writer for Extreme magazine to the next level. Lesser journalists sling mud—Meg plans to run through it. To train hard for Mud, Sweat & Beers, an extreme 5K mud run, she’s signed
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Published November 29th 2016 by Kensington
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Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, usa-oregon
First Degree Mudder is my favourite in the series so far. How couldn't it be when it has 2 of my favourites: mysteries and running. I kept guessing and then doubting again who the murderer was until the last page and then I realized I was definitely on the wrong track. A fun and fast paced mystery that made me want to visit Portland and area. Highly recommended.
I also enjoyed the Portland adventure tips at the end of the book.

Mark Baker
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2017
Meg’s latest assignment for Northwest Extreme magazine finds her signing up for a mud run and a training course. Billy, the drill instructor in charge of the training course, is harsh – possibly two harsh. After two weeks, Meg is wondering why she signed up. However, one morning she sneaks out early only to discover Billy’s body. Was someone fed up with his training techniques?

Those coming to the series now might be disappointed. While there are some twists to the murder, it is overshadowed by
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm actually at the bittersweet part of this series meaning that the ongoing submysteries are getting better, but I know that there's only one more book left. I'm taking comfort in the fact that I remember reading somewhere that the series was given a good closure, and readers aren't left hanging, which I kind of had a feeling that the author wouldn't do anyway. But it was good to see it onscreen.

Meg had gotten herself involved in the training for and subsequent mud race, and of course, she got
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cozy, e-books
This is the fourth book in a series about extreme sports. The background is set in the Pacific Northwest. Meg Reed is a reporter for an online magazine on sports. She is an active participant in the sports. There is an underlying theme of the death of her Father a.k.a. as Pops. The detail is superb and takes you to the area. The characters have become friends from the first book. Meg, the protagonist is recovering from the death of Pops. She has two best friends, Matt and Jill. Greg the owner of ...more
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in this series that I have read, I do have book 5 to read and will be getting to that soon.

As Meg Reed is in boot camp training for the Mud, Sweat and Tears extreme 5k mud run (which sounds like fun just for the beer addition) she finds the body of their trainer, Billy the Tank, in the steam room. She then begins to investigate to find out who wanted him dead and why.

Fun and quick cozy read with a great core cast of characters who gel well together and with the added fun
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
FIRST DEGREE MUDDER is a first rate mystery!

This is my first book by this author as Kate Dyer-Seeley (I do read and LOVE her Bakeshop Mystery series that she writes as Ellie Alexander). At first I wasn’t sure about this series. The covers, and the descriptions didn’t really say cozy to me. However, once I started reading FIRST DEGREE MUDDER, I forgot all about my very wrong opinions about this series.

I liked protagonist Meg Reed from the very first page. Just getting inside her head in the
Marie McNary
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
We just got back from visiting extended family in Ohio for the Thanksgiving holiday. When I was packing for the trip, I had to decide what book I wanted to take with me. I wanted to take along a light and fun read and First Degree Mudder by Kate Dyer-Seeley was a perfect choice. This is the fourth book in the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series, but it was new to me. However, the author is not. I love Kate’s Bakeshop Mystery books that she writes under the name Ellie Alexander.

This series follows
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Meg in a moment of madness has signed up for a mud run, and so she needs to train, with that in mind she signs on with Mind Over Mudder, the training is done by an ex Drill Sergeant (and Meg falls foul of him within minutes and finds herself doing pushups!) and the Administration is done by a Yoga and natural food fanatic, everything seems to be going well (if painful to the extreme!) when Meg finds Billy (the trainer) dead in the steam room, now in between training (which keeps on) Meg needs to ...more
Denise Spicer
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dyer-Seeley brings us another murder mystery with local setting – this time Fort Vancouver. Extreme sports journalist Meg Reed gets involved with a fitness training group preparing for the upcoming Mud, Sweat and Beers competition. The mystery is set against the background of her ongoing interest in finding the truth about her father’s death (tied to his news story about Oregon’s meth problems) and all the upcoming changes in her life – best friends both leaving town, a takeover at her place of ...more
Mary Brown
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First Degree Mudder
A Pacific Northwest Mystery, Book 4
Kate Dyer-Seeley
5 stars


When a mud marathon champion bites the dust, Meg Reed has to go the distance to make sure a killer comes clean . . .

Back home in Portland, Oregon, Meg is ready to take her career as an outdoor writer for Extreme magazine to the next level. Lesser journalists sling mud—Meg plans to run through it. To train hard for Mud, Sweat & Beers, an extreme 5K mud run, she’s signed on with the Mind Over Mudder team, run
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've heard that the first rule of writing is to write what you know. After reading First Degree Mudder - as well as the other books in the Pacific Northwest mystery series - it's clear that Kate DyerSeeley knows about several things, most importantly, how to craft a clever and fascinating mystery.

First Degree Mudder is the fourth book in the series and continues the story of Meg Reed, a journalist for the outdoor sports magazine, Northwest Extreme. Meg is the daughter of a top notch
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I will be absolutely honest, I feel completely guilty having read this amazing adventure themed west coast cozy, while consuming a large amount of Halloween Candy and muffins. First Degree Mudder by Kate Dyer-Seeley was absolutely fantastic. Out November 29th this is one not to miss! The idea of doing a running race, through the mud does not at this time interest me, however it was such a fun book to read and go through the process of training for the run with main character Meg. Mystery and ...more
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was able to get an early copy of this book. I love How Kate describes the area of the PNW. I live here and because of that I know the places she talks about. Her descriptions are spot on!

Meg is writing a piece on mud races this time around. Her pink gets dirty pretty fast. Of course there is a murder involved. Meg has signed up to train for the upcoming race and wouldn't you know it, her trainer is murdered!

The previous 3 books have an underlying theme of the death of Meg's Dad. While the
Nov 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozies-mysteries
4th book in the series.

To be honest, I didn't like this book as much as the previous ones. A big part of that is because I am never going to run any sort of race, and certainly not a mud run. Blech. And no way in heck would I pay for a Boot Camp to get me in shape for a run of any kind, haha. It's not really my cup of tea, even as an armchair participant!

I do like Meg though, she's a strong female character who isn't afraid to fake it until she makes it (or she'd never have gotten a job writing
Clare O'Beara
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: america-crime
Young journalist and amateur sleuth Meg Reed lives in Portland, Oregon. She's hoping to get fit, lose a few pounds and take part in a race for Northwest Extreme magazine. But she finds the somewhat bullying trainer dead ahead of the race.

Meg thinks back to show us the boot camp training and the variety of people involved, from unfit business men and mothers to a superfit jogging journalist from a TV station. Did one of them kill the trainer? She also takes us around Portland and makes a great
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Kate filled this book with wit, charm, and such realistic moments that I couldn’t help but read it quick. Now, that I have I am wanting more. The characters are perfect! Truly, it has been a long time since I have read a book with a variety of characters that have all become a favorite. Even the murderer- (You did know this was a murder, right?) I mean when was the last time you could say that you really did love the evil villain, and it was because the author did such a fabulous job of writing.
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love reading about the main character Meg Reed's extreme athletic outdoor adventures. This time she enrolled in boot camp training in preparation for a 5K mud run. However, Meg chewed off more than she bargained for when the trainer ends up murdered. More clues also come to light about her father's death and Meg found out that someone she trusts may have played an important part in his death.
Peggy R
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the 4th book in the series and just as enjoyable as the first three. This is a well written cozy mystery with great characters, a good steady plot/pace and a solid mystery. I think Meg (Mary Margaret Reed) is a great main character. She has spunk, is a bit sarcastic at times and has become more adventurous with each new assignment that she undertakes. In typical fashion, however, with each assignment comes a murder or the discovery of a dead body. This time is no different. Now, Meg has ...more
Jeanie Jackson
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have been tempted by books in this series several times but kept passing them over because there are so many great books to read and I am not into extreme sports. Now I have to go back and read the first three books because First Degree Mudder captured me with both the characters and the overall plot. There seems to be an ongoing arc that I really want to investigate which will lead me back to those earlier novels before the next book comes out. I can't put my finger on why I was so pulled ...more
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another very fun installment in this Pacific Northwest-based cozy mystery series. In this book, Meg signs up for a mudder training program as a story for her extreme sports magazine and then gets involved in another mystery when the lead trainer ends up dead. Naturally, Meg can't help but look into the mystery on her own and investigate all the others who'd signed up for the course with her, as all seem to have their own secrets. Meanwhile, Meg is also dealing with possible changes in the lives ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
I enjoyed this cozy mystery set in my new home state. I learned some more about the Portland area through the descriptions, as well as the Fort Vancouver barracks across the river in Washington State. While this is the 4th title in the series, it was the first one I read, so of course I am missing some of the back-story, which was mostly fine. Except for with the continuing story of her father's murder and new developments in his case.

Megs works for an outdoor magazine and volunteers to sign up
Deana Dick
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked the concept of this book. A journalist named Meg works for an online sports magazine. She is looking for a great story to help the magazine get better ratings. We find Meg joining a training race that lasts for three weeks. When she meets her trainer , she knew she was in for trouble. Billy is serious about getting people into shape. I found it very funny when Meg realizes she is going to have to participate in the training. I think she had this great idea that she could go and ...more
Anne, Unfinished Woman
Not my cup of tea and not particularly well written. The characters "speak slang", to me it sounded like they were in high school. Meg also spends too much time worried about "boys", as if she were still in school. I like the premise of writing about the Pacific Northwest and the focus on the outdoors, however, I got bored with descriptions of various beers and coffees. There are several plot lines, apparently one moving from earlier installments regarding the death of her father. These issues ...more
Rebecca Kilgras
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
As much as I like the main character in these PNW mystery's. I'm frustrated with the writing. Move it along....maybe the author is writing for an age group, other than my own. I'm not sure, but OMG, the angst, the over thinking of the character.
I had thought the author was overcoming this, in the 2nd and 3rd stories, but NO. We are right back, to less action and more, thinking in the character's head. And reliving her past. Come on, she's what, 23 or 24. Come on.
I still enjoy the character and
Katrina Munichiello
Dec 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
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Amanda Wilcox
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved First Degree Mudder!!! It was a great addition to the series. Meg is relatable as always and Kate does such an amazing job keeping the pages turning. The setting was great, the mystery and tie in with Meg's father's death, as well as the way that whole mystery starts to intertwine with the murder in this book was so well done. It's a must read and I can't wait for the next one to come out this fall. I have so many theories on where it's going!
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great mystery book. Meg is once again caught up in a murder while doing a reporting piece for her outdoor magazine job. This time she decides to do a story on what is it like to do a mud run and signs up for a boot camp beforehand. I really liked that Meg is seeming to get closer to finding out the truth about her fathers death and she even meets a new guy. The last three books have had similar endings but this one was a little different, which was good.Less
It didn’t matter to me that I read this completely out of order, because when I saw it at the library I had to grab it. I just wish the author said Portland less, we get it, it takes place in Portland
Sandy Lipinski
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well written mystery that takes place in Vancouver Wash. Meg trains with a group for a race called Mud Sweat And Beers. While training she comes across drug use, and a dead body. The story also talks about the media.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This might seem like a superficial cozy but it has some depth to it. The underlying plot theme about the death of the main character's father resonates through each book in the series.
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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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