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In Cave Danger

(Pacific Northwest Mystery #5)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  157 ratings  ·  46 reviews
On an expedition into Oregon's Lava River Cave, outdoor journalist Meg Reed stumbles across a body buried way more than six feet under . . .

A debate is raging over the use of public lands, and to cover the story for Northwest Extreme magazine, Meg joins a congressman and several others on a subterranean adventure--despite her intense claustrophobia. The thoughts of cave-
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Published November 28th 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cozy, cold-cases, e-books
This book takes us to the Bend, Oregon, and Newberry Lava Caves. It touches on who should control the use of public lands. More information is given on the death of Meg's Father who died two years before.
Meg Reed is a journalist for the Northwest Extreme magazine. You will fear Meg's thoughts of the beauty of the caves and the danger that can occur with an exploration of underground caves. Her uncertainty of who she should trust with the information she has found as she explores the area. Her di
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Pacific Northwest mystery series is one of my favourites that I have to read as soon as they come out and I was not disappointed with this installment. I would recommend to read the series in order since the background story plays an important role in this mystery.

Meg is heading out to Bend, Oregon to write an article about the Lava River Cave. During a cave tour she literally stumbles onto a dead body.
A small but interesting and diverse cast of suspects and several red herrings kept me gues
This was the bittersweet last book in the series that I had been anxious to read yet dreading, because I knew that the series wasn't continued. I would really love for these characters' stories to continue somehow, like maybe ten years down the road after this book ended or maybe just after Jill got back from Italy. Either way, I loved the book and couldn't have asked for a better wrap-up. There were a couple of good places for happy tears as well as some tension as the case was building to a cl ...more
Mark Baker
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2018
Meg Reed is off to Bend, Oregon, to write a feature on the lava caves in the area. The future of the caves in in doubt thanks to a bill that would open the Federal land up to private use. The fight over the bill is creating a lot of tension, but when the group Meg is exploring the cave with makes their way to the bottom, they find a dead body. What is going on?

Those new to the series will be a little frustrated by this book. We’re almost a quarter of the way into the book before Meg makes it to
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
That was a satisfying end to the series, but a rather lackluster standalone mystery. Almost the entire focus of the book was on the series wide mystery of Pop’s death and the drug investigation. The solution wrapped up the series very nicely.

I know this is fiction but in a fairly realistic cozy, Gams and Megs continual obsession with crystal power and Reiki was really tiring after a while and in an age of misinformation it really has the power to be harmful.

Small studies show that Reiki can
Denise Spicer
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Another fun episode with Meg Reed, outdoor writer/sleuth. Set in Bend OR this book has descriptions of desert, caves, etc. The story line continues the ongoing saga of Meg’s dad, Charlie, Oregonian newspaper writer who died while investigating the state’s drug epidemic. Although there is lots that will be of interest to locals, the excessive craft beer/coffee/New Age/ Hipster emphasis is a bit over the edge
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Wow! A book that twists threats and trust together so that the protagonist has no idea who she can rely on! This is a humdinger of a book and well worth the wait and read.

With her friend Matt trying to decide where his work future lies he suggests that Meg might want to come visit Bend, at the same time she realises that she can do some work for the magazine she, currently, works for.  Granted this will mean she has to face another of her fears but the chance of writing a hard hitting, possibly
Feb 07, 2018 added it
Shelves: own
There's a lot packed into Meg's final adventure. And yet, by the last page, you get the sense that there's a lot more to come.

With her best friends leaving Portland and her boss considering selling the magazine where she works, Meg finds herself at a crossroads. She pitches a new story to her editor and heads to Bend, Oregon, and the lava tubes there. (Insert claustrophobic shudder of fear here!) But not only is Meg set to explore the underground caves, she's looking to take a side on an ongoing
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the last book in the Pacific Northwest Mystery series starring Meg, a writer working for an outdoor publication who happens to stumble upon bodies almost every time she's sent in the field to research a story! This book takes her to Bend, Oregon, where there's a battle over who should own certain public land. She goes on a tour of the Lava River Caves... and finds the body of a Forest Service ranger. While trying to help solve this mystery, she also makes progress on figuring out what re ...more
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Only took me over two years to finish! LOL
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
: I love, love, love this cozy mystery series and it is quickly becoming one of my favorite series . . . you know the kind where you research the publication date and make sure you order it immediately!!

First of all, this may seem a bit silly to say one is learning from a simple, fun mystery, but as a lifelong Midwesterner who has not visited the Pacific Northwest I really am enjoying how much I am learning about this area of the country in terms of its landscapes, places, and adventures! Love i
Sue Leis
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved it! The book was a fantastic conclusion to the Pacific Northwest series.
Mary Brown
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In Cave Danger
Pacific Northwest Mystery, Book #5
Kate E. Dyer-Seeley
5 Stars


On an expedition into Oregon's Lava River Cave, outdoor journalist Meg Reed stumbles across a body buried way more than six feet under . . .

A debate is raging over the use of public lands, and to cover the story for Northwest Extreme magazine, Meg joins a congressman and several others on a subterranean adventure--despite her intense claustrophobia. The thoughts of cave-ins and cougars are unnerving, but at least
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I found In Cave Danger interesting, but I didn’t love it. A lot of the reason is just personal taste. To start, the main character, Meg Reed, is just too froufrou, too much of a girly pink lover to be believable in her job as an adventure writer. I admire her independent fashion sense and love of vintage clothing, but even a “twenty-something” should understand that for most jobs there is a specific type of dress appropriate for the position and task. On your own time, you dress to please yourse ...more
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to give this 4.5 stars but in lieu of half stars, I opted to round it up. This really was a fabulous ending to the series, even though I wanted more. I love Meg as a heroine and I have loved each of the unique settings and plots that Dyer-Seeley has crafted in this series. Much as Meg's articles are meant to do, they make me want to get outdoors more and explore some of these places and events! I do not live (and never have) in the Pacific Northwest, but I've fallen in love with it thro ...more
Sarah Dykes
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In Cave Danger is the fifth novel in Kate Dyer-Seeley's Pacific Northwest series. This adventure finds our sleuth, Meg, traveling to Bend, Oregon, to cover a story about underground caves and land rights for her employer, Northwest Extreme. Meg, with her penchant for murders and investigation, unravels much more than she had anticipated, including the conclusion of her father's mysterious death.

Meg has greatly matured over the course of the series, and the relationships amongst the characters ha
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
Wow. This is definitely the best book in this series to date! I have always felt this was a solid 3-3.5 star series, but the Pacific Northwest setting kept me coming back for more. This book really took it up a notch. The depth of emotions in this one, on top of and because of, the completion of a multi book story line about Meg’s father’s death was to captivating!
I found myself not wanting to put it down.

A thrilling finale, so many great moments with the classic characters in Meg’s life like G
Kathleen Gray
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a well done tale which falls in the cosy genre by virtue of Meg being an amateur detective who keeps finding dead bodies but it's also more. Meg's got a lot going on in this installment and, if like me, you haven't read the whole series, you'll be able to catch up quickly because Dyer-Seeley won't make you feel left out. She's a journalist who has taken a job with an outdoors magazine even though that's really not her thing, nor are the caves she finds herself exploring as part of an ass ...more
Grace Koshida
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Northwest Extreme's Meg Reed heads to Bend, Oregon to explore the Lava River Caves for her next adventure. Despite her intense claustrophobia, Meg joins a congressman and several others on the underground cave tour. But the trip ends abruptly when Meg finds the body of Forest Service employee Kira. Is her death related to the debate on the use of public lands? Meg has a lot on her mind: the upcoming departure of her best friend to Italy, her boss Greg’s plan to sell the magazine and the ongoing ...more
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little different from the rest...

I enjoyed this whole series. This review is more about the series as a whole.

I really want it to continue for one more book just so I could say this series was wrapped up in a nice bow.
I do like how the author let's the reader decide Megs future but I also want her to tell me!!! How about a nice trip to Italy so we know how Jill is going?!
One thing that I find hilarious is that I think Meg is a terrible dective but I guess that is why she is a journalist inst
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In Cave Danger, the fifth in the Pacific Northwest Mystery series by Kate Dyer-Seeley is better than ever. Meg is a journalist, in a day when journalism is dying, at least in its traditional form, so she has taken a job with Northwest Extreme magazine where she has hung in now for several years. This is an admiral fact because Meg is the furthest from be an aficionado of the outdoors. She is, however, stubborn and willing to try anything, which is why she finds herself descending into a lava cav ...more
Barbara Tobey
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable and engaging cozy mystery. It is fun to tag along with Meg as she pursues her adventures for her job. I could totally relate to her aversion to caves and elevators, as I suffer from the same phobia. Yes, I have been in more elevators than I like. And also several caves. The fear remains. I could feel her anguish as she traversed the tube/cave. Of course, that wasn't her biggest enemy. Humans are, as usual. Lots of human, political, scientific, and drug interests are involved. The publi ...more
Amanda Wilcox
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm totally mind-blown by this book! It was incredible! The way Kate incorporated another murder mystery into the big reveal and the answers she gave that we've all been asking in the previous books was amazing! I absolutely devoured this book. It was wonderful but I'm telling you now, it's not going to give you total closer; it's going to open up new questions and I'm honestly hoping that Kate will come around and revisit Meg and the gang in the future. Thanks for a wild ride!!! I will always a ...more
Leith Devine
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was the first book I have read in the Pacific Northwest mysteries, and I really enjoyed it. The main character, Meg, is a journalist for Northwest Extreme magazine in Portland Oregon. Her father was a well-known investigative journalist who died doing a story methaphetamine sales. Meg has never gotten over his death and believes he was murdered.

Her latest assignment takes her Bend to investigate the lava caves. As she's exploring the caves with a group, she literally falls over a dead body.
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I like Meg's dressing style and her grandmother a lot and they are still an important part of this serie. Since I have been claustrophobically-challenged in an above ground lava tube in Hawaii and Idaho, this book's setting was very interesting to me and I was amazed that Meg was able to do the things she did. The best things about this series are the settings and the experts learning Meg is exposed to each time. The mystery part is also very pertinent to today's world. ...more
Elizabeth Butcher
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My rating: 4.5 stars. 4 stars for story, 5 stars for portrayal of Oregon.

As a native Oregonian, I am thrilled by how much this book serves as a love letter to everything that is Oregon. Another great book by this author, and I'm looking forward to reading more in this series. I especially appreciate how things as varied as Voodoo Donuts, the occupation of research facility, our love of all things beer, and hop development at Oregon State University are brought seamlessly into the narrative.
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One thing I like about this book is that it answers all the questions brought up from the first four books. One thing I didn't like, because I'm claustrophobic and got lost in a cave once, was the realistic descriptions of Meg going into the cave and getting lost in it in the dark. It was hard to read that part. I like the characters and how they've all grown and changed. If the author ever does continue this series, I will definitely read it. ...more
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crooked Congressman Cave in

Meg on assignment to bring a bit of land ownership politics to Northwest Extreme readers travels to Lava caves near Bend. What she finds is material for a much different article.
A decent outing for Meg Reed - Several ongoing issues are resolved. By the tone this would seem a fine series conclusion.
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
If this is the last in the series, that is ok. While the scenic descriptions were good, I must admit I got bored halfway through. It could also have used a good editor. In the first scene Meg sees a body up ahead in a tunnel. When recounting the same scene later the she trips over it. Which is it?
(E-Lib) I requested that the Cincinnati library purchase this, and they did. I love it when they do that...and so quickly, too! This was a great read -- I totally felt creeped out when they were in the caves. Yikes! After reading this, I am adding Bend, Oregon, on my list of cities to visit. It sounds awesome. I hope Meg and Matt move there together.
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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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