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When bigfoot researcher Professor Berton Sorel goes missing in the temperate rainforest of Roanoke Ridge, Oregon, help is summoned in the form of his former star pupil: Laura Reagan, online science populist and avowed skeptic. But what begins as a simple search-and-rescue operation takes a drastic turn when a body is discovered - and the body isn't the professor. Caught in ...more
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Published September 18th 2017 by Found Press (first published 2017)
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PamG
ROANOKE RIDGE by J.J. Dupuis is the first book in the new Creature X Mystery series. It is also my first book by this author. Bigfoot researcher Professor Berton Sorel is missing near Roanoke Ridge, Oregon. Laura Reagan and her friend Saad Javed arrive to help find him. She is a former student of his, a sceptic, and currently the owner of a popular science-based website called Science Is Awesome (Science IA). The story occurs just before and during the annual Roanoke Valley Bigfoot Festival.

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Carolyn Walsh
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars rounded to 4. Many thanks to NetGalley and Dundurn Press for this enjoyable, intriguing mystery. From childhood, I was fascinated by books and articles dealing with cryptozoology. I was always skeptical of reports of sightings of legendary creatures such as Sasquatch(Bigfoot), Yeti, Loch Ness Monster, and other creatures unproven by scientific research. I never believed in them, but always held the hope that one day such a creature’s existence would be confirmed.

I enjoyed the protago
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Boston
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. This was a decent read, but the ending/reveal isn’t what I like in thrillers sadly.
Chad
Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chad by: PamG
Laura, the owner of a hard science website, is called in to help find an old family friend when he goes missing while hunting for bigfoot. Her father was also a bigfoot hunter and she grew up hiking and camping in the woods of Oregon where the professor disappeared. Laura is a very likable character that we get to know as she traipses through the woods looking for the professor. There's not much of a suspense or mystery as she's not really trying to solve a mystery. It's more of a search and res ...more
Jennifer Oakley
Feb 08, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, arc
DNF @ 33%. This book is mind numbingly boring. I'm a third of the way through this book, and hardly anything has happened. The main character, Laura, has accomplished going to the ranger station and hiking up a mountain for a bit. But we've had time for a scientific lecture on climate change, complete with statistics. We've also had a lecture about the evils of sensational science reporting. Laura has spent a fair bit of time thinking about the deal she's been offered to buy her science website, ...more
Steve Stred
** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews!**

Thanks to Netgalley, Dundurn and the author for sending this my way. When I saw it announced I was excited, but wasn’t that confident I’d get approved, so thank you!

Why was I excited specifically you may ask? My love of Bigfoot based thrillers and horrors. Since my childhood, all things cryptozoology have caught my interest and Bigfoot most of all. Maybe it was because I grew up in British Columbia and there had been sightings a few hours from
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Sarah
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Brave
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-reads
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the galley of this book.

SO. This book. It was kinda campy, and a fun romp...but then it feels like there are a couple chapters missing at the end. The ending & "reveals" happen so abruptly it's jarring, especially after the slower, meandering pace of the story prior. I don't think it sets up the conceit of the story super well, and it doesn't give a ton of background information, which I felt lacking. The characters feel a bit flat, too, but that's my ow
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Sarah-Hope
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, netgalley
This is another Dundurn book, and I have to say that Dundurn remains one of my favorite publishers, particularly in the mystery genre. Dundurn's detectives are a quirky, diverse group, and I keep finding myself hoping that titles will become series (or that series will be extended) because I want to spend time with these new "friends." For that reason, I'm delighted that Roanoke Ridge is subtitled to indicate it won't be a one-off.

Laura Reagan, the central character of Roanoke Ridge, is a scienc
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M - The long hot spell
Roanoke Ridge is a paranormal mystery just over 200 pages. Paranormal because it’s about tracking bigfoot. Yes, the mythical hairy man-creature aka sasquatch. Plenty to like in this quirky, imperfect, little mystery set in beautiful north-west USA. I would have given it 3 1/2 stars but I’ve rounded it up to 4.

Things I enjoyed about this novel:
- Bigfoot. Yeah, I enjoyed this aspect. The bigfoot enthusiasts, the ‘squatchers’ - who go looking, the Bigfoot festival. It was all entertaining.
- The set
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James Wicks
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid read

Good story. Could have done without the slight preaching of climate change as if it is established fact and a couple other liberal ideas, but that was only in the beginning and I managed to get past it. Otherwise, it was a very good tale.
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Roanoke Ridge by J.J. Dupuis is a recommended mystery and the first book in the start of a new series.

Laura Reagan is the owner of a popular website called Science Is Awesome. Science IA strives to cover news worthy science topics with reality and facts, including cryptozoological investigations. This is in contrast to Laura's upbringing by her father who famously filmed a distant shot of a Sasquatch and child in the woods at Roanoke Ridge, Oregon. Now Laura's mentor, relative, and Bigfoot resea
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Anna Szabó
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Roanoke Ridge
Author: J. J. Dupuis
Rating: 4.5 stars

Initial thoughts
A book about Bigfoot? Oh yes, I needed to read this one. I love books like this because they help me escape from my everyday life.

Description
When Bigfoot researcher Professor Berton Sorel goes missing in the rainforest of Roanoke Ridge, Oregon, help is summoned in the form of his former star pupil, Laura Reagan, online science populist and avowed skeptic. But what begins as a simple search and rescue operation takes a drast
...more
Anna Szabó
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Roanoke Ridge
Author: J. J. Dupuis
Rating: 4.5 stars

Initial thoughts
A book about Bigfoot? Oh yes, I needed to read this one. I love books like this because they help me escape from my everyday life.

Description
When Bigfoot researcher Professor Berton Sorel goes missing in the rainforest of Roanoke Ridge, Oregon, help is summoned in the form of his former star pupil, Laura Reagan, online science populist and avowed skeptic. But what begins as a simple search and rescue operation takes a drast
...more
Lora - questsandcrimes
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Laura Reagan is called to the Pacific Northwest’s Roanoke Ridge to help search for missing Bigfoot researcher Professor Berton Sorel. A man she’s been close with her whole life. It also happens to be the town’s annual Bigfoot festival. While searching for the professor, a body is found and Laura is pulled into the mystery of a man’s mysterious death. She continues to search for the professor, but she’s also faced with the mystery of another man’s suspicious death and an overwhelming number of Bi ...more
Brandy {The Review Booth}
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: murder mysteries, folklore, suspense, cryptozoology
A celebrated professor and Bigfoot researcher goes missing in the vast wilderness of Oregon. The presence of his former student and owner of a popular science based website, Laura Reagan, has arrived to help find him. When a dead body is discovered following sightings of Bigfoot Laura dives in deep to discover the secrets of Roanoke Ridge and inadvertently her own history. Her hope is to find the professor before he becomes another casualty of the forest.

This was a fun book to read as I've alway
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Kate
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-during-2020
I read Roanoke Ridge because I wanted something different, and Roanoke Ridge delivered!

Not going to lie, this one was 100% out of my "normal" reads, and I was ready for it to be ridiculous. Which it was, but in a super campy, totally fun, zero regrets for reading this kind of way. Set in rural wooded Oregon, Laura and best friend Saad have been called to help find a missing family friend, and Bigfoot expert who has gone missing, searching for Bigfoot (obviously). Is Bigfoot real? It's the onset
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Anjana
Jul 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite reading the blurb, I did not retain the specifics, and when I actually got around to reading the book, I surprised by the storyline. The story has a vague form of narration from the beginning that makes you feel like the beginning was not when you entered the story and that there has been a sequence of events before the first page that we have already been an audience for. This is not something I commonly experience, and I did not expect to like it, but I did!
The lead characters relation
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Joyce
Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars

Laura Reagan and her friend Saad travel to Roanoke Ridge in Oregon to look for her former professor Berton Sorel who has gone missing on a hiking trip in search of Bigfoot. Laura now runs a website that is science-based, either supporting or debunking current theories about new (or old), discoveries in the science fields.

At the same time, there is a Bigfoot Festival going on in the little town, adding several hundred people to the crowds in the street. There are several “sightings” of th
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Kate
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Roanoke Ridge because I wanted something different, and Roanoke Ridge delivered!

Not going to lie, this one was 100% out of my "normal" reads, and I was ready for it to be ridiculous. Which it was, but in a super campy, totally fun, zero regrets for reading this kind of way. Set in rural wooded Oregon, Laura and best friend Saad have been called to help find a missing family friend, and Bigfoot expert who has gone missing, searching for Bigfoot (obviously). Is Bigfoot real? It's the onset
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Raeesa Saint
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thanks to NetGalley and Dundurn for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I tried to like this book. I really, truly tried. At times I thought I might even have succeeded. But try as I might, I could not get past all of the flaws.

The premise sounds interesting enough - a professor who happens to believe in Bigfoot goes missing, and an ex student of his (whose father happens to have caught Bigfoot on camera) joins the search party. They find a body, but not the professor's.

Suc
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Hollowspine
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it
A quick mystery read with a good setting and drawing on an interesting subculture, squatchers. This book may not appeal to those who are die-hard believers in Bigfoot, as the author and main character seem to be among the skeptics, but for those with a passing interest in strange creatures as well as satisfying mystery stories this may be worth a check out.

I liked the main character and most of the secondary characters, while they could have used a bit more development, I got why they were there
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Elisa
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
A murder mystery during a hunt for Bigfoot seems like a book written for me. Even if I personally don’t believe in them, it’s hard not to be fascinated by mythical creatures, especially in the beautiful environment of the Oregon wilderness. This novel is a fast read. When her mentor, professor Sorel disappears in the remote woods while searching for Bigfoot, Laura and her sidekick Saad join the search and rescue efforts. All the Sasquatch enthusiasts in town for a Bigfoot festival want to help, ...more
Abigale Cheatham
When I first read the synopsis of Roanoke Ridge I was intrigued. It’s such a great idea for the sorry. Bigfoot, skeptics, and a dead body thrown in the mix? Sign me up! I really like how well researched this book was, especially from the science aspect of the story. Another thing Dupuis does well is the scenic descriptions. I felt like I was dropped in the Pacific Northwest with his beautiful prose.

I loved the story and the twist at the end but I felt as though the ending was rushed. That’s wha
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Ivory Castle
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laura Reagan is an online science populist and avowed skeptic. She has known Professor Sorel since her childhood and as a mentor in more recent times. He has always been obsessed with the search for Bigfoot aka Sasquatch. When the professor disappears it gives her the opportunity conduct her own search with on site filming. She grew up in the town and not many of the inhabitants will be pleased to see her return.
I had a good feeling about this right from the start. The mix of science and possibl
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Mike Stafford
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okapi. Mountain gorilla. Giant squid. These are examples of creatures science once told us didn't exist. Could creatures from cryptozoology like Sasquatch be real too? That's one of the fascinating thoughts one must consider as they read the thoroughly entertaining Roanoke Ridge by J. J. Dupuis. It's no secret Sasquatch (or Bigfoot) is a fascinating topic. One needs only to look at the sheer numbers of books, films, and podcasts which talk about the creature to this day. Dupuis joins the list of ...more
Kristin
Roanoke Ridge was a really fun read. It's slow paced with lots of amazing descriptions, especially of nature. The whether or not Bigfoot exists are up for interpretation in this one, although I suspect the author is a firm believer, especially considering all the facts spread out in the book (not just in regards of Bigfoot itself). Although I really loved Laura, Saad, and Ted, especially as I felt they were well developed characters, I felt some of the other characters were less fleshed out.

Over
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Kathleen Gray
Laura Regan, who likes to explode myths, and her pal Saad are looking for Benton Sorel who went missing on Roanoke Ridge. There's also been a Big Foot sighting or two, perhaps because there's a Big Foot festival coming up in a nearby town. This is a short novel which (and I rarely say this) would have greatly benefited from being longer. The characters aren't as fully formed as they should be and while there are some interesting descriptions, there are also times when more explanation of the sci ...more
Rick Driver
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In the very first chapter I did not know what to expect but soon I was totally engaged in the story. I found the research into the topic to be very creditable and entertaining. I feel that I now know more about the sasquatch search and research. J.J. Dupuis has a knack for being able to create a story that is enjoyable and yet when I finished I feel more informed about human behavior. I look forward to the next book in the series.
Kate
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read Roanoke Ridge for the Little Mystery Book Club, CM Library System. We enjoyed the book and agreed that although the author's strength was not in developing characters, he did a good job describing the Pacific Northwest region. He was also able to weave in themes such as global warming and the pseudoscience cryptozoology. We agreed that we looked forward to reading the next book in the Creature X Mystery series. ...more
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