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Roanoke Ridge: A Creature X Mystery (Creature X Mysteries, #1)

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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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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
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 creatures existence would be confirmed.

I enjoyed the
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M - The long hot spell
Roanoke Ridge is a paranormal mystery just over 200 pages. Paranormal because its 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 Ive 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 setting
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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 wasnt that confident Id 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
Review to come
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
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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
Malorie [FireReader2316]
Roanoke Ridge impressed me. It does not set out to convince you of something or persuade you to the authors beliefs. I never felt like I was being subtly fed the authors opinions on the possible existence of the creature. It has a balance of fact and fiction that make it enjoyable to read. The characters were interesting without being overly complex. The ending was satisfying and I am definitely interested in reading more of the series.
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
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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
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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
...more
Lora - questsandcrimes
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Laura Reagan is called to the Pacific Northwests Roanoke Ridge to help search for missing Bigfoot researcher Professor Berton Sorel. A man shes been close with her whole life. It also happens to be the towns annual Bigfoot festival. While searching for the professor, a body is found and Laura is pulled into the mystery of a mans mysterious death. She continues to search for the professor, but shes also faced with the mystery of another mans suspicious death and an overwhelming number of Bigfoot ...more
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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Sarah-Hope
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
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
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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
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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.

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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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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 the
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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 dont believe in them, its 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
The Bibliophile Nurse
When I first read the synopsis of Roanoke Ridge I was intrigued. Its 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. Thats what
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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.

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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 ...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.
Kendra
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like the premise of a popular science journalist investigating a rash of Bigfoot sightings and getting drawn into the squatching world in the process. The murder mystery certainly takes second seat to exploring the world of Sasquatch hunters and believers. Fun to explore this subculture through a fictional story. ...more
Annarella
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even if it's a bit slow paced a not a lot happens I had a lot of fun in reading it.
It's entertaining, well written and with a cast of interesting characters.
The mystery is solid and kept me guessing.
Recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Paul
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one has been around for a couple of years, and has a number of helpful reviews. Since I can't add much more of value, I'll just recommend this to mystery fans. The author has a nice writing style and a good imagination. 3.5 stars.

I really appreciate the ARC for review!!
Jaclyn
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A quick and entertaining mystery about Bigfoot, a missing mentor and a father's legacy.
Samantha Pron
I recently received this book from Netgalley. Excited to pick it up!

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