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A new series from award-winning author Beth Groundwater

The Arkansas River, heart and soul of Salida, Colorado, fuels the small town's economy and thrums in the blood of river ranger Mandy Tanner. When a whitewater rafting accident occurs, she deftly executes a rescue, but a man dies anyway. Turns out, it wasn't the rapids that killed him -- he was murdered. Tom King was a rich land developer with bitter business rivals, who cheated on his wife, refused to support his kayak-obsessed son, and infuriated environmentalists.

Mandy's world is upended again when tragedy strikes closer to home. Suspicious that the most recent death is connected to Tom King's murder, Mandy goes on an emotionally turbulent quest for the truth -- and ends up in dangerous waters.


"Groundwater kicks off a new series that combines outdoor action with more than a modicum of old-fashioned detection." -- Kirkus Reviews

"With a fresh locale and a spunky if at times too emotional heroine, this is a promising new series by the author of the gift-basket designer Claire Hanover mysteries (A Real Basket Case) ." -- Library Journal

"Readers who enjoy fast-moving stories and wilderness environments will keep turning the pages of this promising series debut." -- Booklist

"The amiable cast, along with Groundwater's fascinating firsthand knowledge of rafting, makes this a series worth watching." -- Mystery Scene

"An entertaining read . . . [Deadly Currents is] a classic and well-written murder mystery, you won't be able to put it down." -- Colorado Country Life

"Groundwater's novel is filled with river lore, vivid descriptions, and loving depictions of the varied characters who make up the tight-knit community." -- Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

"A remarkable book by an author who clearly knows and loves her territory. Don't miss it!" -- William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author

"Comes rushing at you from the first page like roiling whitewater, and culminates in a riveting climax that lives up to this book's name. If you like outdoor adventure and gripping characters, this one's a must-read." -- Sandi Ault, Mary Higgins Clark and WILLA Award-winning author of the Wild Mystery Series

"A heart-racing debut with as many twists and turns and unexpected upsets as a ride through the rapids itself." -- Margaret Coel, author of The Silent Spring

About the Author

Beth Groundwater

Bestselling mystery author Beth Groundwater writes two series, the Claire Hanover gift basket designer series and the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Adventures series starring whitewater river ranger Mandy Tanner. The first book in her Claire Hanover series, A REAL BASKET CASE, was released in hardcover in 2007 and re-released in trade paperback and ebook in November, 2011. The book garnered good reviews from Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, and other national reviewers and was nominated for the 2007 Best First Novel Agatha Award. The second book, TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET, was released in hardcover in 2009, also to good reviews, and was re-released in trade paperback and ebook in November, 2012. The third book, A BASKET OF TROUBLE, was released in November, 2013, and was favorably reviewed by Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews and other publications.

DEADLY CURRENTS, the first book in Beth's Rocky Mountain Outdoor Adventures series starring whitewater river ranger Mandy Tanner, was released in trade paperback and ebook in March, 2011 with good reviews from Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, and Mystery Scene, among many others. It was a #3 overall bestseller on Amazon. The second book, WICKED EDDIES, was released in May, 2012 and was a finalist for The Rocky Award, for best mystery set in western North America. The third book, FATAL DESCENT, was released in June, 2013, with good reviews in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and Library Journal.

Beth was an avid "river rat" in the 1980s, running whitewater rivers in the eastern US, and enjoyed reacquainting herself with that subculture while researching the RM Outdoor Adventures series. In June, 2011, she was the parade VIP for the First in Boating on the Arkansas River (FIBArk) whitewater festival in Salida, Colorado, which is featured in DEADLY CURRENTS. Beth does not have her own gift basket business, but she creates gift baskets for friends, relatives, and charity auctions. She lives in Colorado and enjoys its many outdoor activities, including skiing and whitewater rafting.

Beth's science fiction novella, THE EPSILON ERIDANI ALTERNATIVE, was released in ebook and paperback in 2009. Also, she has published nine short stories, many multiple times in various formats, including audio. She enjoys meeting with book clubs in person or via Skype or speakerphone to discuss her books. Visit her website at http://bethgroundwater.com/ and her blog at http://bethgroundwater.blogspot.com/ for more information or to arrange a visit.

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