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    A fun read!

    On realising that her unfulfilled resolutions from the previous year were identical to those she was setting for herself in the new year, the next morning finds Crystal heading in to the job she hates and quitting.  Serendipity seems to task a hand in helping her land a great new job that she's sure she's going to love - with a bit of creative skill set description, and then cramming to pick up the skills she said she had.  That is, until her first assignment results in a dead body. What happens when Crystal and her bestie Olivia realize the detective on the case doesn't know what he's doing and that some one else needs to step in?   Crystal decides to investigate, finding herself in a few sticky situations.   A good story, with quirky fun characters - well, the good guys anyway - and one that I'm sure you'll enjoy too! [Many thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book, in conjunction with the Winter Games Reader Challenge.   The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.]
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    Outdoor adventure cozy mystery.

    I received a free copy of WINTER TAKES ALL (Book 1 of the Seattle Wilderness Mysteries) by M.L. Erdahl in exchange for an honest review. Fed up with her humdrum life and abusive boss, Crystal Rainey trades in her office job for a position as a wilderness guide. Crystal’s first job is to assist her more-experienced and very handsome fellow-guide, Conner Oakes, in leading a corporate retreat on a snowshoe hike to and from a cozy guest house. A ruckus amongst the corporate crew awakens Crystal and Conner, so they have to intervene and call in search and rescue to locate the angry guests who have scattered outside into the snowy night. When all but one of the guests return, the head corporate honcho is dead in the snow. This results in the insurance company pulling coverage, the cancellation of all future excursions, and a financial crisis for all the guides. An encounter with the ineffectual officer in charge of the investigation leads Crystal to conclude she must solve the homicide by herself. After all, if Crystal can’t uncover the killer, she’ll have to beg to get her old job back and move in with her parents. I liked the book. It was entertaining and did a nice job of setting up a new series. Be prepared, though. The storytelling style allows for leaps ahead in the tale followed by later recaps to fill in what happened during the missing time. I recommend this book to fans of cozy mysteries featuring outdoor adventures, corporate conniving, mean cats, good friends, and creative solutions to financial desperation. #WinterTakesAll #NetGalley
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    What could possibly go wrong?

    romantic, cozy-mystery, situational-humor, verbal-humor She spontaneously quit her awful job and got a new job she was totally inexperienced in, what could possibly go wrong? While shopping for snowshoes she meets a yummy guy who offers to teach her the skill, then it turns out that they work for the same company of winter guides. On the very first trip, the guests don't get along, drink to excess, and one of them winds up dead. The cozy mystery is pretty well done, the budding romance is entertaining, and the humor is really giggle worthy! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Wild Rose Press via NetGalley. Thank you!
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    A great series debut, set in the beautiful Pacific

    A cozy mystery in the wintery Pacific Northwest! In Winter Takes All, we meet Crystal Rainey a twentysomething whose life is passing her by. In a moment of New Year's reflection she impulsively quits her dreaded job and starts a new adventure as an outdoor wilderness guide. Her first big outing is a corporate retreat snowshoeing up a mountain with an architecture firm. That's where the trouble begins, as Crystal has never snowshoed and the colleagues at the firm are at eachothers throats, thankfully her cute associate guide Conner Oakes helps her out and they make it up the mountain in one piece. But then there's drama in the chalet and the company's ego driven owner runs out in the snow and turns up dead. Crystal's job is in limbo as the company's insurance is revoked until the investigation in the accident/homicide is complete. As her money begins to run out, she has to take a risk and try and get to the bottom of the mystery before she loses her career, budding relationship and home, but will it cost her her life? A great series debut, set in the beautiful Pacific NorthWest, i'll be sure to read the next installment by ML Erdahl!
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    Cozy Pacific NW mystery

    I enjoyed this story. It was just what I needed...cozy mystery/suspense with a lighter tone. Crystal was an engaging protagonist and I look forward to reading future books in this new series. The writing was polished and the refreshing voice on point. the book was a smooth and easy read. I liked the main and secondary characters, too. The storyline was interesting ...and I am a sucker for anything that takes place in the wilderness. I am hoping as Crystal develops her outdoors legs, future books will include more misadventures outside too, although the Seattle setting felt accurate. I can see self-made detective Crystal trekking through the Pacific Northwest hunting down another mystery... Highly recommend.
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