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Too Near The Edge
     

Too Near The Edge

3.6 35
by Lynn Osterkamp
 
When park rangers find Adam's crumpled body 300 feet below the rim of the Grand Canyon, they think he was one more careless tourist. But back home in Boulder, Colorado, his grief-stricken wife Sharon is sure he was murdered. She won't rest until she knows why he was so troubled in the month before he died. Over the objections of her prominent father, she turns to

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When park rangers find Adam's crumpled body 300 feet below the rim of the Grand Canyon, they think he was one more careless tourist. But back home in Boulder, Colorado, his grief-stricken wife Sharon is sure he was murdered. She won't rest until she knows why he was so troubled in the month before he died. Over the objections of her prominent father, she turns to grief therapist Cleo Sims, who runs a project that re-unites people with dead loved ones.

Despite threats and warnings, Cleo takes on the challenge to help Sharon contact Adam and solve the mystery of his death. She gets extra encouragement from Tyler, a surfer-dude spirit who visits her from beyond, offers cryptic advice, and pushes her to "ride the wave" with Sharon. In this hip mountain community where high tech meets new age, their investigation involves suspects whose activities range from traditional to cutting-edge to over-the-rainbow. Tension mounts as Cleo's digging uncovers a sinister underbelly of scams, fraud and deceit. Her professional reputation and her life are on the line as she struggles to sort reality from illusion, good from evil, and truth from deception.

Too Near the Edge is a character-driven mystery with a paranormal twist, a humorous tone, and a whimsical heroine who grapples with tough questions about love, reality, ethics and trust.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933826226
Publisher:
PMI Books
Publication date:
10/03/2006
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
0.57(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

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Too Near the Edge 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
I actually read the second book in the series first sunday am and than went back and read this book. Either one are complete stand alone stories with some same characters but the ones involved in mystery were different. I actually stayed up till 1:00am mon to finsh this book. I like Cleo character but not too impressed with her boyfriends.Cleo is a grievence councler and has a specail trust that is free to help people connect too their dead ones. She sets it up and the person does the rest if they see someone great sometimes its not who they are trying to contact. Cleo gets involved with the people she's around with and trys to fix things. Tyler is a surfer dude deceased who comes in with surfer language and points her to someone to help. She did not know Tyler when he was alive. the story has lots of twists and turns I was wrong on guessing who the murderer was. I was given this ebook in exchange for honest review.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book immensely. It might be the first or near first in a new genre-the psychic cosy. Lynn Osterkamp has combined elements of her professional experience and the community of Boulder, Colorado into a nicely crafted plot. The result is a very readable mystery that kept me wondering who really pushed Adam off the edge of the Grand Canyon right up to the point where the culprit was unmasked. Several things work well in this book. First, the author weaves the neighborhoods and surrounding natural features of Boulder into the story in ways that made me feel like I was there or at least could easily visualize them. That's a rare gift and certainly one that bodes well for future books. The variety of characters also works. There are numerous players, but they all have a logical fit in the story. Nobody seems like a throw-in. While their emotions edge close to 'over-the-top' at times, they never cross that invisible line that starts turning them into caricatures. The psychic aspect works because the author has done her homework, particularly in terms of educating the reader regarding how Cleo, the protagonist, got started in that aspect of her grief therapy practice. Having spent 27 years in the mental health field, I can attest to the idiosyncrasies of psychologists and Lynn captures some of that very nicely in this story. It is also worth noting that in the acknowledgements, the author credits her local Sisters in Crime group with helpful criticism and feedback. This group is one of the best things to happen to women writers and demonstrates the author's desire to get things right before publication. I'm happy to add this to the Hartland Library and can think of several patrons that will enjoy reading it as much as I have. A winner for sure.
Karlee Smith More than 1 year ago
I'm a teenager and would deffinetely not mind a good mystery book. When i saw this book i thought it would be kind of boring and would be a book for adults. But i decided to get it anyways and i deffinetely made a good choice. I loved the way it kept me guessing. I was so interested and engrossed in the book i didnt finish reading it until about 4 am. I just couldnt put it down. I loved the way tyler talked in his surfer language. And i love the way Cleo and her friends were strong and didnt give up until they found out who the murder was. I give this book five stars because its a really good read and another bonus was it was free. :) plus if you really like it the second one is only $2.99 go figure!!!
Cathy Reynolds More than 1 year ago
Free and 2.99. Can't beat that and both great reads. I feel like I've been to Boulder. Caution - don't read if you are hungry. Almost every meal is eaten out and yum! Lots of prospects as to who done it and what a surprise as to who. The books are almost day by day action. Both books are long and very involved. If you love mystery then this is for you. Happy reading.
willowhalliday More than 1 year ago
My first comment: OMG, I'm so hungry! The food...I want some of that food! My second: wow, some strong, open-minded women. I like that. The Contact Project: very, very interesting. Reading about it actually made me shiver. "Too Near The Edge", is a great read but it could have been longer.
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shelbaW More than 1 year ago
This book was quite good, if you like paranormal. I enjoyed the fun parts along with the suspense. I would recommend.
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colorado_red More than 1 year ago
Entertaining story. I enjoyed the author using places I am familiar with in the book.
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greytkidsmom More than 1 year ago
not bad, kept my attention. would like to visit boulder, colorado after reading all the descriptions