Everything — in nature and in murder – is connected...
As an ecopsychologist, Dr. Esmeralda Green is skilled at solving the mysteries of the mind, especially if they collide with the laws of nature. But when a body is found below the crumbling cliffs near her Los Angeles home, she is pulled back in time to a tragedy that defies all understanding.
When a young girl is murdered at the same cliff that took the life of her best childhood friend, Ez suspects the two are connected — and, having always lived up to her ecological name, she has learned to trust her intuition and the cues that the natural world can offer. In fact, from her hybrid car to her organic diet, Ez is living a sustainable life in every way — except for the man she’s falling in love with, an attractive TV news reporter who drives, of all things, a Hummer.
After Ez discovers a key piece of evidence, she is swept into a maze of corporate corruption and family secrets whose depths seem to have no bounds. As she finds herself venturing into ever more treacherous territory, her intuition and psychological skills can take her only so far. With the memory of her childhood friend haunting her at every turn, Ez finds herself falling further and further into danger…
Both an eco-mystery and a love story, Cher Fischer's captivating debut novel offers an intimate look at the myriad ways in which nature defines us.
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About the Author
She is the author, with Heather Waite, of Moving from Fear to Courage: Transcendent Moments of Change in the Lives of Women (Wildcat Canyon Press, 2001), which was a Los Angeles Times bestseller.
Born near a Superfund site in Spokane, Washington, and raised amid the lush nature of Minnesota, Fischer has long been involved in environmental issues and is passionate about the green movement in the United States. She is currently the head of the Green Team at her son’s elementary school, which is implementing sustainable strategies in the classrooms and throughout the campus. Falling Into Green is her first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
She’s sassy and sexy and green right down to her organic cotton underwear. A vegan who savors scrambled tofu for breakfast. Dr. Esmeralda Green is biracial, Latina (her mom’s light-brown skin) and Irish (her dad’s red hair; her own being strawberry-blond). She tells her story in first-person English but swears and exclaims in Spanish. “Aye, Dios, mio! Why don’t we have more high-speed rail?” she questions when stuck in bumper to bumper traffic on the 405 freeway—the state of traffic on the 405 pretty much 24/7. Dr. Green is an ecopsychologist (as is author Cher Fischer in real life). “Ecopsychology acknowledges the environment as an important part of the human psyche,” Esmeralda explains. “When nature’s integrated into the human experience, things get intense. They get meaningful.” Already you have a dynamite combo for a mystery series California-style. She lives in the yellow clapboard ranch house built in the 1960s by her abuelo and abuela, in Majorca Point (presumably on the Palos Verdes peninsula). Her house is slip sliding toward the ocean with the shifting earth, and saving it is costly, such as new plumbing lines the power company has mandated she must have installed. But our girl only trades green stocks, usually solar or wind, and they are coming through for her. The man in and out of her life is Gabriel Hugo García, local TV news superstar for the Latino global news organization KLAT. She meets up with him while riding her twelve-year-old palomino, Sam. Esmeralda uses the animal in equine-assisted therapy for patients. Garcia is covering a breaking story on location. He reports, “The young woman, Abigail Pryce, who was found dead tonight at the bottom of the highest cliff at Majorca Point, is the nineteen-year-old niece, or would have been the niece, of the long-ago suicide victim Charlene Pryce, who was only sixteen when she leapt to her death at this very same location …” Charlene Pryce was Esmeralda’s best childhood friend and now her niece may have jumped, or maybe she was pushed off that cliff, but why? Why did Abigail call Esmeralda just the day before, wanting to talk? Why, before she committed suicide, did Charlene warn her to stay out of the water? Why suicide? Is Hummer-driving TV newsman Garcia sleeping with her nemesis, Detective Suzy Whitney, who drives a gas guzzling mega SUV? Dr. Green is a quirky California gal who cares deeply about things that matter, the kind of protagonist you wish could be a real life friend. Falling into Green, published by Ashland Creek Press, is the first book in what promises to be a fabulous eco-mystery series by Cher Fischer. This reviewer already is a #1 fan.
As a reader, I enjoy books that backdrop the story against a different, or new to me, setting. These settings can add to the tone of a story in quiet and barely perceptible ways. This is what I was looking forward to as I opened this novel. The idea of an eco-mystery intrigued me. I was hoping for a great mystery/suspense tale rising up from the background of an ecologically friendly setting. What I got instead was a 336 page lecture on being ecologically responsible and friendly with a great suspense story trying to be heard through the rhetoric. I got tired of the continual explanations of how Ez lived and built and survived and cooked and ate in a sustainable way. I just didn't care that much - I wanted to delve into the mystery not learn how tofu could be scrambled to make a great tasting egg-like breakfast. What started out with great promise soon lost my interest entirely. I guess I'm just not the environmental activist type; maybe if I were, I would have enjoyed the book more.
Every time Ashland Creek Press announces the upcoming release of one of their new titles I get giddy with excitement. Staying true to their mission of publishing exceptionally well-written, engaging works of both fact and fiction, surrounding the themes of travel, the environment, ecology, wildlife and animals, their newest release, Falling Into Green managed to surpass even my high expectations. Cher Fischer, an eco-psychologist who writes fiction and mystery as well as any veteran novelist I can name, has produced an exciting, educational and thought provoking story that is a must read for anyone interested in learning more about the interrelation of environmentalism and our mental health, as well as getting lost in the life of a feisty new protagonist, who is sure to be this generation’s next Kinsey Millhone. As a writer, I would be remise if I didn’t mention just how well structured this story proved to be, with brilliant character development and dialogue, and enough of a peripheral focus that blended and balanced the wealth of information Fischer litters throughout, with the perfect amount of fiction and entertainment. It works just beautifully. And congrats to Ms. Fischer and the good folks over at Ashland Creek Press, Midge Raymond and John Yunker, because a pilot for a TV series is being developed based on the characters in the book. Now that will be good TV. But don’t wait for the show, you must read this book!