A Rant of Ravens (Birdwatcher's Mystery #1)

A Rant of Ravens (Birdwatcher's Mystery #1)

by Christine Goff

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ISBN-13: 9781941286579
Publisher: HighLine Editions
Publication date: 02/02/2016
Series: Birdwatcher's Mystery Series , #1
Edition description: New edition
Pages: 196
Sales rank: 428,872
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Chris Goff is the award-winning author of the bestselling "Birdwatcher's Mystery" series. She was named ‘Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' 2002 Writer of the Year’ and two of her novels were also finalists for the prestigious ‘Willa Literary Award for Best Original Paperback Fiction’. Her latest book, ‘Death Shoots A Birdie’, was also a Finalist for the ‘Colorado Authors League Best Genre Fiction’ Award.

Having grown up in a small mountain town in Colorado, she spent a lot of time outdoors—camping, fishing, hiking, playing tennis and skiing, with wildlife always around. Her father was a true outdoorsman and together they explored the wilderness of Colorado, sailed in Maine and walked extensively from the sandy California beaches to the windswept cliffs of Cornwall, England.

It was her mother, however, who was the major influence on Chris commencing a writing career. She encouraged her from an early age, and later her job as a Vice President of the Gannett Broadcasting Company led to Chris growing up surrounded by some of the best media talent in the country.

At college Chris studied journalism, determined to become an investigative reporter. Deciding this was not for her, however, she tried her hand at a variety of jobs—PR, engineering, ice cream store manager—until finally returning to writing.

She began by writing non-fiction for several local newspapers in Summit County, Colorado, as well as articles for regional and national publication. She later edited rock and ice-climbing guides for the ‘Chockstone Press’, worked in graphic production for ‘Living the Good News’, and taught writing workshops for the Colorado Free University, the University of Colorado, and at writer's conferences internationally.

A long-standing member of multiple writing organizations, she has served on several local, regional and national boards, including that of the ‘Mystery Writers of America’.

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What People are Saying About This

Christine T. Jorgensen

...fresh new series featuring birds, suspense, the Rocky Mountains, a spunky heroine and plenty of complications...what more could anyone ask?
— (Christine T. Jorgensen, author of Dead On Her Feet)

Margaret Coel

...you expect from a good mystery—a smart detective and a plot that takes some surprising twists...a terrific debut!

Earlene Fowler

A Rant of Ravens is a deft and marvelous debut mystery set in the complex and colorful world of birdwatching.
—(Earlene Fowler author of Seven Sisters)

Carolyn Hart

A Rant of Ravens stars a gutsy heroine in fast-paced action with a chill-a-minute finale...enchant nature....A fine-feathered debut.
— (Carolyn Hart, author of the Death on Demand and Henrie O mysteries.)

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A Rant of Ravens 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
CozyLover on LibraryThing 3 months ago
A decent start to a series, but a bit confusing at times. Lots of characters, motives & convoluted details that made it difficult to keep things straight. The main character could be developed further to make her stronger and have a clearer "voice". Looking forward to reading the others in the series.
TheBibliophilicBookBlog More than 1 year ago
After catching her husband with another woman, Rachel Stanhope escapes to her Aunt Miriam’s ranch in Colorado to take stock of her situation. Miriam is a passionate bird enthusiast and hosts meetings of local birdwatching society. When Rachel agrees to go out with them on her first birding expedition, she stumbles upon the dead body of a reporter who was trying to make trouble for her aunt. Now Miriam and her friends are suspects in the violent death and soon after the investigation starts Miriam disappears along with three precious birds, which only serves to make her look guilty. I didn’t know anything about serious birdwatching when I started A RANT OF RAVENS, so it was nice to learn about something new. The author takes the reader through a twisted path on the journey to solve the mystery of the reporter’s murder and Miriam’s disappearance. A RANT OF RAVENS seemed a little old-fashioned, especially in the computer technology areas, so it might serve from a little updating. A RANT OF RAVENS is a cozy mystery set in the birding world, with enough intrigue to entertain the traditional mystery lover without any of the gore which would be distasteful to some readers.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Rachel’s world comes crashing down on her when she finds her husband in bed with another woman. Her Aunt Miriam suggests to Rachel to come out to the Bird Haven in Colorado to clear her head of the divorce. The Bird Haven helps rehabilitate raptors and is a place for bird watchers. When a special sparrow is spotted at the Bird Haven, people come in search of it. Rachel then stumbles upon a dead body. Then Miriam goes missing along with three birds. It’s looking like Miriam may be the killer and it’s time or Rachel to figure out what is going on. This is a cute little mystery. If you don’t know anything about bird watching be prepared, you soon will. I like how it is presented without dragging down the story. You will also stumble into the exotic bird trade and people that are willing to do whatever it takes to get there hands on a rare bird. I loved the mystery and how it slowly unfolded. This is a really great cozy mystery. This is Astor + Blue launching The Birdwatcher’s Mystery series. Make sure to check it out if you like mysteries and add the other books to your list too. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great mystery that holds your attention and focus. Not too heavy on the birding but the birdwatching is a thoroughly enjoyable twist to the mystery. I live in the East and the description of Colorado makes me want to travel there immediately!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Outstanding! Looking forward to the bird club's next outing here in Colorado. Who will sing the song of death next time?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Goff's book captures the Colorado landscape as well as providing a delightful mystery involving the nuances of a bird club where wanting to sight one more bird for a life-card can be deadly!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cool book. Fun, fast. My wife brought it home, I liked the raven on the cover, so I read it. Not as dark as my usual stuff, but good. Liked all the smuggling and eco-terrorism details.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I expected this to be a fun, light, read, but didn't expect I'd be up half the night! I couldn't put the book down while Rachel fought through the twists and turns of the plot to save her aunt and thwart the efforts of murderous bird smugglers. Excellent! I'm REALLY looking forward to the next one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This fun, fast-paced mystery, first title in a new birdwatching series, includes a diverse flock of Colorado birdwatchers, plenty of field action, lots of humor, and gutsy sleuth Rachel Stanhope investigating the usual crime (murder) for a most unusual reason. Lots of intrigue and lots of birds, from falcons to an uncommon LeConte's sparrow to a kamikaze parakeet. Highly enjoyable!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been an avid reader since early childhood and can count on one hand the books I've put down and not finished. This is one of them. Scattered, overcomplicated and with the growing popularity of birding in the US, the author is portraying this as a book that birders will enjoy. I would have been better off to purchase birdseed.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Rachel Wilder Stanhope's professional life is going great, but her personal life is in shambles ever since she caught her husband in bed with another woman. Two months after the incident, Rachel receives divorce papers. She decides she needs to recuperate at her Aunt Miriam's home, Bird Haven, a spread that adjoins Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park. The place is a bird preserve that Rachel will watch over during the summer as Miriam traipses the Middle East in search of local feathered friends.

When a rare sparrow is spotted on her aunt's property, the local birdwatching group tries to find it. On the third day of the search, Rachel tumbles over the murdered body of a reporter who claimed he possessed damaging information on Miriam's late husband. The next day, Miriam vanishes along with two baby peregrines and a rare white gryfalcon. Rachel concludes the two incidents are interrelated. She begins to investigate, not yet aware that danger from an unknown two-legged omnivore threatens her life.

Though her first published novel, Christine Goff provides an interesting amateur sleuth tale. A RANT OF RAVENS contains ecoterrorists, bird-buying sheiks, and a glimpse into the bird watcher's fascinating world. The mystery unfolds at a solid, leisurely pace that allows the reader to relish the plot and ponder what will happen next. Sub-genre fans will rant evermore for Rachel to make future appearances.

Harriet Klausner