The Foothills Mystery: The Investigation into the Death of the Solo Rock Climber

The Foothills Mystery: The Investigation into the Death of the Solo Rock Climber

by Stanley Yokell


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The Foothills Mystery is the author's fourth book that features Marie Quizno, Detective Chief of the fictional town of Big Rock, Colorado. When Tom Campbell, a doctoral candidate in mathematics at Colorado University is near completion of the first solo free climb the Risky Route in the foothills, a person he knows greets him on the trail above. Tom asks for a sip of the coffee that he smells. Instead, the person stamps on his hand causing him to fall to his death. Marie Quizno, who is climbing a nearby route with two other officers, finds his body. Her investigation leads to identifying who stamped on Campbell's hand and whether it was an attempt at murder.

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ISBN-13: 9781478770558
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 02/25/2016
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.52(d)

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The Foothills Mystery: The Investigation into the Death of the Solo Rock Climber 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite In an interesting new murder mystery, The Foothills Mystery by author Stanley Yokell, readers will find themselves engrossed in a murder investigation in a somewhat unlikely spot, a rock climber's haven. Tom Campbell, a doctoral candidate in mathematics at a nearby university, is close to finishing his first solo climb when he encounters someone that he knows. He asks for a sip of coffee, but what he gets instead is stamped on the hand, which causes him to fall to his death. Officer Marie Quizno happens to be climbing nearby with two fellow officers, and finds Tom's body. Now it's up to her to figure out who he encountered, and if he was, in fact, murdered. I very much enjoyed The Foothills Mystery. I am a voracious reader and especially enjoy mysteries. I was pleasantly surprised with the twists and turns that this story took. Author Stanley Yokell has done a good job in providing a plot that will keep his readers on their toes as well as turning the pages. His recurring character, Marie Quizno, is both interesting and intriguing, and is portrayed in a highly realistic manner. Any reader who enjoys mysteries, police procedurals, or just a great, suspenseful story line in general should definitely give this book a read. I am pleased to recommend this book, and look forward to reading more from author Stanley Yokell in the future!
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite The Foothills Mystery: The Investigation into The Death of the Solo Rock Climber by Stanley Yokell is the 4th Marie Quinzo mystery. Tom Campbell awoke and decided that today was the day he would solo climb the Risky Route. On the trail he meets up with someone he knows, another hiker. Smelling coffee, he asks the person for a sip and, instead, the hiker stamps on his fingers, causing him to lose his grip and plummet to his death. Marie Quinzo is the Chief of Detectives in Big Rock, Colorado. She is with two other officers, climbing another route nearby, when she finds Tom’s body. Pursuing an investigation, she finds fingers pointing in all different directions and it is up to her to determine who stamped on Tom’s hand and whether it was murder, premeditated or otherwise. The Foothills Mystery: The Investigation into The Death of the Solo Rock Climber by Stanley Yokell was a decent murder mystery, not too long and involved and not so short that it didn’t make sense. I found the occasional footnote at the bottom helpful, to explain terms that I wasn’t familiar with. The plot itself was well thought out, again not too involved, but with just the right amount of detail, and the characters were clearly well defined. Not having read any of the previous books in the series, I was concerned that I would struggle with the main character, but there was enough detail for that not to be a problem. All in all, this is a good story, ideal for an afternoon curled in an armchair.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite The Foothills Mystery: The Investigation into the Death of the Solo Rock Climber is a police procedural murder mystery written by Stanley Yokell. While this is the fourth book in Yokell's Marie Quizno mystery series, the author gives enough background information to allow this book to be read on its own. Chief of Detectives Marie Quizno, Big Rock County Sheriff Joe Hobson and Deputy Alan Miller were getting ready to begin their rock climbing adventure on the Serendipity Trail when Marie's eyes were drawn to something lying at the base of Risky Ridge. When they got there, the three found the lifeless body of Tom Campbell, a well-known Big Rock solo climber. Just about everyone was aware of the competition between Tom and his best friend, Morris, to be the first to solo free climb Risky Ridge, so the first thought on Marie's mind was that the expert climber had fallen accidentally. But when Mortimer Thanatos, the coroner, called to discuss the crushed and blackened state of the deceased’s fingers on one hand, Quizno began to think an investigation was in order. Stanley Yokell's mystery novel, The Foothills Mystery, offers the reader the best of the police procedural and legal thriller genres. This is the first Marie Quizno mystery I've read, and I’m so impressed that I'm planning on reading the first three in the series. Police procedurals are my favorite type of mystery, and I wasn't at all disappointed. Yokell takes you through every phase of the investigation, from examining the scene and collecting evidence through to interviewing the suspects and any witnesses. The courtroom scenes are brilliant and filled with suspense, and following the trial preparation of the accused's defense attorney was a thoroughly enjoyable intellectual feast. I must admit I found myself Googling the town of Big Rock as it seemed a perfect place to relocate to and was somewhat disappointed to find it was fictional. Still, the trails, the discussions of climbing and the general outdoorsy ambiance made this already enthralling novel into a real treat for me. The Foothills Mystery is most highly recommended.