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Wilderness guide Crystal Rainey leads a group of college students to a private campground amid the awe-inspiring Olympic Rain Forest. The excursion is ruined when the charming hostess Roxie is discovered standing over the land owner's body, murder weapon in hand. Enlisted to investigate the crime to absolve her friend, Crystal descends on the quiet city of Forks to find loggers, developers, and eco-protesters circling the property, intent on either exploiting or protecting the bastion of old-growth forest. The list of suspects is intimidating. Can Crystal find answers in a community determined to keep her in the dark?

©2021 The Wild Rose Press (P)2021 Michael Erdahl

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Just loved it

I just loved this book. This book is so different to the usual cozy mysteries out there. Well done to the author for coming with with a different and interesting profession, it makes for a great and humorous mystery. This is the second book in the series and after listening to the first book Winter Takes All, which is just as great, I just had to give this book ago too. I am really glad I did. I would recommend listening to the first book not because it continues on or anything, although you would have met a lot the characters already but because it is well worth the listen. The mystery was cleverly crafted to give you clues but still left me guessing who the killer was, mainly because I was enjoying it and didn't want it to end. It was the characters that really worked for me, they were likeable and it was easy to imagine the situation the quirky characters found themselves in. Really glad I listened to this after I named my new kitten, just love Elf as a name (evil little feline hehe). I can't wait for the next book to see what the author has in store for the characters.
Wilderness guide Crystal is leading a group of college students through the rain forest before ending at there clamping camp site. Where Roxie is waiting for them with her culinary delights. Crystal thought the hardest part, hiking through the forest with a heavy pack was over but then she discovers Roxie standing over the dead body of the camp sites owner. The man rumoured to be retiring and selling the site to either a logging company or a developer. Charged with his murder Crystal is hired by his lawyer to find other suspects in his death. Crystal along with her friends and boy friend need to get close to the tree hugging protesters, the developer and the logging company to find some answers but with nobody trusting them it won't be easy. Especially as one of them is a killer but which one?
I liked the narrator and thought she really helped to bring the story and the great characters to life.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A lot of fun and a very entertaining mystery

This second book has truly cemented the series in my mind as one to definitely follow from here on out. It was a great listen. The mystery was well thought out and had me guessing from start to finish. There was a mix of humour and suspense along the way. I enjoyed all the awkward and very funny scenarios Crystal found herself in. It made the story so entertaining. I loved and laughed at the name of the kitten, E.L.F., and thought that it was genius!
I liked the mystery. I thought it was very realistic in that a murder like that is something that could quite easily happen in real life where land sales and inheritances are at play. I also enjoyed the physical landscape where the book is set. It's quite different to where I live; a little coastal village in Ireland and so the setting really appealed to me.
The narration was very good and it enhanced my enjoyment of the story.

I received a gifted copy and this is my unbiased and voluntary opinion.

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  • Kathleen Kendler
  • 05-09-21

The Pacific Rainforest

This is the first ML Erdahl book I have listened to or read. It is a standalone mystery.
The mystery is well done, the romance/personal relationships reminded me of high school. I had a tough time believing the main characters were in their late twenties.
I wasn’t sure I liked the female characters, especially Olivia and Suzie. Suzie seems to be the voice of reason until she gets snarky. Crystal needs to grow in the interpersonal relationship area; in this area she is still stuck in high school.
I didn’t read it for the romance so I’ll let it go. I liked the concept of the book and the mystery.
Plenty of small-town stereotypes in this story with twists and turns to make it interesting.

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  • Jean Grant
  • 19-08-21

Fun adventure in the PNW

I enjoyed this second book by ML Erdhal. I am an avid hiker and nature lover and have been to the Olympic NP area, so it was great to get sucked into the setting again. Even if you have not read the first book, this story stands as a good stand alone. I listened on audio and it made for an enjoyable listen on my road trip. I love a cozier whodunit and this one did not disappoint. I'd like to see Crystal's character grow even more in the next books, as she becomes more adept with her hiking and sleuthing skills. 

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  • Elle Hartford
  • 08-08-21

Wonderful Cozy Mystery!

Crystal and her friends (especially Suzie and Connor!) really grew on me and it was great fun to explore the Olympic Peninsula with them!! The mystery kept me guessing and the end was very sweet. :)

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  • Beatrice
  • 03-08-21

Pretty good

Spring Upon a Crime is an okay cozy mystery. the pacing is slow and I felt like Crystal spent too much time going in circles. I might get the next book.

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  • Susan
  • 02-08-21

A delightful cozy mystery, delightfully narrated

ML Erdahl and narrator Amy Landon bring the Pacific Northwest and the Olympic Peninsula to life in this delightful cozy mystery. Wilderness guide Crystal investigates a murder to clear the name of a friend, and of course lands in trouble, danger, and even in jail. There’s humor, romance, and rain. Looking forward to the next season in this seasonal series.

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  • AM
  • 01-08-21

A Fun Read

Spring Upon a Crime is a fast-paced whodunit. The plot gives the reader the opportunity to engage in the same process of deduction as the main character, Crystal, to help figure out the crime. The setting in the Pacific Northwest rainforest draws the imagination in and it's like you're really there. Escape to the great-outdoors from the comfort of curling up with a good book, what better way to spend a weekend? 

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  • C. Flynn
  • 01-08-21

Delightful!

I very much enjoyed listening to this book! Fun characters, believable storyline, satisfying ending. What more could you want in a cozy mystery? Highly recommend! ♥️