Review: Zero-Degree Murder by M. L. Rowland

February 16, 2014 Reviews 1 Comment

Review: Zero-Degree Murder by M. L. RowlandZero-Degree Murder by M.L. Rowland
Series: Search & Rescue Mystery #1
Genres: Thriller
Published by Berkley on 7 January 2014
Pages: 304
Reading Challenges: 2014 Antique Reading Roadshow
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Although this is marketed as a mystery, it really plays out more like an adventure or thriller novel as our main characters pit themselves against dangerous weather conditions and a murdering baddie. Gracie Kincaid is a search and rescue volunteer who has notched up some impressive rescues. She’s called out on Thanksgiving to find some hikers that have gone missing. Since the missing hikers include the celebrity actor Rob Christian, the authorities are determined to pull out all the stops to find them.

Gracie is a compelling if somewhat flawed character as she has devoted her life to rescuing others but her personal life is a mess. She highly skilled but doesn’t have a day job that reflects this. If I was in a dangerous situation like that, I’d definitely want her to have my back as she does everything she can to protect Rob. I liked the methodical way she operated in the field and worked out what was happening. I was particularly impressed that Rowland didn’t take the easy route when it came to Gracie and Rob’s interactions but kept things real.

The plot sucks you in effectively as our baddie plays a cat and mouse game with the others on the mountain. I wanted to know a bit more about this person’s motivations and their background because the bit we were given just whetted my appetite. I relished the attention to detail that Rowland provided with the way the search and rescue team operated and the mountain setting as it helped ratchet the tension up just a bit more.

This was an absorbing tale that I thoroughly enjoyed and definitely worth checking out.

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