Portland, Oregon, is the perfect fit for someone like Meg Reed. It’s a city with a small town feel, where she can crash on the couch of her best friend Jill, now that she’s graduated from journalism school. . .
But a girl needs a job, so Meg bluffs her way into writing for Northwest Extreme magazine, passing herself off to editor-in-chief Greg Dixon as an outdoor adventure enthusiast. Never mind that Meg’s idea of sport is climbing onto the couch without spilling her latte. So when she finds herself clawing to the top of Angel’s Rest–a two-thousand-foot peak–to cover the latest challenge in a reality TV adventure show, she can’t imagine feeling more terrified. Until she witnesses a body plummet off the side of the cliff. Now Meg has a murder to investigate. And if the climbing doesn’t kill her, a murderer just might. . .
My rating: 4/5 stars
Scene of the Climb is the first book in A Pacific Northwest Mystery series. It is set in Portland, Oregon. The story follows a recent journalism school graduate Meg Reed who has landed herself a job in Northwest Extreme magazine. A job that is not meant for a person who is afraid of heights and participates in very few outdoor activities. Nevertheless with her excellent writing abilities she soon captures her handsome boss’s attention who gives her an assignment about the Race the States competition.
Scene of the Climb is a fast paced read that captured my attention from the very beginning. As I haven’t read mystery books in a while it turned out to be quite a refreshing read. The main character Meg Reed has a very likable atmosphere to her. She leads a typical life of a new adult.Meg is a curios and relentless character with tendencies to oversleep and be late for meetings. She is not afraid to raise questions and get to the bottom of the mystery at hand. At times her recklessness and bravery did annoy me (when her life could have been potentially in danger) and I definitely would have made sure that I wasn’t alone with either one of the suspects of the murder. With that being said I truly enjoyed her character. The other characters were excellently represented giving the story a believable feel to it. Meg Reed’s loyal friend group helped and supported her throughout the story. The world building was done exceptionally well and knowing that the places the story is set in are real just urged me to go to the nearest airport and fly to Oregon and hike those trails myself (which unfortunately wasn’t possible). The occasional set backs from the story line expanded on the surroundings of Meg and added a few interesting facts about the places she visited. As I usually have an intuitive feel for who the culprit is in a story, I was delighted that in Scene of the Climb I was able to only guess and at no point was I certain who the murderer was.
The book ends with a great premise for the rest of the series. I am excited to follow along Meg Reed’s next adventures and see what she stumbles upon in the next book.