This is the third book in the cozy mystery series, "Birdwatcher's Mysteries.
National Park Service ranger Eric Linenger has been asked to oversee a "precribed burn" of 1,000 acres of Rocky Mountain National Park. Although he knows the controlled fire is a necessity, it threatens the habitat of Green-Tailed Towhees and Virginia Warblers. His friends at EPOCH are strongly opposed, but it's Eric's job. Once lit, the flames quickly spread beyond the intended acreage--destroying a real estate development before finally being extinguished. The body of Eric's boss, Wayne Devlin, is found near the origin of the blaze--and it appears as if he deliberately intended the fire to rage out of control. As Eric investigates, he discovers that many people had reasons for ensuring the burn went all to blazes--including some of his friends...
National Park Service ranger Eric Linenger is overseeing a "prescribed burn" of 1,000 acres of Rocky Mountain National Park. But he know it's threatening the habityat of Green-Tailed Towhees and Virginia Warblers. The body of Eric's boss, Wayne Devlin, is
found near the origin of the blaze. Eric is determined to found out who set the blaze that may spin out of control.
A good, quick story with exciting action and interesting characters, strong plot, and a satisfactory motive and ending. I enjoyed how the fates of the birds and other wildlife were expertly woven into the story.
In this narrative, a perscribed burn is the Colorado Rockie forest that has gone horribly out of control, threatening a nearby town and a camp for troubled teenagers, provides a backdrop for a complex story of murder and danger.
However, I debated about giving this book a "Favorites" star, and finally decided against. I think that what held me back were the occasional uses of cliche, silly, or author's favorite terms and phrases. Not a lot, but enough to be annoying. The worse was variations of the phrase: "His heart leaped in his chest." (I have read this phrase in other books as well. It seems to be a favorite among some authors to denote surprise, sudden fear, aprehension, etcl)
Ummmmmm...exactly where else is the heart supposed to be????
I know it sounds picky and silly, and maybe I was just in a mood, but I feel that those kinds of cliches substract from the effectiveness of the phrase or description. Wouldn't it have been better to have just said: "His heart leaped"? Or even better, perhaps the author could have come up with a new way to describe fear or whathaveyou that still fit in with the writing style.
Still, this book provided me with a great read. I would recommend it.
L. G. (L) reviewed A Nest in the Ashes (Birdwatcher's Mysteries, Bk 3) on
Great for birdwatchers and nature lovers.
Paraphrased from the back cover:
Service ranger Eric Linenger has been asked to oversee a "controlled
burn" of 1000 acres of Rocky Mt. national Park. Although he knows
the controlled fire is necessary, it threatens the habitat of of two
different species of bird. His friends in a conservancy group are
strongly opposed, but Eric really has no choice. The fire gets
out of control and does more damage than anyone expected. The
body of Eric's boss is found in the debris, and it appears ads if he
intenionally allowed the fire to get out fo control. As Eric
investigates what happened, he discovers that many people had reasons
to make sure that the fire was a disaster - including some of his