Item description for Too Near The Edge by Lynn Osterkamp...
When park rangers find Adam's crumpled body 300 feet below the rim of the Grand Canyon, they think he was one more careless tourist. But back home in Boulder, Colorado, his grief-stricken wife Sharon is sure he was murdered. She won't rest until she knows why he was so troubled in the month before he died. Over the objections of her prominent father, she turns to grief therapist Cleo Sims, who runs a project that re-unites people with dead loved ones. Despite threats and warnings, Cleo takes on the challenge to help Sharon contact Adam and solve the mystery of his death. She gets extra encouragement from Tyler, a surfer-dude spirit who visits her from beyond, offers cryptic advice, and pushes her to "ride the wave" with Sharon. In this hip mountain community where high tech meets new age, their investigation involves suspects whose activities range from traditional to cutting-edge to over-the-rainbow. Tension mounts as Cleo's digging uncovers a sinister underbelly of scams, fraud and deceit. Her professional reputation and her life are on the line as she struggles to sort reality from illusion, good from evil, and truth from deception. Too Near the Edge is a character-driven mystery with a paranormal twist, a humorous tone, and a whimsical heroine who grapples with tough questions about love, reality, ethics and trust.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Oct 3, 2006
Publisher PMI Books
ISBN 1933826223 ISBN13 9781933826226
Availability 127 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 27, 2016 04:57.
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Murder in the Cozy Genre, With Spiritualist Twist Jun 30, 2008
Too Near the Edge is a well-crafted murder mystery of the "cozy" genre, set in Boulder, Colorado. I've never been to Boulder, but author Lynn Osterkamp has done an excellent job of laying the scene for me so that I can appreciate the flavor of the local culture without detracting from the plot of her mystery. In a town where most people are health-conscious and into new-age types of remedies, where the term "pet guardian" has legally replaced "pet owner," it is not unusual to find Cleo Sims, a grief counselor who assists her clients in overcoming their loss by contacting their departed loved ones. Cleo, surprisingly, does not come off as a nut or a particularly strange individual, and her down-to-earth character makes her interest in spiritualist affairs seem natural, almost ordinary.
The mystery itself is well-constructed. As Cleo becomes involved in the life of her new client Sharon, whose husband may or may not have been pushed over the edge of the Grand Canyon, we meet a variety of suspects with complex and engaging personalities. At first, it seemed to me that the solution was going to be simplistic, something you could see coming halfway through the novel, but I was wrong. Osterkamp handles her red herrings well and I especially liked how various characters related the same events differently during Cleo's investigation, leaving you to wonder which ones were lying and which ones were honestly giving their true interpretation.
I usually resist getting involved in "series" mysteries because for me the novelty of the characters wears off, but in this case I sincerely hope that I will see another Cleo Sims book in the future, and that it includes a few of the more interesting people encountered in this one!
Grief counseling and contract project murder Dec 31, 2006
Reviewed by Joe Graham for Reader Views (12/06)
Sharon Meyer's husband Adam is killed in a fall at the Grand Canyon and the authorities rule it an accident or suicide. But Sharon suspects foul play and is introduced to Cleo Sims, a Grief Counselor in Boulder, Colorado. Cleo also runs a project called the Contact Project to help people who she feels can benefit from it to try to contact loved ones who have died. Cleo quickly becomes drawn into to the problem of what happened to Sharon's husband. She also has to deal with Donald Waycroft, a psychology professor who is Sharon's father and who is vehemently opposed to Sharon having anything to do with Cleo and her "wacko" Contact Project and he threatens to ruin Cleo's reputation. Also, added to the mix is a very attractive man, Erik, who seems to be interested in Sharon and/or Cleo and is possibly a con man, Sharon's ex-boy friend, Joel who is the father of Sharon's son Nathan who reappears on the scene after Adam's death, and a doctor, Dr. Ahmed, who may be involved in drug trafficking (Cleo's mother is in a nursing home under Dr. Ahmed's care). Besides dealing with Sharon's problems, Cleo is also dealing with troubles in relationship with her boyfriend, Pablo, a police detective and problems with her mother in the nursing home. Cleo also has a dead surfer dude named Tyler that appears to her to give her hints to help her solve the crime. But don't let this paranormal visitor throw you off the book. Tyler adds a little more mystery, but he doesn't interfere with the main story line of the book.
Osterkamp stirs all of these elements together for a very satisfying read. And with several possible candidates for who might have done Adam in, if he was done in, the reader is kept guessing until the final pages of the story. An added plus in the novel is the descriptions of the various locations in and around Boulder. Boulder residents, besides enjoying the mystery itself, will enjoy reading about their town and non-Boulder residents may want to make a list of places to visit in Boulder when they get the chance to visit.
I would recommend "Too Near the Edge" for any mystery lover. Osterkamp kept me engaged throughout the book as I tried to figure out what was going to happen next. I was a little concerned that the paranormal aspect of the book might be a little too far out, but that was not the case. The surfer dude Tyler added to the book instead of detracting from it. The book is a very enjoyable read as the reader tries to figure out the mystery. And again, an added bonus to the book was all the descriptions of the great locations for recreation and food and shopping in Boulder. A good mystery story, characters that I made a connection with and locations that I wanted to visit, what else can you ask for from a book?
Kentucky Reader RELATES!! Dec 21, 2006
Kept me guessing till the end. Osterkamp has wonderful mastery of the written word. Though many years since I've been there, it had me right back in the middle of Boulder. Hope Cleo and Tyler are involved in other stories that we'll soon be reading about.
Suspicions abound... Dec 21, 2006
Adam Meyer is deeply troubled and needs to get away. Everyone recommends going hiking at the Grand Canyon. Unfortunately for Adam someone pushes him over the edge to his death. However, the police rule his death as a suicide and do not do any investigating.
Cleo Sims is a grief counselor with a controversial way of helping her patients. She has a special therapy called the Contact Project. The Contact Project helps clients get in touch with loved ones who have died so that there can be closure.
Sharon Meyer desperately wants to see if the Contact Project could help her contact Adam. She doesn't accept that Adam killed himself as they were so happy.
The more Cleo finds out about details surrounding the death of Adam, the more suspicious she is that his death was no accident.
Who could have killed him and why? There are quite a few suspects. All of them have secrets and all of them want to keep their secrets hidden at all costs.
Cleo believes deeply in her Contact Project. Tyler, a true 'surfing dude,' is a spirit that she unintentionally contacts during her first time in the "apparition room." He pops in and out of Cleo's world every once in a while, giving her clues. The problem is the clues are in surfer's lingo and very vague. The one consistent message is that she "needs to ride the wave to the end."
Cleo's biggest problem throughout is--whom can she trust? What was bothering Adam so much that he had to go away to think about it? The mystery deepens and gets more complicated the more she finds out, all leading to a very exciting and unexpected standoff towards the end.
Armchair Interviews says: Murder, suicide--which is it?
On the Edge of My Seat Nov 17, 2006
This book hooked me at the first page, and never let me go. I've read a lot of mysteries, and this one definitely tops most of them. It reminds me a bit of the Agatha Christie novels, in which the reader really got to learn the setting ... here, it's not the English countryside, but Boulder, Colorado, with all its curious quirks and personalities. Best of all, it kept me guessing until the end!