Silenced in the Surf by Kate E. Dyer-Seeley

silenced-in-the-surf-by-kate-e-dyer-seeleySilenced in the Surf by Kate E. Dyer-Seeley
Series: Pacific Northwest #3
Genre: Mystery
Setting: Portland, Oregon and Hood River on the Columbia River in Oregon
Published by Kensington, 2016
Format: e-Arc (Release Date: March 29)
–I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
304 pages
Grade: B-
Synopsis: Covering a windsurfing competition should have been a breeze for reporter Meg Reed, but with a killer in the curl, she’s headed for rough waters…

Hood River in the Columbia River Gorge is the windsurfing capital of the world, and Meg is stoked to cover the King of the Hook event for Portland’s Northwest Extreme magazine. Before the competition gets under way, Meg has a chance to try some windsurfing on her own. But when the current sweeps her downriver, she spots a body snagged on the rocks. The dead man is Justin Cruise, aka Cruise Control, a celebrity windsurfer and not exactly a nice guy. It’s soon clear his death was no accident, and Cruise had no shortage of enemies. As Meg dives right in to discover who wiped out the windsurfer, she’ll need to keep her balance—or she too may get blown away.

Initial impressions

  • I love the setting of the book in the Columbia Gorge. The author did a great job bringing it to life.

The story

  • Meg works for Northwest Extreme Magazine and travels to Hood River to cover a windsurfing competition.
  • During a windsurfing lesson she is swept downriver and ends up finding a body on rocks along the shore.
  • It looks like the death could be accidental, but the windsurfer had lots of enemies.


  • I grew up in Oregon so this book was great fun to read. I’ve seen the windsurfers on the Columbia River. I’ve never done that myself or wanted to. I’m a little like Meg before she got her job at Northwest Extreme magazine…lol.
  • I haven’t read the other books, but was able to follow along just fine. However, I think reading the earlier books is a great idea!
  • There is an ongoing story arc that sounds like it started in the first book. Meg’s father who was a reporter working on a story was murdered. The murder was never solved and Meg is trying to discover what happened.
  • There are funny parts and some scary parts and even one I can think of which is both: when Meg gets a windsurfing lesson, is carried away by the wind and current, can’t get the sail up and falls off the board several times–funny and scary both.
  • A beautiful cover!
  • I like the way the author describes Hood River and the windsurfing scene and all the people who descend on the little town. Not everyone in town likes all the windsurfers and tourists. I like all the brewpubs visited during the book!


  • The end of the book didn’t feel like an end. I have a feeling the next book will start about where this ended.
  • The mystery part of the story isn’t quite complete either. Of course, in real life everything isn’t tied up in a neat bow, but I wonder if that will wrap-up in the next book also.

And concluding thoughts . . .

  • Book 4 in the series–First Degree Murder–is scheduled to arrive on shelves in December 2016.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Kate Dyer-Seeley writes the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series for Kensington Publishing, featuring a young journalist, Meg Reed, who bills herself as an intrepid adventurer in order to land a gig writing for Northwest Extreme. Only Meg’s idea of sport is climbing onto the couch without spilling her latte.
  • She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and son, where you can find her hitting the trail, at an artisan coffee shop, or at her favorite pub. Better yet—all three.

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