Reviewer Mary Lignor: Mary is a retired librarian, originally from Connecticut but now living in New Mexico. All her life Mary has loved books and has passed this love on to her daughters. Mary started working in a library when her children were young as an Assistant Librarian and ended up as its Director. Her favorite books are suspense, political intrigue and anything involving the World War II era.
Authors: Charles G. Irion and Ronald J. Watkins
is evidently a new series of books being publicized by Irion Books
concerning conquering the highest mountains in the world. The
first being Abandoned on Everest, which is a prequel to this one
called Murder on Everest. This series is listed in the
front of Murder with the publishing dates.
I did not read the prequel but, so much of it is explained in the second book that it didn't seem necessary to find the first. In the prequel, a supermarket tabloid reporter has written a book concerning an expedition to climb Mt. Everest sponsored by Michael Sodoc, who is one of the richest men in the world and is about to televise the expedition. His only son Derek Sodoc works for his father planning documentaries concerning mountain climbing and of course going to the highest peaks in the world in order to get good press. This attempt to conquer Everest fails and Derek dies on the mountain. His father is determined to find out if he was abandoned or murdered by one of the people on the expedition and left behind.
Michael decides to promote another expedition using the usual suspects (making sure that the same people are involved that were on the first) to make the story interesting. He is blaming the man who stayed with Derek on the mountain (Scott Devlon) until Derek's death. Also, on the ill-fated climb are Derek's wife, her latest flame, two people who work as photographer and writer of the documentaries, a beautiful TV reporter (of course), a doctor and many Sherpas, yaks and climbers to make it interesting. Their goal in Murder on Everest is to recover Derek Sodoc's body and bring it back for burial. Even though many expert climbers have died on Mt. Everest and been left there as a memorial to them, Michael insists that his son be brought back. Eventually, and before the climb, starts Sodoc's head of security arrives and also the muckraking reporter that wrote the first book shows up to tell the story of this trek.
Murder on Everest takes over where Abandoned on Everest leaves off. The story is nicely worked out with many (but long) back stories on the characters. I'm sure that many climbing enthusiasts out there will really love this book as the descriptions of the climb are very realistic and very dangerous. I know that I wouldn't want to do it and have to admire people who do. By all accounts this mountain doesn't want to be conquered and does everything it can to get rid of people who try. I admit that the idea of selling these books as a twosome was a good one. First, haul the readers in with Abandoned and then grab them with Murder. I'd recommend this to adventure readers more than mystery, as there is a lot of action. Starting with a tabloid tell-all book and going into a new expedition was a good premise. Some of the characters were very good because you could really feel instant dislike for them (the author of Abandoned and the security guard) and the story was a good one. Good luck to the authors with the Summit Series.