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
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After Murder On Everest I looked forward to Murder On Elbrus and was certainly not disappointed.
This book, the third in the Summit Murder Mystery Series, takes place on Elbrus, the highest peak in Europe. This mountain is not as high as Everest but certainly the story of the climb is just as exciting as Murder on Everest was. The summit is 18,510 feet, which is the same elevation as the Base Camp at Everest and a bit easier to get to. There is a bus that brings the climbers to the base of the mountain, and then a chair lift is used to bring them most of the way up the mountain. The chair carries passengers to 12,000 feet and from there you climb the 6500 feet to the summit. Or, you can catch a ride in a snow cat, which is a Russian tractor, and keep out of the horrid cold for another 3000 feet and then only have to climb about 3500 feet to reach the summit. Unfortunately, this is not as easy as it sounds, as many people have died on the mountain because it looks a lot easier than it is and novice climbers did not wear the proper clothes and shoes and ended up getting into a whole lot of trouble.
But enough of climbing instructions!! Having just recovered from a disaster on Mt. Everest, Scott Devlon, a famous mountain climber, has come to southern Russia to observe a European Union sponsored conference. This conference turns very serious when the Prime Minister of Russia is murdered on the mountain. Scott, of course, is in trouble again. Everyone always seems to think that he had something to do with the killing, and Scott, with characters from the last book, heads out across Russia followed closely by the Russian Army. Along the way, there are many clandestine moments where things are revealed to Scott and he doesn't know who's with him and who's against him, which makes for an interesting story.
This new Summit Mystery is just as exciting as the previous book and full of thrills and chills until the end. Watch for the next one - Murder on Mt. McKinley – which will be published next year. I know I will be waiting impatiently for it as it is in Alaska and makes a beautiful picture. I sure wouldn't want to scale it but I certainly admire the people who do.