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Shortly after Rachel Stanhope moves onto her aunt's Colorado ranch, she goes on an expedition with the local birdwatching society -- and finds a snooping journalist's dead body. Shortly after Rachel Stanhope moves onto her aunt's Colorado ranch, she goes on an expedition with the local birdwatching society -- and finds a snooping journalist's dead body.


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Shortly after Rachel Stanhope moves onto her aunt's Colorado ranch, she goes on an expedition with the local birdwatching society -- and finds a snooping journalist's dead body. Shortly after Rachel Stanhope moves onto her aunt's Colorado ranch, she goes on an expedition with the local birdwatching society -- and finds a snooping journalist's dead body.

30 review for A Rant of Ravens

  1. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Steffy

    Full disclosure: when I was approached about reading and reviewing “A Rant of Ravens” by Christine Goff, I knew absolutely nothing about birdwatching. I knew nothing about that world. I knew nothing about the monetary values assigned to birds in trade situations. I knew nothing about nesting patterns, etc. But there was still something intriguing to me about the story of Rachel Wilder Stanhope and the mystery at Bird Haven, so I decided to take the plunge. I’m very glad that I stepped out of my c Full disclosure: when I was approached about reading and reviewing “A Rant of Ravens” by Christine Goff, I knew absolutely nothing about birdwatching. I knew nothing about that world. I knew nothing about the monetary values assigned to birds in trade situations. I knew nothing about nesting patterns, etc. But there was still something intriguing to me about the story of Rachel Wilder Stanhope and the mystery at Bird Haven, so I decided to take the plunge. I’m very glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone and gave the book a chance. It’s quite a good mystery that takes you on a journey through environmental activism, birding and the twists and turns of human motivation. Not everyone who has good intentions is a positive character and not everyone with commercial aspirations is what he/she seems. I liked that it kept me guessing and that just as I thought I had it all figured out, a new turn would come along. To read more from this review: http://datingandothermyths.com/2015/0...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Black

    I spent my childhood before video games, cable TV and the internet, and used to identify birds in our back yard with my mother, so I enjoyed hearing about a birding group. The aunt's husband was named after my favorite, Tanager, and that's not the only Easter egg (no pun intended)!! But it's an enjoyable mystery as well as information-packed about numerous nature topics, with fun characters and a strong heroine . I spent my childhood before video games, cable TV and the internet, and used to identify birds in our back yard with my mother, so I enjoyed hearing about a birding group. The aunt's husband was named after my favorite, Tanager, and that's not the only Easter egg (no pun intended)!! But it's an enjoyable mystery as well as information-packed about numerous nature topics, with fun characters and a strong heroine .

  3. 5 out of 5

    Janice

    3.5 Stars. This is a fast and easy read that introduces the Birdwatchers series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amelia

    More like 3.5. I'm definitely going to continue the series. If there had been maybe a few less characters and a little more depth of characterisation, I would have rated it higher, but since it's the introduction to a series I'm hoping to get to know the people better in later books. From the synopses of the next two it seems that each one might focus on a different character in the birdwatching group, I hope so because that would be fun. More like 3.5. I'm definitely going to continue the series. If there had been maybe a few less characters and a little more depth of characterisation, I would have rated it higher, but since it's the introduction to a series I'm hoping to get to know the people better in later books. From the synopses of the next two it seems that each one might focus on a different character in the birdwatching group, I hope so because that would be fun.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Art (aka Whistler Reads)

    ⭐⭐⭐⅗ Just the type of Cozy I prefer: ᕗslice of life... ᕗ strong characters stepping up and showing personal growth... ᕗ a lot of background supporting environs/milieu... ᕗand a mystery or two mixed in. I wish there were more stars in the rating system, it's more than a three, but not quite 'solid' enough for a four... subjective, I know ... I'll most certainly be continuing with this one... ♪♪(👍ᐛ )👍 ⭐⭐⭐⅗ Just the type of Cozy I prefer: ᕗslice of life... ᕗ strong characters stepping up and showing personal growth... ᕗ a lot of background supporting environs/milieu... ᕗand a mystery or two mixed in. I wish there were more stars in the rating system, it's more than a three, but not quite 'solid' enough for a four... subjective, I know ... I'll most certainly be continuing with this one... ♪♪(👍ᐛ )👍

  6. 5 out of 5

    Woody

    An entertaining who-dunnit for birders, reminiscent of Nevada Barr tales in National Parks. This fictional tale was set in the Colorado Rockies and involved a complex web of eco-terrorists. It was a nice break from the long, dense historical tomes I have been reading.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rita

    Loved the setting. Few too many characters.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    bit dull

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katherine P

    Full Review: http://iwishilivedinalibrary.blogspot... This was an interesting mystery. I liked that Rachel was new to the birdwatching and bird rescue field so that we learned along with her. The information on the birds was fascinating and I frequently found myself looking up different birds to see what they look like. I don't see myself ever going on a birdwatching expedition but it was interesting all the same. The mystery was compelling and I definitely kept turning the pages to see what happ Full Review: http://iwishilivedinalibrary.blogspot... This was an interesting mystery. I liked that Rachel was new to the birdwatching and bird rescue field so that we learned along with her. The information on the birds was fascinating and I frequently found myself looking up different birds to see what they look like. I don't see myself ever going on a birdwatching expedition but it was interesting all the same. The mystery was compelling and I definitely kept turning the pages to see what happened next. There were lots of twists and turns and while I guess the who (I read a lot of mysteries so I'm generally surprised if I DON'T guess the who) but all the whys were interesting. I'm not normally a big fan of a really hostile character but I thought Gertie was well used. She obviously detested Rachel and Aunt Miriam but she was used just enough to be almost a devil's advocate and a counter-argument but not used so much that she got annoying. Con: While I found all the bird information interesting I got a little restless with the paragraphs about the different legislation. Some of the descriptions got a little detailed and technical. Also, Rachel's behavior bordered on TSTL. She confronts people and snoops in places she most definitely shouldn't. Overall: While not perfect this was an interesting mystery that kept me reading and guessing the outcome.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy

    This first mystery by Christine Goff was mildly entertaining. It featured one of my favorite activities, birding, as a central part of the plot. Indeed, this is the first in her series of "birdwatching mysteries." The references to birds and to birding were enough to keep me reading to the end, although I had successfully solved the mystery long before the heroine, Rachel Stanhope. Rachel is a New York City girl who is in the midst of the breakup of her marriage. At the invitation of her Aunt Mir This first mystery by Christine Goff was mildly entertaining. It featured one of my favorite activities, birding, as a central part of the plot. Indeed, this is the first in her series of "birdwatching mysteries." The references to birds and to birding were enough to keep me reading to the end, although I had successfully solved the mystery long before the heroine, Rachel Stanhope. Rachel is a New York City girl who is in the midst of the breakup of her marriage. At the invitation of her Aunt Miriam, she goes to Colorado to stay with her at "Bird Haven," her raptor rehabilitation center. Unfortunately, soon after Rachel arrives, she stumbles over the dead body of a birders' magazine reporter. Shortly thereafter, Aunt Miriam disappears along with three valuable birds and it looks very much as if she might be the murderer. Rachel doesn't believe it, of course, and sets out to prove otherwise and to find her aunt, who she believes may be in danger. As I said, the mystery was mildly entertaining. It could have been a bit tighter and the scenes of danger could have been a bit more suspenseful and - um - dangerous. But, overall, it was just interesting enough to keep me reading the other entries in the series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Bronder

    Rachel’s world comes crashing down on her when she finds her husband in bed with another woman. Her Aunt Miriam suggests to Rachel to come out to the Bird Haven in Colorado to clear her head of the divorce. The Bird Haven helps rehabilitate raptors and is a place for bird watchers. When a special sparrow is spotted at the Bird Haven, people come in search of it. Rachel then stumbles upon a dead body. Then Miriam goes missing along with three birds. It’s looking like Miriam may be the killer and Rachel’s world comes crashing down on her when she finds her husband in bed with another woman. Her Aunt Miriam suggests to Rachel to come out to the Bird Haven in Colorado to clear her head of the divorce. The Bird Haven helps rehabilitate raptors and is a place for bird watchers. When a special sparrow is spotted at the Bird Haven, people come in search of it. Rachel then stumbles upon a dead body. Then Miriam goes missing along with three birds. It’s looking like Miriam may be the killer and it’s time or Rachel to figure out what is going on. This is a cute little mystery. If you don’t know anything about bird watching be prepared, you soon will. I like how it is presented without dragging down the story. You will also stumble into the exotic bird trade and people that are willing to do whatever it takes to get there hands on a rare bird. I loved the mystery and how it slowly unfolded. This is a really great cozy mystery. This is Astor + Blue launching The Birdwatcher’s Mystery series. Make sure to check it out if you like mysteries and add the other books to your list too. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    A rant of Ravens by Christine Goff Rachael Stanhope goes to Colorado to visit her Aunt Miriam. Miriam is a bird enthusiast, her property holds a bird sanctuary and she has many acres of land for the birds. Miriam asks her niece if she could cover for her in her weekly bird club , Rachel reluctantly accepts. Soon a report if found dead, one who was looking to expose Miriam's late husband and a bird trafficking scheme. Miriam becomes the number one suspect and soon she goes missing. Rachel is first A rant of Ravens by Christine Goff Rachael Stanhope goes to Colorado to visit her Aunt Miriam. Miriam is a bird enthusiast, her property holds a bird sanctuary and she has many acres of land for the birds. Miriam asks her niece if she could cover for her in her weekly bird club , Rachel reluctantly accepts. Soon a report if found dead, one who was looking to expose Miriam's late husband and a bird trafficking scheme. Miriam becomes the number one suspect and soon she goes missing. Rachel is first to try to find her Aunt and clear her name. A fast paced murder mystery. Rachael is likable and so is the eccentric Miriam. The suspect list is very high, when you think you know who did it, another person seems to be the one. I like that in a book, one that keeps you guessing. I also liked all the details about birds, bird watching, birds on the extinct list. I found this informative and learned a lot about birds. I feel that those who like a cozy murder mystery and birds will enjoy A Rant of Ravens.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Star

    After catching her husband with another woman, Rachel Stanhope escapes to her Aunt Miriam’s ranch in Colorado to take stock of her situation. Miriam is a passionate bird enthusiast and hosts meetings of local birdwatching society. When Rachel agrees to go out with them on her first birding expedition, she stumbles upon the dead body of a reporter who was trying to make trouble for her aunt. Now Miriam and her friends are suspects in the violent death and soon after the investigation starts Miria After catching her husband with another woman, Rachel Stanhope escapes to her Aunt Miriam’s ranch in Colorado to take stock of her situation. Miriam is a passionate bird enthusiast and hosts meetings of local birdwatching society. When Rachel agrees to go out with them on her first birding expedition, she stumbles upon the dead body of a reporter who was trying to make trouble for her aunt. Now Miriam and her friends are suspects in the violent death and soon after the investigation starts Miriam disappears along with three precious birds, which only serves to make her look guilty. I didn’t know anything about serious birdwatching when I started A RANT OF RAVENS, so it was nice to learn about something new. The author takes the reader through a twisted path on the journey to solve the mystery of the reporter’s murder and Miriam’s disappearance. A RANT OF RAVENS seemed a little old-fashioned, especially in the computer technology areas, so it might serve from a little updating. A RANT OF RAVENS is a cozy mystery set in the birding world, with enough intrigue to entertain the traditional mystery lover without any of the gore which would be distasteful to some readers.

  14. 4 out of 5

    I'd So Rather Be Reading {Nat}

    A Rant of Ravens was a fun, light read. I really enjoyed it! I was drawn to this book after I read about the setting: the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. My family vacationed there every summer growing up, and reading A Rant of Ravens was like being back in the mountains again. I loved that aspect of the story---the beautiful imagery was one of my favorite things about this book. I love a good stand-alone read and A Rant of Ravens is the perfect example of why stand-alone novels are so A Rant of Ravens was a fun, light read. I really enjoyed it! I was drawn to this book after I read about the setting: the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. My family vacationed there every summer growing up, and reading A Rant of Ravens was like being back in the mountains again. I loved that aspect of the story---the beautiful imagery was one of my favorite things about this book. I love a good stand-alone read and A Rant of Ravens is the perfect example of why stand-alone novels are so satisfying. The story is complete! No cliffhangers, no waiting to see what happens. The action happened, the mystery got solved, and the characters moved on with their lives. A Rant of Ravens is a murder mystery, and it was written in a way that made it feel almost light hearted. I love it when authors don't take their books too seriously, and Goff hit just the right note with this story. I was surprised by the ending and I loved that. I also liked that this is a clean adult fiction novel. A Rant of Ravens is a fast, fun read, and I'd definitely read Christine Goff again.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia Walker

    I'm so glad that this mystery is the first in a series, as that means there are more of them to read! One doesn't need to be a birder to enjoy this book, but the birding and raptor rescue aspects are a special treat if one is. It's hard to find murder mysteries featuring the birding community that aren't poorly written, so finding an exception to this dismal rule is nice. "A Rant of Ravens" is a quick, fun, clean read. The fact that Lark, our heroine, isn't a birder herself, and has no particula I'm so glad that this mystery is the first in a series, as that means there are more of them to read! One doesn't need to be a birder to enjoy this book, but the birding and raptor rescue aspects are a special treat if one is. It's hard to find murder mysteries featuring the birding community that aren't poorly written, so finding an exception to this dismal rule is nice. "A Rant of Ravens" is a quick, fun, clean read. The fact that Lark, our heroine, isn't a birder herself, and has no particular interest in it, just adds to the fun, and gives the author a chance to explain a little about birds, birding, and the birding community. The plot was complex enough to keep me guessing, and when it came to who-done-it, I guessed wrong. Looking forward to more in the series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    I would give this 3 1/2 stars This is a slightly older mystery being reissued (circa 1998 or so) and you can tell by some of the terminology in the book (telecommuting via modem and the computer discs). Despite that, the book was enjoyable and the author did a good job of not letting on who the killer was and why. I was truly surprised at that revelation but it made sense once you knew the whole story. I did wonder how Rachel was able to leave her job to help her aunt in another state, but was gla I would give this 3 1/2 stars This is a slightly older mystery being reissued (circa 1998 or so) and you can tell by some of the terminology in the book (telecommuting via modem and the computer discs). Despite that, the book was enjoyable and the author did a good job of not letting on who the killer was and why. I was truly surprised at that revelation but it made sense once you knew the whole story. I did wonder how Rachel was able to leave her job to help her aunt in another state, but was glad to see that was explained a little bit into the book. I don't know a lot about birds so it was interesting to hear some of the descriptions and learn about birds and what is on the endangered list and such.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    A very enjoyable mystery that kept me guessing. I liked Rachel's unexpected tenacity and ferocity and, of course, the mountain sanctuary setting. Goff had me doubting even the conservation officer and the sheriff. A nice companion to my collection of Ann Cleeves Birdwatcher Myteries. Unfortunately, this series is Out of Print and must be searched in in Used Bookstores as is the case with the Cleeves Birder Mysteries. Cleeves does have a nice new series available, however, called The Sheltland Is A very enjoyable mystery that kept me guessing. I liked Rachel's unexpected tenacity and ferocity and, of course, the mountain sanctuary setting. Goff had me doubting even the conservation officer and the sheriff. A nice companion to my collection of Ann Cleeves Birdwatcher Myteries. Unfortunately, this series is Out of Print and must be searched in in Used Bookstores as is the case with the Cleeves Birder Mysteries. Cleeves does have a nice new series available, however, called The Sheltland Island Quartet. The fourth book in the Quartet comes our in the Fall of 2010.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I enjoyed this book and whipped through it pretty quickly. The reason for the three star and not higher is that whilst the story and subject matter were interesting, the characters were a little hollow for me and at first, because there are so many of them, I found the plot a little confusing - it took me a while to be able to picture all the cast. That said, it is an enjoyable read and allows for several hours insight into the world of birds, bird people and bird dealing.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Dudley

    3 stars from me only because birds and bird rehabbers form the setting for this book I would have absolutely loved as an avid pre-teen reader. But, despite the frustrating pace and some irritating character development passages, I am impressed that Christine Goff develops plots in this setting. I feel hopeful about the natural world

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kate Cleland-sipfle

    Having birded in Rocky Mountain National Park within a year of reading this mystery, I found myself back in familiar haunts as the plot unfolded. Goff, like Berndt Heinrich, knows that ravens are really smart and gives them an interesting and believable role. Enough said...a treat for birders who know or want an impression of the birding environments of RMNP.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    This book had two things going for it: it's about a group of birdwatchers, and it's set in Estes Park. Goff needed a stronger editor but her writing has promise. I'll try another book in the series. This book had two things going for it: it's about a group of birdwatchers, and it's set in Estes Park. Goff needed a stronger editor but her writing has promise. I'll try another book in the series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    R.

    I liked this because I am a new birder and needed a book for a long flight. And the Colorado location interested me. That said, I finished the book before landing. Still, it kept me entertained, even though it was light reading.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    Fun and fast-paced. A quick easy read, read in an evening. A clean book too. Informative about birds.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia

    Mystery

  25. 5 out of 5

    Milly

    Takes place near Rocky Mountain National Park in an area I'd just hiked and is about birds. What more could I want? Nice fluff mystery. Takes place near Rocky Mountain National Park in an area I'd just hiked and is about birds. What more could I want? Nice fluff mystery.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shonna Froebel

    Liked this one better than the other one of hers I read. It was less complicated, and thus felt less forced.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julie Fetcho

    Awesome mystery and you learn a bit about ravens also.

  28. 5 out of 5

    T

  29. 5 out of 5

    Aashna Parakh

  30. 5 out of 5

    ABW

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