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Reviewed by John R. Clark
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November, 2006
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I enjoyed this book immensely. It might be the first or
near first in a new genre-the psychic cosy. Lynn
Osterkamp has combined elements of her professional
experience and the community of Boulder, Colorado
into a nicely crafted plot.  The result is a very readable
mystery that kept me wondering who really pushed
Adam off the edge of the Grand Canyon right up to
the point where the culprit was unmasked.
Several things work well in this book.  First, the
author weaves the neighborhoods and surrounding
natural features of Boulder into the story in ways that
made me feel like I was there or at least could easily
visualize them.  That's a rare gift and certainly one
that bodes well for future books. The variety of
characters also works.  There are numerous players,
but they all have a logical fit in the story.  Nobody
seems like a throw-in. While their emotions edge close
to 'over-the-top' at times, they never cross that
invisible line that starts turning them into caricatures.
The psychic aspect works because the author has
done her homework, particularly in terms of educating
the reader regarding how Cleo, the protagonist, got
started in that aspect of her grief therapy practice.
Having spent 27 years in the mental health field, I can
attest to the idiosyncrasies of psychologists and Lynn
captures some of that very nicely in this story. It is
also worth noting that in the acknowledgements, the
author credits her local Sisters in Crime group with
helpful criticism and feedback. This group is one of
the best things to happen to women writers and
demonstrates the author's desire to get things right
before publication.
I'm happy to add this to the Hartland Library and can
think of several patrons that will enjoy reading it as
much as I have. A winner for sure.
John R. Clark
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Reviewed by Joe Graham
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artheEdge.html
December, 2006
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?