Dangerous Ground

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A little sharing here to help a buddy out, here.

Megan Rutter is a pal from up in Minnesota ‘don’t ya know.’ Sorry…Meg, I had to throw that in.

Anyway…she’s got a new one out, Dangerous Ground. I’ve posted all of her information here, bio, blurbs, links, etc to help spread the word for this wonderful young lady and I hope that you might take an interest and buy her story.

I’m pushing through a novel at the moment which I hope to finish by Thanksgiving and Megan’s Dangerous Ground will be next up.

I’ll be sure and let you know when I’ve finished it with a review both here and on Amazon.

If you’re looking for a good read over the holidays, give my indie pal, Megan Rutter, a try…you might be glad that you did?

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Sinkholes.  The perfect place to hide a body.  Until kids decide to explore one.

Standing over the skeletons of young women discovered deep beneath the earth, Deputy Sheriff Ingrid Olaffsen knows she is facing the challenge of her career: crimes she thought she’d never see in rural Minnesota.

The oldest of eight sisters and the first female deputy in Fillmore County, Ingrid hoped returning home after her father’s death would help her learn to love police work again.  That love of the job is tested in a way she’d never imagined as she hunts this psychopathic killer.

Soon another girl disappears and Ingrid knows she has to work fast before the unspeakable happens yet again.

When Michael Wilson appears in town, Ingrid is drawn to the enigmatic former Marine with sad eyes and a killer smile, but she doesn’t trust his motives. His kisses feel like the first drop of a rollercoaster, but Ingrid doesn’t know if it’s her or the case that Michael’s truly interested in. She does know that the only place she feels strong and whole is in his arms.

They must learn to trust each other and let go of the secrets in their past or a monster will be left free to kill.

How can Ingrid believe in love when she can’t trust the ground beneath her feet?

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M.R. Rutter was born in the mountains of Colorado to an ex-hippy and former Marine.  She spent much of her childhood on her grandparents ranch near Leadville CO.

She studied forensic anthropology and ancient history in college and started her professional life as an assistant to her advisors while working on her coursework and thesis.  After years of teaching other professors’ classes and putting murdered children back together rather than working on her focus, ancient remains, Megan left the field to pursue a career as a writer.

She now lives and works on a sustainable agriculture research farm in Minnesota with her husband, daughter and a menagerie of animals where she is a full time farmer, research assistant, mother and writer.

Happily for M. R. she can still fill her novels with mummies, skeletons and corpses.

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“Rutter gets it right in this debut novel. With a keen eye for gritty

detail, she’s crafted a compelling page-turner that will especially appeal

to readers seeking edgy, realistic romantic suspense. Dangerous Ground

launches a promising career!”

–* New York Times* Bestselling Author Wendy Corsi Staub

 Shorter version:

“Rutter gets it right in the debut novel… Dangerous Ground launches a promising career!”

–* New York Times* Bestselling Author Wendy Corsi Staub

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 R. Rutter knows small towns and she knows forensics. When she puts

the two together, she comes up with a cracking good story about the hunt

for a serial killer. A page-turner, beginning to end.

 -Eileen Dreyer. * New York Times Bestselling Author

 Shorter Version:

 R. Rutter knows small towns and she knows forensics… A page-turner, beginning to end.

 

-Eileen Dreyer. * New York Times Bestselling Author

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 “Dangerous Ground” is one brilliantly written first novel. To me personally the first few chapters are very important in the story, and I must say M.R. Rutter pulled me right into her story and held my attention until the very last page was turned. It’s not an easy task for any writer, but she pulled the intrigue off admirably – till the very end I couldn’t guess who the main perpetrator was.

Ingrid Olaffsen is a sheriff’s deputy, who prefers to work in a quiet little town where she grew up with her sisters and where she knows everyone, until one day human remains are found in a sinkhole and soon it becomes evident that a serial killer is hiding among the familiar town folk, smart, dangerous and ready to pounce on a new unsuspecting victim. Ingrid’s investigation becomes even more complicated once she meets a mysterious new man in town, Michael, a former marine, who seems to be a little too interested in her investigation and not only in her personally…

I absolutely loved how real Ingrid’s character is and how easy it was for me to connect with her from the very first pages and root for her along the way. All the characters were true to life and multi-dimensional, it felt like I was actually there, in a small rural town walking amongst them, getting to know them, and that’s another thing that makes this novel so compelling, aside from the riveting plot. Highly recommended!

Ellie Midwood, Author of The Austrian and Emilia

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Two-sentence:

Deftly balances a three-way tightrope between police procedural, family

dramedy, and a truly sick torture killer. Don’t read if you’re alone in the

house!

 Longer version if needed:

 M.R. Rutter brings the reader alongside a female cop dealing with

workplace misogyny amid a case worthy of headlines. She also takes us

inside the mind of one of the sickest torture-killers I’ve ever read. Amid

the chaos, we’re treated to some of the most authentic family dramedy I’ve

read–plus a potential love story. Rutter balances it all with skill and

ease: I opened this book every time I had a few minutes to spare, and I

wasn’t disappointed. Don’t read if you’re alone in the house!

 Alice Loweecey, author of the Giulia Driscoll Mystery Series 

***

 M.R. Rutter’s Dangerous Grounds digs down into the back roads and sinkholes of rural Minnesota, where a cop fleeing Minneapolis’s crime rates and her own growing cynicism tries to rebuild a life with her sisters on the family farm after the death of her parents.  But the rural towns and countryside that were supposed to be safe and wholesome have been revealed as the dumping ground for a serial killer who’s been at work over the last twenty years.  The back woods weren’t so safe at all.

 Full of great twists and turns, lots of sex positivity, and the most sarcastic family since the Addams—an enjoyable, mold-breaking police procedural that moves crime out of the big city and to places to hit (for me) closer to home.

 -DeAnna Knippling, author A Murder of Crows

 ***

 MR Rutter’s novel DANGEROUS GROUND is a terrific debut. A tough heroine,

some blistering romance, a little bit of sibling rivalry, and a detestable

villain sowing sinkholes with corpses populate this tension-laced thriller.

Ingrid Olaffsen is a cop worth rooting for: smart, tenacious, bold, and

possessed of wicked hand-to-hand combat skills. Let’s hope this isn’t the

last time she’s called on to get rural Minnesota out of a jam!

 -Nick Hight, author Vendetta

 ***

 M.R. Rutter fills her prose with evocative details that make her settings

come to life in all their wonderful creepiness, such as describing a

tree branch, “its bark peeling off like decaying skin,” or a T-shirt “the

color of wilted buttercups.”

 Anyone who enjoys the cool-as-hell forensics of *Bones* or *CSI *will

love *Dangerous Ground. *M.R. Rutter uses the lingo with authority and makes you feel like you’re inside the investigation. Maybe it’s the science nerd in me, but

reading about the effects of rodent predation on remains was fascinating.

Not many procedurals manage to pull off that sort of thing, but this

author makes it feel organic, like the reader is learning right next to

no-nonsense lady cop Ingrid Olaffsen.

 The romance between main characters Ingrid and Michael is satisfying, and

not at all formulaic. Ingrid sees something she likes and she goes for it.

I like that in a woman. Tension builds for the reader because we know

Michael has an ulterior motive for charming her. His internal conflict

makes him an absorbing character.

 If you like for strong female protagonists, you’ll find one here. Ingrid is

the rock of her family, and that’s saying a lot because she’s the oldest of

eight sisters. Eight! That’s some serious estrogen power. Ingrid’s

relationship with her sisters is one of my favorites parts of the book. She

shares easy humor and good-natured ribbing with the older ones. To the

youngest, only 17, she struggles to fill the shoes of their dead mother.

You have to respect a woman handling the difficulty of raising a teenager

while she works to solve a series of horrific murders.

 Libby Doyle, author of The Covalent Series and member of Romance Writers of America

 

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