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Falling Into Green par Cher Fischer
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Falling Into Green (original 2012; édition 2012)

par Cher Fischer

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As an ecopsychologist, Dr. Esmeralda Green is skilled at solving the mysteries of the mind, especially if they collide with the laws of nature. But when a body is found below the crumbling cliffs near her Los Angeles home, she is pulled back in time to a tragedy that defies all understanding.When a young girl is murdered at the same cliff that took the life of her best childhood friend, Ez suspects the two are connected -- and, having always lived up to her ecological name, she has learned to trust her intuition and the cues that the natural world can offer. In fact, from her hybrid car to her organic diet, Ez is living a sustainable life in every way -- except for the man she's falling in love with, an attractive TV news reporter who drives, of all things, a Hummer.After Ez discovers a key piece of evidence, she is swept into a maze of corporate corruption and family secrets whose depths seem to have no bounds. As she finds herself venturing into ever more treacherous territory, her intuition and psychological skills can take her only so far. With the memory of her childhood friend haunting her at every turn, Ez finds herself falling further and further into danger.Both an eco-mystery and a love story, Cher Fischer's captivating debut novel offers an intimate look at the myriad ways in which nature defines us.… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:Falling Into Green
Auteurs:Cher Fischer
Info:Ashland Creek Press (2012), Paperback, 348 pages
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Esmeralda gets involved in solving the reason for the death of her high school friend's niece--who dies off the same cliff her friend jumped off 20 yr previously. Es is an ecopsychiatrist: one who uses a connection with nature to give her insights and to nurture healing in her patients.
Fischer's writing style reflects Es's thought patterns interestingly, and her thought patterns reflect the nature of the land around her: small earthquakes and land slides which require constant adapting and "going with the flow". ( )
  juniperSun | Feb 1, 2013 |
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[Falling into Green: an Eco-Mystery] by [[Cher Fischer]]

This is the first of a new mystery series with a main character who strives to live her life in a manner that respects and protects the environment. She has a private practice as a therapist whose main focus is ecopsychology. The main story revolves around our need for water, and specifically focuses on ocean water. It addresses the struggle we seem to experience with maintaining the American lifestyle without destroying ourselves. Of course one can run a profitable business without harming the environment, even one that helps the environment, but not one that does both if greed is involved. This is a good solid mystery. The individual struggle of the main character in living her daily life in an environmentally sensitive manner is threaded throughout. Sometimes I can become a little overwhelmed and hopeless with this struggle, but this character simply moves along, working hard to do what she can, and letting the rest go. I find that inspiring and intend to follow this series. I think it will keep me working in that direction, in whatever small ways I can. Oh - and there ARE dead bodies involved!

This review is based on an ebook given to me by the publisher. ( )
  mkboylan | Oct 18, 2012 |
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I was excited to receive this book through the Early Reviewer's program. I don't normally read a lot of mysteries, but I'm pretty passionate about the environment, so I was interested to see how well the "eco" fit in to an eco-mystery.

As it turned out, I thought that the environmental angle was a bit heavy-handed. The little eco-type details that were added in sometimes pulled me out of the story. That being said, I did like the environmental angle to the mystery itself. Overall, it was not a bad read, but not one I'd put at the top of the "to read" pile. ( )
  BrieAnn | Sep 26, 2012 |
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I enjoyed the book. I found myself getting caught into the story and the author created a place I wanted to visit.. It made me want to learn more about our impact on the earth and longterm changes we are creating. I also enjoyed the sense of understanding that you developed of the characters. My only really downside with the book was that I felt that the eco aspect got in the way of the story. I found it a little bit frustrating at times. I will definitely be watching for more books by Cher Fischer. ( )
  mich88 | Sep 26, 2012 |
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Falling into Green is billed as an eco-mystery and features Esmerelda (aka Emerald) Green, an ecopsychologist who uses horse-back riding, among other techniques, as patient therapy. Ez quotes a report that says: “Ecopsychology acknowledges the environment as an important part of the human psyche.” Indeed, there are environmental concerns woven throughout both the mystery and the lifestyle of the protagonist.

I had a hard time liking Esmerelda (‘Ez’) Green. She comes across as a self-righteous fanatic about environmental issues. Her reasoning seems faulty to me.

Wondering why materialism has come to mean the same thing as beauty. I realized that if the idea of beauty is also connected to health, and subsequently cancer, we may all be jumping off a cliff. Really. How can we expect to survive if our health is connected to a beauty that seeks to find itself in the money derived from polluting ourselves?

Huh? How did we get from materialism to cancer?

Don’t get me wrong – I 'm concerned about the planet too. I recycle, compost, hang my clothes to dry six months of the year, heat with wood instead of fossil fuels, and buy natural fabrics when I can. I drive a small car albeit not an electric one, I support wind power projects, buy locally when I can, and reuse rather than buy new if possible. But Ez rubs me the wrong way. She doesn’t seem to realize that there’s always more that all of us can do – her included, and that there are no easy answers to the issues facing the environment. Ez’s old couch with the 'organic stitching ' just doesn’t impress me.

Note: Falling into Green is written in the first person simple present tense. This is no doubt a matter of personal taste, but I found this irritating, especially when it deteriorated into what seemed like stream-of-consciousness. This was especially the case when Ez goes into a trance (“fusing” with her horse, or hearing her dead mother talking through the jacaranda tree in her backyard).

The mystery hidden in all this judgemental posturing is actually decent. Ez is drawn into the current death of a young woman at the same cliff where her childhood friend killed herself 15 years earlier. She finds the two deaths to be related, and in doing so uncovers an environmentally sinister past & present of a local manufacturer. I think a couple of the main characters (the villains) seem over-drawn but I suppose that’s the price to pay for a plot of global proportions.

According to the author bio “Fischer has long been involved in environmental issues and is passionate about the green movement in the United States.” I would have been surprised to hear otherwise: she has an axe to grind and is trying to hit us over the head with that axe through her fiction.

3 stars for the solid mystery. ( )
  ParadisePorch | Aug 31, 2012 |
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...I'd realized, deeply, that the best things in life, the most valuable, can't be controlled.
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The land sliding out from under your feet?
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Ultimately, I'm trying to keep alive a way of life that doesn't exist anymore. But...I love so much about that lost way of life. So I try to adapt, yet again. I try to figure it out: how to hold onto the best of both worlds. (p. 200)
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As an ecopsychologist, Dr. Esmeralda Green is skilled at solving the mysteries of the mind, especially if they collide with the laws of nature. But when a body is found below the crumbling cliffs near her Los Angeles home, she is pulled back in time to a tragedy that defies all understanding.When a young girl is murdered at the same cliff that took the life of her best childhood friend, Ez suspects the two are connected -- and, having always lived up to her ecological name, she has learned to trust her intuition and the cues that the natural world can offer. In fact, from her hybrid car to her organic diet, Ez is living a sustainable life in every way -- except for the man she's falling in love with, an attractive TV news reporter who drives, of all things, a Hummer.After Ez discovers a key piece of evidence, she is swept into a maze of corporate corruption and family secrets whose depths seem to have no bounds. As she finds herself venturing into ever more treacherous territory, her intuition and psychological skills can take her only so far. With the memory of her childhood friend haunting her at every turn, Ez finds herself falling further and further into danger.Both an eco-mystery and a love story, Cher Fischer's captivating debut novel offers an intimate look at the myriad ways in which nature defines us.

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