Review: ‘Tahoe Avalanche’ by Todd Borg |

Review: ‘Tahoe Avalanche’ by Todd Borg

In this latest thriller in the Owen McKenna Tahoe mystery series, detective McKenna is asked to investigate the death of a young man killed in a massive avalanche at Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe. McKenna, his Harlequin Great Dane Spot, and girlfriend Street Casey become involved in the suspicious deaths of three more people by avalanche as they pursue leads and clues that take them from the wintry landscape of Lake Tahoe, to the Central Valley, San Francisco, and the Sierra Foothills.

Along the way we learn about training avalanche rescue dogs, the mechanics of a snow avalanche, and the explosives that ski resorts use for avalanche control. Gradually, McKenna discovers the common denominator that connects the four young people and links them to an event involving the Carson City Mint in the 1870’s.

Todd Borg writes with a strong sense of place and moves the plot along with crisp narrative, dialog, and great character development. “Tahoe Avalanche” is the sixth mystery novel set in Lake Tahoe featuring detective Owen McKenna and his Great Dane Spot. Visit Todd at

I would include Todd Borg in the group of mystery writers that write with a strong sense of place such as Tony Hillerman and his novels rooted in the Southwest featuring Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee.

The book is published by Thriller Press.


William Clark lives in Grass Valley and likes to submit an occasional book review.

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