An IndieBRAG Medallion Honoree and was a finalist in the Chanticleer Book Review CLUE Awards for 2013 and the Chanticleer Mystery and Mayhem Awards for 2014..
A biking and camping trip to southeastern Minnesota turns into double trouble for Frannie Shoemaker and her friends as she deals with a canoeing mishap and a couple of bodies. Strange happenings in the campground, the nearby nature learning center, and an old power plant complicate the suspect pool and Frannie tries to stay out of it - really - but what can she do? After all, she is only curious, but sometimes it isn't just cats who have trouble with that!
©2013 Karen Musser Nortman (P)2016 Karen Musser Nortman
Denver, Co metro area resident for over fifty-five years. Retired, Mid 60's, Male, own over 9,750 Kindle books, and over 470Audible books.
Is it Shakespeare? Is it Michael Connelly? No, it isn't... but, that's not a bad thing! This is well plotted, with characters that you become very fond of throughout the outstanding series. Mystery that itches to be solved. Settings and circumstances that call out to me, anyway.
The other books in the Frannie Shoemaker series.
Michelle appropriately keeps the story and characters moving. I can visualize the action taking place. Her voice work adds to and doesn't detract from a listener's enjoyment.
Fishing pole, check... camping stove, check... body bags, check...
I have many of this series on my Kindle as e books. The audio versions are all well done and my suggestion is, if you enjoy light mysteries, to check this series out.
Thanks for the opportunity to listen and review!
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.
I listened to audiobooks before they were cool! I read for LibriVox and I adore Stephen Briggs, T.G. Reynolds and Richard Armitage.
My boyfriend got upset with me for listening to this book.
You see, he was messaging me to bring food and I didn't notice, because there is a murder and Frannie has a hunch on who did it and she may be in danger aaaaand the story just completely sucked me in. So I bought him food and two extra Kinder chocolate bars to appease him. He's delightfully cranky when he's hungry :)
Well anyway, this story is how I picture the Famous Five as pensioners. Going on adventures in their trailers, unmistakably running into mysteries. I liked the writing and the story a lot. I was just surprised when it ended. It may benefit from a stronger reveal. Hercule Poirot style, maybe :)
Easy writing, good plotting, quirky characters, a wonderful narrator. It's got everything a cozy mystery should have. Somebody should film this series :D
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
Mother of 5, Grandmother of 10, RN (retired!), Avid reader, enjoys sewing, knitting and cross-stitching.
Peete and Repeat by Karne Musser Nortman is another hit in the delightful Frannie Shoemaker series. Frannie and friends are off to the campground again and of course, there's murder afoot. One evening twin sisters, photographers by trade, stopped by Frannie's campsite to visit and seemed to be living the life. By morning they were pushing up daisies! This cozy whodunit has plenty of antics and adventures to keep the pages turning--with abandoned power plants and tunnels, meth labs, a wannabe Nashville singer, and a gigolo to boot. And sure enough, the suspects just keep lining up. Can Frannie stay safe while poking around to solve the mystery? These books almost make me want to go camping. With Frannie at the next campsite, I'm sure there would never be a dull moment. Michelle Babb does a great job in narrating the audio book, giving each character their own voice and making an enjoyable listening experience.
I was given a complimentary copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review
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Read on September 24, 2016
Group of retired friends take their trailers to a familiar campground and get involved in a murder investigation. All of the characters are totally believable, and so are their interactions. The weaving of the background of those who become the victims is not seamless, but it works anyway. It was good, and the length was perfect!
I have the audio version, and Michelle Babb is perfect in portraying each character and the narratives.
I requested and received a free copy from the publisher, author, or narrator courtesy of AudiobookB00M.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com." defiantly will read this again.. highly recommended for true mystery fans. I liked the story and I love the narration by Michelle Babb.. murder mystery and so much more...
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Finding both twins dead was a real twist.
Good again! Good cadence and diction.
Yes, you wanted to find out what would happen next.
"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom."
I love cozy mysteries, but cozy mystery series are a special kind of beast. We get to learn so much about these characters and watch as they (hopefully) learn from their past mistakes. But by the same token you have to suspend a measure of disbelief. I mean, how many murders can a single family come across before you have to question whether they have some terrible demon hanging around them. Despite this hurdle, the Shoemakers are full of humor and thrills. The title of this one is a bit cheesy, but it's definitely not the worse I've ever seen.
Michelle Babb is basically my cozy mystery go-to narrator. Her soft accent is just enough to make you feel comfortable and laugh at even the darkest of humor. Every time she narrates a new book she gets better and better. Her female voices become more defined and her male voices sound like they belong to a male. Just beautiful.
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
This was the second Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mystery I've read (or listened to) and I have to say that they really draw me in and keep me going back for more. The whole idea of Frannie and her husband Larry going camping with friends repeatedly seems like a blast to me. The characters are all quite arresting individually, from the prankster to the woman that wants to plan everything for everyone. Frannie always ends up finding a body and she always ends up getting herself in a pickle in the end as she figures out "who-dun-it".
These books are just a joy to listen to. They have mystery and lots of comedy! Michelle Babb does an excellent job once again with the voicing of the characters and the pacing of the narration.
I was given this book free in exchange for an honest review.
Thank God for books of all kinds and ears to hear
Something about this series reminds me of Scooby Doo, even though there is no sleuthing dog. The 'grown-ups' are overgrown kids - my favorite- who banter well with each other and provide the reader or listener with lots of antics. I quite like the dynamics of the two couples and the mystery itself was okay.
The narration was very good except her fake southern accent was too good. Have to listen to it to know what i mean.
I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.
A lover of cozy mysteries, contemporary romance and getting lost in the world of audiobooks
I loved the last book in thIs series so I couldn't wait to dive into this next installment! For one, I adore Michelle Babb's narration & she really gives life to Frannie and all the characters in the campers crew. I love the playful bickering between the characters & Frannie and her husband are truly a good ole fashion married couple; grumbling lovingly about each other, but ultimately supporting one another when needed. They brought a lot of chuckles to the story.
The mystery itself was fun to follow along with. I felt like I knew who the killer was from the beginning but still felt myself questioning it, so it's not an easy give away. The plot has plenty of humor & action mixed in with the main mystery, and all of the characters feel real life relatable. I can't wait for book 4! I was gifted this book in exchange for my honest unbiased review.
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