The Blue Coyote is an IndieBRAG Medallion honoree and a finalist in the 2013 CLUE Awards.
Frannie and Larry Shoemaker love taking their grandchildren, Sabet and Joe, camping with them. But at Bluffs State Park, Frannie finds herself worrying more than usual about their safety, and when another young girl disappears from the campground in broad daylight, her fears increase. The fun of a bike ride, a flea market, marshmallow guns, and a storyteller are quickly overshadowed. Accusations against Larry and her add to the cloud over their heads. Frannie begins to puzzle out the mystery: Are the itinerant road workers as much of a threat as Frannie thinks? What about the lone woman camper who also disappears? Or is the girl's deadbeat dad behind it all?
©2013 Karen Musser Nortman (P)2016 Karen Musser Nortman
Larry and Frannie Shoemaker are off on another of their camping adventures with friends, and their two grandchildren, Sabet and Joe, are with them. All seems well except for a little girl who rides her bicycle with very noisy training wheels that drive Larry crazy--until that very girl disappears, right after complaining to another camper that Larry frightened her.
Suddenly Larry, a grandfather and retired police officer, is in the minds of many of their fellow campers the prime suspect in a child's disappearance.
Frannie just can't leave the investigation to the police, and soon she has their friends, Mickey and Jane-Ann, involved in the search as well. With clues pointing in several directions, and the missing girl's frightened mother having latched onto Larry as, at least, her prime suspect, it's only a partial comfort when a familiar face from a previous adventure turns up to lead the official investigation.
Overall, this is a good, strong mystery, with nicely developed characters who are likable and engaging. There's some reference to past events, but that acts to give the characters more depth without making it necessary to read the previous book first. It is unfortunate that, early on, a critical event depends on one character acting decidedly out of character. It's commented on at the time, and never really accounted for. Regardless, though, it's still an excellent story. The icing on the cake for this audio version is the narrator; Michelle Babb has a voice that's both pleasant and strong, capable of cutting through road noise effectively for those of us who listen to books in our cars!
I received a free copy of this audiobook and am reviewing it voluntarily.
This is the second book in the Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mystery series. It’s the first book I’ve read by this author and I’m already hooked.
The main characters are likeable and well-written. The plot intrigued me and kept me guessing. It is fast-paced.
I listened to the audio version. The narrator, Michelle Babb, always draws me into the stories she narrates. Her voice is perfect for story telling. She does a great job with it.
I’m adding this series to my list of cozies I want to read.
FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
cozy-mystery, amateur-sleuth, abduction, camping, seniors, law-enforcement
Read on October 05, 2016
Another excellent cozy mystery with a campground background. Although this is an ongoing series, each is a sound standalone. The ongoing characters are a group of friends who enjoy each other's company and plan weekends at different state parks, which are enjoyable until a police matter intervenes. No murder this time, but a young girl is abducted even as Frannie and Larry's two grandchildren are with them. Good sleuthing is done by all.
Michelle Babb gives an excellent performance once again with her ability to differentiate characters and their emotions.
Mother of 5, Grandmother of 10, RN (retired!), Avid reader, enjoys sewing, knitting and cross-stitching.
The Blue Coyote by Karen Nortman is an entertaining, fast-paced story about a missing child at a campground. Although second in the Frannie Shoemaker campground mystery series, it is easily a stand alone read. With a few twists and turns to the plot, the author keeps the reader guessing right to the end as to the culprit. While touching on the tragedy of kidnapping and human trafficking, The Blue Coyote is a fun book to read (or listen to as this reviewer did). The narrator, Michelle Babb, does a nice job of giving characters their unique voice, making for an enjoyable listening experience.
Interesting characters, with a little mystery on the side. I thought the narrator brought the characters to life. I received this audiobook from Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.
Thank God for books of all kinds and ears to hear
I had never heard of a 'blue coyote.' I found that part of the story quite fascinating but was left wanting more info. The story is not mind blowing but it keeps a very good pace and the characters are very likeable. The humor is the best part of the book. I really liked Micky's relationship with his wife.
Michelle Babb is very soothing to my ear - something in her voice that is very unique and twangy that makes me breathe a sigh of relief. She is not perfect - the spanish accent needs work (I have absolutely no talent with languages or accents myself and marvel at others who pick it up so easily). But I can live with that as long as the narrator tells a good story which she does.
I was gifted this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I look forward to more from this author and narrator.
Did not read the print version.
The persistence of Frannie to follow clues and inklings.
Good diction. Knew the characters well.
It's always better in one sitting. You can follow the characters better.
It took too long to get to the abduction. I almost quit listening.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."
I love audio books! I love to read and this opens up even more time to enjoy a good story.
Yes I would. I was entertained by both the story and the narration.
Michelle's narration was good. I was able to tell the characters apart.
No I thought the store line was resolved with in this book.
When my kids were little we camped a lot and this book brought back fun family memories for me. I was gifted this book with the understanding that I would give an honest review.
I was given this book free in exchange for an honest review.
This could probably be labeled a cozy mystery. Frannie and Larry have taken their grandchildren with them to camp at a camp ground. There they meet up with two other couples. Larry has a thing about noisy training wheels and when another little girl at the camp keeps riding by on training wheels, Larry confronts her. Later that same little girl disappears. Suddenly, it's not fun and games anymore. Could someone really accuse Larry of hurting her? Frannie puts on her detective hat and goes about solving the case. This story includes campfires, marshmallow guns, kidnapping, hiking, knives, baked apples and "old lady clothes". It was just a lot of fun!
The story by Karen Musser Nortman was great and the narration by Michelle Babb was wonderful! Michelle Babb doesn't just read the book, she tells the story. It's hard to stop listening.
A lover of cozy mysteries, contemporary romance and getting lost in the world of audiobooks
If you love cozy mysteries with well developed characters then this book will be up your alley! I am an avid cozy lover & I appreciate when the stories have a cast of characters who feel natural together. You can actually feel the history between this group (some are even related like Larry's sister) so it feels authentic. A group of old friends come together to go camping and suddenly a happy vacation takes a turn when a little girl goes missing. Then a mysterious woman goes missing. Are the two disappearances linked?
Frannie loves to solve mysteries, so naturally she is drawn to this case, but it's also in an effort to clear her husband Larry's name. He becomes a top suspect because he interacted with the missing girl just prior to when she was last seen. The whole group joins the effort to solve this mystery & the journey to uncover the clues kept me entertained. I had many theories as I listened along but couldn't quite piece it together until the big reveal. I like when a solution isn't an easy one, because it keeps me (the listener) pulled in until the very end. I received this book as a gift for my honest review, and I really enjoyed it & will be buying the other books in this series as well. Bravo to the fantastic Michelle Babb, who narrates quite a few cozies and has a knack for making each story & character their own.
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