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
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.
This is the first book in the series I've read and the first mystery set in a campground. I really enjoyed the story line and the characters. The plot felt like the most plausible situation I've read in a long time, which was really nice. Not five or six murders in a small town.
Michelle Babb did such a good job. She's easily one of my favorite narrators and I will always listen to what she reads.
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
I really enjoyed The Blue Coyote, A Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mystery by Karen Musser Nortman. I want to go camping with Frannie, her husband Larry and all their friends--if only for the food! Food aside, I found the book to be well plotted and entertaining. I was especially struck by how realistic and natural the banter and conversations are between Frannie and her friends. They truly sound like conversations I've heard. The central characters themselves are also realistically drawn and true to life.
I am a fan of cozy mysteries and this book fits well into that genre. There isn't any gore, there is a limited number of suspects and an intriguing puzzle. Though the climatic scene is a bit over the top, the conclusion of the mystery makes sense and can be ferreted out by following the clues laid by the author throughout the book.
Michelle Babb does an fine job with the narration. I always appreciate when a narrator can easily switch between characters and give each a distinct voice.
I recommend this book for fellow lovers of cozy mysteries as well as lovers of mysteries in general. It is lightweight and easy listening but very enjoyable.
I was given a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions stated are solely my own.
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