Karen Musser Nortman
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Karen Musser Nortman

Visit her website at www.karenmussernortman.com

Karen Musser Nortman, after previous incarnations as a secondary social studies teacher (22 years) and a test developer (18 years), returned to her childhood dream of writing mysteries. Her first series, The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries, sprouted from numerous camping trips in Iowa and through at least 24 other states. The Frannie Shoemaker Mysteries center around a group of retirees who camp together and sometimes stumble over dead bodies. Six of the books have been designated IndieBRAG medallion honorees and three have been finalists in Chanticleer CLUE and Mystery and Mayhem contests. Most of the books are based on actual campgrounds.

Karen has two other series. The Time Travel Trailer series follows the adventures of Lynne McBriar who buys a vintage camper that turns out to be a time portal. The first in the series, by the same name, was the 2015 category winner in the Chanticleer Paranormal contest. The Mystery Sisters is a new series involving two seventy-something sisters who travel the country in a 1950 Studebaker, argue, annoy their relatives, and solve mysteries.

Karen has three children and eight grandchildren. She also loves reading, gardening, and knitting, and can recite the 99 counties of Iowa in alphabetical order.

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    • The Blue Coyote

    • The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries, Book 2
    • By: Karen Musser Nortman
    • Narrated by: Michelle Babb
    • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    Frannie and Larry Shoemaker love taking their grandchildren camping with them. But at Bluffs State Park, Frannie finds herself worrying more than usual about their safety....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Book 2

    • By MeDi on 05-15-17

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Peete and Repeat

    • The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries, Book 3
    • By: Karen Musser Nortman
    • Narrated by: Michelle Babb
    • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Book 3

    • By MeDi on 05-30-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Trailer on the Fly

    • The Time Travel Trailer, Volume 2
    • By: Karen Musser Nortman
    • Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
    • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 40

    How many of us have wished at some time or other we could go back in time and change an action or a decision or just take back something that was said?....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not much time travelling per se, but good anyway

    • By Ray Johnson on 04-09-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Bats and Bones

    • The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries
    • By: Karen Musser Nortman
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Roberts
    • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    Confined in the campground and surrounded by strangers, Frannie Shoemaker is drawn into the investigation when a body turns up in Bat Cave State Park...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable Cozy Mystery!

    • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 07-06-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Reunion and Revenge

    • The Mystery Sisters, Book 1
    • By: Karen Musser Nortman
    • Narrated by: Kathleen Godwin
    • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    Maxine Berra and Lillian Garrett, sisters in their 70s, travel together to visit friends and relatives in Max's 1950 red Studebaker with her Irish Setter, Rosie. Does that mean they are amicable companions? Not at all....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fun story!

    • By Tammy Rea on 07-11-19

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Time Travel Trailer

    • By: Karen Musser Nortman
    • Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
    • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    A 1937 vintage camper trailer half hidden in weeds catches Lynne McBriar's eye when she is visiting an elderly friend, Ben....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Who'd have preferred a trailer over a Police Box?

    • By Ray Johnson on 03-26-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • A Campy Christmas

    • A Frannie Shoemaker Campground Adventure
    • By: Karen Musser Nortman
    • Narrated by: Michelle Babb
    • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    The Shoemakers and Ferraros plan to spend Christmas in Texas. But those plans are stopped cold when they hit a rogue ice storm in Missouri....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Cozy Christmas Adventure

    • By Lori on 12-01-16

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Lady of the Lake

    • The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries, Volume 4
    • By: Karen Musser Nortman
    • Narrated by: Michelle Babb
    • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    A trip down memory lane is fine if you don't stumble on a body. Frannie Shoemaker and her friends camp at Old Dam Trail State Park near one of Donna Nowak's childhood homes. They take in the county....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Volume 4

    • By MeDi on 06-09-17

    Regular price: $14.95

    • To Cache a Killer

    • The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries, Book 5
    • By: Karen Musser Nortman
    • Narrated by: Michelle Babb
    • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Geocaching isn't supposed to be about finding dead bodies. But when retiree Frannie Shoemaker goes camping, standard definitions don't apply....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Book 5

    • By MeDi on 03-30-18

    Regular price: $14.95

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