• Deserts, Driving, & Derelicts

  • Camper and Criminals Cozy Mystery Series, Book 2
  • By: Tonya Kappes
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (225 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Mae West is getting settled into the RV lifestyle as the owner of a campground in Normal, Kentucky. Happy Trails Campground, located in Daniel Boone National Park, has started to attract late summer vacationing families who love to hike, swim, fish, and enjoy being outdoors.

Betts Hager, owner of several small businesses, is swamped with work and desperate for help with her cleaning business. Mae offers her services, happy about the prospect of a little extra cash. Heiress Tammy Jo Bentley's mansion is the first one on her schedule.

Mae makes sure Tammy Jo's house is spotless because the Kentucky Kennel Association's annual meeting is going to be held at the mansion. Fifi, Tammy Jo's high pedigree, insured poodle, is going to be on display and Tammy Jo will be evaluating potential suitors to sire Fifi's offspring.

Before the annual meeting, Camille Braun, Fifi's nanny, is stabbed to death. Everyone knows that Camille would put her life on the line or lay down her life for Fifi and, apparently, she did.

Mae tries her best to stay out of it. Tammy Jo begs Mae to help her; after all, she did find the last killer in Normal. Plus, it's not good for business - or Normal's revived economy - when a murderer is on the loose.

©2018 Tonya Kappes (P)2019 Tantor

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Way too many continuity flaws!

The reader is pretty good, but the story was unbelievable. It started very slowly too - the first 45 minutes was a recap of the first book - we listen while driving, & my husband (the driver) admitted that he was so bored he dozed once or twice - I didn't notice cuz I was asleep too!!!

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Great beach listening

Love this series. Great beach listening! Found by accident and could be happier- about the download the 3rd book


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Fun and exciting

This one felt less predictable than the first. Audio narration was also less flat and more interestingly done.

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Very nice. Easy to follow.

Enjoyed it. Easy to follow. Great read. Could have had a better ending. Recommend for enjoyment.

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Too silly for my taste

My favorite part was the role of the poodle Fee-fee and her ultimate lucky fate.

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Love this series

Good narrator & good story! Can't wait to move on to the next book. Awesome

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Hummmmmm

Didn't like this book as much as the first in the series...it was okay. I did like the idea that the poodle stayed with the heroine.

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Much better than the first book.

this series is starting to grow on me. The second book is still a light read but much better.

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What Does the Title Have to Do With the Plot?

The title & cover art make it seem like the mystery takes place in the desert. And there aren’t really any derelicts in the book either. And what recipes?