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Publisher's Summary

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

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Book 2

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I am a fan of the mystery/ thriller genre and I enjoyed and loved the camping humor! Blue Coyote is a mixture of mystery and humor that one can enjoy by any age especially the fans of this genre.

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  • Jan
  • MKE
  • 10-09-16

Great plot!

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.

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Unusual characters get involved in solving a kidnapping.

Nice camaraderie among diverse friends and family members. When a young girl disappeared from a motor home campground, Frannie and her friends get busy trying to help.

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Entertaining cozy mystery

Frannie and Larry Shoemaker are camping with their grandchildren and some friends, when something makes Frannie suspicious and overprotective of her granddaughter. Not long after that a girl disappears from the camp, and Larry is wrongly accused by the girl’s mother.

I love a good cozy mystery, and this one had all the ingredients to make me happy. And there is no romance whatsoever which is a plus for me.

This is the second book in a series but it can be read as a stand alone. The characters are likable and easily recognizable, and despite not being action packed, it was really entertaining.

Michelle Babb’s narration was amazing, as always. Babb has a special talent to tell stories, bring cahracters to life and get you hooked to any story. I would definitely listen to anything she narrates.

I am looking forward to the next books in the series.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Lynn
  • Texas
  • 04-03-18

More trouble for the retired friends

Would you consider the audio edition of The Blue Coyote to be better than the print version?

I can't compare the two since I have never read the book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Frannie, all the way. She doesn't listen to anyone and does what she wants. She reminds me of my grandmothers.

What does Michelle Babb bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love listening to the MIchelle Babb's books. She gives each character their own voice which makes them come alive while listening.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The whole book had me laughing. The antics these friends get into are hilarious.

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I was given this free review copy audio book and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great Cozy Mystery

This is the first book in the series that I have read, but I have already purchased book 3. I was kept guessing until the end as to who the culprit was in the story. I almost want to buy a camper after reading this!

Frannie and Larry Shoemaker are camping with their grandchildren, friends, and family when a little girl disappears. Larry is a suspect. Worried about her own grandchildren Frannie decides to investigate with the help of their camping friends. The story takes you down a winding road with more disappearances and a large suspect list. I loved every bit of the story.

The story line moves along well and the narrator really does a nice job.

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Fun Camping Mystery

Great second book in this series. Entertaining camping adventure with a mystery to keep the campers occupied with more than simply camping and relaxing. I enjoyed listening to Michelle Babb bring these characters to life and trying to figure out how this mystery was going to end! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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The Blue Coyote

This was another good Franny Shoemaker mystery.Franny ,friends and grandchildren are camping.A child goes missing and one of their own is blamed.Franny can't stay out of the search.Michelle Babb does a great job with all the voices.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Sarah
  • Springfield, GA United States
  • 01-12-18

Adventures in Camping

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Frannie and Larry Shoemaker are happy to be camping with their grandchildren and several friends again. All is going well and everyone is settling into their adjoining campsites. Then a little girl goes past on her bike with her training wheels squeaking. So much for a quiet weekend. Larry stops the little girl and offers to take her training wheels of her bike. The girl is frightened and takes off without taking Larry up on his offer. Later that day the little girls goes missing. Somehow Larry becomes suspect number 1 to the little girls mother. Eventually they are able to convince the police and park rangers that Larry did not kidnap anyone. Will Frannie be able to find the little girl? When anymore children be kidnapped? Frannie has no shortage of suspects among the people staying in the campground.

Wonderful book that keeps you interested, laughing and worried about the safety of the people in the campground all at the same time.

I received this audio-book from the narrator in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Jan M
  • Southwest
  • 08-17-17

Fun and unexpected

This is the second book by the author that I have listened to and I love the characters. There is unexpected humor in this mystery and unexpected twists. I found the characters to be endearing. Things are not always what they appear is something to remember. The narrator did an excellent performance with this book and the others that I have heard her narrate. Having lived in the midwest, I found many descriptions to be accurate. This book is a clean listen. The book is part of a series and a standalone listen. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. I was provided with this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written my review.

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  • hellkatjen
  • 04-19-18

An entertaining campground romp/mystery

This book is written like a famikusr sofa. you get into it and it feels comfortable , so you stay. it's a mystery about a disappearance in a campground. So intrinsic to the story are the familiar routines and habits of the camping fraternity. it's easy to follow and entertaining. Michelle Babb's narration is clear and with a steady Southern drawl, a delight to listen to.

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  • Layla
  • 09-28-17

The Blue Coyote

I found the book slow to begin with but once it got going I thought we are getting some where. However that was not the case. This book reminds me of Colombo. Where we know who the murder is and Colombo has to figure out how they did it and why. In this case they guessed correctly after eliminating the other suspects, they just had to figure how the suspect did it. Unfortunately it's not as good as Colombo. But I did like the interaction between the characters.
Michelle Babb did an excellent job of giving each character there own personality so you could differentiate between them.

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 05-11-17

"... when it hits closer to home."

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Larry and Frannie love camping, a chance for all the family to spend time together and friends to join them, too. But amidst the bustle of intergenerational chaos there is one sound which Larry cannot abide - the clack, clack of trainer wheels on bicycle being ridden back and forth. It is this obsession to end his irritation which gets Larry into prime suspect position when a little girl goes missing.

Although the storyline itself is pretty weak and predictable despite the introduction of various red herrings, the strength of this book lies in it's portrayal of the group's interaction, young and old, enjoying time together away from the mundane everyday life. With numerous people and much conversation, Michelle Babb is excellent at giving individual voice to each as well as maintaining a well paced reading of the text. Her narration is warm, perfect for the family experience, and very pleasant to hear. But not even she is able to counteract the frequently repeated, "he said ...", "she said ...", "someone replied..." so often recurring during conversational periods - not really noticeable in print but unmissable when read aloud.

This is a fun to read/hear book which gives a great sense of the bustle of families enjoying precious time together with all of the pranks and easy going irritability of people who love each other.And there's a lightweight mystery thrown in as well.