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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 fair, reminisce at a Fifties-Sixties dance, and check out old hangouts. But the present intrudes when a body surfaces. Donna becomes the focus of the investigation and Frannie wonders if the police shouldn’t be looking closer at the victim’s many enemies. A traveling goddess worshiper, a mystery writer and the Sisters on the Fly add color to the campground.
©2014 Karen Musser Nortman (P)2017 Karen Musser Nortman

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Volume 4

Have you listened to any of Michelle Babb’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes I listened to the audiobooks in this series narrated by Michelle Babb

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Every time I listen to one of the books in this series I want to go camping! Frannie, her husband Larry and their friends manage to get involved in another crime while camping at Old Dam Trail State Park. Each book in this series builds upon the different people in the stories and this one focuses more on Donna

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The Lady of the Lake

What made the experience of listening to The Lady of the Lake the most enjoyable?

Michelle Babb's relaxed way of narrating. The way she brings the characters to life and doesn't try to be overly dramatic allows the story to flow.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lady of the Lake?

When it appeared the Lady of the Lake might have actually been spotted

Which character – as performed by Michelle Babb – was your favorite?

I liked the barefoot woman. Her character was so much different than the others and I felt like she added a little something extra to the story.

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I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the
author, narrator, or publisher.

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My fave Frannie so far

Loved this whodunnit. All the fave characters are back with lots of twists and turns. One great read.

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When will they ever learn?

Frannie and her camping friends are at it again solving another crime. This cozy mystery has lots of twists and turns in the plot to keep you listening to the end to find out who did it.
The narrator did a great job with voices for the characters allowing the listener to imagine what each character would look like according to their voice.

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The Lady of the Lake

Frannie and the crew are camping at a oldie but goodie place and are having fun at a fair, and even a dance. But you know the saying all is fun until there is a body. Frannie is trying to stay out of it but just isn't sure why the police are not looking at more people as suspects, so by now you know where that will lead?

I love these Frannie books, they have everything you could want, action, suspense, even some humor to keep it light. These are easy books to read/follow even the audio narrated by the wonderful Michelle Babb who to me is now Frannie. These books are realistic and believable so that makes this world I and many others have fallen into one that is a great escape from our every day lives, and how nice that is right now.

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Fun campground mystery

Frannie Shoemaker is back! This is a lovely blend between cozy campground mystery and wholesome family story. Yes, they are thrown into a murder case, but what I really love about Karen Musser Nortman's books is that the wholesome family relations are really key in these stories.

I had a hard time putting this book on pause - I really wanted to know how it would continue.
That said - don't expect being hugely surprised with a surprise twist, you may even be able to figure out whodunit early on, but it's still a ton of fun.

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good mystery

This was another murder mystery that the campers get tangled up in. The narration as in the previous books, was excellent.
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Great Series

The main characters are likeable and well-written. The plot kept me and kept me guessing the whole time. It is fast-paced. Great books to listen to while driving.

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 Always does a great job. I really enjoy listening to her.

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Great short crime mystery

The narrator did a great job. This is part of a series. Fun short crime mystery.

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The Lady of the Lake

Poor Frannie just can’t catch a break and have a nice enjoyable camping trip. The local story of the lady in the lake was fun to listen to and to see who still believes in it as the story went on. Also trying to see how this could have something to do with a murder that they just stumbled upon was interesting. I like this book and can only hope Frannie gets a more enjoyable trip next time (but not really because what would be the fun in that).

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  • Layla
  • 11-07-17

Down to earth book!

I love fantasy so I tend to read a lot of them. Whenever I want I change I like to read or listen to cozy murder mysteries and this book is one of them.
I actually really liked this book more then I expected. I think it is more to do with the friendship the characters have as well as solving the mystery. There is a more warm feeling to it. I also like the fact that there are funny moments as well.

Michelle Babb does and excellent job here in narrating the book. I find she gives the book something more and her voice suits this book and the characters.
I would recommend this book to everyone!

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

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  • Tracy Tucker
  • 05-11-21

Enjoyable listen

It always surprises me that any author can come up with new ways to capture my attention and hold it, especially when there is a theme running through a series. I have to say that this author successfully keeps me wanting to hear more.

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  • caroline wright
  • 02-15-21

Great narration, story was good

This was another Frannie Shoemaker story narrated by Michelle Babb, who I could listen to reading anything. This time it is more of a memory lane story rather than contemporary which for me didn't work as well as the other campground mysteries. Still good just not great.

I love the camping descriptions and the time spent on describing the scenery and middle american life.

I was given a free copy but the review is my own.

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  • John Marsden
  • 02-05-21

A Ghostly Twist

Franny and Larry and friends find themselves in yet another murder mystery when they visit a campground in the area where Donna grew up. Someone unwelcome from her past turns up and ends up dead. Suspicion falls on Donna and Franny and co have to prove her innocence. A Ghostly twist to this story gives it yet another twist. Well narrated by Michelle Babb who keeps the pace going and gives each character their own unique voice. *****

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  • mangankillarney
  • 01-27-21

Enjoyed

Michelle Babb is a very easy to listen to narrator .

This is a very easy listen to mystery. In this mystery a murder takes place at the campground where Frannie and Larry are staying along with some friends, Could one there friends become a person of interest, Frannie starts investigating.

There's a lot of interesting people staying in the campground .

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  • Jacky
  • 11-16-20

A quirky murder mystery adventure

Absolutely loved this next book in the series, really good and the narration was brilliant

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  • Fred Jones
  • 10-10-20

Loving this series

I am loving this series, Great storyline, intelligent mystery and excellent characters. I like the dialogue between the main characters makes you believe they have know each other for years. Narrator really makes the experience special with good variations in characters and a pleasant easy to listen too voice. Highly recommend these books. I was given a complimentary copy.

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  • Julie
  • 04-18-20

Dive into a good listen

I enjoyed this book. I am really liking this series, listening to new locations and setting with each book is really refreshing as no two murders or situations are the same. The only constant is the great group of friends that get caught up in each one. The books are stand alone books but I have missed out book two, so I am going to go back to that one next then continue on with the series because why not? they have all been good so far. The mystery was good and it had plenty of suspects to keep you suspecting everyone and guessing until the end. The ghostly lady of the lake added a new dimension to the story as well.
Frannie and her friends have returned to a location one of the friends knows very well. Donna had spent time at the Old Dam Trail State park while growing up in the foster care system leaving her with good and bad memories of her time there. Those memories turn bad when she sees the person responsible for all the bad memories, her abusive step father. Rather than taking off the friends decide not to let him ruin there holiday, especially when he doesn't even seem to recognise Donna.That is until she is arrest for his murder. Can Frannie work out who the real culprit is? Does it have anything to do with the ghostly legend of the lady of the lake? or is it a bit closer to home like his ex wife or even is strange brother. What about the sun goddess or the mystery writer do any of these quirky charters have anything to do with the murder? Frannie will have to whether a storm to get to the bottom of this little mystery.
I really liked the narrator and thought she did another excellent job with the charters, each one sounds different so you know exactly who is speaking.
I was given this free review copy audiobbok at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 07-10-17

"Can you folks tell me what's going on here?"

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It was not unreasonable for Agent Sanchez to suggest that Frannie and Larry and their camping friends were "a magnet for crime." They certainly do seem to have exciting camping holidays. This trip they have selected a camp site by a lake with a legend, that of a woman who walks at night searching for her drowned baby whose body was never recovered after a boating accident. Well, a body is found, but not that of the baby.

This is another fun, mystery and detection story in the Frannie Shoemaker series, where, besides murder and some mayhem we also meet her delightful (and irritating) friends as well as some quirky others also camping . This time there is Rosemary, a well known author, contemplating her next book, a barefoot Goddess worshipper, and a group of women fishermen, Sisters on the Fly. The portraits of all of them are delicious, as are the Frannie party portraits themselves, and the whole is served up in a swirl of camping fun, walking, dancing, boating, shopping, cooking and eating - and gossip. And there is the murder mystery, too.
As always, Michelle Babb's performance is perfect, her warm voice reading at a pace ideally suited to that of the text. Although her dialogue voices are only slightly differentiated it really doesn't matter here as it is always obvious who is speaking and it is the tone which captures the humour or pathos of the situation. Ms.Babb is a pleasure to hear.

All of the Frannie Shoemaker books are enjoyable, light, warm listens but for me this is one of Karen Massed Norman's best so far. Have a great holiday with the camping gang and see if you can unravel the mystery before the ending. Great fun.