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Geocaching isn't supposed to be about finding dead bodies. But when retiree Frannie Shoemaker goes camping, standard definitions don't apply. A weekend in a beautiful state park in Iowa buzzes with fund-raising events, a search for ninja turtles, a bevy of suspects, and lots of great food. But are the campers in the wrong place at the wrong time once too often?

©2015 Karen Musser Nortman (P)2018 Karen Musser Nortman

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Book 5

Book 5 had plenty of suspects and twists and turns. It was also great to catch up with the camping gang . So far I had no experience with or much knowledge of geocaching but it was interesting to learn about it and was a nice theme for the mystery

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Such an interesting activity

I'd like to start by saying I had no idea what geo caching was. I've always loved scavenger hunts so this made the story even better! I was surprised that Frannie didn't find the body this time, who knew? As always I love how this narrator narrates her books. It's like I'm really there in the story. The author has written a great series always with, fun friends and family, great side characters, and murder mystery. My favorite character has always been Frannie, she reminds me a lot of myself. I've always loved camping so this has always been an added bonus for me to these stories. I really loved how the teenage mutant ninja turtles got involved in this story. Wanna know how, you'll just have to listen. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Fun Listen!

I love this series featuring Frannie and Larry Shoemaker. Each book is a standalone listen featuring retires that encounter something while camping. I love the imagery in this book along with the realistic characters. Michelle Babb did an excellent performance with her various characters. I would categorize this book as a clean cozy mystery and well worth listening to. I received this complementary review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily written this review. I would definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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To Cache a killer

This is a good Frannie Shoemaker mystery.The fad of geocaching hits the folks and they end up triangulating to help police catch a killer.Michelle Babb was a fine narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Geocaching is such fun!

This was such a fun book in the series! I had never heard of Geocaching before, so it was neat to learn about it and then see the whole plot line build on it. I enjoyed seeing Frannie & the gang doing a new activity & getting involved with a local crime that occurs right as the town is about to have a big event. The narration is such fun & I just love Frannie & her spunk so much!

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Great Read

To Cache a Killer by Karen Musser Northman was a great read. This is book five in the Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries. Frannie and the gang are geocaching when they stumble upon another dead body. Frannie’s Curious side gets her and her friends into more hot water. I can’t wait to read more of Frannie’s adventures.

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A great cozy mystery! I love these characters.

Frannie and her camping buddies are at it again! They are having a great time camping and doing a little geocaching when they stumble upon the scene of a murder and Frannie inserts herself into the investigation, much to her husband's dismay. Since she and her friends are soon suspects, Frannie must find the truth of what happened and who did what. Can she make sense of the footless boot, the rusty knife, fake real estate deals and Ninja Turtles in order to find the murderer?
I love this series by Karen Musser Nortman. The narration by Michelle Babb is perfect for this kind of story. I love her slower, drawn out words for the men!

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Another cozy camping mystery

To Cache a Killer by Karen Musser Nortman is fifth in the Frannie Shoemaker mysteries. Another campground...another murder. Frannie once again finds herself smack in the middle of a murder investigation. Frannie and her former policeman husband end up being suspects themselves Will they be able to get out of this one? Lots of fun and a good cozy mystery. Geo-caching, retirement scams, old grudges, threats, and shootings--lots to keep the reader's interest.With some twists and turns to the plot, the author keeps you guessing to the end as to the culprit. To Cache a Killer 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. I've enjoyed this series and hope there are more books to come.

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Find Fun Camping with Frannie

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To Cache a Killer, the latest in Karen Musser Nortman’s Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mystery series is a fun, if lightweight, read. The book is fairly standard for the series with lots of good natured bantering between the lead characters, the Shoemakers and the Ferraros; lots of campground cooking and activities; and, of course, a murder to be solved. Though Larry, Frannie’s husband, is the retired detective, it is Frannie who is driven to solve the crime, albeit with the help of Larry and their friends. It is this core group of four that bring such charm to the series. 

I like that the book makes clever use of geocaching and does a reasonable job of explaining the hobby to those readers unfamiliar with it. So successful is Ms Nortman in her use of geocaching that after reading the book, I told my husband that we’d have to try it once he retires. 

While I really enjoyed the geocaching element of the book and always enjoy the interaction of these retired couples, I came away feeling that this book was a bit lacking in depth and was too repetitive. I also felt that the secondary characters were written too one dimensionally.

The narration by Michelle Babb is well done and consistent with previous books in the series. It is always nice to be able to easily recognize from a narrator’s voice which character is speaking.  

This is a fun series and I recommend this book for fans of the series and those readers looking for a light read. People who enjoy camping would especially enjoy this mystery. 

I was given a free copy of this book by the narrator in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions stated are my own. 

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Another Great Book

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Frannie, her husband, and friends are camping this time they are at a beautiful state park in Iowa. In addition to participating in a few fundraising events, the gang is geocaching in and around the park. Although Frannie doesn’t find a body this time the police do. The body is found near one of the geocache sites. Frannie can’t resist helping in the investigation.

This series quickly became one of my favorites. I have never been camping but this reading these books makes it sound like so much fun. Especially this book, geocaching sounds like a lot of fun. I have looked up geocaching sites in my area because of this book. The characters are so much fun to read about. You can tell they have been friends for a long time and truly enjoy their time camping together. I really enjoy the banter between the friends especially between the Shoemakers and their brother-in-law. The mystery keeps you guessing with its twist and turns and there is no shortage of suspects. I was very surprised by the ending.

I had the pleasure of listening to the audio version of this book. Narrator Michelle Babb is great at bringing the characters to life. She is great with the characters voices and timing. Being able to listen to the book is a real treat.

I received this book in hopes I would give a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and have no way been influenced.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 03-27-18

Sixty five is too old for this!

Poor Frannie, she is not only accident prone but also has a real knack for finding dead bodies, so it was with a great sense of relief that the foot she saw half hidden when she and some camping friends were out geocaching turned out merely to be an empty shoe. But that relief was short lived when the owner was found shortly after, and yes, he was very dead!

These delicious mysteries set around Frannie, her ex-cop husband Larry and their various camping friends are such fun. The characters are well drawn enough to become the reader's friends in absentia. They love their carefully prepared camping expeditions, with good food, expeditions out and about, bickering over trivia - and solving the murders which seem to always drift their way. And synonymous with Frannie is narrator, Michelle Babbs, who's generously accented voice just fills in all the gaps with warmth and humour. Her reading is perfectly suited to the text, with good intonation and timing and differentiated voices for all of the protagonists. A great pairing of text and narrator.

This whole Frannie Shoemaker series is light hearted but with intriguing mysteries to distract the friends from their camping idyll and To Cache a Killer is no exception. Great story, great narration, great fun..

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  • Layla
  • 04-26-18

clean mystery

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I liked this one more then I expected. I did not know who did it until we got closer to the end.

The narrator did a great job in voicing the characters out and giving them there own personality.

I would highly recommend this book to all since it is a clean mystery.