To Cache a Killer

The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries, Book 5
Narrated by: Michelle Babb
Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
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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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Frannie Shoemaker & friends solve another murder

Frannie Shoemaker and her friends and family are once again at a campground in Iowa, this time practicing the hobby of geocaching. Poking around in the woods looking for hidden caches naturally offers opportunities for Frannie's secondary--or perhaps primary--hobby of finding bodies.

This time she doesn't find a body; just a shoe. Because there's no foot in the shoe, or anywhere nearby, it strikes her and her friends as odd, but completely harmless. Unfortunately, not much later, the police do find a dead body quite nearby. Frannie and Larry tell the police about the shoe, but since the body isn't missing a shoe, and the shoe is gone by the time Frannie tells them about it and they look for it, all this does is call them to the attention of the police.

The police do find a metal tag near the body, and it turns out to be a tag from a geocaching "trackable," an item hidden in the cache that might have special instructions. Does this mean anything? Will they find out what it means?

Over the next few days, continuing their geocaching and also volunteering in the campground's fundraising events, Frannie, Larry, JaneAnne, Mickey, Nancy, and husband, are on the scene for a confrontation in a diner, a shooting in the cemetery, and a strange accident where the organizer of the campground's fundraising events perhaps trips, or perhaps is pushed, into a dangerous but fortunately non-fatal fall. Meanwhile, another couple they've gotten friendly with at the campground discovers that the land they thought they bought in the area two years ago, was never sold. It still belongs to its original owner--or did. That owner was that dead body found near where Frannie and Nancy were geocaching, when they found the vanishing shoe.

There are a lot of local issues and grudges, and a wealth of suspects. Unfortunately, Frannie and her friends, and also their new friends just met at the campground, are among those suspects. The sheriff isn't hostile, but geocaching is new and strange to him, and Frannie in particular is near everything that happens.

It's a fun, light mystery, and a visit with old friends.

Recommended.

I received a free copy of this audiobook and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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Geocaching Camping and a mystery

Another fun listen. Although it is a little shorter than some, 4 hours 18 minutes, there is a lot going on in this story.This book five, stands alone, it is not necessary to read the other four first.

I always enjoy Michelle Babb's narrations. She has done an excellent job as usual.

I will listen to more books by this author and narrator.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review!

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Creative mystery

This storyline is creative, intriguing and well written. I love the plot twist and turns with so many suspects and motives. I love the banter between the main characters. The storyline is filled with drama,old grudges, and secrets and I loved all of it. Michelle Babb did an amazing job narrating this series. I received this book at my request and I am voluntarily leaving my honest review.

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Geocaching sounds like fun!

I enjoyed learning about geocaching and how much fun it sounds like. This wasn't as enjoyable for me as some of the cozy mysteries I've listened to but I did find it an interesting book. The mystery didn't hold my interest or make me want to find out who the killer was but learning what geocaching is made it interesting for me. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series.

This is a fun RV/camping mystery that takes place at an Iowa state park. It features geocaching and I was able to learn a lot about that subject. The mystery kept me guessing. This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series.

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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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  • 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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  • Julie
  • 04-21-20

Mystery adventure

I really enjoyed this book. As geocaching is becoming more popular and is making its way In murder mysteries, I think this is my favourite book on the subject to date. I love the whole idea of a treasure hunt surrounding a murder mystery and In my opinion the author covers both subjects really well, making both subjects interesting and entertaining. The fun group of characters helps and despite the fact they are outdoorsy types they are not all the fit hiking/ running ninjas you think of but a group of everyday people and friends. Can't wait to start the next book to see what predicament Frannie and her friends find themselves in.
While camping in a beautiful state park Frannie and her friends take up Geocaching but they never expected to uncover another murder mystery. A man is murdered by one of the Geocach boxes and the prize inside is found near the body. The only clue is the name In the entry log of the last person to have found it. Can that person be the killer or a witness? The friends find themselves helping the sheriff with the murder investigation because they are experts on the subject and also despite Frannie's best intentions she can't help but ask questions. As well as solving the mystery the friends also find themselves hunting for three other geocach boxes to complete the challenge, find evidence to solve a previous unsolved death and help raise funds for the park by taking part in a race.
I really like the narrator and once again think she is a treasure and pleasure to listen too.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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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.