Your audiobook is waiting…

Will Travel for Trouble

Series Boxed Set, Books 1-3
Narrated by: Michelle Babb
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

Regular price: $19.95

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

Trouble at Happy Trails, book 1: Minnie Crockwell, recreational vehicle enthusiast and traveler, checks in to her allotted space at Happy Trails RV Park in Spokane, Washington, with hopes of a pleasant week of touring the area. By night’s end, a death in the park finds her consoling the deceased man’s widow...or his killer. Whether the dearly departed died by his own hand or whether someone murdered him remains to be seen. It seems the deceased had a lot of character flaws. A lot! 

Peregrine Ebenezer Alvord, otherwise known as Ben, is tagging along with Minnie on her travels. That he is an early 19th century ghost is only a minor complication. Ben has the ability to venture unseen where others cannot.

Trouble at Sunny Lake, book 2: Minnie Crockwell, recreational vehicle enthusiast and traveler, is stressed out from the recent events at Happy Trails RV Park, and she looks forward to some relaxation at an RV park nestled on the shores of beautiful and serene Sunny Lake in Spokane County, Washington.

Ben cannot stop Minnie from investigating a mysterious young man who hides in one of the park cabins, nor can he prevent her from discovering a body at the foot of a lakeside cliff. All he can do is help Minnie as she embroils herself yet again in another murder mystery.

Trouble at Glacier, book 3: Minnie Crockwell, recreational vehicle enthusiast and traveler, lucks into a first come, first served camping spot at Apgar campground in majestic Glacier National Park, Montana. After the stress over the past few months of finding herself involved in not one but two murders, she looks forward to the serenity of the mountains. She has sworn off sleuthing forever. 

Until her next-door neighbor is attacked and killed by a bear, that is. Minnie has the bad luck to be the first to discover the body. Not as bad of luck as the victim had, but bad luck nevertheless. So much for the serenity she thought she’d find at Glacier.

Books 1-3 of the Will Travel for Trouble series short cozy mysteries featuring Minnie Crockwell, recreational vehicle (RV) enthusiast, and her ghost traveling companion, Peregrine Ebenezer (Ben) Alford, as they travel across the United States, discovering murder and mayhem along the way. 

©2015 Minnie Crockwell (P)2019 Minnie Crockwell

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    14
  • 4 Stars
    6
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    17
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    14
  • 4 Stars
    5
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Sort by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Entertaining light mysteries

This is a three-book boxed set of the trouble Minnie Crockwell gets into as she travels the US in her RV. A former federal employee, exact role, or even department, not revealed to the reader yet, she has through careful saving and having started young, been able to retire early. She's in her forties. She's also divorced from John, whom she is still friendly with, and truth be told in love with. He's now the chief of police in a town in Colorado.

Oh, and she also has a rather unusual traveling companion--the ghost of an officer in the Corps of Discovery, a.k.a. the Lewis and Clark expedition, who died of a fever on the westernmost point of their exploration. The ghost, Ben, thinks she would be well advised to stop stumbling over dead bodies, and failing that, to just leave the investigation to the police, but he can't help helping her when she ignores his advice.

These stories are just a lot of fun, especially as we get to know Minnie, Ben, their complicated relationship with each other, and Minnie's complicated relationship with ex-husband John, better.

Minnie is smart, funny, observant, nosy, not always as subtle or tactful as she thinks she is, and very kind and caring. How can she possibly not get involved in finding the answers to the murders she stumbles upon? Ben is originally English, but a proud American and (deceased) officer in the US Army. He's cultured, gracious, honorable, and very fond of Minnie. They "met" in Oregon when Minnie was visiting near the site of his death, and neither one of them really understands how they became linked, or why Ben can't stray too far from Minnie's presence. He respects her courage and intelligence, but thinks it is his responsibility to help protect her--which, as an incorporeal spirit, her really can't do. It's only been about three months since they became connected, and they're still figuring things out.

The stories are a lot of fun, and Michelle Babb as narrator enhances them with her voice, tone, and expression. Recommended.

I received this audiobook free from the narrator, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Quirky characters and interesting stories

Minnie Crockwell was able to retire at the age of 40 and decided to travel the world in her RV. She found an unusual companion on one of her first travels, and he will always be with her. Peregrine Ebenezer Alvord (Ben) is a stranded ghost from the 19th century. He represents the voice of reason and will warn Minnie of possible dangers down the road.

I’m always on the lookout for cozy mysteries, and if they are narrated by Michelle Babb, I’ll just plunge ahead without any trace of doubt that I will have a great time. This is a boxed set including the first three books in the series: TROUBLE AT HAPPY TRAILS, TROUBLE AT SUNNY LAKE and TROUBLE AT GLACIER. I thoroughly enjoyed them all. Cozy mysteries are one of my guilty pleasures, and these were ones of the best I had. The characters are quirky and interesting, and there is a spice of humor to lighten up the mood. Minnie finds herself in the middle of the investigation of three murders, and only her companion Ben can help her survive and even resolve them. The premises of the three stories caught my attention and had me guessing almost until the end. I just didn’t have enough of it and once I finished the audiobook I wanted more.

Michelle Babb makes these three stories shine, bringing the characters to live and creating different voices and styles for all of them. It is a pleasure to the ears! She also does a wonderful job transmitting the emotions of the characters and the humor in the story. The perfect narration!

I’m looking forward to the next books in the series, I just loved this one!

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Will travel

These are the first 3 cozy campground mysteries in this series.I enjoyed them in a way that I enjoy sitcoms.They break up the monotomy of some of the other books I read.I find so much unbelievable,like the fact that the police give her so much information,that she is there for every murder,etc...and then there is the ghost.Where did he come from and when?
Michelle Babb did a good job narrating as usual. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

So fun!

This was a very fun set of books to listen to! I listen to books while driving and sometimes when I reach my destination I sit in the car to finish a book, this is one of those! Michelle does a great job narrating!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great fun!

I don't always like murder mysteries where someone not police are the ones that solve the crime. But these have just enough "I'm not going to get involved" and "I want to know what's up with everything" to keep me calm and satisfied while listening that i could really enjoy the story. I love the idea of the traveling around with no real particular place to go and always stumbling upon these mysteries. I love that the story is not dragged out but not rushed either. Great story, Great narration. Loved them!!

I got this free copy for an unbiased review
Loved it and Thank you!!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Short, entertaining cozy mysteries!

I listened to the audio version of this set of cozy mysteries. The series is an easy, fast moving set of stories based around a woman who is traveling the country in her RV accompanied by a friendly (and very dignified) ghost who helps keep her safe after she runs across a murder in each of three camp sites. These are light and fun mysteries with a hint of romantic interest included. That's where the hunky policemen come in! I really enjoyed listening to this set of books!
The narration of Michelle Babb is perfect for these cozy mysteries.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jan
  • MKE
  • 03-03-19

The perfect narrator!

series, ghosts, cozy-mystery, RV-camping

***** This is the perfect series to balance out life and serious reads! Minerva and her ghostly companion are touring in an RV just for fun but somehow seem to be around when murders are committed. All of the characters are interesting and engaging even when some of them are decidedly irritating. The publisher's blurb covers a lot so there's no sense in repeating.
Michelle Babb as always is great at interpretive narration that really brings the people to life.
I requested and received a free audio copy and was delighted to be chosen.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Fun cozy camping mysteries

This three-book collection is the first three books in Minnie Crockwell's Will Travel For Trouble series. The books follow Minnie, a retired government worker and recreational vehicle enthusiast, as she begins her retirement adventures traveling from one RV park to another, hoping for a peaceful relaxing stay. The three novellas in this collection, Trouble at Happy Trails, Trouble at Sunny Lake, and Trouble at Glacier, each have Minnie coming across a dead body and getting embroiled smack dab in the investigation into the deaths. Another campground...another murder. The author keeps reader interest high with action, good characterization, and a fast pace to the stories. Minnie is curious, willful, and attracted to a man in uniform, and is often being warned by her ghostly companion, Ben, (I love this guy!) to back off and let the officials take care of finding the murderer. With some twists and turns to the plot, the author keeps you guessing to the end as to the culprit. Will Travel for Trouble is a fun set of books 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 enjoyed this set of books and look forward to listening to the rest of the books in the series. I received a complimentary copy of the audiobook and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jan M
  • Southwest
  • 02-28-19

Great Stories. Great Narration!

Will Travel for Trouble is three fun standalone cozy books. Minnie Crockwell did an awesome job writing separate stories that kept me engaged. I could envision so many details with the author's vivid descriptions. I loved how Minnie and Ben together solved mysteries. The concept of having Ben be a ghost from another century is such a refreshing twist. Add in the RV camping element, and its even better. Michelle Babb brought the characters to life with her performance. I could hear exactly who was speaking. She has the perfect voice for cozy mysteries and added to my enjoyment. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and talented narrator.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Fun quick cozy

This is a fun collection of short cozy mysteries. Minnie has recently retired and decided to start traveling by RV. Her traveling companion is a ghost, Ben, that has an attachment to Minnie, an attachment that Minnie nor Ben understand. The relationship between Minnie and Ben is unique in ways but their chemistry is wonderful. I like how the setting in each book changes to a new park. Each mystery has a quick pace but there are enough suspects and twist and turns to keep you engaged.

I listened to the audio version of these books. The narrator Michelle Babb brings Minnie and Ben to life. She has a wonderful tone, pace, accents, and timing. She is a wonderful asset to this series.


I voluntarily agreed to read a copy of this book supplied by the narrator. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Layla
  • 03-18-19

Cozy Mystery

This box set was quick and easy on the brain. It is not the best mystery I have listened to but it was OK and I still liked them.
Michelle Babb was great at narrating the book.
I would still recommend it to those who love cozy mystery.
There is no sexual content or profanity. It had some mild violence.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Norma Miles
  • 03-08-19

A magnet for death.

At twenty two, Minerva Crockwell divorced her husband of just one year and started saving. Twenty years later, she retired from her Federal service job, bought herself a Recreational vehicle and a little car, and took to the road, travelling alone between camping sites across America. Well, almost alone. Along the way she discovered she had an invisible companion, Ben, a British born navigator and cartographer from the early nineteenth century, now a ghost, as mystified as she as to how he came to be somehow linked to her. They had grown fond of each other, he gentlemanly protective, she falling just a little bit in love with the charming friend she could neither see or touch.
Minnie is a bit of a romantic. In her forties now, she is still attractive and enjoys the attention of the 'handsome and dashing' men in uniform she meets, as well as continuing to be a little bit in love with her ex, John, now a Chief of Police, whom she never sees but sometimes emaills. She's the sort of person to whom people naturally tell their problems, which is good because she is inquisitive, nosy even. And somehow, wherever she goes, she finds a body.

This box set, Will Travel for Trouble, features the first three of the the Minnie Crockwell stories, set at Happy Trails, Sunny Lake and Glacier, respectively. Each is a murder mystery in which, against her better judgement, Minnie gets involved and each is bursting with the sights and smells of the area in which she's camping as well as fun character development and the ongoing conversations and relationship between Ben and Millie. Funnily enough, it all feels very real. In part, this is down to the superb performance by Michelle Babb, who gives individual voice to all of the protagonists, even sustaining the gentle British accent of Ben the ghost throughout, as well as reading with enthusiastic warmth and great intonation.

For those unfamiliar with RVs, there is a glossary of terms at the beginning of the book.
My thanks to the rights holder of this delightful box set, who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy. It is a deliciously vibrant easy read, fun, relaxing and very enjoyable. Recommended.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Simon Gibson
  • 03-02-19

A Sleuth, a Ghost and a RV.

We are introduced to the endearing Minnie Crockwell, her recreational vehicle, Ben her personal ghost and the world they inhabit. Along the way murders happen which Minnie cannot resist investigating, with help and advice from Ben her invisible companion. The stories are well constructed, have great dialogue, twists and turns with well rounded, believable, characters. The narrator adds wonderfully to the soundscape and enjoyment for the listener. I'm looking forward to more adventures involving Minnie and Ben.