Will Travel for Trouble

Series Boxed Set, Books 1-3
Narrated by: Michelle Babb
Series: Will Travel for Trouble, Book 1-3
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
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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. 

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Travel

The stories in this audio book are quick and easy reads. The mysteries are intriguing and keep you guessing. The relationship between Minnie and ghost Ben is sweet. Very clear narration.

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Very entertaining!

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 enjoyed listening to each of the books which includes Minnie's rather unusual traveling companion, a ghost named Ben. Minnie is a retired government worker who begins her retirement adventures traveling from one RV park to another.

As indicated in the title of the books she tends to find "trouble" at each of the RV parks. With the help of Ben, her voice of reason, she solves the mystery in an unpredictable way.

Michelle Babb did a wonderful job narrating the books. The change of voice for each of the characters was really well done.

Note: I was given this book set free of charge. I am happy to do an honest review of the audio books. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I would recommend this series for anyone who loves light mysteries and traveling adventures.

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Travel for Fun

“Will Travel for Trouble” by Minnie Crockwell is a fun, easy listen and a very enjoyable way to spend some time, especially for those who enjoy cozy mysteries. Minnie Crockwell, coincidentally the name of the main character, has the luxury of a very early retirement and travels around in her RV with “Ben,” a ghost, as her traveling companion. While this sounds silly, it is actually a cute plot device that enables Minnie to remain a solitary traveler to the world but have an intelligent being with whom to bounce off ideas and from whom to receive information. Each of these three novellas is set in a campground where Minnie becomes involved with solving a murder. While I enjoyed the three stories, I acknowledge that they are a bit formulaic. 

Michelle Babb capably handles the narration, especially when it comes to Minnie and Ben, giving each of them a distinct voice. 

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

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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.

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Easy listen

Such a fun book. Easy listen. What trouble will Minnie get into next? Can't wait to read the next box set.

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Travel for Trouble aka fun

A three-book boxed set of cozy mysteries of the trouble Minnie Crockwell gets into as she travels the US in her RV. A former federal employee who was able to retire early. She's in her forties. She's also divorced from John, whom she is still friendly with, and still in love with. He's now the chief of police in a town in Colorado.

Minnie has a rather traveling companion--the ghost of an officer in 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.

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, he really can't do. It's only been about three months since they became connected, and they're still figuring things out.

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.

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Entertaining Cozy Mystery! Wonderful Narration!

This was my first Minnie Crockwell's book, and definitely won't be my last! This first boxed set in the Will Travel for Trouble, includes three short cozy mysteries: Trouble at Happy Trails, Trouble at Sunny Lake, and Trouble at Glacier. This is one of the best cozy mystery Series I have listened to. Minerva (Minnie), and her ghost traveling companion, Peregrine Ebenezer (Ben) Alford, are wonderful characters. Minnie is a mature, and smart young retired woman. She is stubborn, and she likes to meddle in other people's affairs. Ben is a gentleman ghost, supportive, protective, and caring. I love their very special companionship! They are easy to love. Minnie's not so subtle sleuthing brings her in some dangerous situations. I like Ben's recommendations throughout the stories, attempting to avoid those situations. I LOVED to follow them in their fun, original, and captivating journey, filled with mystery, and intrigue. The stories are short, easy to follow, and each mystery unfolds at a great pace. The cast of supporting characters is impressive, and well developed. Minnie's virtual communications with her ex-husband are a great addition to the stories. Michelle Babb did an outstanding job with the narration. She has a beautiful voice, pleasant to listen to, and easy to understand. She has a great range of voices. The audio quality is excellent. This was definitely a refreshing and enjoyable listen, and I HIGHLY recommend it. I need more! Looking forward to listen to the next boxed set in the Series.

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entertaining!!!

Ben, Minerva's sidekick ghost was hilarious with his one liners and dry whit. lmao!!! I kinda feel sorry for him, that he's a ghost and seems to have major feels for Mini. Mini is a death magnet, and I found each story captivating and edge of your seat listen until the end. John. Mini's ex is a pure gold and so supportive. Love this series .I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a great job with voices and expressions.

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Great box set!

Great box set that starts at the begging! Good mystery and o love the characters. Minnie and her ghostly friend are great at stumbling into whodunit. Great value for a great series. Can’t wait to see where they go next!

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Great short crime mysteries

I really liked these short crime mysteries. They are entertaining and easy to listen too.

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  • Tammy Rea
  • 05-05-20

Fun story!!

I really enjoyed the first story in this series! The characters were very likable, especially Ben. The murder had me guessing until the end. Michelle did a great job as narrator with the different voices. I enjoyed her “Ben” voice a lot. Looking forward to more by both the author and narrator. On to the second in this series. :)))

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  • Julie
  • 04-29-20

Mystery escape

I am not normally a fan of short stories because they are over before they get anywhere but as this book contains three and they all follow on from each other, it seemed like just one book and you never noticed how long or short they were. So I enjoyed and they were the right length, long enough to meet the characters and still keep you interested but not too long that it seemed dragged out. I liked the idea of a ghost as a companion to a single woman as she travels around in her R.V and the fact he helps her solve mysteries while stopping at each camp site and I think it worked very well as a story. Each of the mysteries were different and contained a number of suspects. Looking forward starting the next set of books.
Book one Trouble at happy trails -four stars.
Minnie arrives at Happy trails and immediately walks in on the camp site caretakers arguing. Before the night is over she hears a scream and finds herself comforting the wife who is covered in the husbands blood. After yet another augment did he really commit suicide or did he have help? The man was a bully and a womanizer so there are a number of suspect's. Can Minnie and her friendly ghost find a happy ending by unmasking the killer.
Book two Trouble at sunny lake -five stars.
While spending time at Sunny lake camp ground Minnie decides to relax and enjoy the scenery by boat. Being a novice she makes sure Ben her ghostly companion joins her and watches the safety video, the last thing she wants to do is get stuck on the lake. But getting stuck is the last thing she needed to worry about when she stumbles over a body floating in the water. Did the man really from the cliff or was he pushed? By asking questions it is not long before Minnie finds out she is the only one on the campground that doesn't have a connection to the dead man or a reason to kill him. Does the murderer have something to do with his past life? As a war veteran he certainly made some enemies.
Book three Trouble at Glacier- five stars
While at Glacier National Park Minnie is warned about a bear that is hanging out at the site. Like everyone else the thought of seeing a bear and taking a photo is an exciting idea for Minnie. That is until she comes face to face with the bear and then stumbled over the mutilated body of the man staying in the next RV. It was scarey seeing the bear but it didn't look like it had just attacked a man. Could the bear be being framed? The park rangers soon think so and for the third time Minnie finds himself involved in a murder investigation. Minnie and her ghostly companion soon find connections between a number of people at the camp site and another bear attack, one that a lady died actually died in. Is that the connection between the killer and the victim? And if so who is the killer?
The reason I choose to give this series ago is because I like the narrator and know if she is reading the story then you are going to be in for a treat because she never puts in a bad performance.
I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Helen
  • 06-16-19

Great storyline

Enjoyed everything from storyline to narrater felt I was next to him great job 10/10 can’t wait for next book

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.