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Will Travel for Trouble Boxed Set (Books 7-9)

Narrated by: Michelle Babb
Series: Will Travel for Trouble, Book 7-9
Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Trouble in Tombstone Town, Book 7

Minnie Crockwell has finally made it to southeastern Arizona, land of sunshine and warmth, and steeped in the history of the Apaches and the Cavalry, legendary lawmen, outlaws, and gunfights.

Ben is enthralled with tales of the Old West, and Minnie promises him a trip to Tombstone, home of the Gunfight at the OK Corral and Boothill Graveyard! Shortly after setting out her pink flamingos at Tombstone Tommy’s RV Park, Minnie meets a fellow female RVer who invites herself along on the outing. But a reenactment gunfight gone terribly wrong and the disappearance of her new friend, Kathy, threaten to ruin Minnie’s plans for fun under the sun.

Trouble in Cochise Stronghold, Book 8

Minnie Crockwell, having recently solved a murder in Tombstone, doesn’t run screaming from southeastern Arizona. She opts to stay at Tombstone Tommy’s RV Park for a little bit longer, determined to do some sightseeing.

The mystical Dragoon Mountains, historic hideout of the legendary Apache chief Cochise, draw her in, and she sets out to explore Cochise Stronghold with Ben. But she makes it only about a mile into the canyon before she discovers a body floating in a deep well along the trail.

Trouble in Orange Beach, Book 9

Minnie Crockwell is finally heading for the beach!

Orange Beach is a lovely little town on the Gulf Coast, and Minnie and Ben have just arrived in time for Mardi Gras, a fun-filled time of parades and festivities. Looking forward to some rest, relaxation, and amusement at Sandy Shores RV Park, Minnie hopes that no one dies by violence during her stay in the tranquil beach town.

Unfortunately for both Minnie and the victim, she finds a body on the beach - the husband of the RV park manager. No accidental drowning, the poor man has been murdered...stabbed and left to die. Was it a random killing by a stranger on a dark beach? Or did someone he knew target him? And if so, why?

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Boxed Set 7-9

The mysteries can be enjoyed as stand-alone stories but the characters are better understood when the series is read in order. I am enjoying and following the main characters.

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We're going to the West.

Three more quick and fun murder mysteries from Minnie Crockwell. Minnie and Ben must have the worst luck to stumble upon a murder at every stop they make but it's a lot of fun for the reader. Minnie and Ben have finally left the Pacific Northwest and have made their way down to the Old West. But then they skip right over Texas to stay in Alabama! And considering that it's almost a full day's trip just to travel from the west side of Texas to the east side - not to mention passing through New Mexico, Louisiana, and Mississippi - I can only assume they encountered no murders during their stay(s) in these states so they do not warrant any dedicated story.

Michelle Babb is fantastic as always. I love the ways she voices Minnie and Ben. Her accent is perfect and I could listen to her all day. I wish she available to narrate my life. I feel like she would make it sound way more interesting than it really is.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**


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Another Great Set of Stories!!!

I absolutely LOVE these books. they are still short enough that nothing drags out but long enough that you can get a full story with backgrounds on new characters. I would totally recommend these books for someone who wants just a clean fun who done it, without the time commitment of days to listen to it all! the Narrator does a great job brining Minnie to life :) Awesome!!!!

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Fun cozy mysteries

In this three-book collection (Books 7-9) of Minnie Crockwell's Will Travel For Trouble series, readers find Minnie, a retired government worker, and RV enthusiast, as she continues her retirement adventures traveling from one park to another, hoping for a tranquil relaxing stay. And once again, she finds herself embroiled in murder upon murder! In each of the three novellas in this collection, Trouble in Tombstone Town, Trouble in Cochise Stronghold, and Trouble in Orange Beach, Minnie and her 19th Century ghost companion, Ben, find another dead body and are quickly smack dab in the middle of the investigation. The author keeps reader interest high with action, good characterization, and a fast pace to the stories. From Southeast Arizona to a Gulf Beach town, with shoot-out reenactments and Mardi Gras celebrations, and 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.

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I love Minnie!

I absolutely love Minnie! She is feisty, inquisitive, and is brought to life by the wonderful narration of Michelle Babb. If you haven’t listed to books 1-6 yet, I urge you to do so. It’s not necessary in order to follow along, but the series is so much more complete from the beginning.
In the books, Minnie travels around the country in her RV and stumbles upon a few dead bodies along the way. She solves the mysteries with the help of her ghost friend Ben, who she can’t see but she can hear. Don’t worry, it’s not too supernatural at all. It’s very lighthearted & fun, not spooky what so ever. This is a cozy series through and through & one that I highly recommend!

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Always Fun Traveling with Minnie

Murder, mayhem and fun rule in Minnie Crockwell’s newest three book set, Will Travel for Trouble (7-9). Each entry is an entertaining novella set in a different location as Minnie and her ethereal traveling companion, Ben, continue their exploration of the US in an RV. The book is a lightweight, enjoyable read that does not require too much concentration, which made it the perfect listening companion for me as I walked, gardened and did housework. The episodic nature of the book, with each story lasting roughly 2 1/2 hours, was ideal. The changing locales also keep the series fresh. In this case the first two stories are set in Arizona and the third on the Gulf shore in Alabama.  

I enjoy the character of self deprecating Minnie, whose intelligence and curiosity frequently find her in the middle of a murder investigation, often after she discovers a body. The relationship between Minnie and Ben continues to evolve, and I’m curious to see how that is handled in future books. I look forward to listening to more of their adventures. 
The narration by Michelle Babb is outstanding. I appreciate that Minnie’s and Ben’s voices are always recognizable and the other voices are distinctive. 

I recommend this book for those who enjoy a lightweight, fun mystery. As with any series, some entries are better than others, but all are reliably entertaining. Though the stories can sometimes seem a bit repetitive and, because of their short length, don’t delve too deeply into any situation, all are worth exploring. Four stars, especially for those who enjoy camping, RV’ing, and travel. 

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. 

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More adventure with Minnie & Ben

Minnie Crockwell and her ghostly companion, Ben, are on the road again, this time headed for warmer climes as the winter months arrive. Their first stop is Tombstone Tommy's RV Park, the nicest RV park near Tombstone, Arizona.

When they head into Tombstone with Kathy Swanson, another woman staying at the RV park, they watch a "Shootout at the OK Corral" reenactment that goes horribly wrong. And everyone in the reenactment group seems to have had a possible motive for killing the reenactor who was shot with a real bullet instead of a blank.

Minnie's ex, John, continues to email her, with increasing hints that he might want to renew their relationship. Minnie is both interested, and feeling guilty, because, of course, her major problem with Ben is not that she doesn't want him in her life, but that, being a ghost, he doesn't have any physical presence.

After the disturbing events in Tombstone, Minnie is still not ready to move on from Tombstone Tommy's, but doesn't want to spend any more time in Tombstone for a while, so she and Ben shift their sightseeing to Cochise Stronghold, last refuge and probable burial place of the Apache chief Cochise. It's a popular location for hiking and camping now, and of course, Minnie being Minnie, in the course of their hiking, she and Ben find a dead body. Minnie learns more than she perhaps wanted about the use of bows and arrows, also learn something about poaching, and Ben manages a more physical manifestation than he ever has previously.

Perhaps it's not surprising that after this experience, they head south, for the Alabama Gulf Coast. Minnie is able to get a spot in an RV park for just one week, because Mardi Gras is that week and one of the regulars has gone elsewhere for the week--it is of course the busy season on the Gulf Coast. Minnie likes the first few people she meets in the RV park, including Billie, the woman who manages the place.

Then she learns that Billie drinks and drives, some of the regulars regard Billie's drinking as a serious problem and want her husband, Carl, to do something about it, and then, in a peaceful late walk on the beach, Minnie finds Carl's dead body.

Even Minnie is starting to have doubts about the peripatetic lifestyle of living in her RV and traveling the country.

Minnie of course remains incurably curious, not to say nosy, about everyone connected to the deaths she keeps stumbling over, and keeps ignoring Ben's generally excellent advice. Yet she's kind, generous, and friendly, and that's a big part of why she can't leave the deaths to the police when she thinks she's in a position to learn something.

I like Minnie, I like Ben, and John seems pretty promising, too. I look forward to more of Minnie and Ben's adventures, and I confess a certain curiosity about what will happen if Ben and John are ever able to meet.

Michelle Babb remains an excellent narrator who adds extra enjoyment to every book she narrates, which of course is why I never turn down a chance to review a book she narrates.

Recommended.

As implied above, I received a free copy of this audiobook from the narrator, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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Jenny’s review

I enjoy cozy mysteries allot and this is pretty good if you are looking for a fun quick read or listen as I did.

The narrator Michelle Babb is so talented and makes the story so enjoyable to listen too! She brings the characters to life in a way that makes you feel that you are part of the adventure.

Book 7-Minnie Crockwell is trying to enjoy her life as a new RV traveler after she retired from her government job along with her ghost travel companion Ben. This trip they finally get to Arizona where the weather is warm only to meet up with an unpleasant lady who invites herself into Minnie’s plans and then she witnesses a reinactment that goes wrong and one of the actors ends up dead! Minnie knows she has to find out the truth.

Book 8-Arriving in Cochis Stronghold Minnie decides to go for a hike right away into the stronghold and she soon detects a horrible smell and soon discovered that smell belonged to a body down in a well. She can’t believe that she has found another body and soon finds herself getting into another mystery that she knows she has to figure out and fast.

Book 9-Book 9- Now Minnie Crockwell has arrived to the coast in Orange Beach and has a weird encounter with the co managers of the RV park when the husband Carl pulls her out of the way just in time from getting run over by his wife Billie. Then later on that night as Minnie was walking along the beach looking for sea shells she comes across another body laying face down in the water on the beach. It seems like this mystery is full of twists and turns


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Babb gives soul to the stories she narrates

I loved the previous two boxed sets, so I was looking forward to new adventures with Minnie and Ben. This set is composed of three shortish stories, like the previous two sets, and the vibe is quite similar to them too.

Minnie is appalled at her terrible luck for finding corpses wherever she goes, and these times will be no different. I enjoyed the banter between Minnie and Ben, how close to each other they are getting, and the humor which transpires in every situation despite the seriousness of events.

In the first story I missed Ben’s presence at some moments. Perhaps I got used to Minnie and Ben’s continuous dialogues, and somehow Minnie seemed to face events without talking to Ben as much as in other books. I was able to guess the murderer quite from the start but this could be because I am an avid listener of cozy mysteries.

The other two stories felt a bit more like previous books, with Minnie and Ben discussing every little detail, and the intrigue kept until the end.

After nine books, I can say that both characters have come a long way, and it is been a real pleasure to see them develop and interact. We also know Minnie’s ex-husband a little bit better, and I wish we will meet him one day. It will be a hoot!

Michelle Babb did an excellent job, as always, narrating this story. She has a very special talent to bring the characters to life and make them sound like real people, with their flaws, their fears, and their quirks. I also think Michelle Babb knows very well how to transmit the humor with which a story has been written, and I can definitely say that she gives soul to the stories she narrates.

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.

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A fun boxed set of mysteries

Minnie and Ben run into trouble again and again. Their travels are full of adventures and interesting people. Minnie sure does attract trouble but she isn't afraid to dig deep to uncover the person responsible. I enjoy the relationship between Minnie and Ben as well as her emails with her ex-husband. Each book finds them getting closer. I also enjoy the descriptions of the places they visit. This set is just as enjoyable as the ones that came before and Michelle Babb, as always, does a fine job narrating. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.