Series: The Camper & Criminals Series #1
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Format: Kindle Unlimited
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Welcome to Normal, Kentucky~ where nothing is normal.
Mae West, a far cry from the Hollywood actress, has been thrown for a loop. Her plush lifestyle in the big city of New York comes to a screeching halt after the FBI raids her mansion and arrests her husband, Paul West, for a Ponzi scheme that rips people out of millions of dollars.
Mae finds herself homeless, friendless, and penniless. All hope isn't lost. . .the only thing Mae got to keep that the government didn't seize is a tourist camp ground, Happy Trails, in Normal, Kentucky and an RV to live in. One problem, Mae's idea of camping has room service.
By the look of the brochure, Happy Trails has plush Kentucky Bluegrass, a crystal clear lake, a beach chair with her name on it and thoughts of how much money it could bring her after she sells it. Mae figures she'll take a couple weeks vacation with her toes dipped in the lake. Things aren't always as they appear. The Kentucky Bluegrass is nothing but dirt and the crystal clue lake is murky with green slime on top.
Mae quickly find out that Happy Trails and the citizens of Normal were also victims of Paul's schemes, making her lower than tha lake scum in the residents' eyes. Mae doesn't think things could get much worse, but as luck would have it, Paul West has escaped from prison and is found dead, murdered, floating in the Happy Trails mucky green lake.
Mae is the number one suspect on Detective Hank Sharp's short list. After all, Mae has the perfect motive as a kept wife who has been scorned to ashes, embarrassed to death, and seeking revenge.
Time is running out for Mae to prove that she's innocent and nothing like her husband. If only she could get someone to believe her and talk Detective Sharp into looking at other residents who've lost all their savings to Paul's Ponzie scheme before the curtain is closed on this Hollywood namesake.
After reading a couple of Tonya Kappes cozy mysteries I can officially say that she is now a TOP FAVORITE author. I need to buy all the books! Seriously though, Tonya brings these characters to life. She makes them become a part of you and makes you miss them when the book is finished. The way she describes the setting, in vivid detail, makes you feel like you are actually a part of the scenery. I now want to buy a camper and go to Happy Trails. Finally, the way she describes the people of this small town? Absolutely PERFECT. I not only want to visit Happy Trails in Kentucky myself (so sad it’s only a fictional world), but I also want to make friends with people like Dottie and and the others. Simply put, I adored this book and am so excited to get further into the series. If you are a cozy mystery lover, this is a must have book! You can read it for free if you are a kindle unlimited subscriber like myself.
A little bit about this endearing cozy mystery: Mae has gone from riches to rags. After her home is raided by the FBI because her husband was a part of some ponzi schemes, she is left divorced and poor. She has no home, no money, and no family to fall back to. Thankfully, her lawyer gives her some news about a place that she owns in Kentucky called Happy Trails RV park. Though she had never heard of the place, she decides to take the “vacation” and go see what this place is all about. She may even be able to sell because she has noting else.
When Mae gets to Happy Trails, her thoughts on a glorious vacation turn into a nightmare. This is not the place she pictured and it’s certainly not what the brochure shows. But she meets some fabulous people, some who had even been affected by her (ex)husbands money schemes, and decides to turn the park around. She feels guilty about everything her ex did and wants to give back to those who had been wronged.
Unfortunately, not to long into her stay, her husband is found dead in the lake! And she needs to find out who the killer is before she is hauled off to jail by sheriff Hank! Will Mae be able to turn this run down park into something bright and beautiful again? Or will she find herself behind bars for murder? You’ll have to read to find out!
Overall, I am so excited about this book and the series as a whole because I loved this one so much! I think any fan of cozies is going to want to pick up a copy. If you are new to the genre but want to try it out, Tanya’s book are an excellent place to start!