Review of Deserts, Driving and Derelicts

Deserts, Driving and Derelicts

Camper and Criminals Cozy Mystery Series, Book #2

Tonya Kappes

5 Stars


Deserts, Driving, and Derelicts

Book Two in USA TODAY Bestselling Author Tonya Kappes’s hilarious Camper and Criminals Cozy Mystery Series.

Welcome to Normal, Kentucky where nothin’ is normal!

Mae West is just getting settled into the RV lifestyle as owner of the local camp ground in Normal, Kentucky. The Happy Trails Camp Ground, located in the Daniel Boone National Park, has started to bring in tourists for the late summer vacationing family that love to hike, swim, fish, and enjoy the outdoor life.

The Laundry Club ladies are still holding court ( better known as gossip sessions) in the local laundry mat. They’re spinning more tales than the washing machine spin cycle after there’s a string of burglaries happening in their small, southern town.

Suddenly everyone in Normal is on alert after one of their own is found dead. Even though Mae West tries her best to stay out of it, she can’t. After all, it’s not good for business when a murderer is on the loose. Plus, Betts Hager, one of the Laundry Club ladies and Mae’s good friend, is the number one suspect and now it’s personal to Mae.

Mae has grown to love her RV community and now that she’s found a place to belong, she’s not going to let anyone ruin it, throwing her deep into using her amateur sleuthing skills to bring the real killer to justice. (Goodreads)

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  It lends itself to allowing the reader to get a better understanding of the characters actions and thoughts. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing, and she sure knows how to create a small town southern atmosphere.  Normal, Kentucky is a place I would like to visit and sit aspell.

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  They are funny, quirky and sassy, and are people I would like to be friends with.  Mae is a strong smart Southern woman you would want her on your side in any fight. The author knows how to create characters that are likable and realistic and I enjoy any time I get to spend with them.

The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.  Mae is very nosy and when she sets her mind to do something, there is no stopping her. She was not going to be satisfied until she figured out who the culprit was.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  With fantastic characters, a great setting, plenty of humor and a puzzling mystery, what is not to love?