Review of Christmas, Criminals and Campers

Christmas, Criminals & Campers
A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery, Book #4
Tonya Kappes
5 Stars


Welcome to Normal, Kentucky where NOTHING is normal.

Librarian Abby Fawn is star struck when her favorite romance author, Nadine White, has rented a cozy camper at the Happy Trails Campground for the winter months.

Abby is devastated to find out Nadine White is nothing like the person she portrays in interviews or on social media. In fact, Nadine White is not nice at all and Abby lets her feelings known that she thinks Nadine is a fraud. . .after she finds out Nadine has a ghost writer.

When Nadine White is found dead in the Normal Library, Abby Fawn is Detective Hank Sharp’s number one suspect.

It’s time for Mae West to put up her camping gear for the winter months and put on her sleuthing gear to figure out who is framing Abby Fawn before Abby is the ending in Nadine White’s final chapter.

From USA Today Bestselling Author Tonya Kappes, this bestselling and hilarious mystery series is all the rage! You don’t want to miss out! (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded and well developed. Mae and the Laundry Club girls are quirky, funny and caring and I really enjoy getting to spend time with them. When one of their own is accused of murder, they are right there, protecting her and helping her in any way they can. And Mae has more on her plate when her foster mom comes to visit. Will she be able to handle it all?

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in creating authentic Southern settings and creates communities that I would love to visit.

The mystery is carried on well throughout the book. There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider. I thought I knew who the killer was, but I was wrong. Or was I?

I would recommend this fun cozy mystery to and one who enjoys a well crafted cozy. I am already looking forward to the next book.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book and provided my honest review.


New Releases For The Week Of October 21st, 2018–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of October 21st, 2018. I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so many of them for this week. Today is the third and final day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


Six Cats a Slayin' (Cat in the Stacks Mystery Book 10) by [James, Miranda]Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, are busy decking the halls for the holidays when an unexpected delivery and a shocking murder conspire to shake up the season in this all new installment of the New York Times bestselling series.

December twenty-fifth is right around the corner, and Charlie is making his list and checking it twice. He is doing his best to show some peace and goodwill toward his nosy neighbor Gerry Arbitron, a real estate agent who seems to have designs on his house (and maybe on him, as well), while preparing for a very important role, indeed–his first Christmas as a grandfather.

The last thing Charlie expects is to gain several new additions to his family. Charlie finds a box on his doorstep with five kittens inside and a note begging him to keep them safe. With Diesel’s help, Charlie welcomes the tiny felines into the Harris household just as Gerry decides it is time to throw a lavish holiday party.

Determined to make her mark on Athena, Gerry instead winds up dead at her very own party. Though attempts to dig into her past come up empty, Charlie and his girlfriend, Helen Louise, witness two heated exchanges involving Gerry before her death: one with a leading citizen and another with the wife of a good friend. Will one of these ladies wind up on the sheriff’s naughty list? Charlie and Diesel have to wrap up the case before the special season is ruined by a sinister scrooge.   (Amazon)

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The Case of the Hidden Daemon (Dr Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural Book 3) by [Banks, Lucy]


Still recovering from saving Lyme-Regis from a serial killer spirit, Dr Ribero’s agency is soon confronted with an even greater threat: a reckless cult conspiring with an ancient and powerful Daemon to open a permanent spirit door. Having just witnessed the lethal consequences uncontrolled spirits can have on the unsuspecting, the agency must join forces to stop the cult from unleashing chaos and ending the world’s fragile protection from dangerous spirits.  (Amazon)

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Royally in Trouble (An Enchanted Events Mystery Book 2) by [Jones, Jenny B.]If an ex-popstar-turned-event planner can’t find a Ren-faire killer, she may not survive the final act.

As a former member of a popular girl-band, Paisley Sutton knows what it means to be in the spotlight. So after she takes on an event- planning gig for the new Sugar Creek Renaissance faire, she’s counting on a smooth opening night. But when one of the cast is murdered, Paisley knows her event has gone lethally off-script.

When her old flame Beau is named the prime suspect, Paisley enlists the help of her trigger-happy ex-CIA grandmother and aunt. As she tries to keep the faire alive and fights off her matchmaking family, she uncovers secrets that might just get her killed. Can Paisley shine a light on the killer in time, or will the faire be her final curtain call?

Royally in Trouble is the second book in the lively Enchanted Events cozy mystery series with a dash of romance. If you like engaging characters, small-town intrigue, and laugh-out-loud moments, then you’ll love Jenny B. Jones’ Renaissance romp.

Buy Royally in Trouble to open the curtains on this page-turning cozy today!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback











A Witch in a Well (The Kilorian Sisters: A Witches of Shadow Lake Mystery Book 6) by [Emrick, K.J., Wells, S.J.]Addie Kilorian glanced nervously up above them. Up there, in the dark, was the floor of Shadow Lake…

In the midst of Shadow Lake’s worst blizzard in a hundred years, the Kilorian sisters prepare for their annual guided tour into the Shadow Lake Caverns.

They do this tour every year to alleviate the mystery of the caverns and dissuade would-be adventurers from finding the well of essence that lies within.

Willow is all for canceling the trip and Addie suspects it has less to do with the weather and more to do with her boyfriend.

Kiera, as the head of the family, reminds her of the Kilorian’s duty to Shadow Lake which puts an end to talk of canceling.

As it turns out, however, Willow may have been right after all.

When all hell breaks loose during the tour, the Kilorian sisters and their tour companions find themselves fighting for their survival.

Will they make it out alive?  (Amazon)

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Death, Diamonds, and Freezer Burn (Grime Pays Mystery Book 2) by [Sanders, Tricia L.]An unwelcome visitor, an unrequited love, and a dead body create chaos in a middle-aged woman’s plan for a productive summer. 

Despite a looming divorce, an empty checkbook, and a struggling cleaning business, Cece Cavanaugh is determined to land on her own two feet. Adamant about staying a safe distance from the handsome detective who has her fantasizing about violating the morals clause in her prenuptial agreement, Cece dives headlong into her work.

Even though she has no free time to spare, Cece finds herself guilted into cleaning a hoarder’s home. Her discoveries in the condemned house are too shocking to ignore. Diamond-laden pachyderms, a secret cache of money, and a dead body lure Cece into launching an investigation that places her in direct contact with the one person she’s desperate to avoid–hunky Detective Case Alder.

With clues in hand, Cece runs down leads and eliminates suspects one by one. Her conclusion and brave accusation put a friend’s life in peril forcing Cece to hatch a plan to outsmart the killer. A daring move could either save Cece and her friend or lead to their demise.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














The Enemy Next Door and Other Misunderstandings (Strawberry Lake Estates Mystery Book 2) by [Sharp, Crissy]

Jocelyn Kross always imagined her life differently—more loft in Upper Eastside Manhattan, less burned down house in small town Montana. Her temporary digs aren’t much better, a tiny apartment off the side of someone’s house. When the owner turns out to be her sworn enemy, Cade Warner, it’s just the rotten cherry on her terrible day.
Strange things are happening in Strawberry Lake Estates. Cade cannot afford to be distracted by his new neighbor, someone he’s known his whole life, and yet doesn’t really know at all. When Cade’s employee turns up dead, solving the sudden crime wave in their town turns a lot more personal.
As Jocelyn and Cade work together to solve the murder and help their town, they look pasts old grudges and see each other in a new light. When the investigation puts their lives in jeopardy, they find love sometimes comes in the most inconvenient ways.  (Amazon)

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A Heritage of Death (A Reverend Cici Gurule Mystery Book 2) by [Padgett, Alexa]An unconventional woman. A brutal murder. To solve the case, one woman will look for help from beyond the grave…
Cici Gurule wants to pretend her dream is nothing more than a meaningless nightmare. But the bruised and bloodied woman looked alarmingly like her. When a baby turns up on her porch–a baby who was reported missing days before–evidence points to a connection with the woman in Cici’s dream, and she can no longer ignore the nighttime vision. Cici and Detective Sam Chastain struggle to follow the garbled evidence, but the killer scores his victim first. Worse, a message pinned to the victim’s blouse states, “You’re next.”

Now, it’s a race against the clock to keep the baby safe and find the murderer before his trail goes cold. Cici’s only chance to solve this mystery, before she becomes the next victim, means choosing between her faith and believing a message left by her ghostly twin.

A Heritage of Death is the second novel in a compelling female sleuth mystery series for fans of Ruth Ware and Gilly MacMillan. If you like convention-shattering heroines, vivid Southwest settings, and a touch of the paranormal, then you’ll love Alexa Padgett’s twisty mystery.

Buy A Heritage of Death and hold on tight for a white-knuckle thrill ride today!  (Amazon)

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Margot Durand Cozy Mystery Boxed Set: Books 1 - 12 by [Collins, Danielle]To all appearances, North Bank is a charming retirement town and tourist attraction – until murders reveal a darker side of crime and corruption.

Twelve Culinary Cozy Mysteries from #1 Best Selling author Danielle Collins
Margot Durand runs a French Bakery in the charming town of North Bank, Virginia. She thought it was a charming town of friendly folks, but murders soon reveal a darker side of crime and corruption. Margot must get involved to protect her friends and family, and to keep a dozen killers from getting away.

This collection of cozy mysteries includes all twelve books in the Margot Durand Cozy Mystery series. If you like cozy mysteries with interesting characters and unexpected turns, the Margot Durand Cozy Mystery series is for you.

Buy the Margot Durand Cozy Mystery Boxed Set and start solving your next mystery (or 12) today!

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Each book in the series is a stand-alone story, but your enjoyment of each story will be increased if you read them all. Be sure to check them all out.

Croissants and Corruption – When Margot’s troublesome niece comes for a summer visit, she knows she is going to have her hands full. After an unexpected murder, the girl is labeled as the prime suspect and Margot is forced to fight for her niece’s freedom.

Desserts and Deception – When a man is murdered in the craft store run by her friend, Margot does everything she can to catch the killer and protect her friend. In the process, she uncovers a story of lies and deception.

Pastries and Pilfering – When Margot attempts to take a vacation on a cruise ship, mystery follows. What starts as a small time case of robbery, quickly turns into murder.

Muffins and Murder – After a conversation over breakfast muffins turns to an old treasure hunt, she gets pulled into a tale of deceptions and double-crosses. When a dead body turns up, Margot must unravel a plot that began decades ago.

Vacations and Violence – Margot is excited about leaving her bakery behind for a weekend vacation at the Blue Ridge Mountain Resort. When a dead body is found on a mountain trail, it seems there will be no vacation from violence. Margot must be at her sleuthing best if she is going to bring this killer to justice and protect her friend…and herself.

Boating and Bodies – Life is going well for Margot and she takes time to go on a romantic boat ride with Adam. But when the son of a wealthy mogul washes up on shore to ruin the date, Margot is forced into another murder mystery.

Murder in Maine – A dangerous crime syndicate, an FBI sting, and an undercover agent with mixed loyalties. Just another case for baker-turned-detective, Margot Durand.

Bakeries and Bodies – A local baking competition. One of the “friendly” competitors winds up dead. Who said Christmas in a small town was going to be relaxing?

A Deadly Engagement – A long lost child, a barely-kept secret, and an unidentified body make for a deadly engagement.

A Killer Cover Up – Margot is busy preparing for her new life, but she soon learns there is no escaping treachery and deception. After a body is found along her running trail, the death of an old friend gets a new focus.

Catering and Crime – When a girl comes to her with a story of villainy, can Margot finds herself investigation a case with no evidence and nothing reported stolen. After a dead body is found outside a catering event, the girl’s accusations seem more solid.

Murder and Matrimony – Margot and Adam are set to put mysteries behind them, at least for a while, and start a new life together. Before they can get married, Adam is named a suspect in a murder. Can Margot prove he was set up and clear his name in time for the wedding or is she destined for a life alone?  (Amazon)

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A Dear Abby Cozy Mystery Collection Books 1 - 3: End of the Lane, Be Still My Heart and The Last Ride by [Parin, Sonia]Curl up with these small town cozy mysteries filled with humor, fun and the quirkiest characters around!

End of the Lane (Book 1)
Abby Maguire’s first day in a new town and new job could be her last. Instead of writing about the weekend bake sale, she has to give a statement to the police. It seems the small town of Eden is not the idyllic place she’d imagined it to be. There’s a killer on the lose but the finger of suspicion is pointed at Abby.

Be Still My Heart (Book 2)
Abby Maguire is in a rut and in desperate need of a scoop, not another dead body, but that’s what she gets.

After witnessing an altercation between two Eden Thespian rivals, Abby Maguire, the town’s new reporter, hopes the annual Eden picnic fundraiser will be the perfect venue for her to witness some fireworks. Everyone has turned up, and everyone is dressed in 1920s costumes, including the dead body she finds.

The Last Ride (Book 3)
A carousel. A body. An inheritance.
Eden’s local café owner, Joyce Breeland, has issued Abby Maguire an ultimatum – the small-town newspaper reporter must find the identity of the Eden Bloggess or be banned from Joyce’s café. Functioning on limited coffee rations, Abby Maguire goes in search of this elusive blogger only to stumble upon a body and a mysterious inheritance. There’s a killer on the loose and he might be working his way through a list…

I LOVE this book. The writing flowed, the story drew me in immediately and the characters were incredibly likable. Abby flies halfway around the world to start a new life as a small-town newspaper reporter in Australia. Her first assignment is supposed to be about cake, of all things, but instead she finds herself investigating the murder of her new boss. This is sincerely the perfect cozy mystery. It is fast-paced, lighthearted, fun and engaging. I will be keeping my eye out for more books by Sonia Parin. (End of the Lane) Amazon Reviewer

A hilarious cozy!!! I love Doyle!
A small town, a reporter and a dog. Throw in murder and stir with a lot of sugar
Well written with a good story line (Be Still My Heart) Amazon Reviewer

I love this writer and especially this series in Australia. The characters are real and funny. They relate to each other. There is consistency between the books. (The Last Ride) Amazon Reviewer  (Amazon)

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Dorothy Claes: and the Prowl of the Yule Cat (Silver Fox Mysteries Book 2) by [Morgan, C. P. ]The older you get, the less time you seem to have.

And Dorothy Claes has no time for secrets. It’s been a year since she joined The Silver Foxes to uncover the truth about her father’s death, and she’s no closer than when she started. It might be time to call it quits.

But when a fellow agent goes missing on a mission in Iceland, Dorothy finds herself on one last case. Trouble is, she knows nothing about Icelandic lore, and to top it all off, her cat Solomon is active very strange. Can she find her missing agent and the other kidnapped children, or will The Silver Foxes have another death on their hands?

A unique Paranormal Cozy Mystery, Dorothy Claes and the Prowl of the Yule Cat is the second book in the Silver Fox Mysteries series. C.P. Morgan integrates spies with the myth and lore of cats from around the world. Readers of all ages will be kept on the edge of their seats until the end.  (Amazon)

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The Thanksgiving Trip (A Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery Book 5) by [Daley, Kathi]


The entire Thomas family takes a Thanksgiving trip to a mountain cabin after Tess learns that her father visited the area every autumn to hunt and fish before his supposed death in a fiery truck accident. After arriving at the cabin, Tess and Tony, along with Mike and Bree, team up to investigate a suspicious death, while Tess and Tony secretly talk to people who live in the area and once knew her father. Hoping to finally find answers for her unanswered questions regarding her father’s current whereabouts, Tess widens her search which lead her to a startling realization.

Meanwhile, a stray dog seems intent on adopting Mike in spite of Mike’s insistence that there is no way he has room in his life for an energetic and mischievous puppy.  (Amazon)

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