Review of Canyons, Caravans & Cadavers

Canyons, Caravans & Cadavers

A Camper & Criminals Cozy, Book #6

Tonya Kappes

5 Stars

43723368Synopsis:

Welcome to Normal, Kentucky~ where nothing is normal. A Campers and Criminal Mystery Series is another brainchild of USA Today Bestselling Author Tonya Kappes. If you love her quirky southern characters and small town charm with a mystery to solve, you’re going to love her new cozy mystery series!

When the principal of Normal High School asks Mae West to teach a semester on small town economics, since she helped bring the thriving economy in Normal, Kentucky when she used her brilliant ideas to bring the Happy Trails Campground back to life, Mae is thrilled and happy to teach the young people.

But when a fellow teacher and archery Coach Roger Carlson, is found stone-cold dead, facedown in one of Happy Trails Campground campers with an arrow sticking out of his back, it puts a damper on the thriving campground when tourists cancel their reservations and Mae’s excitement to teach.

Mae’s hankering to snoop into the coach’s private life and find out exactly why he was renting a camper in Happy Trails and not living at home with his young wife. Her efforts don’t leave her short on suspects. Especially, since Mae uncovered many unhappy parents who had relied on an archery scholarship as their child’s ticket to get out of Normal and go to college.

Mae has to be careful or she just might find an arrow with her name written on it.   (Goodreads)

 

Review:

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The style allowed me to get a better insight into the characters and their actions.  With the author’s descriptive writing, I was pulled right into the story and I was taken on a grand adventure.  I felt like I was right there listening in on conversations and watching all of the action taking place at the campgrounds.

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  I find Mae and her friends to be very funny and quirky and I really enjoy getting to spend time with them.  They all appear to be Southern sweet and genteel, but do not cross them, you will be sorry if you do! I enjoyed getting to learn a little more about Hank’s family, who is Mae’s boyfriend.

The mystery is well plotted and moves along at a nice pace.  With more than one murder to solve, it is not easy to figure out the culprit. There were plenty of suspects to consider and clues to sift through.

I really enjoy this series and this book did not disappoint.  I would recommend that you check out the whole series, you will be glad that you did.

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

 

 

New Releases For The Week Of March 24th, 2019–Part 4

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of March 24th, 2019. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so many of them for this week. Today is the fourth and final day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

The Hidden Corpse (A Food Blogger Mystery Book 2) by [Sennefelder, Debra]Former reality TV baking show contestant and recent divorcée Hope Early is trying to find her recipe for success as a food blogger—but murder keeps getting in the mix . . .

When Hope’s elderly neighbor perishes in a home fire, she can’t help but feel somewhat responsible. Only the day before, Peggy Olson had called her over, having burned a pot on the stove while she was sleeping and filling the house with smoke. In fact, she couldn’t even remember cooking. Clearly, it was dangerous for the woman to live alone.

But it turns out she wasn’t alone. When a second body is discovered in the basement of the burned house, suddenly what appeared to be a tragic accident is beginning to look like premeditated murder. As rumors spread like wildfire, Hope is determined to sort out the facts and smoke out a killer, but she might be jumping from the frying pan straight into the fire . . .

Includes Recipes from Hope’s Kitchen!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding Cake Carnage (MURDER IN THE MIX Book 11) by [Moore, Addison]A baker who sees the dead. One too many suitors.
And a killer. Living in Honey Hollow can be murder.

*A laugh out loud standalone cozy mystery by New York Times Bestseller Addison Moore* All books in the series can be read individually but are best enjoyed in order.

My name is Lottie Lemon, and I see dead pets. On occasion I see a once-upon a human, too, but mostly it’s just cute little furry beasts who have come back from the other side to warn me of their previous owners impending doom. 

Someone very close to me is missing—and it’s been a nightmare ever since they’ve disappeared. To top it all off, I stumbled upon a body at the Bridal Expo. My sister’s wedding is just weeks away, and I volunteered to take over a to-do list at least a mile long. Add an ornery talking tiger, an unruly child poltergeist, a firework spectacular and you’ll have the most explosive July Honey Hollow has ever seen.

Lottie Lemon has a brand new bakery to tend to, a budding romance with perhaps one too many suitors, and she has the supernatural ability to see dead pets—which are always harbingers for ominous things to come. Throw in the occasional ghost of the human variety, a string of murders, and her insatiable thirst for justice, and you’ll have more chaos than you know what to do with.

Living in the small town of Honey Hollow can be murder.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Daydreamer Detective Finds Her Calling (Miso Cozy Mysteries Book 5) by [Pajonas, S. J. ]Tragedy strikes Chikata again!

When Noriko Kubo, a local small business coach, is found dead in her back garden, Mei feels the pull of a good mystery and the desire to solve another case, especially at the behest of her best friend. With several suspects that need to be questioned or followed, she has all the skills to help out and the imagination to piece together the clues.

But time is not on her side and neither is good luck. Her baby is crying for hours every night, her husband’s restaurant is so popular he’s never around, and her new house is in jeopardy of never being built. Mei doesn’t have the energy to help with a murder investigation… or does she?

Soon, everyone is depending on her for everything, and Mei feels lost and unsure of her own future. She loves her family and her tea shop, but she’s never really found her calling unless she’s helping to solve a murder case. That’s not a legitimate career for her, though, is it? Can Mei juggle her busy life, secure her place in society, and still help find Noriko’s killer?

With her head in the clouds and a taste for solving crime, you don’t want to miss Mei in The Daydreamer Detective Finds Her Calling, the intensely delicious fifth course to the Miso Cozy series of cozy mystery novels.

Buy The Daydreamer Detective Finds Her Calling today to continue with the series!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Saucerful of Death (Starlight Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Johns, Loretta, Johns, Sarah]

7:30 Channel   2  Local News- Martin McCray

                      13  A Saucerful of Death- cozy

                                             Darren Nelson stars as a United States Space Explorer who finds himself entangled in more than just intergalactic intrigue when he falls for an interstellar beauty. Not only does he have to divert attention from a lovely alien, who hitched a ride on his return capsule, but when a fellow astronaut he clashed with is found dead, he must find a way to clear his own name. He must constantly discourage his best friend and mission team member, Stephen, from aiding and abetting the lovely alien that has began to fall for Darren. Jeannie is determined to save him herself and thanks to retro tv, she is sure she knows just how to go about it.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Precious Pearls: A Cozy Romance Mystery by [Geyer, Grace]Her life is about to change … but is it for the better?

April is convalescing at Arcana Lodge after an accident when she finds herself embroiled in a mystery where things go missing. Is there a thief amongst them and is he or she a danger to April and others around her?

She is not safe there at the Lodge and is in danger of being next on the thief’s list. She must protect her precious pearls.

You will love this romantic mystery if you care about those who have the courage to face their fears to get justice in the fight against greed, and if you like stories of love that tug at your heartstrings.

Get it now.

And what if she also found her lost love … but only in her dreams?  (Amazon)

Editions available:  Kindle  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dyeing Season (Dewberry Farm Mysteries Book 5) by [MacInerney, Karen]The eggs aren’t the only things dyeing in Buttercup… 

It’s springtime on Dewberry Farm, and homesteader Lucy Resnick is busy putting together her wares for the Easter Market. She’s just finished potting the last of her herb starts when a tornado rips through her farm, destroying her crops, scattering her livestock and tearing up the barn.  As Lucy searches for two kids lost in the storm, she makes a grisly discovery: her neighbor’s home health aide, Eva, strangled with a hand-knitted scarf.

While investigating the young woman’s death, Lucy discovers that blood isn’t always thicker than water… and that somebody may be taking advantage of the town’s more vulnerable citizens.  When a second body turns up, drowned in a vat of dye, the whole town is walking on eggshells.  Will Lucy find the killer in time?

Or has dyeing season just begun?

***NOTE: Paperback is not yet available for pre-order, but will be available on release date!***  (Amazon)
Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As one of nine siblings raised in the Deep South, shotgun weddings and snooty in-laws don’t worry plus-sized P.I. Savannah Reid nearly as much as a search for a missing mother and child—especially when it leads to murder . . .

Not long after Savannah and her husband settle back to normal life in San Carmelita, California, handsome up-and-coming actor Ethan Malloy enlist the Midnight Magnolia Detective Agency to track down his missing wife and toddler—shortly before the beloved family nanny gets murdered.

With the discreet search now a sensationalized homicide investigation, Savannah must rush to apprehend a killer and save the missing child. But famous heartthrobs can attract the wrong kind of attention, and some snooping into the complicated private lives of Ethan and his wife tells Savannah that she’s in for a deadly chase. As Savannah dismantles bombshell after bombshell while balancing delicate family matters of her own, she soon finds herself closing in on a terrifying culprit—one who’s willing to do anything for a moment in the spotlight . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Divine Blindside: A Divine Cozy Mystery (Divine Christian Cozy Mysteries Series Book 3) by [Callaghan, Hope]Despite being blindsided by a stranger who threatens to expose her past and take everything from her, Jo Pepperdine must help clear the name of one of the Second Chance residents after she becomes a prime suspect in a co-worker’s murder.

Read all of Hope Callaghan’s books and box sets for FREE with Kindle Unlimited.

“Divine Blindside,” is Book 3 in the Divine Cozy Mystery Series

BONUS: Recipe Included! 

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Fall has arrived in the tiny town of Divine, Kansas, and the area residents are gearing up for the annual fall festival including Delta, who is determined to win the baking contest and beat last year’s reigning champion.

Meanwhile, one of Joanna Pepperdine’s Second Chance residents, Sherry Marshall, is hired as a server at Divine Delicatessen. Not everyone is thrilled with the new employee and soon after, the person tasked with training her is murdered, and Sherry becomes the prime suspect.

Jo is convinced Sherry was not involved and is determined to clear her name, despite being blindsided after a stranger shows up at the farm, threatening to expose Jo’s secret past and take everything that matters most…her family, friends and beloved farm.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canyons, Caravans, & Cadavers: A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery Book 6 by [Kappes, Tonya]Welcome to Normal, Kentucky~ where nothing is normal. A Campers and Criminal Mystery Series is another brainchild of USA Today Bestselling Author Tonya Kappes. If you love her quirky southern characters and small town charm with a mystery to solve, you’re going to love her new cozy mystery series!

When the principal of Normal High School asks Mae West to teach a semester on small town economics, since she helped bring the thriving economy in Normal, Kentucky when she used her brilliant ideas to bring the Happy Trails Campground back to life, Mae is thrilled and happy to teach the young people.

But when a fellow teacher and archery Coach Roger Carlson, is found stone-cold dead, facedown in one of Happy Trails Campground campers with an arrow sticking out of his back, it puts a damper on the thriving campground when tourists cancel their reservations and Mae’s excitement to teach.

Mae’s hankering to snoop into the coach’s private life and find out exactly why he was renting a camper in Happy Trails and not living at home with his young wife. Her efforts don’t leave her short on suspects. Especially, since Mae uncovered many unhappy parents who had relied on an archery scholarship as their child’s ticket to get out of Normal and go to college.

Mae has to be careful or she just might find an arrow with her name written on it.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback