Review of Canyons, Caravans & Cadavers

Canyons, Caravans & Cadavers

A Camper & Criminals Cozy, Book #6

Tonya Kappes

5 Stars


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)



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.



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