Review of Outdoors, Oars and Oaths

Outdoors, Oars & Oaths

Camper & Criminals

Tonya Kappes

5 Stars


I haven’t seen Stanley Shelton since the flamingo keychain with the campervan key dangled from his fingertips as he ripped the Maserati keys out of my grip after my ex-now-dead husband left me broke and penniless, until now.

Stanley claims the Diamond Swamp Mob is after him and he needs my help. Something about my past, but I didn’t take him too seriously until someone was murdered in Stanley’s rented room at the Milkery. The person just so happened to have a tattoo I’ve seen before.

One problem, the tattoo is a brand from a mob in New York City.

Sheriff Hank Sharp has hauled Stanley down to the Normal sheriff’s department for the murder, leaving it up to me and the Laundry Club Ladies to clear Stanley’s name. Looks like I’m driving my campervan back to New York City and make it a girls trip.

I sure hope I can get to the mob boss before he sends anyone else to Happy Trails Campground to finish the job and get revenge on who actually killed the mobster.

Welcome to Normal, Kentucky, where nothing is normal! (Goodreads)


The characters are well developed and well rounded. It seemed to me that the Laundry Club Ladies did not have as big a role in this book.  They all end up taking a trip to New York City and the majority of them just shopped.  Except Dottie, she stayed by Mae’s side through it all. And was very funny with some of the things she said and did.  

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I was drawn into this book because of these descriptions.  The writing style flowed smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The mystery was well plotted but I did have the culprit picked out very early on.  But that did not really detract from my enjoyment.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I am sure that Mae and the Laundry Club Ladies will have another mystery to solve.  

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



Outdoors, Oars, & Oaths: A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery Book 18 (A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery Series) by [Tonya Kappes]