Title: Beaches, Bungalows, and Burglaries
Series: A Camper & Criminals Cozy #1
Author: Tonya Kappes
Release Date: May 25th 2018
Pages: 286 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
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!
Mae West, a far cry from the Hollywood actress, has been thrown for a loop. Her plush lifestyle in the big city of New York comes to a screeching halt after the FBI raids her mansion and arrests her husband, Paul West, for a Ponzi scheme that rips people out of millions of dollars.
Mae finds herself homeless, friendless, and penniless. All hope isn’t lost. . .the only thing Mae got to keep that the government didn’t seize is a tourist camp ground, Happy Trails, in Normal, Kentucky and an RV to live in. One problem, Mae’s idea of camping has room service.
By the look of the brochure, Happy Trails has plush Kentucky Bluegrass, a crystal clear lake, a beach chair with her name on it and thoughts of how much money it could bring her after she sells it. Mae figures she’ll take a couple weeks vacation with her toes dipped in the lake. Things aren’t always as they appear. The Kentucky Bluegrass is nothing but dirt and the crystal clue lake is murky with green slime on top.
Mae quickly find out that Happy Trails and the citizens of Normal were also victims of Paul’s schemes, making her lower than tha lake scum in the residents’ eyes. Mae doesn’t think things could get much worse, but as luck would have it, Paul West has escaped from prison and is found dead, murdered, floating in the Happy Trails mucky green lake.
Mae is the number one suspect on Detective Hank Sharp’s short list. After all, Mae has the perfect motive as a kept wife who has been scorned to ashes, embarrassed to death, and seeking revenge.
Time is running out for Mae to prove that she’s innocent and nothing like her husband. If only she could get someone to believe her and talk Detective Sharp into looking at other residents who’ve lost all their savings to Paul’s Ponzie scheme before the curtain is closed on this Hollywood namesake.
Mae’s life was good until her husband Paul’s Ponzie scheme came out and she was left with empty hands. When she met with their lawyer she learns that the only thing she was left is an RV and a campground Happy Trails located in Normal, Kentucky. She decides to go to Normal and think how to go on, but the reality doesn’t match with the pictures of the brochure. While trying to make the campground more presentable, she learns that her ex husband took money from a lot of people in Normal too and she decides to make it up for them as much as she can. In the middle of it all it turns out that her husband run away from prison and when he is found dead in the lake, it’s important to find out who did it.
It’s my first Tonya Kappes’s book, but as I enjoyed the first book I continued with the second book and will read the rest of the series. I liked the friendships and the campground Happy Trails very much. The mystery was well written and the story flowed smoothly. I’d recommend this series to anyone who likes cozy mysteries or even for people, who don’t usually read cozies.
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