Book: Bats and Bones (The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries) by Karen Musser Nortmancategories: Book, RV Camping, Senior Sleuths, Outdoors, Humor, Woman Sleuth, Brag Medallion, Nature, State Parks, Cozy Mystery
Karen Musser Nortmanabout this book: When you camp, you get little glimpses into other people's lives, even though you may not know their names. Why is that woman wearing high heels to the shower house? Why did those people come in, set up, and then almost immediately pull out again? Why are there bones in this fire pit? I enjoy cozy mysteries as a light weekend read, and a campground seemed a perfect setting for one. It is a confined area, you have a wide variety of characters, and nature often plays an important part. I wanted my characters to be retirees who are realistically drawn—not just like twenty-somethings only without jobs, but also not decrepit invalids. I wanted them to have stable, comfortable marriages and solid friendships despite their quirks. And I wanted their life experiences to be valuable in solving the mysteries that they encounter.
So "Bats and Bones" is the first book in the Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries. Frannie and her friends camp at Bat Cave State Park over the Fourth of July weekend. Their plans for relaxation take an abrupt turn when, on a hike, they find the body of the campground hostess in one of the caves. Add in some novice campers, a tornado warning, a missing family, and a mysterious cabin in the woods and the Shoemakers and their friends get fireworks that they don't expect.
"Bats and Bones" is an IndieBRAG Medallion honoree.
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