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Bats and Bones (The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Karen Musser Nortman
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Bats and Bones is a B.R.A.G Medallion Honoree. Frannie and Larry Shoemaker are retirees who enjoy weekend camping with their friends in state parks in this new cozy mystery series. They anticipate the usual hiking, campfires, good food, and interesting side trips among the bluffs of beautiful Bat Cave State Park for the long Fourth of July weekend—until a dead body turns up. Confined in the campground and surrounded by strangers, Frannie is drawn into the investigation. Frannie’s persistence and curiosity helps authorities sort through the possible suspects and motives, but almost ends her new sleuth career—and her life—for good. As a bonus, each chapter ends with a camping tip or recipe—some useful, some not so much.


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About the Author

Karen Musser Nortman, after previous incarnations as a secondary social studies teacher (22 years) and a test developer (18 years), returned to her childhood dream of writing a novel. Bats and Bones, a cozy mystery, came out of numerous ‘round the campfire’ discussions, making up answers to questions raised by the peephole glimpses one gets into the lives of fellow campers. Where did those people disappear to for the last two days? What kinds of bones are in this fire pit? Why is that woman wearing heels to the shower house? Karen and her husband Butch originally tent camped when their children were young and switched to a travel trailer when sleeping on the ground lost its romantic adventure. They take frequent weekend jaunts with friends to parks in Iowa and surrounding states, plus occasional longer trips. Entertainment on these trips has ranged from geocaching and hiking/biking to barbecue contests, balloon fests, and buck skinners’ rendezvous. Frannie and Larry will no doubt check out some of these options on their future adventures. Karen has three children and eight grandchildren. She also loves reading, gardening, and knitting, and can recite the 99 counties of Iowa in alphabetical order.

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  • File Size: 951 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A6DTAV6
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4.4 out of 5 stars
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4.4 out of 5 stars
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bats and Bones Review December 10, 2012
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When I started reading this book, I thought it was a pleasant story about a group of friends and relatives on a camping trip.
It soon turned into fast paced plot with more twists and turns than a whirlygig.
I look forward to reading more adventures of Frannie Shoemaker and her friends.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for Frannie's next adventure! November 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a fun read with some quirky characters, some gorgeous settings, and a story line with enough twists and turns to keep you turning pages long after the campfire has died to embers.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Liked it, but very slow June 28, 2013
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I wanted to like this book as I'm a fan of RV mysteries and yes I'd read the reviews that said it's a cozy. I did like the recipes and the hints. That said I only gave it 3 stars because I found who was who confusing at times. Also as an avid mystery reader and one who loves books on writing, I know that one of the first rules of mystery writing is to solve the case when the murderer is caught. It took almost 15 pages to get to the reasons the woman was murdered. Second a good mystery usually ends at that point. This one dragged on another 6 pages. If you love slow and steady, you'll love this. I personally found it very slow.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read for RV campers January 31, 2013
By Vince
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An enjoyable read for us RVers. Lots of twists and turns to keep you reading. Most RVers can relate to many of the situations that occur in the camp sites. I think even those who are not avid campers would enjoy the book. It's an easy read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful surprise!! September 24, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
So, I love the thought of camping in an RV so I thought I would love this book since it was also a mystery. I did indeed love this book as it reminded me of how things should be, despite the murders of course. The married couples were friends, there were no sex issues, and no curse words. However, it did not seem unrealistic as the friends did get annoyed with one another and bad things did happen. I was drawn into the storyline from the first paragraph. I was never bored and was sorry when it ended. The mystery wasn't easy to solve and curves were thrown in so it kept me wanting more. I plan to seek out this author's other mysteries immediately and look forward to more of their adventures!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good holiday read April 26, 2013
By David
Format:Kindle Edition
Although it sometimes reads like a guide to camping, Nortman gives us an unusual heroine in Frannie in that she is a retired teacher and just enjoying a weekend camping with friends. We can relate to that kind of scenario.
The novel is very light-hearted and easy to read.
No surprises - but sometimes a mild mystery with a dash of humour and suspense is just what you want.
I did feel that there was perhaps too much extraneous info and description, but the story flowed fairly smoothly and there were no loose ends at the conclusion.
And each chapter is concluded with a camping tip! So you get extra value for your dollar!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept my interest from beginning to end November 12, 2013
By C. Hall
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I found Bats and Bones (The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries) to be a very interesting read.Well written with great character and story development.I have never been camping,but I thought the camping tips at the end of each chapter were interesting and valuable to those who are campers.I thought the mystery was very interesting and plausible.Totally 'clean' too.

I read the Kindle version and have no formatting complaints.

Highly recommended for cozy mystery lovers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Begining to enjoy these camping tales September 13, 2014
By augray
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This is the second book I have read from this author regarding her camping novels. I did like this one better than the Blue Coyote book. Perhaps because, by this time, I am more familiar with her characters. I do like the camping hints or recipes at the end of each chapter. These campers always end up involved in a mystery, in this case a murder mystery. Delightful stories and light reading. I will recommend the series and read a few more myself.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars What a surprise
This is a fun adventure story. And the bonus is you get camping tips and good recipes along with it! Enjoyed it.
Published 5 days ago by Dee Owers
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Fun, light reading. A group of almost senior citizens on a camping trip get embroiled in a mystery.
Published 7 days ago by Rebecca Ellsworth
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Yarn!
I loved the main characters and RV/Camping premise. The camping Tips are great and unique. And of course, who doesn't love a murder mystery. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Denise
5.0 out of 5 stars I could imagine myself in the same situation.
Having done a lot of camping in a lot of different RV's or tents, I could picture this very well. A fun read and I would read more Frannie Shoemaker Mysteries.
Published 1 month ago by poochie47
5.0 out of 5 stars An easy read
Ok really enjoyed reading this book. When my children were younger we too camped and this brought back fond memories of slower fun times.
Published 1 month ago by B. Limberg
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good story and good tips for would-be
I have experienced campground living in Branson, MO and it was so true to life-- except for the murder. A very good story and good tips for would-be campers
Published 1 month ago by Gloria Kojakanian
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun reading
Light and enjoyable with a twist of mystery. Makes me want to read the rest of the series.
Published 1 month ago by shadow
5.0 out of 5 stars quick read!
This author has a great imagination. Looking forward to reading more books in this series. It was a pleasure to read an e-book that was proofread.
Published 1 month ago by Kroshaynut
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
I did enjoy this story. A nice change of scenery from the usual mystery setting. Interesting tips if you're a camper or not.
Published 1 month ago by riseandshinerabbitry
5.0 out of 5 stars We enjoyed reading it as it was recommended by a friend ...
We enjoyed reading it as it was recommended by a friend who knew we were going camping with family. The plot kept us trying to figure out who the "bad guys" were.
Published 1 month ago by Myron
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Visit her website at www.karenmussernortman.com

Karen Musser Nortman, after previous incarnations as a secondary social studies teacher (22 years) and a test developer (18 years), returned to her childhood dream of writing a novel. Bats and Bones, a cozy mystery, came out of numerous 'round the campfire' discussions, making up answers to questions raised by the peephole glimpses one gets into the lives of fellow campers. Where did those people disappear to for the last two days? What kinds of bones are in this fire pit? Why is that woman wearing heels to the shower house?

Karen and her husband Butch originally tent camped when their children were young and switched to a travel trailer when sleeping on the ground lost its romantic adventure. They take frequent weekend jaunts with friends to parks in Iowa and surrounding states, plus occasional longer trips. Entertainment on these trips has ranged from geocaching and hiking/biking to barbecue contests, balloon fests, and buck skinners' rendezvous. Frannie and Larry will no doubt check out some of these options on their future adventures.

Karen has three children and eight grandchildren. She also loves reading, gardening, and knitting, and can recite the 99 counties of Iowa in alphabetical order.

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