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

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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3245 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481044923
  • Publication Date: November 9, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A6DTAV6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,204 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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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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By Donna F. on February 10, 2013
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The book was filled with fluff. I was worn out from reading, "And then she got up and poured another cup of coffee. After that, she cooked some pork chops. She sat down and scratched her arm". Obviously she was attempting to turn a short story into a novel.
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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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I really enjoyed this book! The characters are great with some very funny parts. We are rv'rs around the same age as Frannie so I can really relate to her. The mystery part was very good with all sorts of twists. I really enjoy the camping parts too. Karen gives enough detail so you can picture what is going on but not too much so when she would describe things with their trailer, I could picture our 5th wheel while reading, I love that makes it feel like I'm there. There is a weather incident in the story and the same thing happened to us when we were camping a few years ago so once again felt like I was right there with her. I enjoyed it so much I'm reading all her books!
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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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