Bats and Bones
by Karen Musser Nortman
|Book Series||The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries|
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Camping can be murder. Oh, sure, there’s the stunning scenery, socializing with old friends and new acquaintances, amazing food cooked outside, and so on. But what if a dead body turns up on one of your hikes-for-fun-and fitness?
Frannie and Larry Shoemaker, retired baby boomers, are looking forward to a relaxing Fourth of July weekend with friends in beautiful Bat Cave State Park in Eastern Iowa. But when someone kills the campground host and Frannie’s group discovers the body, their favorite getaway becomes a quasi-prison, and the eccentricities often seen in a campground are viewed as suspicious behavior.
A severe weather threat and the possibility that the murderer could be either a campground resident or an intruder from the outside compounds the danger. Frannie, while naturally curious, is warned off by her retired-cop husband, but still stumbles on information making her a target of the killer. At the same time, Frannie is working through the recent loss of her mother and an uncomfortable relationship with one of her own camping group.
Bats and Bones is a cozy mystery intended as a weekend read for campers and is the first of a planned series. The emphasis is on strong characters, an interesting plot, and a fun look at camping. At the end of each chapter is a camping tip, some serious, some not-so-much.