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Cozy Escape Book Club Chat | Beaches Bungalows and Burglaries by Tonya Kappes – A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery

Book Club Date | April 2020

Goodreads Rating | 3

Overall | It was a little too slapstick comedy for me in that the situation the main character was in didn’t make a lot of sense and her predicament with getting the mobile campgrounds and how she handled it were a little too unbelievable.

Pros | It’s a new twist on a cozy mystery setting

Cons | The main character was ditzy and a clueless damsel in distress which I know some readers love but I like my heroine’s strong, independent and clever

Warnings | None

POV | First Person POV Past Tense

Will I Be Continuing With The Series | No


Hi. I’m Mae West. No. Not the actress.

If you would’ve told me year ago that I was going to be broke and penniless after my husband took everyone to the cleaners after he pulled off one of the biggest Ponzi schemes, leaving me a run down campground, a set of camper keys, before he escaped prison and when the FBI came to the campground to see if I helped him escape, then the no good you know what floated up to the top of the lake in that campground making me the number one suspect, I’d said you were lying.

Welcome to Normal, Kentucky where NOTHING is normal.

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 campground,

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 Ponzi scheme before the curtain is closed on this Hollywood namesake.

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