The Blue Coyote : Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries

  • by Karen Musser Nortman
  • Narrated by Michelle Babb
  • Series: Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries
  • 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Blue Coyote is an IndieBRAG Medallion honoree and a finalist in the 2013 CLUE Awards.
Frannie and Larry Shoemaker love taking their grandchildren, Sabet and Joe, camping with them. But at Bluffs State Park, Frannie finds herself worrying more than usual about their safety, and when another young girl disappears from the campground in broad daylight, her fears increase. The fun of a bike ride, a flea market, marshmallow guns, and a storyteller are quickly overshadowed. Accusations against Larry and her add to the cloud over their heads. Frannie begins to puzzle out the mystery: Are the itinerant road workers as much of a threat as Frannie thinks? What about the lone woman camper who also disappears? Or is the girl's deadbeat dad behind it all?


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Customer Reviews

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Intense subject matter for me

What made the experience of listening to The Blue Coyote the most enjoyable?

Although there were quite a few characters to follow, the author made each voice clear. As a result, I didn't get confused with quick back and forth conversation. There was great affection between the friends and family and a lot of quipping and twitting each other.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sabat the granddaughter because she was so very well drawn and age appropriate with her comments.

Which scene was your favorite?

The opener made me laugh out loud because it's potentially happened to a lot of RVers. It was a great tool to set up other things. The narrator kept a dry, understated humor in her voice that made the words even more humorous.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?


Any additional comments?

A child in jeopardy is always too intense for me; however, I would like to check out the plots of the others. Perhaps there's a light one in the series.

I listened to this story at 1.25 speed which kept things moving for me.

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- KathleenW

Don't mess with Frannie's family

Larry and Frannie Shoemaker are off on another of their camping adventures with friends, and their two grandchildren, Sabet and Joe, are with them. All seems well except for a little girl who rides her bicycle with very noisy training wheels that drive Larry crazy--until that very girl disappears, right after complaining to another camper that Larry frightened her.

Suddenly Larry, a grandfather and retired police officer, is in the minds of many of their fellow campers the prime suspect in a child's disappearance.

Frannie just can't leave the investigation to the police, and soon she has their friends, Mickey and Jane-Ann, involved in the search as well. With clues pointing in several directions, and the missing girl's frightened mother having latched onto Larry as, at least, her prime suspect, it's only a partial comfort when a familiar face from a previous adventure turns up to lead the official investigation.

Overall, this is a good, strong mystery, with nicely developed characters who are likable and engaging. There's some reference to past events, but that acts to give the characters more depth without making it necessary to read the previous book first. It is unfortunate that, early on, a critical event depends on one character acting decidedly out of character. It's commented on at the time, and never really accounted for. Regardless, though, it's still an excellent story. The icing on the cake for this audio version is the narrator; Michelle Babb has a voice that's both pleasant and strong, capable of cutting through road noise effectively for those of us who listen to books in our cars!


I received a free copy of this audiobook and am reviewing it voluntarily.
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- Elisabeth Carey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-07-2016
  • Publisher: Karen Nortman