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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?
©2013 Karen Musser Nortman (P)2016 Karen Musser Nortman
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By med c on 05-15-17

Book 2

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I am a fan of the mystery/ thriller genre and I enjoyed and loved the camping humor! Blue Coyote is a mixture of mystery and humor that one can enjoy by any age especially the fans of this genre.

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By Jan on 10-09-16

Great plot!

cozy-mystery, amateur-sleuth, abduction, camping, seniors, law-enforcement
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Another excellent cozy mystery with a campground background. Although this is an ongoing series, each is a sound standalone. The ongoing characters are a group of friends who enjoy each other's company and plan weekends at different state parks, which are enjoyable until a police matter intervenes. No murder this time, but a young girl is abducted even as Frannie and Larry's two grandchildren are with them. Good sleuthing is done by all.
Michelle Babb gives an excellent performance once again with her ability to differentiate characters and their emotions.

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By Layla on 09-28-17

The Blue Coyote

I found the book slow to begin with but once it got going I thought we are getting some where. However that was not the case. This book reminds me of Colombo. Where we know who the murder is and Colombo has to figure out how they did it and why. In this case they guessed correctly after eliminating the other suspects, they just had to figure how the suspect did it. Unfortunately it's not as good as Colombo. But I did like the interaction between the characters.
Michelle Babb did an excellent job of giving each character there own personality so you could differentiate between them.

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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By Norma Miles on 05-11-17

"... when it hits closer to home."

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Larry and Frannie love camping, a chance for all the family to spend time together and friends to join them, too. But amidst the bustle of intergenerational chaos there is one sound which Larry cannot abide - the clack, clack of trainer wheels on bicycle being ridden back and forth. It is this obsession to end his irritation which gets Larry into prime suspect position when a little girl goes missing.<br/><br/>Although the storyline itself is pretty weak and predictable despite the introduction of various red herrings, the strength of this book lies in it's portrayal of the group's interaction, young and old, enjoying time together away from the mundane everyday life. With numerous people and much conversation, Michelle Babb is excellent at giving individual voice to each as well as maintaining a well paced reading of the text. Her narration is warm, perfect for the family experience, and very pleasant to hear. But not even she is able to counteract the frequently repeated, "he said ...", "she said ...", "someone replied..." so often recurring during conversational periods - not really noticeable in print but unmissable when read aloud.<br/><br/>This is a fun to read/hear book which gives a great sense of the bustle of families enjoying precious time together with all of the pranks and easy going irritability of people who love each other.And there's a lightweight mystery thrown in as well.

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