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The Blue Coyote Audiobook

The Blue Coyote: The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries, Book 2

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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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    Layla 28/09/2017
    Layla 28/09/2017
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Norma Miles 11/05/2017
    Norma Miles 11/05/2017
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    ""... 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.

    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.

    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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  • med c
    15/05/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jan
    United States
    09/10/16
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    "Great plot!"

    cozy-mystery, amateur-sleuth, abduction, camping, seniors, law-enforcement
    Read on October 05, 2016

    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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  • Jan
    17/08/17
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    "Fun and unexpected"

    This is the second book by the author that I have listened to and I love the characters. There is unexpected humor in this mystery and unexpected twists. I found the characters to be endearing. Things are not always what they appear is something to remember. The narrator did an excellent performance with this book and the others that I have heard her narrate. Having lived in the midwest, I found many descriptions to be accurate. This book is a clean listen. The book is part of a series and a standalone listen. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. I was provided with this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written my review.

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  • Tammy
    26/07/17
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    "I love this series"

    wow can I sat wow I absolutely love this series. Karen Musser Nortman outdid herself once again.
    What can I say about Michelle Babb she's my hero of narrator's. Michelle has a way of drawing you right into the book standing right beside each character.
    if you never buy another book again you must give this series a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laura Collins
    SC, United States
    01/06/17
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    "Great Book!"
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    This is a great book; this is the second book in the Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mystery series written by Karen Musser Nortman and narrated by Michelle Babb. 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. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. The story flowed very well and was very enjoyable. This book will keep you reading long into the night and you will not want to put this book down until you finish. This was such a great read and full of surprises.The narrator did a wonderful job with this book. She did a great job with the different voices of each character in this book. It was very easy to listen to and I didn’t want to stop listening until the end. If you are looking for a great book with well-developed characters then you need to listen to this book. I am looking forward to listening to the next book by this author and narrator. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this book. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

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  • April Rogers-Krick
    06/05/17
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    "Fun story with great narration."

    The Blue Coyote takes you on a camping adventure with Frannie Shoemaker, her husband, grandkids, and several of their friends. The story is fun and the plot has many twist and a few bumps so even when you think you have figured it out you aren't sure. Michelle Babb lends her voice to create the perfect Narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • musiqmom (K Templeton)
    04/05/17
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    "Great 2nd book in series"
    If you could sum up The Blue Coyote in three words, what would they be?

    Once again Frannie and Larry Shoemaker are camping with their friends. This time their grandchildren are along for the weekend. The trip starts out with the Shoemakers getting lost on their way to Bluffs State Park because a detour sign has gotten turned sending them in the wrong direction. Finally arriving at the park they start getting settled in when all of a sudden this very loud unpleasant screeching sound. This sound is being made by a little girl on a bicycle with training wheels. The sound sends Larry, uncharacteristically, over the edge. Larry approaches the girl and offers to remove the training wheels, she runs away frightened. After the group settles in and Frannie takes her granddaughter and another little girl that is staying across the road on a bike ride. The two girls get ahead of Frannie and they stop to wait for her to catch up. Before Frannie can catch up she notices a man talking to the two girls and this make Frannie very uneasy. The girls and Frannie get back to the cabin and they find out the camp is offering a puppet show for children that evening and the group decides to attend. Later on that weekend a little girl goes missing after last seen near the Shoemaker’s camper. Larry quickly becomes a person of interest and the group is asked not the leave their camp site. Frannie is determined to clear them of all suspicion. Did the little girl just wonder off and get lost? Did someone take her? Are the Shoemaker's grandchildren safe? Can Frannie clear Larry from suspicion and help find the little girl before she becomes harmed?

    I loved this book. As a parent it just sucked me in and I felt for the mother of the little girl, could relate to her fear and anger. The author Karen Musser Nortman writes her characters with such realism. I could see myself reacting the same way, if I were in Frannie’s situation. She didn’t want to let her grandchildren out of her sight and she was upset at the allegations made of Larry. This story is well written, steady paced, and the action will keep you glued to the book to see if the little girl was found unharmed and who had her.

    I loved how the narrator Michelle Babb brings the story to life. She has a flair for storytelling and you can clearly distinguish between each character’s voice. This is the first book in this series that Mrs. Babb narrated. I really enjoy her vision of the characters accents and personalities.

    I would recommend this book. No bad language, sex or graphic violence.

    I voluntarily reviewed this book provided by the narrator for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.


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  • Kelly watley
    Beaumont tx
    03/05/17
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    "Great cozy campground mystery!"

    A cutecand cozy campground mystery that is wonderful and well worth the cost and time. It's clean without the harsh content of a lot of murder mysteries out there... Michelle Babb as always does a great job with the narrative adding to the value of this novel with her crisp , clear voice telling the tale of a camping trip with the grandchildren gone array..

    Highly Recommend for a clean wholesome mystery..

    "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ashley Hedden
    29/04/17
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    "Great Read"
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    I enjoyed reading The Blue Coyote by Karen Musser Nortman. Frannie and Larry take their grandchildren camping. Only this time they are more worried then usual since a young girl disappears from the campground. Frankie takes it upon herself to look for the killer. I enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more of the Frannie Schoemaker campground mysteries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa Harris
    USA
    18/04/17
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    "Good book"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I love this narrator and will continue to follow her. I had trouble getting into this book, but because I love this narrator it made the book worth listening to. I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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