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The Blue Coyote

The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries, Book 2
Narrated by: Michelle Babb
Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
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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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The blue coyote

Love these books ,I have listened to a few of them now and they are great because for a change the characters are not young love it.

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An entertaining campground romp/mystery

This book is written like a famikusr sofa. you get into it and it feels comfortable , so you stay. it's a mystery about a disappearance in a campground. So intrinsic to the story are the familiar routines and habits of the camping fraternity. it's easy to follow and entertaining. Michelle Babb's narration is clear and with a steady Southern drawl, a delight to listen to.

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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.

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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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  • MeDi
  • 15-05-17

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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  • Jan
  • 09-10-16

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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  • Jennifer Mulder
  • 03-12-19

Slow to start but Great finish!

It took me a little bit to get into this book. but once it got going I really enjoyed it. I felt the tension of the characters and the situation(s) and I caught myself talking out loud about what they should do lol. Once the ball got rolling though, things happened very fast and I ended up really loving the book! The Characters were likeable and reacted to situations in ways that seemed normal and not over the top like in some stories.

this was given to me for an unbiased review

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  • Lori T.
  • 08-10-19

Campfires and Mystery

The Shoemakers are taking their grandchildren out camping. A girl goes missing, now Frannie really starts to worry about the saftey of her grandchildren. So many suspects and Larry Shoemaker is on that list! Frannie is working through this puzzle to help solve the mystery. A very fun listen, thanks Michelle for making the characters come alive!

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  • Taj-Marie Lingofelter
  • 07-10-19

so good

So, I have to be honest I judged a book by it's cover. I was not looking forward to listening because I was not thrilled of the cover but I have to say I so happy that I did!!! This mystery is so good. Had me on the edge of my seat and guessing who it could be the whole time. Would totally recommend this one!

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  • Nickie
  • 01-07-19

Decent Story.,.

This Was A Decent Book. Nothing To Really Write Home About But It Was Entertaining Just The Same. The Narrator Added Some Spark But The Plot Just Never Grasped Me.

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  • blue_river @AudiobookObsession
  • 06-06-19

The Blue Coyote

A very fun mystery to listen to. I really enjoyed this story and they way this couple of grandparents are able to solve this mystery to prove that age really doesn’t matter. Narration was done very well also.

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  • Kandice C.
  • 31-05-19

Thoroughly enjoyable

I found this audiobook to be thoroughly enjoyable. The narration is extremely good. There is a great combination of suspense, mystery, drama and humor.

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  • Fran
  • 02-10-18

Unusual characters get involved in solving a kidnapping.

Nice camaraderie among diverse friends and family members. When a young girl disappeared from a motor home campground, Frannie and her friends get busy trying to help.

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  • Lomeraniel
  • 07-04-18

Entertaining cozy mystery

Frannie and Larry Shoemaker are camping with their grandchildren and some friends, when something makes Frannie suspicious and overprotective of her granddaughter. Not long after that a girl disappears from the camp, and Larry is wrongly accused by the girl’s mother.

I love a good cozy mystery, and this one had all the ingredients to make me happy. And there is no romance whatsoever which is a plus for me.

This is the second book in a series but it can be read as a stand alone. The characters are likable and easily recognizable, and despite not being action packed, it was really entertaining.

Michelle Babb’s narration was amazing, as always. Babb has a special talent to tell stories, bring cahracters to life and get you hooked to any story. I would definitely listen to anything she narrates.

I am looking forward to the next books in the series.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.