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Will Travel for Trouble

Series Boxed Set, Books 1-3
Narrated by: Michelle Babb
Series: Will Travel for Trouble, Book 1-3
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
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Trouble at Happy Trails, book 1: Minnie Crockwell, recreational vehicle enthusiast and traveler, checks in to her allotted space at Happy Trails RV Park in Spokane, Washington, with hopes of a pleasant week of touring the area. By night’s end, a death in the park finds her consoling the deceased man’s widow...or his killer. Whether the dearly departed died by his own hand or whether someone murdered him remains to be seen. It seems the deceased had a lot of character flaws. A lot! 

Peregrine Ebenezer Alvord, otherwise known as Ben, is tagging along with Minnie on her travels. That he is an early 19th century ghost is only a minor complication. Ben has the ability to venture unseen where others cannot.

Trouble at Sunny Lake, book 2: Minnie Crockwell, recreational vehicle enthusiast and traveler, is stressed out from the recent events at Happy Trails RV Park, and she looks forward to some relaxation at an RV park nestled on the shores of beautiful and serene Sunny Lake in Spokane County, Washington.

Ben cannot stop Minnie from investigating a mysterious young man who hides in one of the park cabins, nor can he prevent her from discovering a body at the foot of a lakeside cliff. All he can do is help Minnie as she embroils herself yet again in another murder mystery.

Trouble at Glacier, book 3: Minnie Crockwell, recreational vehicle enthusiast and traveler, lucks into a first come, first served camping spot at Apgar campground in majestic Glacier National Park, Montana. After the stress over the past few months of finding herself involved in not one but two murders, she looks forward to the serenity of the mountains. She has sworn off sleuthing forever. 

Until her next-door neighbor is attacked and killed by a bear, that is. Minnie has the bad luck to be the first to discover the body. Not as bad of luck as the victim had, but bad luck nevertheless. So much for the serenity she thought she’d find at Glacier.

Books 1-3 of the Will Travel for Trouble series short cozy mysteries featuring Minnie Crockwell, recreational vehicle (RV) enthusiast, and her ghost traveling companion, Peregrine Ebenezer (Ben) Alford, as they travel across the United States, discovering murder and mayhem along the way. 

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  • Paignton Devon
  • 16-06-19

Great storyline

Enjoyed everything from storyline to narrater felt I was next to him great job 10/10 can’t wait for next book

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Cozy Mystery

This box set was quick and easy on the brain. It is not the best mystery I have listened to but it was OK and I still liked them.
Michelle Babb was great at narrating the book.
I would still recommend it to those who love cozy mystery.
There is no sexual content or profanity. It had some mild violence.

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A magnet for death.

At twenty two, Minerva Crockwell divorced her husband of just one year and started saving. Twenty years later, she retired from her Federal service job, bought herself a Recreational vehicle and a little car, and took to the road, travelling alone between camping sites across America. Well, almost alone. Along the way she discovered she had an invisible companion, Ben, a British born navigator and cartographer from the early nineteenth century, now a ghost, as mystified as she as to how he came to be somehow linked to her. They had grown fond of each other, he gentlemanly protective, she falling just a little bit in love with the charming friend she could neither see or touch.
Minnie is a bit of a romantic. In her forties now, she is still attractive and enjoys the attention of the 'handsome and dashing' men in uniform she meets, as well as continuing to be a little bit in love with her ex, John, now a Chief of Police, whom she never sees but sometimes emaills. She's the sort of person to whom people naturally tell their problems, which is good because she is inquisitive, nosy even. And somehow, wherever she goes, she finds a body.

This box set, Will Travel for Trouble, features the first three of the the Minnie Crockwell stories, set at Happy Trails, Sunny Lake and Glacier, respectively. Each is a murder mystery in which, against her better judgement, Minnie gets involved and each is bursting with the sights and smells of the area in which she's camping as well as fun character development and the ongoing conversations and relationship between Ben and Millie. Funnily enough, it all feels very real. In part, this is down to the superb performance by Michelle Babb, who gives individual voice to all of the protagonists, even sustaining the gentle British accent of Ben the ghost throughout, as well as reading with enthusiastic warmth and great intonation.

For those unfamiliar with RVs, there is a glossary of terms at the beginning of the book.
My thanks to the rights holder of this delightful box set, who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy. It is a deliciously vibrant easy read, fun, relaxing and very enjoyable. Recommended.

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A Sleuth, a Ghost and a RV.

We are introduced to the endearing Minnie Crockwell, her recreational vehicle, Ben her personal ghost and the world they inhabit. Along the way murders happen which Minnie cannot resist investigating, with help and advice from Ben her invisible companion. The stories are well constructed, have great dialogue, twists and turns with well rounded, believable, characters. The narrator adds wonderfully to the soundscape and enjoyment for the listener. I'm looking forward to more adventures involving Minnie and Ben.

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  • MeDi
  • 27-02-19

Travel

The stories in this audio book are quick and easy reads. The mysteries are intriguing and keep you guessing. The relationship between Minnie and ghost Ben is sweet. Very clear narration.

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  • Melody A. Zomonski
  • 24-05-19

Very entertaining!

This is a boxed set including the first three books in the series: Trouble At Happy Trails, Trouble At Sunny Lake and Trouble At Glacier. I enjoyed listening to each of the books which includes Minnie's rather unusual traveling companion, a ghost named Ben. Minnie is a retired government worker who begins her retirement adventures traveling from one RV park to another.

As indicated in the title of the books she tends to find "trouble" at each of the RV parks. With the help of Ben, her voice of reason, she solves the mystery in an unpredictable way.

Michelle Babb did a wonderful job narrating the books. The change of voice for each of the characters was really well done.

Note: I was given this book set free of charge. I am happy to do an honest review of the audio books. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I would recommend this series for anyone who loves light mysteries and traveling adventures.

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  • Melstamps
  • 27-02-19

Travel for Fun

“Will Travel for Trouble” by Minnie Crockwell is a fun, easy listen and a very enjoyable way to spend some time, especially for those who enjoy cozy mysteries. Minnie Crockwell, coincidentally the name of the main character, has the luxury of a very early retirement and travels around in her RV with “Ben,” a ghost, as her traveling companion. While this sounds silly, it is actually a cute plot device that enables Minnie to remain a solitary traveler to the world but have an intelligent being with whom to bounce off ideas and from whom to receive information. Each of these three novellas is set in a campground where Minnie becomes involved with solving a murder. While I enjoyed the three stories, I acknowledge that they are a bit formulaic. 

Michelle Babb capably handles the narration, especially when it comes to Minnie and Ben, giving each of them a distinct voice. 

I was given a free copy of this audio book by the narrator in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way nor was I required to write a positive review and the opinions stated are solely my own. 

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  • Elisabeth Carey
  • 17-02-19

Entertaining light mysteries

This is a three-book boxed set of the trouble Minnie Crockwell gets into as she travels the US in her RV. A former federal employee, exact role, or even department, not revealed to the reader yet, she has through careful saving and having started young, been able to retire early. She's in her forties. She's also divorced from John, whom she is still friendly with, and truth be told in love with. He's now the chief of police in a town in Colorado.

Oh, and she also has a rather unusual traveling companion--the ghost of an officer in the Corps of Discovery, a.k.a. the Lewis and Clark expedition, who died of a fever on the westernmost point of their exploration. The ghost, Ben, thinks she would be well advised to stop stumbling over dead bodies, and failing that, to just leave the investigation to the police, but he can't help helping her when she ignores his advice.

These stories are just a lot of fun, especially as we get to know Minnie, Ben, their complicated relationship with each other, and Minnie's complicated relationship with ex-husband John, better.

Minnie is smart, funny, observant, nosy, not always as subtle or tactful as she thinks she is, and very kind and caring. How can she possibly not get involved in finding the answers to the murders she stumbles upon? Ben is originally English, but a proud American and (deceased) officer in the US Army. He's cultured, gracious, honorable, and very fond of Minnie. They "met" in Oregon when Minnie was visiting near the site of his death, and neither one of them really understands how they became linked, or why Ben can't stray too far from Minnie's presence. He respects her courage and intelligence, but thinks it is his responsibility to help protect her--which, as an incorporeal spirit, her really can't do. It's only been about three months since they became connected, and they're still figuring things out.

The stories are a lot of fun, and Michelle Babb as narrator enhances them with her voice, tone, and expression. Recommended.

I received this audiobook free from the narrator, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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  • Noriko
  • 16-09-19

Easy, Cozy, Entertaining Listen

This is a three-book boxed set for the Will Travel for Trouble series and it was a cozy, entertaining listen.

Minnie Crockwell, retired ex-Federal service officer is now traveling across the U.S. in a recreational vehicle accompanied by a ghost - Peregrine Ebenezer Alvord, who perished in the 19th century for some mysterious reason. She set off for her journey intending to just relax and enjoy, savoring what she missed out when she was working for the Feds, but for some strange twists of fate, she ends up finding dead bodies or getting involved in murder cases…

I enjoyed listening to the audiobook and found the stories all cozy and entertaining..
The mystery plot(s) are decently twisted and complex, but it doesn’t take up much of your brain power. The descriptions of the places (camping sights) that Minnie and Ben visit are all alluring, I wish I could travel in an RV just like Minnie (if only I were a better driver and had a good sense of direction…)!

The exchanges and banter between Minnie and Ben are also delightful, and their character arcs are fleshed out really well. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that I was more interested in following the dynamics between Minnie and Ben than the mystery plots themselves!

Ben, despite being a ghost, is such an amazing character. Reflecting the time period that he comes from, his diction and demeanor is dignified and posh, and my gosh, he’s such a flirt! It wasn’t only Minnie’s heart that Ben gave some flutter, he had the same effect on mine as well!
In addition to that, he displays his worth in every possible aspect of the story. As he is a ghost, he can act as Minnie’s ears and eyes, he proves himself to be quite resourceful. I think this element of this book enhanced and enriched the story even more.

The narrator did a great job of breathing life into the characters. Her voice is much deeper than most of the narrators I have listened to, but I think her voice matches perfectly with Minnie’s character, highlighting the comical side of her. She also excels at differentiating the characters from one another by employing different tones, inclination, and speech patterns. She is a skillful narrator, no doubt. I doubt if I would have gotten into this series as much as I did if I had physically read this book. Audiobooks can be a hit or miss, but I would call this a hit.

Quite frankly, I didn’t think much of the mystery element of this book and I listened to the whole book in the same way as you do with sitcoms, but I am so keen to know what kind or troubles await them in the future and how things develop between Minnie and Ben!

All in all, Will Travel for Trouble is a delightful, breezy cozy-mystery series that you can fly through in a matter of 7 hours (if you listen to it at normal speed, that is). It was fun, delightful 7 hours and I am already keen to listen to the next book!

As for the rating, I would have gone for 3 stars on the basis for the mystery, but I will settle for 3.75 because I'm keen to the further development.

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  • Sadie-Jane
  • 15-09-19

addictive series with brilliant narrator

Ooo... quite addictive ... I'm loving every minute of it..especially when it's being narrated by the brilliant michelle babb:)

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  • Amanda Urbinato
  • 02-09-19

I <3 Ben!!!

This audio-book was given to me for free and I have left a voluntary review:

When I first got this book, I wasn't exactly looking forward to it. It looked a little on the silly side, and it was. Normally, this is something I would have hated. But I didn't, not with this book. It was well written and funny. Each story was really really short. The whole book is three different stories and its only 200 pages. If your looking for something fast, fun, and definately G rated.

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  • CDH
  • 30-08-19

A fun cozy mystery

I am long the travels and adventures of Minnie and Ben. More than once I laughed out loud over the dialog between Minnie and her traveling companion, Ben. At first I thought I missed a book or so explaining how the two met, but as I progressed I realized Ben just kind of showed up. While the mysteries are fun they tend to be solved on a whine, not really due to Minnie's great Detective skills. That's okay though, the strories are fun. The narration is very good also. A solid 4 star review.

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  • patricia sterlin
  • 14-08-19

I liked Will Travel for Trouble

the story was cute and fast paced. kept me interested. the author did a good story line. the narrator was good too.

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  • Penny S Marks
  • 06-08-19

Great Cozy

Very fun cozy. Quick listen while walking on the track. Easy to follow. Narrator was very easy to listen too as well as entertaining with all the different voices. Would definitely recommend.