Saturday, July 24, 2021

Review: Beaches, Bungalows and Burglaries by Tonya Kappes

About the Book

Cozy Mystery

Audio Book

Tantor Media

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Welcome to Normal, Kentucky~ where nothing is normal.

Mae West, a far cry from the Hollywood actress, has been thrown for a loop. Her plush lifestyle in the big city of New York comes to a screeching halt after the FBI raids her mansion and arrests her husband, Paul West, for a Ponzi scheme that rips people out of millions of dollars.

Mae finds herself homeless, friendless, and penniless. All hope isn't lost. . .the only thing Mae got to keep that the government didn't seize is a tourist camp ground, Happy Trails, in Normal, Kentucky and an RV to live in. One problem, Mae's idea of camping has room service.

By the look of the brochure, Happy Trails has plush Kentucky Bluegrass, a crystal clear lake, a beach chair with her name on it and thoughts of how much money it could bring her after she sells it. Mae figures she'll take a couple weeks vacation with her toes dipped in the lake. Things aren't always as they appear. The Kentucky Bluegrass is nothing but dirt and the crystal clue lake is murky with green slime on top.

Mae quickly find out that Happy Trails and the citizens of Normal were also victims of Paul's schemes, making her lower than tha lake scum in the residents' eyes. Mae doesn't think things could get much worse, but as luck would have it, Paul West has escaped from prison and is found dead, murdered, floating in the Happy Trails mucky green lake.

Mae is the number one suspect on Detective Hank Sharp's short list. After all, Mae has the perfect motive as a kept wife who has been scorned to ashes, embarrassed to death, and seeking revenge.

Time is running out for Mae to prove that she's innocent and nothing like her husband. If only she could get someone to believe her and talk Detective Sharp into looking at other residents who've lost all their savings to Paul's Ponzie scheme before the curtain is closed on this Hollywood namesake.

My Review

Life takes a miserable turn for Mae West when her husband, Paul, is arrested for a Ponzi scheme which destroyed many lives.  She loses all her money, her home and her friends.  All she is left with is a camp ground, Happy Trails, and a trailer.  After reading the Happy Trails brochure, Mae thinks things won’t be as bad as she thought.  Until she actually sees it.

The campground is a disaster filled with people Paul cheated and left destitute.  Now, it’s up to Mae to win over these people and make some kind of restitution, but nobody believes she wasn’t involved in the Ponzie scheme.  

Things just get worse for Mae when Paul turns up dead in the Happy Trails area.  She’s the number one suspect.  She’s determined to prove her innocence and to prove she had nothing to do with the Ponzi scheme.  

I fell in love with the premise and the main character immediately.  This mystery has humor, intrigue, and quirky characters.  The storyline is fast-paced with many twists and turns along the way.  I was quite surprised to learn who the killer is.  I’ll definitely be reading more in this series.

For reading challenges:

Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge 2021
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2021

Disclosure:  I borrowed this audio book from the library . All opinions expressed are my own.

1 comment:

  1. That looks good. My mom and her boyfriend had a van like that in the 1980's we used to camp in. :) XO


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