Saturday, January 29, 2022

Review: Canyons, Caravans & Cadavers by Tonya Kappes


About the Book

Cozy Mystery

Audio Book

Tantor Media

Release Date
August 20, 2019

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Welcome to Normal, Kentucky~ where nothing is normal. A Campers and Criminal Mystery Series is another brainchild of USA Today Bestselling Author Tonya Kappes. If you love her quirky southern characters and small town charm with a mystery to solve, you're going to love her new cozy mystery series!

When the principal of Normal High School asks Mae West to teach a semester on small town economics, since she helped bring the thriving economy in Normal, Kentucky when she used her brilliant ideas to bring the Happy Trails Campground back to life, Mae is thrilled and happy to teach the young people.

But when a fellow teacher and archery Coach Roger Carlson, is found stone-cold dead, facedown in one of Happy Trails Campground campers with an arrow sticking out of his back, it puts a damper on the thriving campground when tourists cancel their reservations and Mae's excitement to teach.

Mae's hankering to snoop into the coach's private life and find out exactly why he was renting a camper in Happy Trails and not living at home with his young wife. Her efforts don’t leave her short on suspects. Especially, since Mae uncovered many unhappy parents who had relied on an archery scholarship as their child's ticket to get out of Normal and go to college.

Mae has to be careful or she just might find an arrow with her name written on it.

My Review

This is the 6th book in the Camper & Criminals mystery series.  I’m so enjoying listening to this one on audio while I walk everyday.  The narrator is so good.  She makes me feel like I’m walking with a friend who is telling me a story.

It’s been so much fun watching Mae West going from a down and out woman (thanks to her ex-husband’s financial scheme) to a successful business woman.  Not to mention that she has made amends to most of the people her husband destroyed.  She has met with all kinds of opposition but she never once let it stop her.

Unfortunately for Mae, since she has taken over the Happy Trails Campground, she has met with many dead bodies and criminals.  Her life always seems to be in danger, but she gets quite a bit of help from her new friends in Normal, Kentucky.  

Tonya Kappes is wonderful at keeping readers guessing and this book is no different. There’s always so much excitement in listening to one of these books.  Now on to book #7.

For reading challenges:

2022 Audiobook Challenge
Craving the Cozies Reading Challenge 2022
Literary Escapes Reading Challenge 2022 (Kentucky)

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


  1. I love the look of this series. It makes me want to not only read the books but to buy a camper, too!

  2. I so enjoyed the first book in this series and like you I loved the narrator. I really need to continue with it and get book 2.


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