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Summary

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.  

By the look of the brochure, Happy Trails has plush Kentucky Bluegrass, a crystal clear lake, and a beach chair with her name on it. Mae figures she'll take a couple weeks' vacation with her toes dipped in the lake.  

Mae quickly finds out that Happy Trails and the citizens of Normal were also victims of Paul's schemes, making her lower than than 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 lake.   

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 before the curtain is closed on this Hollywood namesake.

©2018 Tonya Kappes (P)2019 Tantor

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  • S.
  • 14-04-19

A very good start

This was a fun book. However, I felt like something was missing, like more connectivity along the story line. Just a bit more detailing. waiting for the next one though.

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  • Sunny
  • 12-02-19

Enjoyable

I enjoyed the book: found it refreshing. I hope the series will be continued soon. I would love to hear what happens next.

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  • Nancy
  • 16-04-19

Dizzy or Smart

Main character either seemed stupid or smart. She is a misfit. Story ok, some good laughs. Mostly just a bit undeveloped

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  • jj
  • 17-12-19

boring and whiny

Not a likeable character in the book. Whiny, complaining and utterly predictable. Don't waste your time.

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  • Abby Martin
  • 17-10-19

Mixed motives and too many plot holes..

Potential Spoilers...

This book is very unevenly written that it was hard for me to listen to without turning to my husband to complain.

Mae West is heading to Kentucky right after she finds out her EX-husband (this is emphasized multiple times!) was running a Ponzie scheme and cheated people out of amounts of money ranging from $2,000 - $14 million. Later in the book (after a week of activities), she's been dealing with this for "months." Her husband is found dead in the scum pond on the campground. (No big deal.) After he escaped from a jail...or a penitentiary. It keeps changing.

Mae is determined to get the Happy Trails Campground (the only property left after her husband commits fraud with her finances) back in shape and attracting tourists. But then, she's motivated by the need to apologize to each person in Normal, KY that her husband wronged (?) while the most incompetent FBI agent in literature is fumbling around with evidence.

I gave up when Mae goes to a WORKING HORSE FARM with animals...cause, Kentucky...and the owners of the WORKING HORSE FARM are packing their stuff (that the FBI either didn't bother to take in their "raid"?) Because if the people were cheated out of $14 million there's no way there would still be HORSES on their HORSE FARM. Those animals would've been taken as part of the assets, but the FBI is really bad at "raids."

I give up.

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  • Perry
  • 16-12-20

narrator is worst i have heard.

couldn't finish. maybe it would be better with someone else reading it. Plot was alright.

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  • Carol B.
  • 08-07-20

skip this one

I just wanted it to.end... hard to be sympathetic to this shallow character. Not good!

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  • michael benson
  • 22-05-19

Great first.in a series

The author gave nothing away. O truly loved this cozy. It really warmed my heart.

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  • Kim
  • 07-03-20

Mixed review....

Ok, the storyline was cute but, the narrator had the worst voice and accents. Very hard to follow. The main thing that needed a rest is the characters names Mae West. Funny- sure. But after having it referenced a million times it became redundant. If I never hear the name
“ Mae West” again I’ll be happy. The book had way too many details in it. Unsure about trying a second book.

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  • D. Holbrook
  • 12-09-19

Campers and Criminals Book 1 Beaches, Bungalows& Burglaries

LOVED! LOVED! LOVED! Everything, from beginning to end, was great! I listened straight through. Captivating!

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