Eggnog, Extortion, and Evergreens
Eggnog, Extortion, and Evergreens by Tonya Kappes has Normal, Kentucky enjoying the Winter Festival with artisan booths. Mae West is thrilled that Happy Trails Campground is fully booked which is where she is headed when she has an accident on the icy roads. Mae ends up unconscious in the hospital where she overhears an unusual conversation. When the man next to Mae in the emergency room dies, Mae has a feeling that his death is anything but natural. Detective Hank Sharp soon confirms that the man’s death is suspicious, but he does not want Mae investigating. Neither does Mary Elizabeth who just wants Mae to rest and get better (and threatens everyone in town). Mae, though, has no intention of being sidelined. She is going to uncover the truth and explore a few old memories as well. It should be an entertaining holiday season in Normal, Kentucky.
Eggnog, Extortion, and Evergreens by Tonya Kappes is the 14th A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery. It can be read as a standalone for those for those new to the series. It is Christmastime in Normal, Kentucky where Mae came up with the Winter Festival to help draw in tourists to the town. Mae’s car slips on the icy roads and she ends up unconscious in the hospital distressing her family and friends. Mae overhears a conversation while she is comatose that has her investigating a suspicious death. Some old memories also resurface from when her family died in a house fire and Mae wants to explore those as well. Mary Elizabeth was a mother hen in this story being protective of Mae. It led to some humorous situations. The mystery had a couple of suspects, good clues, and a red herring or two. Tex and Glenda make an appearance in this story. Mae needs Tex’s help and they can use someplace warm to live. It sounds like a win-win for both parties. Tonya Kappes provided a humorous and diverting cozy mystery that captured the holiday season in Normal, Kentucky. Tonya Kappes has an engaging writing style that draws the writer right into her tales. The characters are developed, and you can count on plenty of humor as well as southern hospitality. I am looking forward Ropes, Riddles, and Robberies. Eggnog, Extortion, and Evergreens is an charming cozy mystery with a black ice incident, a meddling mother, a bothered boyfriend, holiday happenings, festival fun, a distrustful demise, and some Mae West mayhem.
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