Sunday, March 25, 2018

To Cache a Killer (Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries #5), Karen Musser Nortman (author), Michelle Babb (narrator)

Audible Audio, March 2018 (original publication August 2015)

Frannie Shoemaker and her friends and family are once again at a campground in Iowa, this time practicing the hobby of geocaching. Poking around in the woods looking for hidden caches naturally offers opportunities for Frannie's secondary--or perhaps primary--hobby of finding bodies.

This time she doesn't find a body; just a shoe. Because there's no foot in the shoe, or anywhere nearby, it strikes her and her friends as odd, but completely harmless. Unfortunately, not much later, the police do find a dead body quite nearby. Frannie and Larry tell the police about the shoe, but since the body isn't missing a shoe, and the shoe is gone by the time Frannie tells them about it and they look for it, all this does is call them to the attention of the police.

The police do find a metal tag near the body, and it turns out to be a tag from a geocaching "trackable," an item hidden in the cache that might have special instructions. Does this mean anything? Will they find out what it means?

Over the next few days, continuing their geocaching and also volunteering in the campground's fundraising events, Frannie, Larry, JaneAnne, Mickey, Nancy, and husband, are on the scene for a confrontation in a diner, a shooting in the cemetery, and a strange accident where the organizer of the campground's fundraising events perhaps trips, or perhaps is pushed, into a dangerous but fortunately non-fatal fall. Meanwhile, another couple they've gotten friendly with at the campground discovers that the land they thought they bought in the area two years ago, was never sold. It still belongs to its original owner--or did. That owner was that dead body found near where Frannie and Nancy were geocaching, when they found the vanishing shoe.

There are a lot of local issues and grudges, and a wealth of suspects. Unfortunately, Frannie and her friends, and also their new friends just met at the campground, are among those suspects. The sheriff isn't hostile, but geocaching is new and strange to him, and Frannie in particular is near everything that happens.

It's a fun, light mystery, and a visit with old friends.

Recommended.

I received a free copy of this audiobook and am reviewing it voluntarily.