Book Review: Corpse of Discovery by Karen Musser Nortman

Posted October 30, 2022 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Review / 0 Comments

Book Review: Corpse of Discovery by Karen Musser NortmanCorpse of Discovery (The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries #9) by Karen Musser Nortman
Narrator: Michelle Babb
Series: The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries #9
on 09-21-22
Genres: Mystery, Cozy Mystery
Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Narrator
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Overal Rating: three-half-stars

Over two hundred years ago, famed explorer Meriwether Lewis died on the Natchez Trace under mysterious circumstances. Historians still argue whether it was suicide or murder. That shouldn't affect a weekend campout in present day for Frannie Shoemaker and her friends, but it does. They meet interesting characters at a mountain man rendezvous and get mixed up as usual with the strange goings on. Because camping can be murder!

Frannie and her friend visit this time the Lewis & Clark reenactment event, where some people take explorer Meriwether Lewis’ death more seriously than others.

It was an entertaining cozy mystery like the previous books in the series, but I found the buildup a bit too slow. The first death doesn’t happen until the one-third mark, and apart from some disagreements among some of the characters, nothing much happens for a while. From this point onward, the pace picked up, and I very much enjoyed it.

It was a while since I read the previous book in the series, and at first, I was a bit overwhelmed by the number of main characters. Frannie travels this time with her husband Larry, and two other couples: Mickey and Jane-Ann, and Rob and Donna. I had issues remembering who was who from previous adventures, and I’m still not sure that the third couple added much to the story.

It was a cute story, like the others in the series, great for a lazy weekend.

I loved Michelle Babb’s narration. Her casual tone and wonderful character interpretations make listening to her narrations a delight. It really matches this kind of book well, emphasizing the light tone of the narrative, and bringing the characters to life.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Story (Plot)
Overall: three-half-stars