Book Review: Mask of Death by Karen Musser Nortman

Posted February 6, 2023 by lomeraniel in Review / 0 Comments

Book Review: Mask of Death by Karen Musser NortmanMask of Death (The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries) by Karen Musser Nortman
Narrator: Michelle Babb
Series: The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries #10
on 12-19-22
Genres: Mystery, Cozy Mystery
Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Narrator
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Overal Rating: four-stars

During the pandemic, camping was supposed to be a fairly safe activity. That's only if you don't camp with Frannie Shoemaker. Frannie and her husband Larry commit in the fall of 2019 to take on a campground hosting job in the spring of 2020. In that time, the world turned upside down, and their job came with a whole new set of challenges. But of course, where Frannie's involved, other trouble can't be far behind!

Frannie and Larry took their first campground hosting job for the first time in May 2020, when the Covid Pandemic was still in full swing. Things got then more complicated due to weather inclemencies and a woman that suddenly went missing.

I want to say that this book may not be for everyone due to the circumstances surrounding the mystery. I had indeed mixed feelings about the premises. While we were in strict lockdown in Spain, even with parks closed, people in other countries were allowed to go camping. It just didn’t seem these people lived the same pandemic as we did, and I found some of the attitudes around masking and social distancing a bit disturbing. This doesn’t mean that it was a good book. The story was great but the setting wasn’t probably the right one for me.

The mystery was well built, with some twists and turns and some redeeming events that show us that more often than not, things are not what they seem. I liked the presence of Frannie’s grandchildren, and what they added to the story.

The best part was Michelle Babb’s narration. I always say that Babb could narrate the phone book and make it interesting. She is a natural! Her character interpretations are just amazing, bringing the characters to life in a way that it feels like watching real people interact. Michelle Babb has an expressive and natural narration style that works well with this genre, but I am sure she would do wonders on any other kind of book.

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: four-stars