Book Review: The Lady of the Lake by Karen Musser Nortman

Posted July 26, 2019 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Review / 0 Comments

Book Review: The Lady of the Lake by Karen Musser NortmanThe Lady of the Lake (Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries #4) by Karen Musser Nortman
Narrator: Michelle Babb
Series: Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries #4
Published by Self-published on 04-17-17
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Narrator
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Overal Rating: four-stars

A trip down memory lane is fine if you don’t stumble on a body. Frannie Shoemaker and her friends camp at Old Dam Trail State Park near one of Donna Nowak’s childhood homes. They take in the county fair, reminisce at a Fifties-Sixties dance, and check out old hangouts. But the present intrudes when a body surfaces. Donna becomes the focus of the investigation and Frannie wonders if the police shouldn’t be looking closer at the victim’s many enemies. A traveling goddess worshipper, a mystery writer and the Sisters on the Fly add color to the campground.

The six friends decide to go this time to a campground close to where Donna spent her youth, but things get worse than they expected, when Donna’s stepfather appears dead in the middle of the lake and she is a person of interest in a murder investigation.

I had a great time with this cozy mystery, in which we meet many picturesque characters in the middle of a police investigation. What I liked from this book was that we get to know Donna better, and why she is like she is, snappy at times, and sometimes difficult to be around. Frannie lost a bit of protagonism in this book, but I think it made for a more interesting story, as it added variety and we got to see more of this group of friends.

I am not sure if it was because I listen to a lot of cozy mysteries, but I guessed from halfway through the book who the murderer was, with all the implications. This did not make the book less enjoyable though.

Michelle Babb delivered excellent character interpretations, as always, transmitting Donna’s anguish, Frannie’s puzzlement, and an array of emotions. Stories become vivid when they are narrated by Babb, she is one of my favorite narrators!

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