Book Review: Valleys, Vehicles & Victims (A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery #9) by Tonya Kappes

  • Title: Valleys, Vehicles & Victims
  • Author: Tonya Kappes
  • Genre: Cozy Mystery, Southern Cozy Mystery
  • Where to buy: Amazon (affiliate link)
  • Would I recommend: If you like a good, clean cozy mystery with a Southern flair, read this whole series!

From Goodreads:

Welcome to Normal, Kentucky where nothing is normal!

The Daniel Boone National Forest is gorgeous in the fall. The leaves have painted the sides of the mountains with yellow, oranges, reds and browns you won’t see anywhere else. That’s why it’s such a popular destination for weddings!

When a wedding party show up at Happy Trails Campground, Mae West is thrilled. She’s all things girly and excited to assist the bride in all things southern, which is what the bride is hankering for.

Mae recognizes the parents of the bride when they arrive. They are from her past. The past she’s been desperately trying to escape…especially since it was the time she was married to Paul West. This just isn’t any couple, it’s the owners of the famous Moonbucks Coffee Company.

Determined to get the happy couple married off and on their way, hoping to see some of her past drive off forever, Mae volunteers herself and the Laundry Club ladies to become the wedding coordinators.

The wedding is set to take place in the beautiful wedding barn at the Old Train Station Motel, only Gert Hobson, the owner of Trails Coffee Shop and providing the coffee for the happy couple, has decided there’s no way she’s going to help out with Tom Moon’s daughter’s wedding since she claims how years ago Tom Moon STOLE her coffee blend recipe known today as the special Moonbucks blend.

A public fight between Gert and Tom leaves Gert a prime suspect after a member of the wedding party is found dead at the wedding venue. There might not be a happily ever after for the bride to be or Gert Hobson if Mae West and the Laundry Club ladies don’t solve the murder before the wedding party’s RV rolls out of town. 

My review:

This is the ninth book in Tonya Kappes’ Camper & Criminals series, and I think it’s the best one yet. The book can be read as a stand-alone, as there are no cliffhangers at the end of any of the books in the series, but you have a better understanding of the characters if you start at the beginning of the series and read straight through.

Shay Moon and her wedding party descend on the campground, with Shay set on having the Southern wedding of her dreams right there in Normal. Come to find out, her father is Tom Moon, the man behind Moonbucks Coffee. Not only was he a part of Mae’s past life in high society, he also has a history with one of the residents of Normal. Not a good history, either. He’s got his own agenda, and what Tom Moon wants, Tom Moon is used to getting. Sparks fly, secrets come to light, and before you know it, someone ends up dead, killed with one of the knives from Gert Hobson’s coffee shop. Gert is the prime suspect, but Mae and the Laundry Club ladies are on the case to help their friend.

As with the rest of the series, the book is full of colorful characters and Southern charm. We learn more about Gert in this story, and we see more of Mae’s life before Normal brought to light. And if she isn’t paying attention, by the end of the story, it’s clear that Mae REALLY means a LOT to Hank. Someone please tell me there will be wedding bells for those two before the series ends!

And don’t worry that you’ll figure out whodunnit before the end of the book. There’s always a twist, and boy, is there ever a twist here. I did NOT see it coming!

This is another fun read from Ms. Kappes, and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from the author. All opinions here are mine, and I don’t say nice things about books I don’t like.

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