I, Mae West, should've known that something was wrong when Paul, my husband, told me about a secret compartment in his sock drawer.
He said, "Mae, if anything happens to me, go to the sock drawer."
When the FBI raided our upper Manhattan apartment in the middle of the night and seized everything we own, including our house in the Hamptons, clothes, and cars along with our fortune. Little did I know that my husband had been using his brokerage firm in a Ponzie scheme and had stolen millions from family and friends.
Long story short, and a long RV drive to Normal, Kentucky...the much needed vacation at the Happy Trails Camp Ground, the only thing I owned that wasn't seized, where the brochure showed lush Kentucky Bluegrass and a lake with a beach to lay around on, turned out to be a run down, dried up, and mucky green lake that I wouldn't put a pet fish in. If things couldn't get worse, the citizens in Normal weren't exempt from Paul's bad business dealings and I was the last person they wanted to see.
But, with the little charm I had and the big ideas to bring the camp ground back to life and make Normal a tourist town, again, I gained a few friends. . .until. . .Paul broke out of prison and showed up dead in the lake.
One problem, I didn't kill him. Someone beat me to it. I'm having a hard time convincing the charming and southern detective on the case, but I do have a few leads up my sleeve, not to mention learn how to manage a dilapidated camp ground.
Oh...about that sock drawer, there was one-hundred thousand dollars hidden in that secret compartment. Things might be looking up...
Until now, my idea of camping included room service. I'm learning a lot about voltage and amps along with camp food. Have you ever gone camping at a camp ground? What's a good tip for me?
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Beaches, Bungalows, and Burglaries
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Welcome to Normal, Kentucky~ where nothing is normal. A Camper and Criminals Mystery Series is another brainchild of USA Today Bestselling Author Tonya Kappes. If you love her quirky southern characters and small town charm with a mystery to solve, you're going to love her new cozy mystery series!
Mae West, a far cry from the Hollywood actress, has been thrown for a loop. Her plush lifestyle in the big city of New York comes to a screeching halt after the FBI raids her mansion and arrests her husband, Paul West, for a Ponzi scheme that rips people out of millions of dollars.
Mae finds herself homeless, friendless, and penniless. All hope isn't lost. . .the only thing Mae got to keep that the government didn't seize is a tourist camp ground, Happy Trails, in Normal, Kentucky and an RV to live in. One problem, Mae's idea of camping has room service.
By the look of the brochure, Happy Trails has plush Kentucky Bluegrass, a crystal clear lake, a beach chair with her name on it and thoughts of how much money it could bring her after she sells it. Mae figures she'll take a couple weeks vacation with her toes dipped in the lake. Things aren't always as they appear. The Kentucky Bluegrass is nothing but dirt and the crystal clue lake is murky with green slime on top.
Mae quickly find out that Happy Trails and the citizens of Normal were also victims of Paul's schemes, making her lower than tha lake scum in the residents' eyes. Mae doesn't think things could get much worse, but as luck would have it, Paul West has escaped from prison and is found dead, murdered, floating in the Happy Trails mucky green lake.
Mae is the number one suspect on Detective Hank Sharp's short list. After all, Mae has the perfect motive as a kept wife who has been scorned to ashes, embarrassed to death, and seeking revenge.
Time is running out for Mae to prove that she's innocent and nothing like her husband. If only she could get someone to believe her and talk Detective Sharp into looking at other residents who've lost all their savings to Paul's Ponzie scheme before the curtain is closed on this Hollywood namesake.
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CAKE AND PUNISHMENT is the first book in the new A SOUTHERN CAKE BAKER MYSTERY SERIES under Tonya's pen name MAYMEE BELL (Tonya's granny was Mamie so she put a fun twist on this old southern name).
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