Official Review: Camper Catastrophe by Mary Lu Scholl

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Official Review: Camper Catastrophe by Mary Lu Scholl

Post by ashley_claire » 13 May 2019, 10:58

[Following is an official review of "Camper Catastrophe" by Mary Lu Scholl.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Patty Decker is the breakout star in Mary Lu Scholl's Camper Catastrophe. When Patty finds herself single once again after having been married four times, she is ready for a change in her life. She heads to Florida for the warmer weather and to be closer to her son. She moves into a retirement trailer park where she quickly learns that unexpected visits from neighbors are par for the course. Patty is a straightforward, no-nonsense woman who knows her limitations when it comes to social situations. She isn't used to having so much interaction with others on a daily basis, but forces herself to try to adapt.

It isn't long before she has her first clash with a fellow cranky neighbor. Albert is known around the park for liking things a certain way. Patty has no problem voicing her disagreement with him for anyone in the park to see. So when Albert turns up dead the next day and the police suspect foul play, it's no surprise when Patty finds herself on the short list of suspects. Having dabbled in writing a mystery or two of her own, she doesn't think twice about starting her own investigation into the mysterious circumstances of Albert's death.

I had a lot of fun reading this book and enjoyed Patty's character immensely. She was easily my favorite part of this book. Though she could be considered a bit of a curmudgeon, most of the time she just said out loud what everyone was thinking. She had a dry, self-deprecating sense of humor that pulled me in immediately. She was also self-aware enough to know that she may not be the world's friendliest person, and repeatedly tried to improve her social manners. Her attempts to play nice with others helped to develop her character throughout the book.

The one downfall of this book is that I did notice quite a few errors. They are easy fixes that the author should be able to work out with another proofread or two. Nonetheless, they did distract from my reading from time to time.

For me, this book was the epitome of what a cozy mystery entails. It had humor, an intimate setting, and quirky characters. The author also brought in a slight supernatural element which added an unexpected twist for me. Though the book was a quick read at under one hundred pages, it felt like a complete story and nothing was rushed. The book also hit on what it means to be a friend. What elements of other people's personalities are you willing to accept and at what point do you decide the friendship may not be worth it?

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The type of humor in it might not be for everyone and some might just see Patty as a cranky old lady. But if you like reading mysteries centered around a sassy older woman, this is for you.

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Post by Prisallen » 15 May 2019, 13:56

This sounds like a book that I would love to read, as it has a mystery, humor and quirky characters. Thank you for a wonderful review!

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Post by kandscreeley » 15 May 2019, 14:26

Poor Albert! I wonder who killed him. This does sound like a nice, cute mystery. It's too bad about the errors, but at least those can be fixed. Thanks for introducing us to this one.
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Post by Bluebird03 » 15 May 2019, 14:57

This story sounds like a delight to read. I love cozy mysteries and think that Patty would quickly become a favorite character of mine. I enjoyed how you portrayed her. Thank you for a great review!

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Post by kdstrack » 15 May 2019, 21:00

These short cozy mysteries are just the thing for a weekend read. This one sounds like fun with humor, mystery and a twist to keep it interesting. Thanks for the great recommendation.

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Post by Rachel Lea » 15 May 2019, 22:12

I love stories with funny, quirky main characters! And I love a good mystery. I think I'll be checking this one out. Thanks for your review!
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Post by Brendan Donaghy » 16 May 2019, 02:35

Sounds like this could be a decent enough book if the errors are cleaned out. Thanks for your review!

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Post by Nyambura Githui » 16 May 2019, 03:42

This book seems interesting, especially this Patty character. Thanks for the review.

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Post by Ellylion » 16 May 2019, 07:52

Loving Patty already! :) I would love to check this book out, a supernatural element and following unexpected twist got me intrigued. Thank you for an excellent review!

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