Renee began the Throwback Thursday meme on her blog, “It’s Book Talk” to share some of her old favorites as well as sharing books published over a year ago. Sounded like a good reason to join! Means I’ll be going back over some of my oldies but goodies, my favorite authors, and some of my favorite stories from authors you might not have previously experienced. Hopefully, you’ll find either a story or author that interests you and you’ll check them out.
This week I am highlighting Ann Charles, another terrific, prolific author who has produced numerous series, this from Jackrabbit Junction Mystery Series (Book 1), Dance of the Winnebagos, which was reviewed on Goodreads. She penned the Dead Wood (and Deadwood Shorts) series, as well as a Dig Site Mystery (two books) and novellas. The Jackrabbit Junction Mystery series debuted in October, 2011. She consistently runs approximately 4.5 stars for any of her books sold on Amazon. She has more coming in 2018.
My review originally posted on Goodreads December 20, 2013.
Book Blurb: (From Goodreads) If Claire Morgan had known she’d be chaperoning a senior citizen sock hop, she wouldn’t have given up smoking. Yet here she was stuck in Jackrabbit Junction, Arizona, with an ornery old man, his smartass dog, and a parade of blue-haired babes. When Claire’s grandfather and his army buddies converge in the Arizona desert, it’s her thankless job to keep them out of trouble with the opposite sex. But when she finds a human leg bone and partners with a reluctant geotechnician to dig up secrets from the past, trouble finds her. She’s losing her heart. Worse, if she doesn’t stop digging, she could lose her life. (From Amazon) DANCE OF THE WINNEBAGOS, a Kindle Bestseller in Women Sleuth and Western Romance genres from the national award-winning author of the Deadwood Mystery series.
My Review: Sassy dialogue, interesting and well-rounded main characters that are complete with realistic foibles. The plot is interwoven with colorful location descriptions and supporting characters set in Arizona in a less than 5-star rated RV park. There are assorted abandoned mines harboring dark secrets and this sets a sweltering stage for Harley and his granddaughter.
Claire, (protagonist) is temporarily staying with her grandfather in his Winnebago (though we don’t get a sense how large it is), which leaves little room for any privacy, especially with her grandfather’s cantankerous cohorts camped nearby.
Claire meets the nephew of the park’s owner, on hiatus from his Tucson business, to try and help his aunt Ruby save the park and discover the mines worth.
Claire, street smart as she is, has had problems getting her life to settle down after attaining more college credits than she needed for solid employment and experienced numerous failed relationships along the way. Confronting what she feels is a real mystery worthy of extended investigation in the small town of Jackrabbit Junction, the last thing she needed was Mac to inflict another questionable relationship in her path. She falls and falls hard into another relationship while steadfastly determined to solve the mystery and save her grandmother’s valley; determined to finally see to the end one successful venture.
Also enjoyed were the little pencil illustrations and well as the many irreverent analogies, many of which were quite humorous. Whether you know anything about Winnebagos, Arizona, abandoned gold mines, or seniors and their sex lives, I’d wager you’d still enjoy this book–sappy fun. Be warned, however, this does contain sex scenes, some rather graphically. You can skip over those parts if they’re offensive as there is certainly enough humor to carry you through.
I downloaded this free offering from BookBub and enjoyed enough to look for additional offerings by Ann Charles.
About the Author: (Amazon) Ann Charles—Author Nearly Departed in Deadwood, the 2010 Daphne du Maurier Award Winner and a 2011 RWA Golden Heart Award Winner. You’ll laugh. You’ll cringe. You’ll want more. Most nights, you can find her hanging out over at http://www.anncharles.com, on Facebook as Ann Charles, or as AnnWCharles on Twitter.
(Goodreads) Ann Charles is an award-winning author who writes mysteries that are splashed with humor, romance, and whatever else she feels like throwing into the mix. When she is not dabbling in fiction, arm-wrestling with her children, attempting to seduce her husband, or arguing with her sassy cat, she is daydreaming of lounging poolside at a fancy resort with a blended margarita in one hand and a great book in the other.
More Throwback Thursday Blogs
Renee at Its Book Talk
Jill at Jill’s Book Cafe
Rebecca at The Book Whisperer
Lynn at Fictionophile
Sam at Clues and Reviews
Holly B at Dressedtoread
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