Welcome to my blog stop for a review of Flea Market Felony by Tricia L Sanders on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour.
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Flea Market Felony (The Mattie and Mo Mysteries)
1st in Series
Publisher: Independently published (April 1, 2021)
Paperback: 190 pages
Digital ASIN: B08ZMBTQ8B
These new retirees have just hit the road. Will their first campsite’s shenanigans land them both in handcuffs?
Mattie Modesky’s been hankering to start retirement right. Even if it’s in an RV. The sassy senior believes there’s no time like the present after her policeman husband hangs up his badge and they hit the road.
When they reach their first RV park, the yoga instructor hitting on Mattie’s man turns her peaceful vacation sour. In an effort to stand her ground and confront the sneaky resident, Mattie finds a new friend, a stiff corpse, and her husband as the prime suspect.
She is shocked to her core when her man’s newly purchased pocketknife is the murder weapon. But when the real killer makes the fatal mistake of dognapping her beloved pooch, the silver-haired sleuth sets her sights on solving the crime herself and proving her lawman’s innocence.
Can Mattie clear her hubby’s name and reclaim their pup before the villain turns their golden years into iron bars? Or will the killer roll away in a motor home with Mattie’s dog in the passenger seat?
Flea Market Felony is the adventure-packed first book in The Mattie and Mo Mysteries series. If you like irresistible characters, fun surprises, and captivating whodunits, then you’ll love Tricia L. Sanders’s clever read.
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Love it when I get to read a novel of (close) contemporaries and most especially a story about RV’ers as I still get pangs that our Rvving experience couldn’t have been longer. I miss it. It was fun and always held a discovery around the corner.
Much like the discovery Mattie and Mo made when pulling to the entry of the Oldies but Goodies RV Park and Flea Market. Mattie hadn’t started out with the same enthusiasm as I though and given that she and Mo had a 40’ Class A, I can only imagine how much nicer that might have been. The park, however, had seen better days; ah, yes, so many of those. Mo is a retired police chief from Pine Grove, Missouri and they also have their rescue dog, Max, with them.
Mo, usually a bit more reticent than Mattie about meeting new people meets Stan right away (next unit over) who has a boat and is an avid fisherman. Perfect! Mattie also hits it off with Sandi (his wife). The new couple meets several residents, both permanent and temporary (Mattie and Mo constitute temporary) and discover there are some residents with whom they’d rather not get to know.
There is also a contiguous flea market (we called them “craft fairs”) and Mattie, a shopper, was interested in shopping the booths and quickly finds several gifts, one of which she gives her hubby.
When her “gift” is found at the scene of a crime, Mo becomes a person of interest. Mattie can’t have that.
There are few characters other than Mattie and Mo, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to narrow down the suspects. The couple dutifully attend fish fries and get to know their park grounds a bit better, along with the local small town cafe that offers up a down home perfected biscuits and gravy special.
I can see potential here in the further fleshing of Mattie and Mo and their long term marital dynamic and the chance to travel to different states (next stop—Wisconsin). New experiences are wide open as they put on the miles and get to know their new house on wheels. (For first timers in a 40’ RV (diesel pusher with slides?), they seemed to have remarkably few issues.)
I fell in love with that book cover and the blurb and received a gifted copy of this book from the author. These are my unbiased opinions.
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Tricia L. Sanders lives in the Austin, Texas area and writes about women with class, sass, and a touch of kickass. A former instructional designer and corporate trainer, she traded in curriculum writing for novel writing, because she hates bullet points and loves to make stuff up. And fiction is more fun than training guides and lesson plans.
When she isn’t writing, Tricia is busy crossing dreams off her bucket list. With all 50 states checked, she’s concentrating on foreign interests. She’s an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, so don’t get between her and the television when a game is on. Currently, she is working on a mystery series set in the fictional town of Wickford, Missouri. Another project in the works is a women’s fiction road trip adventure.
Her essays have appeared in Sasee, ByLine, The Cuivre River Anthology, and Great American Outhouse Stories; The Whole Truth and Nothing Butt. She is a proud member of The Lit Ladies, six women writing their truths into fiction.
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Thank you for visiting my stop on the tour and please visit the other stops listed below!
June 1 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
June 1 – Christa Reads and Writes – SPOTLIGHT
June 2 – Novels Alive – GUEST POST
June 2 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
June 3 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST,
June 3 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
June 4 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE
June 5 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT
June 5 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
June 6 – I Read What You Write – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
June 7 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
June 8 – Rosepoint Publishing – REVIEW
June 8 – fundinmental – SPOTLIGHT
June 9 – Ascroft, eh? – GUEST POST
June 9 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
June 10 – Novels Alive – REVIEW
June 10 – Baroness’ Book Trove – SPOTLIGHT
June 11 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
June 12 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
June 12 – Reading Is My SuperPower – GUEST POST
June 13 – Literary Gold – CHARACTER GUEST POST
June 14 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT
Thanks to Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours for the opportunity to read and review this cozy mystery!
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