I had the pleasure of reviewing Ann Charles’ Nearly Departed in Deadwood last month. I jumped at the chance to review Dance of the Winnebagos. I’m glad I did. Ann Charles might be my new favorite mystery writer!
Yes, the winnebagos mentioned in the title are the recreation vehicle type. Claire joins in when her grandfather and his friends meet up for the camp-out of the season with women they met over the internet. Claire’s job is to keep him out of trouble, which isn’t an easy task when he’s surrounded by his ornery friends. When his dog finds a bone–a human bone–Claire is determined to find the rest of the skeleton.
Clair joins forces with Mac, a geotechnician, who’s in town to help his aunt Ruby get a fair price for the mines she owns in addition to the campground. Ruby is in debt and the only way she can see to save herself is to sell the mines. Mac aims to get her the best price possible.
But someone doesn’t want anyone snooping around the mines and will do whatever it takes to keep Claire and Mac far away from them. Nothing is off limits to stop them…not even murder!
The novel has spunk and pep! Its quick pace tells the story of Claire and Mac as well as those around them. The characters are likable–except when they aren’t supposed to be! The mystery of sun-bleached femurs and the value of the mines is only part of the story. The growing romance between Claire and Mac is the other part. Ann Charles’ tells a darn good romantic tale as well!
Ann Charles is an award-winning author who writes romantic mysteries that are splashed with humor. Her first book, Nearly Departed in Deadwood, won the 2010 National Daphne du Maurier for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense award AND the 2011 National Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award. A member of Sisters in Crime, the Guppies, and Romance Writers of America for many moons, she has a B.A. in English with an emphasis on creative writing from the University of Washington. 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 standing on her workshop soapbox, blabbing about what she has learned over the years.
Visit her at www.anncharles.com or www.anncharles.com/deadwood. You can also find her hanging out on Facebook (on her Author Page or Personal Page) or Twitter (as Deadwood Violet or AnnWCharles).
I was provided with a free copy of Dance of the Winnebagos to review and participate in the blog tour.