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Outdoors, Oars, & Oaths By Tonya Kappes: Review/Giveaway


FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andKathleen Costa,
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by Kathleen Costa

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an ebook copy of Outdoors, Oars, & Oaths, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

Southern Karma
Mae West may find it difficult to remember her life as a New York “pampered wife” with all its perks and privileges, but, although events she wouldn’t wish on her worst enemy, she was forced to leave due to her now late-husband’s financial crimes with only basic items, a camper, and a deed of ownership to the much-need-of-repair Happy Trails Campground. Normal, Kentucky, not far from where she grew up and swore she never return to, has turned out to be a blessing in disguise. With her hard work, successful planning, and a great deal of help over the past couple of years, she built a popular, full-service destination and contributed to the boon to the local economy. In many ways, she is living her best life with a renewed relationship with her adopted mother and foster brother, valued friendships, and a loving boyfriend providing her some great contacts in law enforcement. All of that she’ll need since her life in Normal hasn’t always been normal with mayhem, mystery, and murder too often invading her peace.

Outdoors, Oars, & Oaths Earns 5/5 Tiny Tattoos…Engaging and Clever!
It’s three a.m. when Mae is abruptly awakened by Dottie, the campground manager, pounded on her camper window, “There’s someone in the storage unit.” Another break-in had occurred a couple of weeks ago, so Mae wasn’t taking any chances. Racing over with an oar in hand, she sees a shape rummaging through her locker. “Whack!” The intruder falls to the ground, but as he rolls over, Mae is surprised to find Stanley Shelton, her ex-con, long dead husband’s lawyer. “Where’s my diamond?!” he demands. There had been a diamond, but she thought it the one her husband had given her, so she made a gift of it. Now, Stanley is frantic about its immediate return or they will kill him and others. But, someone else ends up dead in Stanley’s B&B room, and he’s under suspicion of murder. Seems that Mae has another murder mystery on her hands, a diamond to deal with, and another attack adding an exclamation to “Be careful!” So…road trip? Mae and her Laundry Club Ladies head to New York to forestall any mayhem. Heaven help New York!

Bedazzling! Tonya Kappes has continued her A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery series with this eighteenth adventure having Mae again confronted by her past. Her late husband’s lawyer has a history of clients blurring the lines between legal and illegal, so being targeted by one of them shouldn’t be a surprise. How clever incorporating a different kind of mob, a unique tattoo, diamonds, and threats, attacks, and murder to challenge Mae and her team of amateur snoops, but sending them to New York? Cool! The surprises, memories, and running into old friends provided additional insight into Mae’s past and better clarity about her future. I had my suspicions about the killer, but the side stories and lack of an obvious motive or connection clouded my vision…in a good way! Kappes’s writing style continues to be descriptive bringing to life the settings and varied characters and the banter always adds to the humor and southern charm. Dottie hasn’t quit smoking, so that image is uncomfortable, but she’s still a star sidekick along with the other ladies. Criminals, dazzling gems, good friends, a few close calls, and a bit of a cliffhanger make this a great read!

Bonus! Adding to the delightful experience with this series is the unique Camper Tips and recipes. Camper Tips include (1) ideas and thoughts about trailering your RV, (2) reminders to make reservations, (3) have maps, either paper or downloads, (4) always have the right tool (checklist provided). Mae’s recipe for Campfire Chicken and Dumplin’ and Campfire Hobo Cheeseburgers are perfect for outdoor dining whether camping in the woods or in your backyard.

Alert! A Camper and Criminals Cozy books has several books set for release now thru December. Book nineteen Wildlife, Warrants, & Weapons, releases July 22, is on Amazon preorder HERE, and Book twenty Blossoms, Barbeques, & Blackmail is on Amazon preorder HERE set to release on July 29. But keep an eye out, since books twenty-one thru twenty-three are set for releases in the Fall. Check out the series on Amazon HERE to review other dates.

Be a Big Tonya Kappes Fan!
USA Today bestselling author Tonya Kappes pens a variety of series. along with this eighteen-book Camper & Criminals Cozy series, she also has a six-book Mail Carrier Cozy Mystery along with exciting ghostly-, magical-, and caffeinated-themed series. For ghosts, she has an eight-book Ghostly Southern Mystery and seven-book Kenni Lowry series. Add some magic with a twelve-book Magical Cures Mystery and three-book Spies and Spells series. And finally, get a little caffeinated with her eight-book Killer Coffee Mystery. She also has an enjoyable online presence and various events enticing fans to gather to talk, share, and partake in the fun!

To enter to win an ebook of Outdoors, Oars, & Oaths, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “oaths,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen July 31, 2021. US only, and must be 18 or older to enter. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

Check out the first chapter of Tonya’s book Dead to the Last Drop which was featured in a past podcast episode. You can check it out here, or in the player below:

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section. And join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways. Be sure to check out our new mystery podcast too with mystery short stories, and first chapters read by local actors. A new episode goes up next week.

You can use this link to purchase this book from Amazon. If you have ad blocker on you may not see the link:

Kathleen Costa is a long-time resident of the Central Valley, and although born in Idaho, she considers herself a “California Girl.” Graduating from CSU-Sacramento, she is 35+ year veteran teacher having taught in grades 1-8 in schools from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Stockton to Lodi. Currently Kathleen is enjoying year 2 of retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband of 26+ years.

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Glen Davis July 24, 2021 at 9:24am

Sounds interesting! Count me in!


2 Glen Davis July 24, 2021 at 9:24am

Sounds interesting! Count me in!


3 Dianne Casey July 24, 2021 at 1:03pm

Love Tonya’s books. Looking forward to reading the book.


4 Brenda Ellis
Twitter: @Brenda
July 25, 2021 at 8:47am

I love this series! Tonya always makes the visits to Happy Trails Campground fun, and the Laundry Club Ladies are a blast.


5 Lizz RF July 25, 2021 at 8:53am

I am reading through this series right now! Love it!


6 Tonya Kappes
Twitter: @Tonya
July 25, 2021 at 1:12pm

Thank you!


7 Christine Mele July 25, 2021 at 1:19pm



8 Anita Klaboe July 25, 2021 at 1:19pm

I’d love to win this book. Thanks for the chance.


9 Barbara Miller July 25, 2021 at 3:22pm

This is a fun series!


10 Patty Mele
Twitter: @PattyMele57
July 25, 2021 at 4:23pm

What a great site


11 Jerry Pierson July 25, 2021 at 6:45pm

We love Tanya Kappes books and this series.


12 girlfromwva July 26, 2021 at 7:54am

love this series. do not have this one eye but it sounds so good.


13 Jeannie Huffman July 27, 2021 at 8:21am

I would love to win this. Thanks for the chance!


14 V Boyd July 27, 2021 at 8:27am

Thank you for the opportunity to win one of your books and for all that you do!


15 Susie Shively July 27, 2021 at 9:15am

Thanks, would love to win this book….go hoise!


16 Nancy Wolfe
Twitter: @ring094
July 27, 2021 at 10:55am

Love your books, so much fun to read. Would love to read this one! Thank you for the giveaway chance.


17 Carin Johnson
Twitter: @Carin
July 27, 2021 at 11:55am

Love Tonya’s books! Her series are always fun and hard to put down.


18 Jeanine July 27, 2021 at 3:58pm

I’d love to win a copy of this book! I love this series!! Thanks for the chance!!


19 Shelia Hall July 27, 2021 at 5:21pm

love to win this book! thanks for the chance!!!


20 Bonnie July 27, 2021 at 5:58pm

I love this series and look forward to reading Outdoors, Oars, & Oaths.


21 Karen M July 27, 2021 at 6:17pm

I love reading Tonya’s books. I would like to win a copy.


22 Linda Herold
Twitter: @Linda
July 27, 2021 at 11:06pm

Thanks for the chance to win this book!


23 Sherry Brown July 28, 2021 at 12:55pm

Loved reading the post! Her books are great!
Thank you for the chance to win your wonderful giveaway!!!!


24 Renee
Twitter: @DrReneeCCo
July 29, 2021 at 5:01am

I read all the books written by Tonya. I really look forward to this one! Thanks for giving your readers a chance to win a book. You are awesome!


25 Linda Tucker July 29, 2021 at 10:53am

Have not read any of these so would be awesome to win.


26 terry saunders
Twitter: @terry
July 29, 2021 at 3:12pm

Have your books on preorder as soon as I see them..When they hit my kindle that means my evening is filled with it.


27 Lisa Sabatini July 29, 2021 at 6:24pm

A supposedly dead lawyer and a ladies’ road trip to NYC? Sounds like fun!


28 Stella Gustafson July 30, 2021 at 5:41am

I have just started reading my he camping Mystery series. I have already read the first three when I start reading them I can not put them down when a book catches my attention I will read it all in one day. I am a camper myself and it’s fun to read your books


29 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
August 2, 2021 at 11:20am

We have a winner!


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