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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 wIf 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....

Title : Dance of the Winnebagos
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Dance of the Winnebagos Reviews

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    2018-11-07 18:25

    I really liked this! It took me a bit longer to warm up to it than it did with her Deadwood series but once I did I was all in. A fun cast of characters for sure.

  • Athena
    2018-11-07 23:19

    Although I started this knowing it was going to be light and fluffy it quickly became far too light and not quite fluffy enough. Charles is an author who tells rather than shows. Even there her telling is weak: she describes characters with generalities, they're 'attractive' or they resemble some actor, and creates 'wacky' situations apparently using some MadLib-esque formula to achieve 'humorous incongruity.' It doesn't really work.I have few standards for reading, but my brain vacation reads do have to meet at least a few minimal requirements.

  • Natasha
    2018-11-06 19:18

    This is the first in a new series by Ann Charles! 'Dance of The Winnebagos' is a great start to a promising series. Ann is known for humor mixed with a great mystery and this was exactly that.This cast of characters was a hoot! Claire Morgan is a great character. She's loyal, fun, witty and frankly, too curious for her own good. No worries though, that curiosity is what makes this novel so interesting.Harley Ford is a man on a mission. Well, if you think. 'When the trailers a rockin`, don't come a knockin`,' is a mission. *laughs* My first impression on Harley was to giggle. He's a riot, especially when you factor in his old pals and a pretty lady walking by.I really liked Mac's character. He had a dry sense on humor and the tension between Claire and him was entertaining. *winks* He tries so hard no not think of Claire that, that's the only thing he can do. Think of Claire.Mac has more than Clarie on his mind. He has to help his aunt sell her mines. Ruby needs money now and when Claire finds out the mines will be sold, she realizes she may loose something close to her. She tries her best to sway Mac from his job, but both sides are having a hard time getting what they want when another person factors into the picture with their own wants. Wants they'll do anything to get.A fast paced story that will get you hooked. A great Villain, fun secondary characters, a cute dog and some fun romance. It's a story that will keep you on your nose in the book. If that sounds like your kind of mystery, then what are you waiting for? Jump in!

  • Maxwell
    2018-11-14 16:24

    One of the most fun books I've read in a long time. The rich cast of characters, and their antics, had me flipping pages - at times embroiled in the deliciously romantic cozy mystery, at others to find out what hilarious stunt would happen next.Claire is a thirty-something who still hasn't found herself. She's tagging along with her grandfather and his buddies to keep an eye on them. They have their Winnebagos parked in an RV resort where they have invited every retired floozy on the internet to meet them. It's like the AARP version of a party at the Playboy Mansion. But Claire soon finds herself involved in a mystery - and with the handsome Mac who makes her toes curl just walking in the room.The story is filled with twists and turns on all fronts. The romances and personal intrigues had me guessing almost as much as the mystery. Everyone seems to have an agenda and no one is completely open. As the silver haired sex-pots prance around in the desert heat, dark secrets are unveiled and the danger builds for Claire and Mac even as the heat between them ignites. This one gets two thumbs up and a stand ovation for laughs, sighs, thrills, and a excellently crafted mystery.Whatever your favorite type of mystery, this one has it all - from romance to thriller - you're gonna love Dance of the Winnebagos. I can't wait to read more from Ann Charles.

  • April
    2018-10-28 20:34

    I really enjoyed this book!! I have read other books by Ms Charles, and this is right on par with what I expected. She has a gift for crafting towns with lots of quirky fun characters, snarky leading ladies and yummy fellas!I love Claire and her relationship with her grandfather, hid cronies and his dog! It is so much fun to read her. I found myself laughing out loud more than once. Because she is so likeable, I was willing to forgive her too stupid to live moments. She has gumption, that's for sure.Enter the tall dark and studly love interest, Mac. He is a serious sort of guy, but still knows how to have a little fun. The dynamic between the two is great. The banter is rather like a well played ping pong match. He is just the sort of solid thinker she needs to help her out of all the jams she is sure to fall into.The book is a mixed narrative, giving both leads and the villain's POV. Okay, after you read her for a bit you find the villain isn't all that bad. She is kind of likeable, the killing and stealing aside. I was kinda hoping for a solution that would make things work out for everybody.There is a but of heat in the story. Loads of chemistry and flirtation lead to some smexy scenes. More closed bedroom than detailed. Plenty of illusions to what occurred but not the down and dirty blow by blow.I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lisa Larsen, who is fabulous! I loved her swift pace and all the energy she puts into the read. Great voices and smooth transitions from character to character. I will definitely be looking for more of her reads. I adore all the supporting characters, they are hilarious!! The book flew by and I am eager to see what happens next in the series!! I hope we see more of Jackrabbit Junction!!Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

  • Mimi Barbour
    2018-10-21 20:26

    This book is an absolute hoot! From page one I began to laugh and pretty well kept it up till the end. With such lines as: Jess shared secrets in tabloid style & her body budded, blossomed and dangled fruit…who wouldn't get a huge kick out of the humour. So refreshing! This author's voice is different and you can just feel that she had fun writing her words. In fact, many times they made me wish I'd come up with the line. A little about the story – Grace came to work for Ruby who owned the RV park and restaurant where her beloved old coot of a grandfather and his wacky pals were vacationing. She gets involved with helping Ruby save the legacy her husband had left her – an old mine on Rattlesnake Ridge that a mining company was after, a lot of bills and a mortgage the bank was demanding be paid. Problem is Grace's grandmother's resting place is right on the spot where the mining company would build an open pit mine. Thankfully, Mac, Ruby's nephew, shows up to help. The two stumble around constantly both wanting the same result but neither willing to share information or trust until…. Well, you'll have to find out for yourself. Trust me, you'll be glad you did. Worth every penny and absolutely worth the time it took to read.

  • Cindy
    2018-10-25 19:31

    What a treat to discover Ann Charles! Her books are witty, sexy and so entertaining. It's not often I laugh out loud while reading a book but Ann had me doing that many times over. I look forward to buying many more books from her!

  • Susan
    2018-10-31 17:06

    Great book. I love the humor. I highly recommend anything by this author.

  • Les
    2018-10-26 15:04

    I found it sophmoric. Lots of junior high school level sexual inuendo. The plot was slow and not really interesting.

  • Sally906
    2018-10-27 21:12

    The best thing about this book was the beagle on the front cover of the version I read - to be honest I only finished reading it because I needed it for a reading challenge.

  • D.M. Kenyon
    2018-11-03 17:12

    Imagine if Nancy Drew had grown up in South Dakota, hid out in college for eight years without earning a degree and then accompanied her grandfather and two of his lecherous friends to an RV park in Arizona so that they could hook up with senior citizen internet floozies. Oh yeah, and imagine further that Nancy Drew looks smoking hot in a pair of Daisy Dukes and knows how to weld. You would be just scratching the surface of the highly entertaining world of Dance of the Winnebagos by Ann Charles, Corvallis Press, 2011, Amazon ASIN: B005VKQIUK.Dance of the Winnebagos, is first and foremost a very fun read. Once you get twenty pages in, you are going to want to read it straight through. I read it over two days and was quite disappointed when it came to an end (but encouraged to learn that there will be a sequel). The narrative voice and the dialogue are loaded with witty banter, the characters are colorful and it is a mystery story in earnest that really is the adult version of a Nancy-Drew-on-steroids mystery set in an RV park. Ann Charles shows us many signs that she is an accomplished story teller. First, she introduces us to characters like Manny and Chester who are oversexed retirees whose adolescent commentary on women and sex would make a teenage boy blush. Their vulgarity and political incorrectness makes you cringe every time either one of them contributes to dialogue. At first, it seems almost unbelievable that any self-respecting young woman like the main character, Claire, the thirty-three year old granddaughter of Harley, would even tolerate this kind of sexual commentary, much of which is directed at her, from her grandfather's friends. Her grandfather is not much better having dormitory-style rules regulating when Claire may or may not come into the Winnebago in the evenings while he is entertaining a lady friend. But over the course of the story, you find yourself not only getting used to these guys with the same good humor that Claire does, but they become kind of likable. Of course, this requires the reader to descend into the consciousness of the RV park and truly become part of the culture of Jackrabbit Junction.Another way in which Charles shows off her story-telling prowess is by giving the reader an unlikely, but highly engaging heroine. She feeds us details of the inner workings of Claire's mind by the series of cartoon characters that appear on her heroine's tee shirts as the story unfolds and her amazing relationship to junk food. We are told that Claire has quit smoking and yet we are taunted by Claire's repeated temptation to smoke throughout the book to the point that even if you have never smoked in your life, you are left feeling like you really need a cigarette.Of course, the author uses sexual tension between Claire and Mac, the geologist nephew of Ruby, the owner of the RV park, to propel both character development and the suspense of the story line. Their relationship develops into a raging passion that gives Dance of the Winnebagos a romance novel component that will not disappoint fans of that genre. Charles flirts with, but ultimately avoids stereotypes to give us characters that are real and lovable. We are introduced to the villain of the story early on, but come to at least appreciate her character with some empathy despite her heinous deeds. This story is not so much a "who-dunnit" as a "why'd-she-do-it" that does not compromise on suspense or action.In some ways, Charles is reprising a less exotic version of Indiana Jones. Claire tells us that Mac even looks a bit like the young "Han Solo". The mystery unfolds as the characters explore mines that Mac's aunt Ruby is about to lose to the bank unless Claire and Mac can find a way to save them. The real mystery centers on the question of why there is a treasure in the first place, a detail that would have been overlooked if Claire had not been a fan of the television program The Antiques Roadshow. It is the presence of Louis XIV armoires in Jackrabbit Junction that gives the story its uniqueness and its many plot twists.Ann Charles has given us some quality reading entertainment with Dance of the Winnebagos. Her portrayal of springtime in Arizona, especially the details that she provides about the birds of the area, provides as good a backdrop as any for a mystery. Regardless of your cultural orientation, you will be lured into the RV park at Jackrabbit Junction and you will want to stay for a while.

  • chucklesthescot
    2018-11-02 15:09

    I really didn't like the characters in this book. I was expecting funny banter but instead I got a bunch of crude old goats who were in town for a 'flesh fiesta' *shudders* and the horny old women who were dressed like hookers. Ugh. I needed a shower after trying this one...

  • Julie
    2018-11-08 23:27

    Disclaimer: I received a free Audible download of this book from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this audiobook. To be honest, I was just happy to have one for “free.” I hadn’t heard of this author before, but I like mysteries, romance and love audiobooks. So I gave it a go.The story has Claire and her grandfather Harley together in an RV park as a mystery unfolds around them. The author introduced an interesting cast of supporting characters. I have a soft spot for Manny, the Latin lover who is one of the two friends of Claire’s grandfather. I really enjoyed the fact that we got a story with an adult and her grandfather, which is not something I’ve often encountered. Anne Charles did not let the reader wonder who the villain of the mystery was. There are times when it’s great to figure out along with the characters whodunit, but I liked this device of letting us know right away. It provided tension as I wondered just when the characters were going to figure it out.As far as the narration itself, it was perfectly polished as if it had come from a major studio. The narrator had a great voice that immediately put me at ease so I knew I would enjoy spending 10 hours with her. She was deft at making the speaking of different people sound different enough so that there was never any question who might be speaking.I will warn you that the main character of Claire is very loud. She’s louder than everyone else. That’s not a problem with the audio or production, but instead is a deliberate acting choice that seemed truly appropriate to Claire’s personality once I got to know her.My only real criticism about the book is about the cover art, which looked very, very cheap. As a first point of contact, it doesn’t do the author any favors to get potential readers. It’s hard enough being an indie author without having a product that *looks* like it’s indie, too.In summary, I really liked this story and these characters. I enjoyed it so much that I immediately wanted to dive into the next book and I already wonder how soon the narrator will have the book after that ready.If anything in the summary intrigues you, give this a chance. Recommended.

  • Douglas Cook
    2018-11-09 20:10

    I enjoy Ann Charles "Deadwood" series so I read this first book of another of her series. This is very similar to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. I enjoyed this enough to track down the second in the series.First paragraphsChapter One Jackrabbit Junction, Arizona Friday, April 9th 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. “Gramps, your dog found a bone!” Claire yelled, staring at the foot-long bone clenched in the jaws of her grandfather’s beagle. Harley Ford stepped out from behind a half-dead cottonwood tree, zipping up his faded Levi’s. “Damned prostate. I have faucets that leak more.” He shuffled towards Claire. “What’d you say?” Claire wrinkled her nose. After traveling together for three days in his well-used Winnebago Chieftain, she’d learned everything about him from the pattern of his snoring to the number of prunes he needed to maintain regularity. He’d left his modesty in Colorado, and she’d lost most of her sanity long before they had crossed the Arizona state line and pulled into the Dancing Winnebagos R.V. Park. “I said Henry found a bone.” She squatted next to Henry and examined the broken end of the white fragment hanging from his black lips. “It’s pretty chewed up already.” Gramps stood behind Henry. “Is it made of gold?” What kind of a question was that? “Of course not.” “Then why get your knickers all bunched up over it?”Charles, Ann (2011-10-13). Dance of the Winnebagos (Jackrabbit Junction Humorous Mystery Series #1) (p. 1). Corvallis Press. Kindle Edition.

  • Stanley McShane
    2018-11-18 20:16

    Sassy dialogue, interesting and well-rounded main characters complete with realistic foibles, plot interwoven with colorful location descriptions and supporting characters set in Arizona in a less than 5-star rated RV park and assorted abandoned mines harboring dark secrets sets a sweltering stage for Harley and his granddaughter. Claire, temporarily staying with her grandfather in his Winnebago (though we don't get a sense how large it is), 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. Without knowing anything about Winnebagos, Arizona, abandoned gold mines, or seniors and their sex lives, I'd wager you'd still really enjoy this book. Try it and see for yourself if I'm not right!

  • Randee Baty
    2018-11-03 21:07

    "Dance of the Winnebagos" is a light little romantic mystery, heavy on the heavy breathing, light on the mystery. I would have given this 3 1/2 stars if goodreads would let me.Claire has been sent with her grandfather when he goes to Arizona to stay in an RV park with his buddies in the hopes of meeting some women. Claire's job is to keep him out of trouble. She's pretty clear that's not going to happen. But when his dog finds a human femur in the desert and Claire find the hunky nephew of the RV park owner, she's in a lot more trouble than her grandfather is. The answer to the mystery is pretty obvious from the beginning and it's seems it's just a background for Claire and Mac to get hot and heavy together. That's ok if that's what you're looking for. I prefer a little more mystery in my mysteries but I will say that this was a fun couple of hours read. The grandfather and his friends are spicy, the RV park owner's daughter is realistic and the characters are likeable. I'm sure I'll read the next in the series just to find out how the various relationships progress. But I won't be reading them for the mystery.

  • Lynda
    2018-11-07 20:19

    Murder mines and minorsClaire comes to Jackrabbit Junction with her granddad for an old mans retreat to keep him out of trouble but things turned out a lot different from what she was expecting. Staying at the RV park Close to the mines with her grandpa and his beagle turned into more than a vacation when Henry the beagle brings in a leg bone from the desert. Ruby owns the mines and the RV park and is just a bit ahead of a foreclosure. Mac her nephew comes to appraise the mines and also finds Claire in his way. Ruby s daughter Jess is also a problem for the poor woman. There are problems with the old guys club, the mine appraisals, and finding out about the murders and who committed them.

  • Ann aka Iftcan
    2018-11-05 16:20

    Ok, I have to admit--I bought this book just for the title. The fact that it turned out to be a funny and interesting read was just an unexpected bonus.As is true of most cozies, this has an interesting cast of "supporting" characters, a mystery, and the all important interactions between the various characters.Well worth the read, as is the second book in the series.

  • Linda Baker
    2018-11-04 18:30

    Dance of the Winnebagos is another quick, fun read from Ann Charles. I really enjoy the locations of her books and her quirky characters. I found the old men very funny, but the humor got a little tedious by the end. However, I do look forward to the next book in the series.

  • Diana
    2018-10-22 19:25

    One Twist Leads to AnotherA light, humorous mystery with lots of twists to keep you guessing. 30-year-old Claire escorts her grandfather to the RV park where he and his buddies spend a couple months playing cards and snagging 65-year-old babes in string bikinis for one night stands. Meanwhile, Claire accepts a job as the park handywoman to help the owner, Ruby, fix the place up. Ruby has her own problems with the bank after the death of her husband leaves her struggling to keep the park going and is considering selling off part of her property to a strip mining company. Ruby's nephew, Mac, has given up his vacation to check out the old copper mines on the property to make sure the mining company if offering his aunt a decent price.The fun begins when Gramps' beagle, Henry, digs up a human femur. Claire is determined to find out where the rest of the body is and unravel the mystery behind Ruby's husband's antiques business.

  • Becky Hodson
    2018-10-20 18:17

    Thoroughly enjoyable book, full of humour, romance and entertaining characters. If you've read any of Ann Charles novels you will know the type of humour you're going to get. For me, I love her humour and style of writing; she's witty and intelligent, with great pace and well developed characters.Main characters in this series include Claire (cousin of Nat from the Deadwood series) who is working as a handy-woman on an RV site, while also baby-sitting her grandfather and his trouble-making friends.

  • Kat Lebo
    2018-11-13 21:04

    This mystery is one I would have loved to give a 5, but I didn't. I'll tell you why later. First, let's see what I liked.Charles does a bang-up job on most of what makes an enjoyable read for me. The descriptions of scenery are wonderful, making me feel like I'm sweating under the hot Arizona sun. The mystery is delicious; revealed tasty morsel by morsel, allowing me to make up all sorts of theories as to what and where and why. Yes, the villain is clearly visible early on, but there is so much more to the mystery than whodunit. The main characters (I'd say two main characters, a villain, two supporting characters, and 4 others, plus, of course, Henry, the dog) are fleshed out and I felt I knew them pretty well by the time the story was rolling along. The danger felt real -- one reviewer called it "pulse-pounding suspense." I concur. Add to that the fact that I saw no editing/proofreading errors and I should have been one happy camper. So why wasn't I?Sex. First of all, let me start out by saying that I am not adverse to sex, even to depictions of sex in literature. I've written a few sex scenes myself, actually having once been paid for a short erotica piece I wrote. But that was for an erotica market, not for a mainstream mystery market. And yes, I knew going in that this novel was described as mystery/romance. I read a lot of mystery and many times it is described as belonging to that split genre. And sometimes, I don't read more books in the series simply because of the explicit sex scenes -- although some writers get it right -- them I read not in spite of the explicit sex, but because it fits in the novel's storyine and the story would be less without those depictions. That's not what I felt in this book. In this novel, the sex seemed obligatory, as though the author felt a need to spice up her story. Maybe she didn't have faith in her storyline. Too bad, the storyline didn't need the sex at all. Some of it was fine. Charles did a great job of depicting the physical attraction and sexual tension between the two main characters. Hell, I wanted them to get together. I just didn't need this:***"And I really want to feel you deep inside of me."He obliged in one swift shove. "Like this?""Yes." (and, my note here --shouldn't that be an exclamation point rather than a period?) Her ankles tightened (again my note: Really? Her ankles?)He moved in and out again. "And this?"****Okay, you get the idea. Ms. Charles. I've had sex. I know how it works. I know how enjoyable it certainly can be. But believe me, my imagination could build a steamy scene sexier than anything you wrote. Even in some of the earlier scenes depicting the strong sexual tension were a bit tedious. For example, in this scene where Claire is wearing a shirt with a picture of Porky Pig on the front (even that is a Really?):***He palmed Porky the Pig's rounded cheeks, the soft weight of her filling his palms.****Sheesh. That wasn't funny. It wasn't cute. And, unfortunately, it wasn't the only time Charles used the image on the shirt to describe a bit of petting. Also, I felt Charles was guilty of some serious age profiling. Yes, her quartet of "old" men were intended, for the most part, as comic relief. Only one had his age given -- a ripe OLD 69. 69. Really? That's old? On what planet are you living Ann Charles? Certainly the aches and pains the attributes to this foursome would today be more indicative of ages in the mid 70s and upward. Plus she draws them all as sex-addicted dirty old men, even Claire's grandfather (who is one of the main supporting characters). The women they consort with are true caractures of women who have reached AARP card carrying age. While she certainly intimates that these characters are having sex, she does so in the meanest, lowest way. In fact, the only two "old" characters who are given any kind of normal sex life are the second of the main supporting characters (and note that she is listed as being 55, just on the cusp of old, doncha know) and the villain. So, evidently older folk like me, aged 66, don't have sex anymore and if we do it is a) to be made fun of, or b) not interesting enough to be written about with any passion. In fact, as a female, I'm obviously too old, in Charles' opinion, to be having sex, as the only older women given any type of sex life in the book are a decade younger than me. I'll be sure to tell my friends that we need to stop it and stop it right now!And, hickeys. Yes, hickeys. Do 30-something people really give each other hickeys? Does anyone over the age of 16 really do that anymore. Again, sheesh.So, this could have been a great summer read and I won't say it wasn't fun. Believe me, I can skip over the stupidly written sex scenes pretty easily. But I really did resent the portrayal of anyone past the age of 50 as "old" and I really resented the initmation that sex between older individuals is a joke. Unfortunately for me, I already have the second book in this series in my Kindle, along with the first book in the Deadwood series. So, I'll probably read them. But I won't be getting more. Too bad, because the mystery part of the novel was superbly written. This could have been a series I would follow for years to come. Could have been.

  • Darrell
    2018-11-03 22:32

    Another good seriesAnother Fun and good series from Ann , as I just love the way she writes as she makes me truly laugh out loud with the way she words things !! Enjoyable for sure !

  • Michelle
    2018-10-29 15:05

    Good bookYou people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so. Shelley MA

  • Kathy Ginegaw
    2018-10-23 21:16

    Great fun! Don't usually buy ebooks but I'll read the series. Enjoyed it that much.

  • Dorothy
    2018-11-06 20:20

    Fun readEnough mystery to keep it interesting and enough humor to make it a fun book to read. Have fun with this one

  • Judy
    2018-11-09 23:31

    Cleaning out my kindle. A bit if very light reading. Reminds me of Stephanie Plume.

  • Chande
    2018-11-12 23:14

    This book is a little bit romance and a little bit of a mystery and a whole lot of funny. I was laughing out loud while reading this book. If your looking for a fun book to read I would recommend you give this a read!!

  • Judy
    2018-10-21 19:15

    This is the first book in the Jackrabbit Junction Mystery Series by Ann Charles. In reading the beginning of this book, the author Ann Charles tells us about she came up with the title first, while playing hangman with a coworker. When her coworker asked her what it meant, Ms. Charles said she didn't know, but that it would make a great title for a book. And she is right, it does, I was intrigued enough to start with this series instead of her other. Additionally, Ms. Charles states that the characters in this book are related to her Deadwood Mystery characters. Though I haven't read that series yet, I didn't feel that I missed anything by starting with this series.We are introduced to Claire Morgan, the main female character in this book as she is fighting with her grandfather, Harley Ford's dog, Henry over a bone. Claire is basically chaperoning her grandfather, while he is RVing with his old Army buddies at the Dancing Winnebagos RV Park in Jackrabbit Junction, Arizona to meet women that they chatted with online. Claire's mother, Harley's daughter, has basically guilted Claire into keeping an eye on her grandfather. The RV Park is one where Claire's grandmother and grandfather came every year to visit. Her grandmother's ashes are even scattered underneath a cottonwood near the RV Park. Claire gets a job working as a handywoman around the RV Park and finds out that Ruby, the woman who owns the park is going to have to sell her old copper mines to pay off some Bank Loans. The mining company will then strip mine the land and disturb her grandmother's resting place. Claire embarks on a way to figure out how to help Rosy find the money without resorting to selling to the mining company.Ruby has asked her nephew Mac, who is a geotechnician, to appraise the mines to make sure that they give her the right price. Immediately Claire and Mac end up on opposite sides of this issue. Watching them fight and circle around one another was great fun. The secondary characters in this book were all very vivid and distinctive, from Harley and his 2 Army buddies, Manny and Chester, to Ruby and her teenage daughter Jessica. The dialogue of the old men was a hoot to read. Almost like another supporting character, was the music that was playing in the background. In nearly ever scene, there is a song playing on a radio or jukebox. Adding these songs in, really helped set the scene and make it come alive for me.This book is told from several different POVs. There is Claire, Mac and Sophy. We find out right away that Sophy is the bad guy of this book. What kept it interesting is that we never knew exactly what she was going to do next. I was often surprised about plot points. Let's just say that the foreshadowing was very well done. *g* Overall, I liked this book. I will read the second book and go on to read the Deadwood Mystery books as well.

  • Heather Book Savvy Babe
    2018-10-22 19:14

    Dance of the Winnebagos is a fun, entertaining, mystery novel. Claire is on a month long trip with her grandfather and his buddies in small town Jackrabbit Junction, Arizona. Harvey, Claire’s grandfather is meeting up with his army buddies for some card games and women-chasing. Claire keeps busy working at the small general store doing odd jobs, and trying to help the owner, Ruby figure out a way to keep the RV trailer park the mines left to her by her deceased husband. Mac is Ruby’s nephew and he is trying to help Ruby figure out how much the mines are worth to help her come to a settlement with the bank and a mining company who would like to buy the mines. When Claire’s dog is dog-napped from the mines one night, Claire and Mac discover that there might be more in the mines than copper.I really enjoyed Dance of the Winnebagos. This book is full of colorful characters and a mystery that is not easily uncovered. Claire’s grandfather and his buddies are always making crass jokes and inappropriate comments. They are a group of funny, dirty, but likable old men. At first, I wan’t Mac’s biggest fan, he was not the most friendly person and he just wanted to finish his job and go on vacation. However, as he got to know Claire, he warmed up and I got to like him more. Mac and Claire spark a bit of romance, and that fit very nicely into the story as well.What I really like about Ann Charles’ work is her opening lines. She has a way of writing opening lines that grab you, make you curious about the story and you want to keep reading. The opening line of Dance of the Winnebagos is:“If Claire Morgan had known she’d be chaperoning a senior citizen sock hop, she wouldn’t have given up smoking.”From page one, line one, I was hooked on the story, and I was not disappointed. The villain in the story is obvious, she has her own point of view throughout the story. However, the mystery is not easy to unravel. There are many different pieces to the puzzle, and unraveling the mystery with the characters is very fun. The setting is different, a trailer park in the desert with old mines. Digging around the old mines is a great place for the curious heroine and reluctant hero to get lost and run into trouble.With unexpected events, humor, and mystery Dance of the Winnebagos is a highly entertaining, charming read. Readers who enjoy mysteries and books with humor will love this book, I know that I will be watching out for book two in the series.I received this book for review**