Sunday 23 October 2022

Book ~ "A Trip With Trouble" (2022) Diane Kelly

From Goodreads ~ When the ladies of the Dangerous Curves Motorcycle Club take over the Mountaintop Lodge for their annual autumn ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Misty Murphy couldn’t be more thrilled. Every room is full and the adventurous women even invite Misty and her assistant Brynn to join them on a ride to admire the colorful fall foliage. Hotel handyman Rocky Crowder is happy to keep an eye on the lodge for the day and the ladies set out for a fun ride on the scenic road.

The skies are clear, the air is crisp and the leaves are gorgeous. But what starts as a perfect ride turns worrisome when the tail gunner - the last rider in their group - fails to show up at the Craggy Gardens overlook. Cell phone service is spotty in the remote mountainous area and the group is unable to connect with their friend. Might the missing woman have simply run out of gas? Or is something far more sinister afoot?

The ladies are determined to locate their ride or die and Misty is equally determined to help them. But will they be able to solve the mystery when the scenic route seems intent on hiding its secrets?

Misty is fifty and starting a new life and recently bought a mountain lodge which she'd visited many times and has fond memories of. Brynn is her assistant, the restaurant across the street provides a buffet breakfast in the mornings and Rocky, a local handyman, lives at the lodge and does maintenance in return for a room.

A women's motorcycle club has booked the lodge for the week so they can ride the roads, go for hikes and enjoy the fall colours.  Misty and Brynn are quite envious so jump at the chance when they are invited to spend the day on the back of the bikes touring around.  But the fun ends when the leader of the group, who was bringing up the rear of the pack, disappears and everyone heads out to find her.  

I've read many books (and series) by this author and I liked this one ... it's the second in the Mountain Lodge Mystery series.  I liked the writing style.  It is written in first person perspective from Misty's point of view and third person perspective from Yeti, Misty's cat's point of view (the author has done this in other series ... had dogs and cats share their point of view, which as an animal lover I find cute).

It was a quick light read and is a "cozy mystery" so there is no swearing, violence or adult activity.  I liked the characters and look forward to reading others in this series.  And I liked that Misty is a more mature age (so closer to mine) than a younger woman.

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