Best laid plans

Gwen Florio, 1955-

Book - 2020

"Nora Best is the envy of her friends. She's just turned fifty and has traded in her home with The Perfect-Ass Husband for an Airstream trailer and an adventure of a lifetime across the US. But during their leaving party, Nora finds her husband in a compromising position with a friend. Storming out of the party she jumps into her truck with no idea how to tow the Airstream or where she's going. Nora ends up in a campground in the mountains of Wyoming, drowning her sorrows with its... managers, Brad and Miranda. When she is woken by a frantic Miranda after Brad has disappeared and bloodstains have been found around the campsite, Nora finds herself caught up in an adventure she could never have expected . . . facing a charge of murder."--Publisher description.

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Florio, Gwen, 1955 Nora Best mystery ; 1.
Subjects
Genres
Detective and mystery fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Published
London : Severn House 2020.
Edition
First world edition
Language
English
Physical Description
246 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN
9780727890245
0727890247
Main Author
Gwen Florio, 1955- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

After Nora Best's debut memoir about married sex made a moderate ripple in the publishing industry, she excitedly plans her next project: chronicling a year of simple joys traveling in an Airstream with her husband, Joe. That is, until she catches Joe and her best friend having an intimate farewell. Nora peels off in the Airstream, finally pulling into a campground in the Wyoming wilderness when she's too beat to drive. It's an exciting time in the middle of nowhere: the "Lot Lizard" killer has recently struck at a nearby truck stop, and a boundary-flouting bear is menacing the campground. Nonetheless, enthusiastically embraced by the campground's host couple, Miranda and Brad, Nora starts to believe she's stumbled on a viable plan B. But, after Brad disappears, plan B implodes: Nora becomes a suspect after a police dog somehow discovers Brad's T-shirt in her bed; Joe turns up, pressuring her to reconcile; and she's menaced by a faceless stranger. A suspenseful romp with a relatable narrator, a skillfully shrouded mystery, and a satisfying romance. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

After Nora Best's debut memoir about married sex made a moderate ripple in the publishing industry, she excitedly plans her next project: chronicling a year of simple joys traveling in an Airstream with her husband, Joe. That is, until she catches Joe and her best friend having an intimate farewell. Nora peels off in the Airstream, finally pulling into a campground in the Wyoming wilderness when she's too beat to drive. It's an exciting time in the middle of nowhere: the "Lot Lizard" killer has recently struck at a nearby truck stop, and a boundary-flouting bear is menacing the campground. Nonetheless, enthusiastically embraced by the campground's host couple, Miranda and Brad, Nora starts to believe she's stumbled on a viable plan B. But, after Brad disappears, plan B implodes: Nora becomes a suspect after a police dog somehow discovers Brad's T-shirt in her bed; Joe turns up, pressuring her to reconcile; and she's menaced by a faceless stranger. A suspenseful romp with a relatable narrator, a skillfully shrouded mystery, and a satisfying romance. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Nora Best and her husband, Joe, planned to travel the country with a truck pulling an Airstream while she wrote a book about their adventures. At their going-away party she discovers Joe having sex with her best friend. Furious, Nora posts the video for all her guests to see, then pulls out with the trailer. She drives from Colorado to a Wyoming campground, where the hosts, Miranda and Brad, seem welcoming—until a screaming Miranda wakes her up saying Brad went out during the night, and he was probably eaten by a bear. The sheriff doesn't believe that, and he suspects the newcomer, Nora. Despite her protests, she's arrested. With her mug shot plastered all over the internet, Joe tracks her down. Now that she's had a taste of freedom, Nora is unwilling to handle Joe's issues. She has her own worries. What really happened to Brad? Who stole her Airstream when she wasn't looking? Who is making Nora the patsy in an evil game? VERDICT The first in a new series, told from the viewpoint of a woman over 50, on her own for the first time, introduces a complex story. Florio's ("Lola Wick" series) suspenseful mystery will have readers rooting for amateur sleuth Nora.—Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN Copyright 2020 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Writer Nora Best, the heroine of this engrossing series launch from Florio (the Lola Wicks mysteries), and her husband, Joe Crane, have sold their house in Denver, purchased an Airstream travel trailer (which Nora nicknamed Electra), and planned an extensive trip, which will be the subject of her next book. Then, during the bon voyage party, Nora catches Joe having sex with her best friend. Nora grabs the keys to Electra and takes off, driving until she reaches a campground in Wyoming, where she's befriended by the campground's hosts, Miranda and Brad. The next day, Nora awakens to find Brad has disappeared. This is just the start of her troubles. An unknown man abducts Nora from the campsite at gunpoint, and throws her down a steep slope and leaves to die. Later, she's arrested for murder, Electra is stolen, and she has an encounter with a dangerous bear. Florio keeps the twists and turns coming as Nora gains confidence and independence. Fans of strong female leads will look forward to seeing more of plucky Nora. (Feb.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"When Nora Best's plans on exploring the US in an Airstream trailer with her Perfect-Ass Husband go up in smoke upon finding him in a compromising position with her friend, she sets off on her own. Nora ends up drowning her sorrows in a campsite in the Wyoming mountains, but soon finds herself in trouble when blood is found around the campsite and she is accused of murder."--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In the first of a new mystery series, we meet Nora Best as she flees her old life, cheating husband and all, and takes to the road with an Airstream trailer.Nora Best is the envy of her friends. She's just turned fifty and has traded in her home with The Perfect-Ass Husband for an Airstream trailer and an adventure of a lifetime across the US. But during their leaving party, Nora finds her husband in a compromising position with a friend. Storming out of the party she jumps into her truck with no idea how to tow the Airstream or where she's going.Nora ends up in a campground in the mountains of Wyoming, drowning her sorrows with its managers, Brad and Miranda. When she is woken by a frantic Miranda after Brad has disappeared and bloodstains have been found around the campsite, Nora finds herself caught up in an adventure she could never have expected . . . facing a charge of murder.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

When Nora Best's plans on exploring the US in an Airstream trailer with her Perfect-Ass Husband go up in smoke upon finding him in a compromising position with her friend, she sets off on her own. Nora ends up drowning her sorrows in a campsite in the Wyoming mountains, but soon finds herself in trouble when blood is found around the campsite and she is accused of murder.