Book Review – Pea Body
By Ellen Behrens
A Rollin RV Mystery
While bird watching at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge on the outer banks of North Carolina, Betty and Walt Rollin make a gruesome discovery: they find a body of a young woman. After being questioned by a volunteer wildlife specialist and two officers from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services, they realize they know the woman. She recently gave them a kiteboarding lesson.
Soon after they are involved in a road rage incident because they are driving their RV slowly. When they turn off the road into a restaurant parking lot, they continue to be harassed by the truck driver. He barely lets them out of their vehicle. On top of that, he files a report against them. The fulltime RVers learn from Sargent Murphy that witnesses observed the whole thing. That they weren’t in the wrong.
Unable to walk away from the young woman’s tragic death without answers, Betty and Walt conduct their own investigation. They start by questioning her business partner and taking a closer look at what’s really going on in the area. Tourism clearly has dropped, which has lead property values to lower, as well. According Betty’s intuition, something is happening and it might not be linked to the protection of wildlife.
What I love about the book is the laid-back nature of the writing. You feel as if you’re accompanying Betty and Walt on their trip, seeing their temporary neighbors and experiencing their lives as full-time RV owners. I’ve got to believe Ellen modeled Betty and Walt after her and her husband as they have lived this lifestyle since 2009. Even though I wanted to know why such an energetic, motivated and free-spirited woman was killed, I was just as interested in learning about why their neighbors were unable to move out of the campground and on with their lives. Ellen wove in a number of suspects so you didn’t know who the killer was until the end. Was there anything I didn’t like? No. Maintaining the RV’s bathroom kind of grossed me out, though, but somebody has to do it. I’ll be reviewing “Yuma Baby” very soon.
Four out of five RVs
January 28, 2018
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