Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Dance of the Winnebagos by Ann Charles

Imagine hanging out with your Grandpa and his old cronies and listening to tales about their sex lives, past and present.  Doesn't that sound like fun?  Not!

How could I not read a book with a title like that?  When the author offered me a copy to read for review, I leaped on it!  And it made me laugh out loud...

Claire went along because her mother wanted her to watch over her grandfather on his trip to the TV park.  She was not excited about babysitting Grandpa, but it was a vacation of sorts.  

The excitement all began when Henry (mostly beagle) runs up to Claire with a bone he has found; she's pretty sure it's a femur...

This is a fast paced murder mystery with ribald humor, a dozen subplots and romances and a murder thrown in.  Claire gets in the middle of it when she wants to examine the mines for bones and she tangles with the mine owner's nephew (who is hot by the way).  They're not the only one searching the mines, and the other party doesn't want to share.

Ms. Charles has a talent for one line zingers and her novels are worth reading just to read the conversations.  This is a very good murder mystery with hidden money at the core.  I very much enjoyed reading this mystery.

Here is a bit of information about the author:  

Ann Charles is an award-winning author who writes romantic mysteries that are splashed with humor. Her first book, Nearly Departed in Deadwood, won the 2010 National Daphne du Maurier for Excellence
in Mystery/Suspense award AND the 2011 National Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award. A member of Sisters in Crime,the Guppies, and Romance Writers of America for many moons, she
has a B.A. in English with an emphasis on creative writing from the University of Washington. When she is not dabbling in fiction, arm-wrestling with her children, attempting to seduce her husband, or arguing with her sassy cat, she is standing on her workshop soapbox, blabbing about what she has learned over the years.
Visit her at or
You can also find her hanging out on Facebook (on her Author Page or Personal Page) or Twitter (as Deadwood Violet or AnnWCharles).

Happy reading.


SusanB said...

Another one to go on my tbr list. Thanks for the review.

Elizabeth said...

Hi! I enjoyed your review of Dance of the Winnegagos by Ann Charles and can't wait to get my copy! I sure do like learning about new authors during BTDF.

Temperance said...

Looks like a great book:)
im looking forward to reading it:)
elliott2668(at) yahoo(dot)com

cardinole said...

I love these tours!

I can't wait to read her book!
Laura G.

rhonda1111 said...

cant wait to read it.
thanks for the review.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a great review. Enjoying the fun this week.


KainsHottie said...

Nice review. I actually didn't know much about the book until I read your review. It really sounds interesting!

katsrus said...

I am really looking forward to reading this book. In my to read pile.
Sue B

joder said...

Well written review that has me even more excited to read this book.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

Denise Z said...

Thank you for sharing your review with us today. I think this masquerade tour is such a treat and am so happy to see longtime blog friends, as well as new to me blogs participating and enjoying the fun. I look forward to reading Dance of the Winnebagos with as much relish as I did for Dearly Departed in Deadwood. Ann Charles is a wonderful writer and I am so glad to say, I have been a fan and follower for a while now and watching her journey has been a real treat.


divavixenqueen said...

Very nice review.

divavixenqueen said...

Sounds like a fun read. Nice review.

Pinky said...


Here for the Blog Tour, can't wait to get my copy, sounds like a great book!

Thanks for the fun! (and the big font!)


msmjb65 said...

Thanks for your review! I can't imagine reading as many books as all of you reviewer folks do, though i'd love to do it myself. I mean, how do you have time to read, write, possibly work and take care of a family or even just yourself??
msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com

Jo Ann Hakola, The Book Faerie said...

I have an online bookstore and sell books from my home. I don't watch TV. I post a review each day normally. I'm addicted to reading. And somewhere in there I do laundry and cooking. I have no children at home, though, so that helps!

Rachel Vessar said...

I enjoyed your review. Iam looking forward to reading the book. Thanks!

Krysykat said...

Thanks for the awesome review.


Ann Charles said...

Jo Ann, thank you for your time and support. This blog tour wouldn't be as fun and successful as it is without the support of reviewers like you.

I'm glad you enjoyed the story and got some laughs out of it! That's my goal as an author. :)

Take care,

kkellijo said...

Thank you for taking the time to review this book, sounds great. Can't wait to read it!!!!!

IdentitySeeker said...

Haha! Your intor to this post certainly caught my attentions. Grandpa's sex life? Arrghh!

Great review:)

Sarah Bibi Setar

melora said...

Thank you for the review, the combination of a grandfather, a nosy dog, and an RV park sounds intriquing. And yes, who can resist a title like Dance of the Winnebagos.

I'm here from the Masquerade, so I guess I ought to put my email down.
melorabrock {at} gmail {dot} com

missyebookmail said...

Can't wait to read this book since I loved Ann's Nearly Departed in Deadwood!

missyebookmail [at] mediacombb [dot] net

Wendy Delaney said...

I enjoyed reading your review of Ann's book and completely agree with you about those zingers. DOTW is a really fun read. :)