• Will Travel for Trouble

  • Series Boxed Set, Books 1-3
  • By: Minnie Crockwell
  • Narrated by: Michelle Babb
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (97 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Trouble at Happy Trails, book 1: Minnie Crockwell, recreational vehicle enthusiast and traveler, checks in to her allotted space at Happy Trails RV Park in Spokane, Washington, with hopes of a pleasant week of touring the area. By night’s end, a death in the park finds her consoling the deceased man’s widow...or his killer. Whether the dearly departed died by his own hand or whether someone murdered him remains to be seen. It seems the deceased had a lot of character flaws. A lot! 

Peregrine Ebenezer Alvord, otherwise known as Ben, is tagging along with Minnie on her travels. That he is an early 19th century ghost is only a minor complication. Ben has the ability to venture unseen where others cannot.

Trouble at Sunny Lake, book 2: Minnie Crockwell, recreational vehicle enthusiast and traveler, is stressed out from the recent events at Happy Trails RV Park, and she looks forward to some relaxation at an RV park nestled on the shores of beautiful and serene Sunny Lake in Spokane County, Washington.

Ben cannot stop Minnie from investigating a mysterious young man who hides in one of the park cabins, nor can he prevent her from discovering a body at the foot of a lakeside cliff. All he can do is help Minnie as she embroils herself yet again in another murder mystery.

Trouble at Glacier, book 3: Minnie Crockwell, recreational vehicle enthusiast and traveler, lucks into a first come, first served camping spot at Apgar campground in majestic Glacier National Park, Montana. After the stress over the past few months of finding herself involved in not one but two murders, she looks forward to the serenity of the mountains. She has sworn off sleuthing forever. 

Until her next-door neighbor is attacked and killed by a bear, that is. Minnie has the bad luck to be the first to discover the body. Not as bad of luck as the victim had, but bad luck nevertheless. So much for the serenity she thought she’d find at Glacier.

Books 1-3 of the Will Travel for Trouble series short cozy mysteries featuring Minnie Crockwell, recreational vehicle (RV) enthusiast, and her ghost traveling companion, Peregrine Ebenezer (Ben) Alford, as they travel across the United States, discovering murder and mayhem along the way. 

©2015 Minnie Crockwell (P)2019 Minnie Crockwell

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Travel

The stories in this audio book are quick and easy reads. The mysteries are intriguing and keep you guessing. The relationship between Minnie and ghost Ben is sweet. Very clear narration.

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Very entertaining!

This is a boxed set including the first three books in the series: Trouble At Happy Trails, Trouble At Sunny Lake and Trouble At Glacier. I enjoyed listening to each of the books which includes Minnie's rather unusual traveling companion, a ghost named Ben. Minnie is a retired government worker who begins her retirement adventures traveling from one RV park to another.

As indicated in the title of the books she tends to find "trouble" at each of the RV parks. With the help of Ben, her voice of reason, she solves the mystery in an unpredictable way.

Michelle Babb did a wonderful job narrating the books. The change of voice for each of the characters was really well done.

Note: I was given this book set free of charge. I am happy to do an honest review of the audio books. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I would recommend this series for anyone who loves light mysteries and traveling adventures.

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Travel for Fun

“Will Travel for Trouble” by Minnie Crockwell is a fun, easy listen and a very enjoyable way to spend some time, especially for those who enjoy cozy mysteries. Minnie Crockwell, coincidentally the name of the main character, has the luxury of a very early retirement and travels around in her RV with “Ben,” a ghost, as her traveling companion. While this sounds silly, it is actually a cute plot device that enables Minnie to remain a solitary traveler to the world but have an intelligent being with whom to bounce off ideas and from whom to receive information. Each of these three novellas is set in a campground where Minnie becomes involved with solving a murder. While I enjoyed the three stories, I acknowledge that they are a bit formulaic. 

Michelle Babb capably handles the narration, especially when it comes to Minnie and Ben, giving each of them a distinct voice. 

I was given a free copy of this audio book by the narrator in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way nor was I required to write a positive review and the opinions stated are solely my own. 

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Entertaining light mysteries

This is a three-book boxed set of the trouble Minnie Crockwell gets into as she travels the US in her RV. A former federal employee, exact role, or even department, not revealed to the reader yet, she has through careful saving and having started young, been able to retire early. She's in her forties. She's also divorced from John, whom she is still friendly with, and truth be told in love with. He's now the chief of police in a town in Colorado.

Oh, and she also has a rather unusual traveling companion--the ghost of an officer in the Corps of Discovery, a.k.a. the Lewis and Clark expedition, who died of a fever on the westernmost point of their exploration. The ghost, Ben, thinks she would be well advised to stop stumbling over dead bodies, and failing that, to just leave the investigation to the police, but he can't help helping her when she ignores his advice.

These stories are just a lot of fun, especially as we get to know Minnie, Ben, their complicated relationship with each other, and Minnie's complicated relationship with ex-husband John, better.

Minnie is smart, funny, observant, nosy, not always as subtle or tactful as she thinks she is, and very kind and caring. How can she possibly not get involved in finding the answers to the murders she stumbles upon? Ben is originally English, but a proud American and (deceased) officer in the US Army. He's cultured, gracious, honorable, and very fond of Minnie. They "met" in Oregon when Minnie was visiting near the site of his death, and neither one of them really understands how they became linked, or why Ben can't stray too far from Minnie's presence. He respects her courage and intelligence, but thinks it is his responsibility to help protect her--which, as an incorporeal spirit, her really can't do. It's only been about three months since they became connected, and they're still figuring things out.

The stories are a lot of fun, and Michelle Babb as narrator enhances them with her voice, tone, and expression. Recommended.

I received this audiobook free from the narrator, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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It's fun.

Quick, quirky stories.
Loved the Glacier NP setting.
I did need to speed up the naration

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I really enjoyed this

Only issue I had was that there was no one named Ben in the Lewis and Clark expedition according to Wikipedia... the story is great though

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Sleuth and Ghost

Loved it. A delightful sleuth with a sidekick 19th century ghost solves 3 who dunits as she travels to 3 different parks. Enjoyed narrator.

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Brb, out camping and sleuthing with my personal, flirty ghost

Will Travel for Trouble includes three short mysteries in which Minerva “Minnie” stumbles upon murders in each campground she stays at.
As the stories are bite sized the suspense and sleuthing portion fall a little bit short.

That said, the overarching storylines and evolving/unveiling relationships between Minnie and her personal, very gallant ghost Ben as well as her ex husband John make for a very enjoyable listen.

Michelle Babb is a fantastic fit for the genre and this series. Her characterization of Ben, John and the various suitors of Minnie is downright charming. Minnie also finds herself in a variety of situations that spark panic, embarrassment or exasperation - all of which Michelle portrays wonderfully funny :)

Very enjoyable listen :)

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Don’t Go to the Same Campground as Minnie!

I really enjoyed this series. Each book was only about 2 hours long which made them perfect books to listen to while I did some projects. The books were entertaining and kind of different from the usual cozy mystery genre since there’s just a little bit of the paranormal thrown in for some added mystery. Minnie was a likeable person. She was nosy in a way that I found funny, rather than annoying, as I find some cozy mystery heroines are. She’s a chicken, yet she’s brave. And, she lives a lifestyle I would never have the courage to live. I love that Minnie is not an “I am woman, hear me roar” type person. She’s just winging it as she goes. I could go on and on about how much I love Minnie, and it’s kind of ironic since, 2 minutes into the first book I was absolutely certain I was going to hate her. Michelle Babb does an excellent job as the voice of Minnie, as well as the other characters. She sets the tone for the series quite nicely and does a great job with different accents as well as with the men’s voices. I’ve already gotten the audibles for books 4-6 downloaded, and I’m excited to hear more about Minnie‘s chaotic travels.

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Inventive, quirky mysteries with great narration

This is a 3-pack of the first three novellas in the “Will Travel for Trouble” series. They are solidly written and somewhat unpredictable in their plots. I liked that I didn’t have to place my entire attention on the audiobook and still be able to keep up with it, so it is great for listening while driving. There were no more than ten characters per novella, so it was easy to keep track of them.

While the heroine has a ghostly sidekick in her amateur crime-solving, the mysteries in each of these three novellas are mundane in nature. The murders involve regular people. Minnie’s best friend Ben is the only paranormal aspect of the book, and this works well. The stories are completely told in the perspective of Minnie Crockwell, the heroine who supposedly writes the books. It was fun traveling around America with Minnie and Ben, and I look forward to listening to further audiobooks in this series.

The narrator Michelle Babb did a great job performing this series. She is well versed in Midwest and Northwest American accents while also nailing the mostly British accent and courtly turns of phrase of Ben, the ghost who died in 1805 while a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The narrator enunciates everything clearly, has really good pacing, and is versatile in her male and female voices.

I received a free audiobook copy from the narrator, and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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  • M McCoy
  • 02-15-22

I love these stories!

I love these stories! A very fun listen. Narrator perfectly embodies the character. Looking forward to listening to further adventures.

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  • VoraciousBookDragoness
  • 12-13-21

Story well written and great narration

I was given this free review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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  • mangankillarney
  • 05-31-21

Brilliant

Michelle Babb is great narrator, bringing the characters and plot together.


Great characters in Minnie and Ben. These two have murder and mayhem follow them.

Three Great murder mysteries.

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  • Flibble
  • 05-16-21

a great companion collection

This selection of Minnie Crockwell books is an easy entertaining listen.

I use audiobooks to keep me company when I run. So something engaging but not overly challenging is exactly the thing and this cosy crime series does that brilliantly.

The stories are fairly fast moving, the characters likable and the setting very appropriate.

They are made all the more enjoyable by the great performance by Michelle Babb.

I'd recommend to any 'cosy crime' fans looking for a new series.

The individual stories are rather short ... But you get three!

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  • E.L.F
  • 04-22-21

loved all of it

I don't have a bad word to say about this little box set, I love that I get books 1-3 together, I love that the stories flow together to make a larger narrative, I also love the fact that I can pick up either of the three books and they are stand alone stories in their own right.

I love that Minnie, our main character, is strong, independent and utterly adorable in her likeability, her tenacity in not letting things go that don't completely add up to her, her willingness to set in when there is trouble or danger, even if she doesn't know the person.

I love the idea of the traveling ghost companion and some of the things Ben says to Minnie, especially when chastising her for not listening to his warnings make me laugh out loud.

I think the narration is fantastic and made these books even more enjoyable, I'm really looking forward to starting the next set and find out what other (mis) adventures Minnie and Ben get into.

i was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Dave & Linda
  • 04-15-21

golly gosh its a spooky start

its starts in a holiday park and she has a friendly partnership with a19th century ghost the only she can see he seems to be doing most of the hard work that she can not its a good fun listen well written and a great narrators voice

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-14-21

Very easy listen and can’t fault a thing.

I love Minnie. She’s bold and a free spirit.
The author hasn’t used obvious cliches like others I’ve read so Minnie feels a little unpredictable. Fantastic.
I listen to these stories on my own (with my pup) and I get transported to places I’ve never been and entangled with people I could never meet.
These books are genuinely a lovely read. The stories are believable, the characters are well described and the ends don’t feel forced.
There isn’t anything not to like. I’m unsure of my favourite because I feel they all build on each other. I’m about to start book 8 already.
If you’re unsure. Just try it you won’t regret it.

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  • caroline wright
  • 04-01-21

Story fun narration brilliant

I could just listen to anything by Michelle Babb but is so much better when it is a fun story as well.

How did this story came about? Would never have thought about it but it is so clever and well written what an imagination by Minnie Crockwell. Just love it, listened to half an hour as part of my nighttime routine, great way to decompress.

I was given a free copy but the review is entirely my own.

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  • Boojum
  • 02-07-21

a fun easy listen

I nearly dumped this book after about 5 minutes of dreary RV glossary, but I'm glad I stuck with it. It comprises three short stories, all on the same theme of murder in a camp park. the twist is that the author is accompanied by a 19th century ghost to help her solve the mysteries. Reminded me a lot of the '60's TV series Randall and Hopkirk (deceased). An entertaining listen, well narrated, but please don't start an audiobook with a tedious glossary!

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  • Tracy Tucker
  • 01-28-21

Each book very enjoyable

Narration. Such an important part of an audiobook. In these three books, I think that the narrator, Michell Babb, was well chosen. I quickly became used to her style of reading and was pleased to follow each book under her guidance.
All three books told stories that were similar in some ways, though different enough to keep my interest. I would have liked the stories to be a bit longer and to have seen a little more action for Minnie and Ben, but in any case I enjoyed the two main characters and would very likely read more from Minnie Crockwell.

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