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Friday, May 8, 2015

No Vacancy: A Black Horse Campground Mystery By Amy M. Bennett

by Cynthia Chow

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review.

Corrie Black is jubilant as she celebrates the first No Vacancy day at her Black Horse Campground. After a drought and fire restrictions the previous year (no campfires allowed tended to dampen campers’ enthusiasm), there is cause to enjoy the early success of this year’s complete booking. Corrie couldn’t be happier to finally see the success of her family’s campground, which she took over following the death of her father.

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Corrie’s exuberance is cut short when she receives an anonymous note under the store’s door, warning her to close the campground on Saturday as her life is in danger. Bonney County Sheriff Rick Sutton immediately begins an interrogation of all of the staffers present, and suspicion soon falls on a mysterious customer who seemed to have an eerie fascination with Corrie.

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As Corrie worries about the safety and success of her campground, she is guarded both by Sutton and the newly-arrived former Houston Police narcotics detective, J.D. Wilder. While Wilder seems to be developing stronger feelings for Corrie, a formidable barrier exists in the form of Sutton, whose protectiveness over her is rivaled only by his respect for her independence. Corrie’s inner strength is considerable, and this will prove fortunate as she delves into her own family’s secrets to determine who is threatening her beloved campground.

As the perspectives shift between Corrie and J.D., readers are given glimpses into their lives and their tentative feelings for one another. Black Horse Campground is its own little community, and the lives of the staffers are a soap opera of miscommunication and romantic strife. This third installment in the series continues to follow the dynamic and evolving relationships of its large cast of enjoyable characters, with a conclusion that will have readers eagerly awaiting the next installment.

To enter to win a copy of No Vacancy, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “Vacancy,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen May 16, 2015. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address.

Use this link to purchase the book & a portion goes to help support KRL & an indie bookstore:

Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).


  1. Sounds good. Enter me in the giveaway!

  2. Great review, should attract a ton of readers.

  3. Soap opera of miscommunication and romantic strife--I like the sound of that!

  4. We have a winner
    Lorie Ham, KRL Publisher