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Dance of the Winnebagos (Jackrabbit Junction #1)

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If Claire Morgan had known she’d be chaperoning a senior citizen sock hop, she wouldn’t have given up smoking. Yet here she was stuck in Jackrabbit Junction, Arizona, with an ornery old man, his smartass dog, and a parade of blue-haired babes. When Claire’s grandfather and his army buddies converge in the Arizona desert, it’s her thankless job to keep them out of trouble w ...more
Kindle Edition, 394 pages
Published October 13th 2011 (first published October 2011)
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I really liked this! It took me a bit longer to warm up to it than it did with her Deadwood series but once I did I was all in. A fun cast of characters for sure.
Athena
Although I started this knowing it was going to be light and fluffy it quickly became far too light and not quite fluffy enough. Charles is an author who tells rather than shows. Even there her telling is weak: she describes characters with generalities, they're 'attractive' or they resemble some actor, and creates 'wacky' situations apparently using some MadLib-esque formula to achieve 'humorous incongruity.' It doesn't really work.

I have few standards for reading, but my brain vacation reads d
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Natasha
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in a new series by Ann Charles! 'Dance of The Winnebagos' is a great start to a promising series. Ann is known for humor mixed with a great mystery and this was exactly that.

This cast of characters was a hoot!
Claire Morgan is a great character. She's loyal, fun, witty and frankly, too curious for her own good. No worries though, that curiosity is what makes this novel so interesting.
Harley Ford is a man on a mission. Well, if you think. 'When the trailers a rockin`, don't come
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Maxwell
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most fun books I've read in a long time. The rich cast of characters, and their antics, had me flipping pages - at times embroiled in the deliciously romantic cozy mystery, at others to find out what hilarious stunt would happen next.

Claire is a thirty-something who still hasn't found herself. She's tagging along with her grandfather and his buddies to keep an eye on them. They have their Winnebagos parked in an RV resort where they have invited every retired floozy on the internet to
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April
I really enjoyed this book!! I have read other books by Ms Charles, and this is right on par with what I expected. She has a gift for crafting towns with lots of quirky fun characters, snarky leading ladies and yummy fellas!

I love Claire and her relationship with her grandfather, hid cronies and his dog! It is so much fun to read her. I found myself laughing out loud more than once. Because she is so likeable, I was willing to forgive her too stupid to live moments. She has gumption, that's for
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Mimi Barbour
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an absolute hoot! From page one I began to laugh and pretty well kept it up till the end. With such lines as: Jess shared secrets in tabloid style & her body budded, blossomed and dangled fruit…who wouldn't get a huge kick out of the humour. So refreshing! This author's voice is different and you can just feel that she had fun writing her words. In fact, many times they made me wish I'd come up with the line.
A little about the story – Grace came to work for Ruby who owned the R
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Cindy
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a treat to discover Ann Charles! Her books are witty, sexy and so entertaining. It's not often I laugh out loud while reading a book but Ann had me doing that many times over. I look forward to buying many more books from her!
Susan
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. I love the humor. I highly recommend anything by this author.
Les
Oct 23, 2012 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I found it sophmoric. Lots of junior high school level sexual inuendo. The plot was slow and not really interesting.
Sally906
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The best thing about this book was the beagle on the front cover of the version I read - to be honest I only finished reading it because I needed it for a reading challenge.
D.M. Kenyon
Imagine if Nancy Drew had grown up in South Dakota, hid out in college for eight years without earning a degree and then accompanied her grandfather and two of his lecherous friends to an RV park in Arizona so that they could hook up with senior citizen internet floozies. Oh yeah, and imagine further that Nancy Drew looks smoking hot in a pair of Daisy Dukes and knows how to weld. You would be just scratching the surface of the highly entertaining world of Dance of the Winnebagos by Ann Charles, ...more
chucklesthescot
I really didn't like the characters in this book. I was expecting funny banter but instead I got a bunch of crude old goats who were in town for a 'flesh fiesta' *shudders* and the horny old women who were dressed like hookers. Ugh. I needed a shower after trying this one...
Julie
Disclaimer: I received a free Audible download of this book from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this audiobook. To be honest, I was just happy to have one for “free.” I hadn’t heard of this author before, but I like mysteries, romance and love audiobooks. So I gave it a go.

The story has Claire and her grandfather Harley together in an RV park as a mystery unfolds around them. The author introduced an interesting cast of supporting charac
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Douglas Cook
I enjoy Ann Charles "Deadwood" series so I read this first book of another of her series. This is very similar to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. I enjoyed this enough to track down the second in the series.

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Chapter One Jackrabbit Junction, Arizona Friday, April 9th If Claire Morgan had known she’d be chaperoning a senior citizen sock hop, she wouldn’t have given up smoking. Yet here she was, stuck in Jackrabbit Junction, Arizona, with an ornery old man, his smartass dog,
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V Williams
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sassy dialogue, interesting and well-rounded main characters complete with realistic foibles, plot interwoven with colorful location descriptions and supporting characters set in Arizona in a less than 5-star rated RV park and assorted abandoned mines harboring dark secrets sets a sweltering stage for Harley and his granddaughter. Claire, temporarily staying with her grandfather in his Winnebago (though we don't get a sense how large it is), leaves little room for any privacy, especially with he ...more
Randee Baty
"Dance of the Winnebagos" is a light little romantic mystery, heavy on the heavy breathing, light on the mystery. I would have given this 3 1/2 stars if goodreads would let me.

Claire has been sent with her grandfather when he goes to Arizona to stay in an RV park with his buddies in the hopes of meeting some women. Claire's job is to keep him out of trouble. She's pretty clear that's not going to happen. But when his dog finds a human femur in the desert and Claire find the hunky nephew of the R
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Lynda
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Murder mines and minors

Claire comes to Jackrabbit Junction with her granddad for an old mans retreat to keep him out of trouble but things turned out a lot different from what she was expecting. Staying at the RV park Close to the mines with her grandpa and his beagle turned into more than a vacation when Henry the beagle brings in a leg bone from the desert. Ruby owns the mines and the RV park and is just a bit ahead of a foreclosure. Mac her nephew comes to appraise the mines and also finds Cl
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Ann aka Iftcan
Ok, I have to admit--I bought this book just for the title. The fact that it turned out to be a funny and interesting read was just an unexpected bonus.

As is true of most cozies, this has an interesting cast of "supporting" characters, a mystery, and the all important interactions between the various characters.

Well worth the read, as is the second book in the series.
Linda Baker
Dance of the Winnebagos is another quick, fun read from Ann Charles. I really enjoy the locations of her books and her quirky characters. I found the old men very funny, but the humor got a little tedious by the end. However, I do look forward to the next book in the series.
Diana
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One Twist Leads to Another

A light, humorous mystery with lots of twists to keep you guessing. 30-year-old Claire escorts her grandfather to the RV park where he and his buddies spend a couple months playing cards and snagging 65-year-old babes in string bikinis for one night stands. Meanwhile, Claire accepts a job as the park handywoman to help the owner, Ruby, fix the place up.

Ruby has her own problems with the bank after the death of her husband leaves her struggling to keep the park going an
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Becky Hodson
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyable book, full of humour, romance and entertaining characters. If you've read any of Ann Charles novels you will know the type of humour you're going to get. For me, I love her humour and style of writing; she's witty and intelligent, with great pace and well developed characters.
Main characters in this series include Claire (cousin of Nat from the Deadwood series) who is working as a handy-woman on an RV site, while also baby-sitting her grandfather and his trouble-making frien
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Kat Lebo
This mystery is one I would have loved to give a 5, but I didn't. I'll tell you why later. First, let's see what I liked.

Charles does a bang-up job on most of what makes an enjoyable read for me. The descriptions of scenery are wonderful, making me feel like I'm sweating under the hot Arizona sun. The mystery is delicious; revealed tasty morsel by morsel, allowing me to make up all sorts of theories as to what and where and why. Yes, the villain is clearly visible early on, but there is so much
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Darrell
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another good series

Another Fun and good series from Ann , as I just love the way she writes as she makes me truly laugh out loud with the way she words things !! Enjoyable for sure !
Michelle
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Good book

You people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so. Shelley MA
Kathy Ginegaw
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great fun! Don't usually buy ebooks but I'll read the series. Enjoyed it that much.
Dorothy
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fun read

Enough mystery to keep it interesting and enough humor to make it a fun book to read. Have fun with this one
Judy
Cleaning out my kindle. A bit if very light reading. Reminds me of Stephanie Plume.
Chande
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a little bit romance and a little bit of a mystery and a whole lot of funny. I was laughing out loud while reading this book. If your looking for a fun book to read I would recommend you give this a read!!
Judy
This is the first book in the Jackrabbit Junction Mystery Series by Ann Charles. In reading the beginning of this book, the author Ann Charles tells us about she came up with the title first, while playing hangman with a coworker. When her coworker asked her what it meant, Ms. Charles said she didn't know, but that it would make a great title for a book. And she is right, it does, I was intrigued enough to start with this series instead of her other. Additionally, Ms. Charles states that the cha ...more
Heather Book Savvy Babe
Dance of the Winnebagos is a fun, entertaining, mystery novel. Claire is on a month long trip with her grandfather and his buddies in small town Jackrabbit Junction, Arizona. Harvey, Claire’s grandfather is meeting up with his army buddies for some card games and women-chasing. Claire keeps busy working at the small general store doing odd jobs, and trying to help the owner, Ruby figure out a way to keep the RV trailer park the mines left to her by her deceased husband. Mac is Ruby’s nephew and ...more
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Nearly Departed in Deadwood, the 2010 Daphne du Maurier Award Winner and a 2011 RWA Golden Heart Award Winner.
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Jackrabbit Junction (5 books)
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