The couple has been on the road as full-time RVers for over 6 years. Sometimes they travel as simple tourists, but often they work as volunteers with different organizations.
Recruited by a semi-official government organization to work in clandestine operations, the Franklins find themselves RVing throughout the Southwest tracking a "mad" scientist suspected of killing people in fast food restaurants.
The Franklin's investigation takes them from White Sands National Monument in New Mexico to Virginia, back to New Mexico, and then to Death Valley National Park, where the murder mystery reaches its climax. Who is killing these fast food diners ... if it's not the calorie-laden food?
Kate McLaughlin wanted to create a fictional couple who could tell her and her husband's story. Somehow the book took on a life of its own and Fast Food Kills is the result. "My husband and I are retired and live on a retirement style income. We live full-time in an RV and travel all over the country. When not visiting the kids, we work as volunteers with the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife. We also do service projects and disaster rebuilds with NOMADS, which is a branch of the United Methodist Church." About her writing, she says, "I had recently turned 70 and thought if Grandma Moses could start that late in life, so could I."
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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite Fast Food Kills (A Madge Franklin Mystery) by Kate McLaughlin is a murder mystery novel inspired by the author, Kate McLaughlin, and her husband’s stories. Fast Food Kills follows retired couple Madge and Paul Franklin as they simply enjoy life. The couple lives in their RV which they use to travel all across the United States of America. For the last six years, the couple has enjoyed a leisurely time traveling as both simple tourists and as volunteers; this tranquillity ends when they are recruited by a government agency to track a mad scientist. This particular mad scientist is a suspected killer, believed to be using fast food restaurants as his weapon of choice. Fast Food Kills is a novel that will appeal to readers who enjoy murder mysteries. Move over Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, and make room for retired travelers Madge and Paul Franklin as they show you how to solve a real murder while enjoying life. I found myself really enjoying the characters of Madge and Paul Franklin; they had an interesting relationship with each other both as husband and wife as well as partners in this clandestine operation. The decision to have a retired couple as the main characters is something unique in murder mystery novels, and I found the concept to be intriguing and entertaining. My favorite part of the book was the Death Valley National Park scene near the end of the novel. Just WOW - what an ending!