Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction (book review)

MM banner Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction was written by Amy Metz. It is the first book in the Goose Pimple Junction series.  This post was organized by N K Author Services.  I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest book review.  All opinions are my own.

About the book:

GPJ1FrontCoverWhen Tess Tremaine starts a new life in the colorful town of Goose Pimple Junction, curiosity leads her to look into a seventy-five-year-old murder. Suddenly she’s learning the foreign language of southern speak, resisting her attraction to local celebrity Jackson Wright, and dealing with more mayhem than she can handle.

A bank robbery, murder, and family tragedy from the 1930s are pieces of the mystery that Tess attempts to solve. As she gets close to the truth, she encounters danger, mystery, a lot of southern charm, and a new temptation for which she’s not sure she’s ready.

 

 

 

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My review:

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction.  The last "cozy mystery" I read left me really bored.  So, when I started this book I was prepared for a really simple, slow moving mystery.  Instead, what I got was a really cleverly done story of suspense and mystery spanning decades (1930's to present) full of entertaining characters (and oh... some of them were characters).  I also found myself giggling every few paragraphs over the little lessons Tess was getting in "southern-ese".  The book constantly had me reminiscing about my own southern experience living in very western North Carolina while attending Appalachian State.

The "murder & mayhem" kept me guessing throughout the book.  At times it was obvious "who done it"... but I was never quite sure until Tess and Jackson had it all solved.  Oh.... and Tess and Jackson... what a pair.  I truly loved the back and forth between them.  From Tess's attraction and Jackson's flirting, to their growing friendship and romance... I loved every minute of them together.  Really... I think I fell in love with all of the characters.... Tess, Jackson, Lou, Martha Maye, Pickle... right down to the bickering little old men in the diner.  Perfect small town South.

I was sent a link for the second book in the series, Heroes & Hooligans in Goose Pimple Junction, and I had no intention of downloading it.  Now... I really can't wait to see what antics the residents of Goose Pimple Junction get themselves into next.  The characters and quaint Southern town were truly welcoming.

About the author:

authorpic2012Amy Metz is the author of Murder & Mayhem In Goose Pimple Junction. She is a former first grade teacher and the mother of two sons. When not actively engaged in writing, enjoying her family, or surfing Facebook or Pinterest, Amy can usually be found with a mixing spoon, camera, or book in one hand and a glass of sweet tea in the other. Amy lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

 

 

 

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And don't miss book 2! Heroes & Hooligans in Goose Pimple Junction:

GPJ2CoverGoose Pimple Junction is just recovering from a kidnapping and a murder, its first major crimes in years, when trouble begins anew. Life is turned upside down in the quirky little Southern town with the arrival of several shifty hooligans: A philandering husband intent on getting his wife back, another murderer loose in town, a stalker intent on frightening Martha Maye, and a thief who’s stealing the town blind of their pumpkins, pies, and peace. Together, they’re scaring the living daylights out of the residents and keeping the new police chief busier than a set of jumper cables at a redneck picnic. Suddenly, he has his hands full trying to apprehend a killer, stop a stalker, and fight his feelings for the damsel in distress.