Heroes & Hooligans in Goose Pimple Junction
(Goose Pimple Junction Mysteries) (Volume 2)
Setting – Tennessee
Blue Publications (December 17, 2014)
Paperback: 298 pages
E-Book ASIN: B00R6CWTYU
Goose 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.
Fall in in the air in Goose Pimple Junction and the residents are getting ready for Oktoberfest. But there is a lot of tomfoolery goin’ on. Someone is stealing pumpkins, pies, and even stuff from people’s pantries. Martha Maye has come home to Goose Pimple Junction and her no good husband, Lenny, isn’t far behind. She has also started receiving some unusual gifts from a secret admirer. The new police chief, Johnny Butterfield, who is a little sweet on Martha Maye himself, it trying to catch the thief and is doing all he can to keep Lenny away from Martha Maye. When Lenny is found dead in Martha Maye’s front yard he has to let his officers take over the case but that doesn’t stop him from doing a little investigating on his own.
This is another marvelous story from Amy Metz. Fantastic characters like Martha Maye, Butterbean, Johnny, Ima Jean, Honey, Maddy Mack, Pickle and more. I loved Pickle’s t-shirts with sayings like “Hard Work Must Have Killed Someone” and Ima Jean’s commercial jingles input like “Gentlemen prefer Hanes” and “Leggo My Eggo“. Characters from Murder and Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction like Jack and Tess are back too. Tess is catching on to more of the Southern dialect. Some of the phasing made me smile and laugh out loud. “Hirey’all tonight?” “We’re hanging in there like loose teeth, Junebug, hireyew.” Each chapter also starts with a Southern Proverb too like “When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water.” This book is just overflowing with Southern charm.
We get into the book a bit before Lenny ends up dead so we have plenty of time to get to know the characters before they become suspects. It was hard to really think of any of them as a killer. I really didn’t like Lenny so I wasn’t broken up that he was the victim. One of the officers is even questioning the chief’s innocence, so I did as well. Metz plots things out brilliantly with those wonderful twists that we cozy lovers crave.
A perfect escape for this time of year. I highly recommend a virtual trip as soon as possible.
Amy Metz is a former first grade teacher and the mother of two grown 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.
Amy is now touring Short & Tall Tales in Goose Pimple Junction with Great Escapes Book Tours. Short & Tall Tales occurs chronologically between Murder & Mayhem, book 1, and Heroes & Hooligans, book 2, in the Goose Pimple Junction mystery series. I will be hosting a stop on October 30.
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