Book Description: When Tess Tremaine starts a new life in the colorful town of Goose Pimple Junction, she thinks she's moved to a quiet little burg. Curiosity leads her to look into a seventy-five-year-old murder, and 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.
If brains were dynamite, Willy couldn't blow his nose. Could a murderer be that stupid? Jack can charm the dew right off the honeysuckle. Surely a fine southern gentleman isn't a murderer. But Tess is determined to find out, and Goose Pimple Junction will never be the same.
A bank robbery, murder, and family tragedy from the 1930s are pieces of the mystery, which 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.
My Review: When I first read the blurb for this book I was curious how someone would solve a 75 year old mystery. Anyone involved would surely be dead, so how on earth would you investigate such a thing? But Tess soon discovers that when she starts poking her nose into the past, someone is out to make sure that the past stays buried! . I think this book proves just how strong family ties are in the South. The weaving of the 1930s story with the modern day story is seamless…there is no confusion at all like you sometimes get when two time periods are being tied together. The mystery is absolutely riveting…I was suspicious of several different characters at times (even Tess’ love interest!), and proven to be wrong each time.
I really don’t know how to put into words how much I loved this book except to say you just have to read it. Goose Pimple Junction, Tennessee is the perfect setting for a Southern mystery series and I am so excited that subsequent books are planned. (I read about the upcoming storylines on the author’s website and my mouth is just watering!!!) The “goosepimpleisms” had me in stitches and several times I laughed out loud and had to read them to the nearest family member in the room. I loved the secondary characters…Jack, Lou, Pimple, Martha Maye, sweet little Ezzie! This book is pure southern charm and had me longing for a glass of sweet tea and the friendship of these wonderful characters.
FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book from the author with the request for a review, and I am so excited to annouce that Amy Metz will be my guest blogger on August 17th!!!