Murder and Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction by Amy Metz

★★★★★ A Dictionary of Small Town America and the Secrets No One Wants to Remember

by L.Leander

Goose Pimple Junction, Tennessee is not your normal small southern town. No, Goose Pimple Junction has shades of gray – a murder that happened a long time ago and changed everything. Some of the ancestors still live in this zany small town with real southern charm and people. The characters are as hilarious as they are deep – a hard thing to do when writing fiction. It’s easy to quickly fall in love with certain people in the town and dislike others. Even the dog takes center stage for a while and was actually one of my favorite parts of the novel.

The murder has never been solved. Tess moves to Goose Pimple Junction and takes up residence in the house where the murder happened. Blithely unaware of the tight-knit world around her she blatantly trods on the feet of even the most influential people in the area. She meets and is interested in a fellow writer, Jackson Wright. A rocky love connection takes shape, but is not without problems.

Tess isn’t afraid to delve into even the most private areas of people’s lives and asks questions of everyone. Her home is broken into but it seems harmless.  Is it? No one believes anyone they know or are related to could have been party to the murder or know anything about it. Do they?  

One of the most delightful parts of this book was the ease with which the writer travels between the past and the present and effortlessly brings the reader with her. There are no jerky parts or bumps in the road, everything is smoothly written and the book is easy to read.

The language is delightful and off-kilter and if you have never been to the south you’ll want to go now. I found the book intriguing and exciting as well as romantic and descriptive. Ms. Metz has done a tremendous job and once you read this you’ll be waiting eagerly for the next in the series!

See my interview with Author, Amy Metz here.

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