When 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.
Summary & Cover taken from Goodreads.com
Length: 320 pages (Kindle)
Source: Review Copy
Available Formats: Print/E-book
Publication Date: September 6th 2014 by Southern Ink Press
One of the best things about being a book blogger is that I love the simple act of discovery that comes with the territory. I'm introduced to an even wider range of books and authors and I love finding new characters like Tess Tremaine to connect with.
I loved Tess and the quaint little town of Goose Pimple Junction from the get go. It's a small town full of people with big hearts and even bigger personalities and I loved the down south cozy atmosphere that lends itself to the telling of this cozy mystery.
Tess, herself is just adorable. I think she's a hoot and she gets up to her fair share of shenanigans and left me laughing with her antics. I liked her outlook on life, she had a rough marriage but she's moved on and is trying to write the romance novel she's been working on and ends up finding a delightful new life in a new town, and becomes an amateur sleuth too so she has her hands full alright.
However, Tess wasn't just the only great character. Oh no, the book was full of them but my favourite would have to be Jackson. He's Tess's love interest and I loved him as a character in his own right as well as how he was in a couple situation with Tess. The romance between the two was great and I loved that Tess found her happiness again.
The story was a good one. When Tess rolls into town she ends up digging up things from 75 years in the past and thus brings in the mystery element. I'm trying not to give out many spoilers so I won't say much more except that the story is told in alternating timelines so it was told in present day and 75 years past. I love stories told this way so it worked out perfectly for me and I loved the ending even though it wasn't what I expected.
With great characters, a wonderful setting, excellent plot devices and an awesome voice in the Cozy Mystery genre and this is a series I'm going to be sure to follow. I would recommend this book to any and all fans of the cozy mystery genre who want a book to make them laugh.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.
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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.