Before I review Amy’s latest book in her Goose Pimple Junction Mystery Series, Let’s talk a little bit about Amy. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky and is definitely a southern lady. How do I know you ask? Well, last November, during my trip from New York to San Antonio, I just so happened to drive through Louisville, Kentucky. And yes, I had the privilege of meeting Amy. As you know, I am an author stalker so I already knew we would be friends. Amy has a wonderful sense of humor and it comes through in each book in the series. 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. And FYI, there is a great Apple upside down pie recipe in Short & Tall Tales in Goose Pimple Junction.I have personally made it, and I can’t bake… This is a 5 Star recipe. The best crust and the best salted caramel I have ever eaten. 🙂
Synopsis of Rogues & Rascals in Goose Pimple Junction from Amazon:
Like any good Southern belle, Caledonia Culpepper was raised by her mama to be gracious, charming, witty, and above all, a devoted mother and loving wife, so she’s baffled when her marriage falls apart.
Wynona Baxter is a master of disguise but is often a ditzy airhead. A hit woman wannabe, when she’s hired for her first job in Goose Pimple Junction and things don’t go as planned, she’s forced to resort to Plan B. She’ll also need Plan C and D.
Crooked lawyers, restless husbands, a teenaged hoodlum – it seems there are rogues and rascals everywhere you look in Goose Pimple Junction.
When Caledonia and Wynona’s paths cross, they prove there isn’t a rogue or a rascal who can keep a good woman down. Mama always said there would be days like this . . .
My Review: Definitely a 5 Star and my new favorite GPJ book!
Just take a look at the cover of this book. So often I will read a book and try to make a connection between the book plot/plots and the cover. Sometimes it just isn’t possible. However, this book cover is brilliant! Whenever I think about it, I smile. The reveal is well into the book, but when it happens, you will smile too. One of my favorite things about this book and about Amy’s writing, in general, is that she uses quotes throughout. For example, with each chapter, there are mama quotes. I can’t imagine anyone reading them could do so without smiling. How about this; Mama always said…”Always remember it’s better to arrive late than to arrive ugly.” Or, Mama always said….”If it were easy, everybody would be doing it.” Now you can’t tell me that one of those quotes didn’t make you smile.
I have read all the books in this series and I can easily say that the character development is terrific. We get to meet a new character or two with each new book in the series. And, with each new story, you get to know a little bit more about each of the characters. Even if they are not the main focus of the plot, they play a role. For example, my favorite character in the series is Louetta. She is a typical Goose Pimple Junction resident whom everyone respects. And she deals with everyday stressful situations the way we all do, with FOOD!
So to sum it all up, this is a great story, (and series). I was hooked after reading the first chapter and had trouble putting it down. It’s easy to read and can be read as a stand alone; although I prefer to read a series from the beginning. 🙂
Definitely a Five Star Book, that I highly recommend!
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Until my next Book, Don’t forget to Live, Love, Laugh, and by all means READ!