Sunday, June 12, 2016

Rogues and Rascals in Goose Pimple Junction by Amy Metz - #review #giveaway

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 . . .



Back in October of 2015, I read and reviewed another of the Goose Pimple Junction stories, Short and Tall Tales.  So I got to visit with all my friends in the small Tennessee town a second time, and they were just as they were before, only more so.  Well, they're all better the second time around, except for Caledonia's husband and the lawyers in town, but that's another story entirely, and I'm not sure there's enough sweet tea to tell it right now.

I was a bit concerned at the beginning, because we are introduced to Wynona and Jake, two folks of the 'hit people' persuasion.  Someone new to the series might get the idea that Wynona was the main character.  She was important...she caused all kinds of havoc in GPJ.  And, I actually liked her character, because she had certain misgivings about her profession.

Cal's husband walks out of the house (after their sons leave for the day) with a suitcase and tells her he wants a divorce.  Due to some dirty dealings on the part of the lawyers involved, Cal gets, for lack of a better term, screwed.  The husband didn't even have the nerve to tell his own sons, leaving that tough discussion all to Caledonia.

Then a stranger (Wynona) comes to town.  What we don't learn until later is that Jake had been killed 'in the line of duty' so to speak.  Her alter-ego attracts the attention of the local deputy, much to her chagrin.  She has been hired to kill a woman in GPD, but she just has an address, not a description.  So, when she sees a woman pull into the correct driveway, get out of the car and approach the front door, Wynona fires.

Most of the denizens of GPD are warm, welcoming people - the kind you'd invite over for a backyard bbq, and sit next to at the PTA meeting, or in a house of worship.  The ones who aren't, tend to get what karma has coming for them.  Rogues and Rascals is a great 'back porch book', something to kick back and enjoy on a warm summer's day.



Amy Metz is the author of the Goose Pimple Junction mystery 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. Amy lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

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  1. Looking forward to reading this book. Sounds like a fun read.

  2. Sounds like just the thing for a fun summer read!

  3. This sounds like a fantastic read. LOVE the cover.

    1. You make it 3 out of 3 commenters, Mary. Fun it is! :O)

  4. Sounds like a great read.