Heroes and Hooligans in Goose Pimple Junction

Goose Pimple Junction Mysteries Book 2

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
299 Pages
Reviewed on 09/28/2015
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Author Biography

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.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Marta Tandori for Readers' Favorite

Heroes & Hooligans in Goose Pimple Junction by Amy Mertz is a side-splitting, pee-in-your-knickers hilariously funny cozy mystery, thanks to its cast of colorful characters. At the centre of the storyline is Martha Maye Applewhite who, along with her daughter, Butterbean, has left her husband and has moved back to Goose Pimple Junction where she’s being courted by the town’s chief of police, Johnny Butterfield. Complicating things is Lenny, Martha Maye’s good-for-nothing husband, who’s arrived in town, determined to win back his wife – and escape the loan shark’s goons who are out to re-arrange his body parts. Lenny Applewhite is one complication the chief of police can do without since he’s already got his hands full with a thief and a murderer on the loose.

Amy Mertz crafts a solid mystery that’s enveloped in not-so-genteel ‘Southernisms.’ In addition to the inevitable references to sweet tea and fried chicken, her laid-back prose is peppered with more unique expressions like ‘thick as snot on a doorknob’ and references to unheard-of country hits like ‘I’d Rather Pass a Kidney Stone Than Another Night With You’ (yup, nothing says unrequited love like kidney stones!). What I especially loved about Heroes & Hooligans was that although some of the characters’ names should be found on exotic spice labels (like Peekal Culpepper and Paprika Honeywell), the story stays true to its roots and loses none of its down-home charm – even in the midst of a murder investigation. As far as cozy mysteries go, you can’t get any better than Heroes & Hooligans in Goose Pimple Junction!