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When Tess Tremaine starts a new life in the colorful town of Goose Pimple Junction, curiosity leads her to look into a 75-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.

©2012 Amy Metz (P)2016 Amy Metz

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  • Annina
  • Azmoos, Switzerland
  • 03-17-17

I'd love to visit Goose Pimple Junction

Another great Start into a Cozy-Mystery-Series.
Initially I was attractet because of the Name of the location - Goose Pimple Junction - what a funny name. And then it turns out this place actually exists in Virginia :-) Another reason to buy it. I'd love to visit Goose Pimple Junction. Well, I definitly continue on the serie

The Narrator did a great job.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Cute book.

Cute book. The narrator grew on me with her different voices. I'm looking forward to more books in this series.

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First of a great series!

Brilliantly done! Very unique look at a real unsolved crime committed in the 1930s and solving it fictionally! I love it! Well written! Great character development! Loved the small southern town atmosphere! All around great book! Highly recommend!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A satisfying fun read

In Murder and Mayhem in Goosepimple Junction by Amy Metz, Tess Tremaine moves to the small Southern town of Goosepimple Junction to start life anew after a painful divorce, where she meets some unique friends in this cozy little community. Tess meets new friends in the cafe, in particular Jackson Wright, the famous author who makes his home in Goosepimple Junction and is eager to date Tess. But after her divorce due to a cheating husband, Tess is very reluctant to start a new relationship, especially after hearing rumors that he cheated on his first wife. Getting a job at the local bookstore, Tess is intrigued to learn that the owner grew up in the house on Walnut St. So when she finds an old key in the house, it seems only natural to ask her new boss about it, leaving the woman pale and shaken. Then, that evening when she gets home, Tess discovers that someone has broken into her house and completely ransacked it. When someone breaks into the house during the middle of the next night, Tess really feels insecure, especially since the sheriff doesn’t take her case seriously. So she and Jack go on an investigation that takes them to a bank robbery in 1932.

This book has an interesting format. Each chapter begins with a definition of a Southern term, giving an example of its usage and using that term in the chapter that follows. Then, the chapter goes back to the past, beginning in 1932 in chapter one, gradually recounting the events of the bank robbery and subsequent murder that figure into the main part of the book before it turns to the present day events. The developing relationship between Tess and Jack grows with strength, though I felt they spent too much time kissing passionately, which gets tedious and not really suited to a cozy mystery.

Karen Commins narrates this book very ably, giving great expression to the story without overly emoting. She handles the accents, of a range between strong Southern and light Virginian Southern. Commins has a gentle voice that gives just the right energy to this book, especially with all the deep Southern terms specific to Goosepimple Junction.

I enjoyed the experience of listening to Murder and Mayhem in Goosepimple Junction. It was cleverly written, and the format of the book came across cleverly. I did sometimes get confused by the names, but usually things worked out ok for me to follow. I give this book four stars.

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not my glass of tea

hated the narrator. didn't finish the book. not sure where goose pimple is supposed to be in TN but never heard the majority of the sayings in this book and i am born and raised in TN.

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Story interesting

Some people shouldn't try southern speak. Living in the south most of my life, listening to this was like dragging fingernails down a blackboard.

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Great Audio

If you could sum up Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction in three words, what would they be?

Suspense, Humor, Mystery

What about Karen Commins’s performance did you like?

She distinguished between the characters well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but I couldn't.

Any additional comments?

I won this audio in a contest and bought the kindle addition later.

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 09-10-16

Insulting

Believe it or not people in the south can speak proper English. To create a story in which in which everyone in a small southern town speaks grammatically incorrect is insulting. It also makes it difficult to listen to the story. I stopped listening after about 20 minutes. I do not recommend this story.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Not Enough Mystery

This book is 11 hours long. If the redundant parts of the romance between Jack and Tess were removed this book would drop to probably 8 chapters easy. I don't mind romance but please, no one needs to drag it over as long as this was dragged out. Same stuff over and over, oh he is sexy, oh I want him, no I don't yes I do and it just keeps going

I lost interest in the mystery which was evidently the back burner story

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Boring

Besides the fact that the reader reads much to slowly, The writing itself is just a doll. The storyline is tedious. Going back in history and telling us what happened, leaves no mystery. We already know everything. Or at least I know is much as I want to at this point where I am stopping reading because I am so bored.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful