Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Book Review: Small Town Trouble and Giveaway

Meet Kim Claypoole, restaurateur, reluctant heroine and amateur sleuth with moxie galore. "I'd had a feeling all along that this wasn't going to be my day. But I hadn't been prepared for things to go this badly..."

In Small Town Trouble, the first in a series from mystery writer Jean Erhardt, we get acquainted with Kim Claypoole's irreverent and witty ways of dealing with the peculiar characters and events that she finds in her life.

Claypoole's adventure begins as she leaves her home in the Smoky Mountains to help save her kooky mother Evelyn from financial disaster. Setting off to assist Evelyn (i.e., "the other Scarlett O'Hara") with her newest personal crisis, Claypoole leaves in her wake her Gatlinburg doublewide, her restaurant, The Little Pigeon and her restaurant partner and sometimes best friend Mad Ted Weber as well as a budding secret love affair that's hotter than an Eskimo in July.

Claypoole's savior complex leads to more trouble when she bumps into an old flame in her hometown who asks for her help clearing her hapless brother of murder charges. In true Claypoole fashion, she gets more than she bargained for when she gets dragged into a complicated quest to find the true killer complete with topless tavern dancers, small town cops, a stream of backwater characters-even a meeting with the Grim Reaper. Can Claypoole muddle her way through the murky depths of this bizarre murder mystery before it's too late?

With biting humor and wit, Small Town Trouble will leave you guessing what's around the next corner in the quirky life of Kim Claypoole. 

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***I received a copy in exchange for a review as part of Dark Scream Book Tours.***

Small Town Trouble is a quirky and humorous novel about a murder mystery in a small town

It's a great story to read while vacationing on the beach or just lounging for the afternoon. While it is a murder mystery, it's a great story to read to just relax your mind. There's not much thought that needs to be put into the story while reading. It's witty and funny enough to keep you interested.

We get to see the interesting life that the heroine, Kim Claypoole, leads and the antics she gets into with her long time friend. Although, it wasn't a romance story, I found myself rooting for Kim to find love somewhere, with someone. She's a likable enough character that you want to see her win the end.

Do I recommend Small Town Trouble? I do... It's a great book to entertain your mind and give you some chuckle out loud moments.


To learn more about the author, Jean Erhardt, visit her website or FB page.

Joyce Thompson 

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