Pigeon River Blues
(A Sam Jenkins Mystery)
By Wayne Zurl
When country singer C. J. Profitt returns home to sing on stage in Dollywood, Mayor Ronnie Shields asks Sam to babysit. It is anything but a simple job as C. J. can be her own worst enemy.
But she isn’t the only one as the Coalition for American Family Values isn’t shy about letting her know she isn’t welcome.
Sam breaks in John Gallagher, an old friend and new Police Operations Aide, on the job to help C. J. keep her Dollywood date and everyone starts learning a new language.
The past has a way of resurfacing in the present and enemies can come from very unexpected places.
Note: I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
My Review: C.J. Profitt is a country music superstar who hails from Prospect TN. When she announces her return to Prospect for a benefit concert, not everyone is eager to welcome the controversial star. In fact, a small group of hometown crazies have decided to send her a series of threatening letters, prompting the mayor of Prospect to call in the expert – Prospect police chief and ex-big city cop, Sam Jenkins. Will Sam be able to protect Profitt and get to the bottom of the increasingly hostile threats against her, or will the prickly country music star refuse to cooperate and put Sam and his officers at risk?
Author, Wayne Zurl, brings his own big city police experience to the table in his latest novel. He’s created a clever, hilarious, sometimes-over-the top character in Sam Jenkins. Sam is an incurable flirt and a smart ass. He also knows when he’s being ornery (as my grandpa used to say), but can’t seem to help himself. He’s on his best behavior when he’s with his wife, Kate, and on his worst behavior any time he thinks he can get away with it. But you can’t help but love him. When necessary, Sam casts his humor aside and can rough up a criminal to get the answers he needs. He’s is a well-drawn, multifaceted character who is full of surprises. Sam is what makes this series one-of-a-kind.
But it’s not all about Sam… The secondary characters in this novel are fantastic. I was constantly laughing at John Gallagher and his unique take on the English language. I adore Kate, Sam’s beautiful, elegant wife. The characters in this novel are complex, and though some are thoroughly unlikable, they are all unique. If you’re looking for a fun, fast-paced, intelligent read, give Pigeon River Blues a try.