Friday, January 24, 2014

Review ~ SMALL TOWN TROUBLE by Jean Erhardt

In Small Town Trouble, the first in my mystery series, you get acquainted with Kim Claypoole’s irreverent ways of dealing with the peculiar characters and events that seem to follow her around. Claypoole’s misadventures begin as she leaves her home in the Smoky Mountains to help save her kooky mother Evelyn’s from financial disaster. Setting off to assist Evelyn, AKA “The Other Scarlett O’Hara,” with her newest personal crisis, Claypoole leaves her Gatlinburg doublewide and the Little Pigeon, the restaurant that she owns with her partner and sometimes best friend Mad Ted Weber as well as a steamy love affair with TV diva Nancy Merit.
Claypoole’s savior complex leads to more trouble when she bumps into an old flame in her hometown who asks for help clearing her hapless brother of a recent murder charge. In true Claypoole fashion, she gets more than she bargained for when she gets dragged into a complicated quest to find the true killer that involves topless dancers, small-town cops, a stream of backwater character and even a meeting with the Grim Reaper. We’re never sure if Claypoole can 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 world of Kim Claypoole and looking forward to her next adventure.


Small Town Trouble was a cute book.  It had some small chuckle moments that I thought could have been expanded on but it was a good read.  Not a great one, but good.  Kim Claypoole is a lesbian who comes home to Fogarty, Ohio to help her mother sort out some financial issues she's having.  Kim winds up helping to solve some murders that happen.  Her antics are a subdued version of Stephanie Plum in the Janet Evanovich series.  Kim is on a break from her lover who happens to be a married TV celebrity.  Kim hangs out with her old school chum who she's still attracted to but is also married so she restrains herself.  Kim has a goofy family from this little hick town but all is right in the end when the murders get solved.  
Rating: 3
Release Date: April 3, 2013
Book Length: 192 pages
Source: Author
Reviewed by: Julie
Reading Format: Available in eBook or Paperback

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