Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pigeon River Blues Book Review

I have a new book to share with you called Pigeon River Blues written by Wayne Zurl.
Winter in the Smokies can be a tranquil time of year—unless Sam Jenkins sticks his thumb into the sweet potato pie.

The retired New York detective turned Tennessee police chief is minding his own business one quiet day in February when Mayor Ronnie Shields asks him to act as a bodyguard for a famous country and western star.

C.J. Profitt’s return to her hometown of Prospect receives lots of publicity . . . and threats from a rightwing group calling themselves The Coalition for American Family Values.

The beautiful, publicity seeking Ms. Proffit never fails to capitalize on her abrasive personality by flaunting her alternative lifestyle—a way of living the Coalition hates.

Reluctantly, Jenkins accepts the assignment of keeping C.J. safe while she performs at a charity benefit. But Sam’s job becomes more difficult when the object of his protection refuses to cooperate.

During this misadventure, Sam hires a down-on-his-luck ex-New York detective and finds himself thrown back in time, meeting old Army acquaintances who factor into how he foils a complicated plot of attempted murder, the destruction of a Dollywood music hall, and other general insurrection on the “peaceful side of the Smokies.”
My Review:

This story is about a small town police sheriff who used to be a New York City cop for over 20 years and it was hard for him to settle down in this small town in Tennessee but he was adjusting when in blows a popular singer who had been getting death threats in the mail.

It was Sam's job to make sure she stayed alive and he had quite a list of suspects to go through and hopefully he will find the killer before he has a chance to make good on his threats to the singer.

He almost loses one of his deputies in the process from eating poisoned Chinese food that was delivered to the safe house, but because of his quick thinking, that deputy survived.

If you love action packed stories that are filled with suspense, then this book will definitely be a winner for you!

Happy Reading!

About the Author: 

Wayne Zurl grew up on Long Island and retired after twenty years with the Suffolk County Police Department, one of the largest municipal law enforcement agencies in New York and the nation. For thirteen of those years he served as a section commander supervising investigators. He is a graduate of SUNY, Empire State College and served on active duty in the US Army during the Vietnam War and later in the reserves. Zurl left New York to live in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with his wife, Barbara.

Twenty (20) of his Sam Jenkins mysteries have been produced as audio books and simultaneously published as eBooks. Ten (10) of these novelettes are now available in print under the titles of A MURDER IN KNOXVILLE and Other Smoky Mountain Mysteries and REENACTING A MURDER and Other Smoky Mountain Mysteries. Zurl’s first full-length novel, A NEW PROSPECT, was named best mystery at the 2011 Indie Book Awards, chosen as 1st Runner-Up from all Commercial Fiction at the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Awards, and was a finalist for a Montaigne Medal and First Horizon Book Award. His other novels are: A LEPRECHAUN’S LAMENT and HEROES & LOVERS. A fourth novel, PIGEON RIVER BLUES, is under contract to be published in the near future.

For more information on Wayne’s Sam Jenkins mystery series check it out HERE. You can read excerpts, reviews and endorsements, interviews, coming events, and see photos of the area where the stories take place.

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Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.  


Wayne Zurl said...

Hi Mary,
Thanks for inviting me to your blog to meet your fans, and for taking the time to read and review PIGEON RIVER BLUES.
All the best,