Sunday, October 25, 2015

Short & Tall Tales in Goose Pimple Junction by Amy Metz | Blog Tour with Review & Giveaway

Amy Metz is back, with a new book in the Goose Pimple Junction mystery series!

The Blurb

This is not your average Southern town. With a hint of mystery, a lot of laughs, and unique charm, you’ll catch a glimpse of everyday life in Goose Pimple Junction in this short story compilation. Short & Tall Tales occurs chronologically between Murder & Mayhem, book 1, and Heroes & Hooligans, book 2, in the Goose Pimple Junction mystery series. Book 1.5 is a fun escape that will answer questions readers may have about the residents of this quirky small town.

  • How did Johnny Butterfield become police chief?
  • How did Tess and Jack get engaged?
  • How did Ima Jean come to live with Louetta?
  • How do you celebrate an Apple Day?

These questions and more are answered in Short & Tall Tales in Goose Pimple Junction. Five short stories, one novella, and three recipes will give you more of life in Goose Pimple Junction, make you laugh, and have your mouth watering. If you want a feel-good read, you’ve come to the right place. Grab some sweet tea and escape to Goose Pimple Junction.

Short & Tall Tales in Goose Pimple Junction 
by Amy Metz

Series: Goose Pimple Junction mysteries, #1.5
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Culinary Mystery
Publisher: Southern Ink Press, an imprint of Blue Publications
Publication Date: August 31, 2015
Paperback: 128 pages
ISBN-10: 0989714063
ISBN-13: 978-0989714068
e-Book File Size: 2120 KB
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Why wait? You can read an excerpt, the first section of Chapter 10, Talk of the Town
here on Author Amy Metz's website.

 The Review

I just read an amazing book, y'all — Short & Tall Tales in Goose Pimple Junction by Amy Metz. 

Short & Tall Tales in Goose Pimple Junction is Book #1.5 in Author Amy Metz's Goose Pimple Junction Mystery series. I previously reviewed Book #1, Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction, here.

Amy wrote Short & Tall Tales to answer her readers' burning questions about events that took place between the end of Murder & Mayhem and the beginning of Book #2, Heroes & Hooligans in Goose Pimple Junction, questions such as:
  • How did Johnny Butterfield become police chief?
  • How did Tess and Jack get engaged?
  • How did Ima Jean come to live with Louetta? 
If you don't know who Johnny, Tess, Jack, or Louetta are, that probably means that you haven't read Murder & Mayhem yet. The short stories and novella in Short & Tall Tales will be funnier and more enjoyable, if you read Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction (available at Amazon) first. 

Go ahead and read it now. 

We'll wait on you to catch up. 

Amy won't mind.


Okay, is everyone back? Wasn't that book great? Now you're ready to read Short & Tall TalesLet me tell you a little more about it.

Goose Pimple Junction is Amy's make-believe town in Tennessee. Tess Tremaine and Jackson (Jack) Wright are the stars of Murder & Mayhem. Johnny Butterfield and Martha Maye Applewhite are the stars of Heroes & Hooligans. One of the stars of Short & Tall Tales, its covergirl Ezmerelda (Ezzie, for short), is Jack's bassett hound. Ezzie is featured in the novella, or Tall Tale, about Johnny Butterfield's first days as Police Chief.

from Animalia Life

The Tall Tale begins a few hours after the concluding events of Murder & Mayhem, with  the interview of Johnny for Police Chief, and concludes with him solving two big cases.  

In addition to the Tall Tale, there are five short stories, featuring various citizens of Goose Pimple Junction: 
  • A Right Good Choice
  • Is It Hot Enough For You?
  • Don't Mess With Maude
  • Take It, Take It, Take It
  • Say Yes, Tess! 

I really enjoyed a scene with Caledonia Culpepper and her son, a high school student. Caledonia is in her early 40s and takes great pride in her appearance. Her son works after school at Blue Million Books, with Louetta (the owner of the shop) and Tess. 

The three of them like to cut up and joke with each other while they're working. For example, if one of them remarks that a shelf is dusty, someone else chimes in with "You're dusty." Caledonia, not knowing about their game, tells her son that his t-shirt is wrinkled. And her son says, "You're ...." 

If you want to find out what happens next, and I know you do, you'll have to read the book! 

Short & Tall Tales in Goose Pimple Junction was a quick read for me. I finished it in one day. The Short Tales are indeed short. At the end of each one, I said to myself that since that story was short, and so entertaining, I had time to read the next one. That went on for all five stories. Then the novella got very interesting very quickly, with a lot going on, and I just couldn't put it down.

Most of the characters from Murder & Mayhem are still residing in Goose Pimple Junction for Short & Tall Tales. I enjoyed visiting with them again. Author Amy Metz continues to demonstrate her love for Southerners and the South in these tales. She still writes each character in a realistic, distinctive, and three-dimensional manner, even if he or she is present for only a snippet of a story.

I highly recommend Short & Tall Tales in Goose Pimple Junction to all fans of Cozy Mysteries. I think fans of Southern humor, like TV's Designing Women and Larissa Reinhart's Cherry Tucker Mysteries (Larissa calls the genre "Hick Lit"), will especially like the Goose Pimple Junction books and stories. Author Amy Metz has Book #3 in the works, Rogues & Rascals In Goose Pimple Junction. This book will feature Caledonia Culpepper in the starring role. I am looking forward to reading it!

I love Short & Tall Tales in Goose Pimple Junction, and deem it worthy and deserving of our highest rating, Five Kitties.

Five out of five kitties
Note:  I received a complimentary copy of Short & Tall Tales in Goose Pimple Junction in exchange for my honest review. 
All opinions shared are 100% my own.

 Follow the tour, to read other reviews plus Author Guest Posts and Author Interviews!

 The Author

About Amy Metz

Amy Metz is the author of the Goose Pimple Junction mystery series.

Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction was re-issued in September 2014 and Heroes & Hooligans in Goose Pimple Junction was released in December 2014.

Amy is a former first grade teacher and the mother of two sons. When not actively engaged in blogging, writing, or enjoying her family, Amy can usually be found with a mixing spoon, camera, or book in one hand and a glass of sweet tea in the other. Amy lives in Louisville, Kentucky and occasionally in Goose Pimple Junction, where she writes about murder, mayhem, and life in a small Southern town.

Find Amy on the web at

The Giveaway

Amy will award an e-copy of Short & Tall Tales in Goose Pimple Junction
to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
a Jane Reads Giveaway

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