Like any good Southern belle, Caledonia Culpepper was raised by her mama to be gracious, charming, witty, and above all, a devoted mother and loving wife, so she’s baffled when her marriage falls apart. Wynona Baxter is a master of disguise but is often a ditzy airhead. A hit woman wannabe, when she’s hired for her first job in Goose Pimple Junction and things don’t go as planned, she’s forced to resort to Plan B. She’ll also need Plan C and D. Crooked lawyers, restless husbands, a teenaged hoodlum – it seems there are rogues and rascals everywhere you look in Goose Pimple Junction. When Caledonia and Wynona’s paths cross, they prove there isn’t a rogue or a rascal who can keep a good woman down. Mama always said there would be days like this . . .
Bubby: Wow. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a novel with this much misdirection and twisty hijinks. There’s a murderer on the loose and no one knows why people are being targeted or who will be next or who is behind the whole thing. And then there’s some no good lying cheating men, a teenage hoodlum with a fake leg, and a whole passel of smart and sassy women who aren’t going to take any crap. It’s just a whole pile of fun wrapped up in a cozy mystery.
Sissy: “Mama always said…If you don’t use your head, you might as well have two butts.” I was reading Rogues and Rascals while on an airplane and kept laughing out loud as I’d come to a new chapter heading quote. I even took pictures of some of them and sent them to my daughters so I could be that Mama.
Bubby: You’re always that Mama.
Sissy: Which is why nobody is ever bored around here, and why I get Mother’s Day cards that say, “I’m not a stripper and I’m not in prison. Good job, Mom!” Goose Pimple Junction is one of the wackiest places I’ve read about in a long time. Caledonia Culpepper seems on the outside to be your fluff-headed Southern Belle type, but her inner dialogue is witty and hilarious. Wynona is the epitome of a flawed character. She’s a hitwoman for heaven’s sake and yet she becomes sympathetic. At the end of the story, you’ll wonder how she can possibly move on to the next chapter of her life without having to deal with her past moral ambiguity.
Bubby: Speaking of the end of the book, the last chapter is so fun. The story has all wrapped up and we’re just following Wynona as she leaves town…and then there’s a little unexpected nugget of romance and a bit of a cliffhanger ending. Any story that ends with a policeman standing alone in the parking lot having an epiphany about the woman he just kissed is a good one.
Sissy: This story, on the outside, looks like just a quirky Southern small town cozy mystery but it really has so many layers and intricate storylines going on. Besides the main theme of Caledonia and her divorce and Wynona and her misguided career, there are also crooked judges, scheming lawyers, mean-spirited shop owners with their own agendas and a perfectly nasty teenage boy. All these negative characters are outweighed by the absolutely wonderful (if slightly eccentric) townspeople like the police chief, the bookstore owner and the lady who runs the diner. Even the two old curmudgeons who constantly argue over coffee in the diner add to the storyline. Really, a day in Goose Pimple Junction is like a day at Bubby’s house when all her cronies are hanging out there.
Bubby: Have you met your friends? They make my friends look normal! I wasn’t sure if I’d like Rogues and Rascals at first glance but I just loved it. Rogues and Rascals is book four in the Goose Pimple Junction Mysteries series but it reads just fine as a stand alone. I’m hoping that there is a number five in the works and that our erstwhile assassin makes an appearance!
Sissy: “You can put your boots in the oven but that don’t make ’em biscuits.” The Goose Pimple Junction books are completely delightful and unexpectedly complex. I highly recommend that you read them all! Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter contest below for a chance to win your own e-copy of Rogues and Rascals in Goose Pimple Junction.
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