Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pigeon River Blues: A Sam Jenkins Mystery by Wayne Zurl

Title: Pigeon River Blues

Series: Sam Jenkins Mysteries
Author: Wayne Zurl

Publisher: Iconic Publishing

Publication Date: May 31, 2014

Pages: 258

ISBN: 978-1938844027

Genre: Mystery / Police Procedural

Format: eBook / PDF / Paperback

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 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.”

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 published as eBooks and many produced as audio books. Ten (10) of these novelettes are available in print under the titles: A Murder In Knoxville and Other Smoky Mountain Mountain Mysteries and Reenacting A Murder and Other Smoky Mountain Mysteries. Zurl has won Eric Hoffer and Indie Book Awards, and was named a finalist for a Montaigne Medal and First Horizon Book Award. His full length novels are available in print and as eBooks: A New Prospect, A Leprechaun’s Lament, Heroes & Lovers, and Pigeon River Blues.

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My review: Pigeon River Blues: A Sam Jenkins Mystery by Wayne Zurl


This is a new series for me, Now I wish I could read all of the Sam Jenkins mysteries. This does a good job of standing alone, I don't feel I missed anything. The plot is easy to follow.

I like Sam Jenkins character. Sam is a retired NY cop who has moved down to Tennessee. Now Sam is a police chief of a force of 13.
He is funny to lighten things. He is also a flirt. He knows his job.

I like the characters and want to see more of them. I love all the secondary characters.

Sam is asked by the Mayor to be a bodyguard to C.J. Profitt while she has come home to be part of a fundraiser with Dolly Parton at Dollywood. C.J. has got 6 letters threatening her if she comes back to her hometown with her sinning ways.

C.J. Profit is a famous singer. She is very vocal about preferring women. She is also abrasive to the cops.

Another ex-cop from New York is hired to work for Sam. He needed to go back to work to make ends meet. He is staying with Sam.

The setting is Pigeon River, TN in the Smokies Mountains
I like reading Wayne Zurl Pigeon River Blues. Look forward to reading more of his books.

I was given this ebook to read for purpose of giving an honest review and to be part of Pigeon River Blues.

Tour Dates: Sept 15 – Oct 31

Monday, September 15

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Tuesday, September 16

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Thursday, September 18

Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – Book Spotlight / Book Excerpt

Friday, September 19

Black Heart Magazine – Author Interview / Book Excerpt

Monday, September 22

Deal Sharing Aunt – Author Interview / Book Spotlight / Book Excerpt / Book Review

Tuesday, September 23

Lilac Reviews – Author Guest Post / Book Review

Wednesday, September 24

Bless Their Hearts Mom – Book Excerpt / Book Review

Thursday, September 25

Readalot – Book Review

Monday, September 29

Bound 2 Escape – Book Spotlight

Wednesday, October 1

Gabina49′s Blog / Just Reviews – Book Review

Thursday, October 2

FictionZeal – Author Guest Post / Book Spotlight / Book Excerpt

Friday, October 3

Melanie’s Muse – Book Review

Wednesday, October 8

Book Readers: Mum’s Writings Mystery and More – Author Guest Post / Book Spotlight / Book Excerpt

Monday, October 20

Jane Reads – Book Spotlight / Book Excerpt

Wednesday, October 29


Kathleen Higgins-Anderson said...

Thank you for hosting the virtual book tour event. - Kathleen Anderson, PUYB Tour Coord.

Wayne Zurl said...

Thanks for inviting me to your blog to meet your fans, and thanks for taking the time to read and review PIGEON RIVER BLUES. I hope you come and visit Sam and the girls and boys at Prospect PD often.
All the best,

rhonda1111 said...

I already bought one collection of Sam's stories