When Tess Tremaine starts a new life in the colorful town of Goose Pimple Junction, she thinks she’s moved to a quiet little town. Curiosity leads her to look into a seventy-five-year-old murder, and suddenly she’s learning the foreign language of southern speak, resisting her attraction to local celebrity Jackson Wright, and dealing with more mayhem than she can handle.
If brains were dynamite, Willy couldn’t blow his nose. Could a murderer be that stupid? Jack can charm the dew right off the honeysuckle. Surely a fine southern gentleman isn’t a murderer. But Tess is determined to find out, and Goose Pimple Junction will never be the same.
A bank robbery, murder, love triangle, and family tragedy from the 1930s are pieces of the mystery, which Tess attempts to solve. But someone wants it to remain unsolved. As Tess gets close to the truth, she encounters danger, mystery, a lot of southern charm, and a new temptation for which she’s not sure she’s ready.
Today I'm thrilled to have Tess Tremaine, the heroine of Murder and Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction as my very special guest. So let's find out more about Tess right now.
Laurie: I understand you recently moved to Goose Pimple Junction. Can you tell us your first impressions of the town, and why you chose to move here?
Tess: I couldn’t have created a better town if I conjured one up in my head. Goose Pimple Junction is beautiful, charming, quirky, fun, friendly, cheerful, and welcoming, as are its residents. I moved here because of those traits, and because I wanted to live in a small town where I would feel safe.
Laurie: But weren’t you the recent victim of several crime incidents?
Tess: Well, yes, I was. But I understand those were flukes, and the culprits are all in jail now. Goose Pimple Junction has now been restored to the safe little town it’s always been.
Laurie: What do you all do for fun in Goose Pimple Junction?
Tess: Oh, there are lots of fun things to do in GPJ. We have great restaurants, like my favorite--Slick & Junebug’s Diner. The Silly Goose is more upscale if you want a fancy night on the town. Johnny B’s
Pizza Place has great pizza and subs, and the Oak Hill Inn just outside of town has a fine restaurant with wonderful southern food and romantic atmosphere. If you’re looking for just a snack or a light breakfast, we have The Muffin Man. And Jake Baked A Cake has the best desserts you’d ever want to put in your mouth, but don’t tell Slick I said that.
But we do more than just eat around here. We also have an amateur theatre company, and live bands at The Magnolia Bar. You never know who you’ll see playing over there. We have local amateur bands, but The Mag Bar also attracts a lot of professional musicians. We have a cinema, the best bookstore in the world, and hiking trails through beautiful woodlands. Oh! And GPJ has the best holiday celebrations in the world. Fourth of July, Halloween, Christmas…GPJ knows how to party.
Laurie: I heard they roll up the sidewalks at night in GPJ. Is that true?
Tess: (laughing) No, that’s not true. But I do think the general feeling in town is that the only people out past midnight are either burglars or bad women.
Laurie: If we looked, what would we find under your bed?
Slugger. I live alone, and I don’t like guns, but a girl’s got to feel safe, so my baseball bat resides under my bed. I’m sure I won’t need it in Goose Pimple Junction, but it gives me a feeling of security. Louisville
Laurie: Tell us about your favorite restaurant.
Tess: Well, as I said, my favorite place in town is Slick & Junebug’s Diner. Slick’s southern home cooking is so good, it will make your tongue slap your brains out. Junebug and Willa Jean treat you like family, and I love to listen to their diner lingo.
Laurie: What’s your favorite thing on the menu?
Tess: Oh, just about everything Slick makes is good. I love his “Bossie in a bowl,” which is beef stew. “Nervous pudding” makes me laugh—it’s Jell-O, of course. For breakfast, I always order two scrambled eggs on toast just to hear Junebug say, “Adam and Eve on a raft and wreck ‘em.”
But the best thing Slick makes is the burgers. They are ridiculously good. I like mine with lettuce, tomato, and onion, AKA, “Burn one, take it through the garden and pin a rose on it."
Laurie: What would you consider to be the best book you have ever read?
Tess: Oh my goodness, it’s hard to narrow it down to just one, especially since I started working at
Stafford’s Books. I love ’s Wyatt’s Revenge, of course. Jackson
Wright, my sweetie. He’s a bestselling mystery writer, and Wyatt’s Revenge is his latest book. Another good mystery writer is Wayne Zurl. His book, A Leprechaun’s Lament is terrific. If you like Sci Fi, I highly recommend Connor Dempsey’s The Exiles of The New World. And I’ve turned Butterbean and her friends onto a new author named Tricia Drammeh. She writes young adult books—The Claiming Words is her first. Butterbean loved it. I’ve also heard Murder & Mayhem In Goose Pimple Junction is a good one. I’m not sure what it’s about, but I’m going to read it next. Jackson