Small Town Trouble by Jean Erhardt

Small Town Trouble

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In Small Town Trouble, the first in my mystery series, you get acquainted with Kim Claypoole’s irreverent ways of dealing with the peculiar characters and events that seem to follow her around. Claypoole’s misadventures begin as she leaves her home in the Smoky Mountains to help save her kooky mother Evelyn’s from financial disaster. Setting off to assist Evelyn, AKA “The Other Scarlett O’Hara,” with her newest personal crisis, Claypoole leaves her Gatlinburg doublewide and the Little Pigeon, the restaurant that she owns with her partner and sometimes best friend Mad Ted Weber as well as a steamy love affair with TV diva Nancy Merit.

Claypoole’s savior complex leads to more trouble when she bumps into an old flame in her hometown who asks for help clearing her hapless brother of a recent murder charge. In true Claypoole fashion, she gets more than she bargained for when she gets dragged into a complicated quest to find the true killer that involves topless dancers, small-town cops, a stream of backwater character and even a meeting with the Grim Reaper. We’re never sure if Claypoole can muddle her way through the murky depths of this bizarre murder mystery before it’s too late. With biting humor and wit, Small Town Trouble will leave you guessing what’s around the next corner in the quirky world of Kim Claypoole and looking forward to her next adventure.


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In book two, restaranteur and amateur sleuth Kim Claypoole and her business partner and friend Mad Ted Weber are sipping beers and floating peacefully down the Little River in Walland, Tennessee when their reverie is interrupted by the sudden discovery of a dead man floating in the tangles of some tree branches. Then Claypoole’s juvenile delinquent nephew, Little Bucky goes missing after his father Bucky Sr., Claypoole’s cop cousin threatens to send him to military school. No one seems to be taking Little Bucky’s absence very seriously except Claypoole who goes on a search for him with her eccentric but faithful cousin Alonzo. She lucks into a conversation with Little Bucky’s girlfriend who is staying at a Christian Bible Camp and learns that Little Bucky has gotten himself involved with a big-time drug dealer. Then she finds out that Little Bucky stole money from the dealer who has some very bad dudes hot on Little Bucky’s trail and tells Claypoole that she’d better hope to find Little Bucky first or some very nasty things will happen to him. Things get worse from there, before anything gets better.