Saturday, October 15, 2022

Review: Nothing but Trouble by Susan May Warren

Series: PJ Sugar #1
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Publisher: Tyndale House 
Released: April 16, 2009
340 pages
About the Book:

It's not fair to say that trouble happens every time PJ Sugar is around, but it feels that way when she returns to her home town, looking for a fresh start. Within a week, her former teacher is murdered and her best friend's husband is arrested as the number-one suspect. Although the police detective investigating the murder—who also happens to be PJ's former flame—is convinced it's an open-and-shut case, PJ's not so sure. She begins digging for clues in an effort to clear her friend’s husband and ends up reigniting old passions, uncovering an international conspiracy, and solving a murder along the way. She also discovers that maybe God can use a woman who never seems to get it right. 


My Rating & Thoughts:    

When PJ’s sister, Connie, calls and asks her to come home for her wedding and stay to look after her 4-year-old son while she’s away on her honeymoon as their mom can’t due to a ankle injury, PJ agrees. This will be the first time in 10 years that she has returned home to Kellogg, Minnesota. PJ has mixed feelings about returning home because of an incident that prompted her to leave town right after her high school graduation. Of course, one of the first people she runs into upon her return is her old high school boyfriend. He is not quite the wild guy that he once was and is now a detective on the police force. He tells PJ he has been waiting for her return and wants to re-establish their relationship.  However PJ is not the same person she was 10 years ago, she has recently become a Christian.

When her best friend’s husband gets arrested for murder, PJ is sure that he is innocent and sets out to prove it. This is where the mystery aspect of the book comes in. I didn’t particularly care for the mystery part of the story, but I did enjoy watching PJ try to figure out what had truly happened.

I did not like her with her high school boyfriend, it seemed he only saw her as who she was in high school and wanted her to be the same person now. He did not even try to get to know the new PJ and who she was now.

There were a few parts of the story that felt farfetched and unbelievable. Her sister goes away and leaves her 4-year-old son in the care of his aunt who he’s never met, really? And it is his first day of school as well. That just felt off to me. This book had me truly laughing at some of the antics that PJ got into with her 4-year-old nephew David, and the Russian in-laws, but the story just didn’t hook me.

(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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