Saturday, May 23, 2009

Review: Nothing But Trouble by Susan May Warren + Giveaway

When I'm in the mood for a nice fun romance, maybe with just a hint of suspense, Susan May Warren can do no wrong. She has not written a book that I haven't loved. Nothing but Trouble is no exception, and because it has a little Veronica Mars going on, it's especially great!

P.J. Sugar hasn't been back home for ten years. In fact, she's spent the past ten years trying to find herself..doing different things and exploring different areas of the country. But one day her sister calls her and up and says they need her back home. Easy, right? But P.J. left for a reason and going home means facing the betrayal and the person she used to be. Not to mention Boone her ex-boyfriend. Oh and her best friend who was facing a pregnancy scare when she took off...

But the town is more welcoming than P.J. expected and soon she finds herself caring for her nephew and investigating a murder. Can P.J. stay out of trouble long enough to do some good in her hometown? Will she come to terms with who she is and what she's done?

I thought P.J. was an immensely likeable character, and I was definitely rooting for her. I also loved all the humor Susan May Warren wove throughout the book...the typical goofy stuff that makes a book like this enjoyable. I loved watching P.J. come to terms with her past, the people who hurt her, and finding new love for her family.

This is the kind of book you to lose yourself in and enjoy, P.J. becomes a bit of a PI and makes new friends. I have always loved Susan May Warren's writing style...not too flowery, but not at all choppy either, just perfect for moving the story along. Feels really effortless.

One thing I'm excited about is that this is a we get to visit with P.J. again! AND Love triangle! My favorite! So much potential for drama!

I highly recommend this fun book for lovers of Christian fiction romantic suspense, though both the romance and suspense are a bit light!

Read the first chapter of Nothing But Trouble.

Rating: 4.25/5
Things You Might Want to Know: Definitely Christian fiction!

Giveaway: I have one copy to give away to anyone in the world! Leave a comment and tell me about your favorite fictional amateur sleuth. If you want me to be able to contact you, please leave an email addresss as well.



Amee said...

My favorite amateur sleuth is Heather Wells from Meg Cabot Size 12 series. She's so funny and the suspense is just right.

This series sounds good too. I'd like to give it try!

Carlene said...

My favorite fictional amateur sleuth is Alex Delaware from the Jonathan Kellerman books. Please include me in your giveaway.

MizB said...

I just posted my review of Nothing But Trouble this morning, too! Great book! :D


Julie P. said...

I haven't ever read any of her books and I'd love to! My favorite amateur sleuth is Nancy Drew.

Betty and Boo's Mommy said...

Oh, definitely Harriet the Spy. I so wanted to be Harriet when I was younger. (Who didn't?) Email is peanutboo2 AT gmail DOT com.

wordlily said...

You snagged me with your mention of Veronica Mars! It's really hard for me to pick a favorite fictional sleuth. Father Brown is pretty high up there, though!

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shelburns said...

I'm drawn more and more to Christian fiction and would love to read this. Great review! I will have to agree with Julie and say Nancy Drew is my favorite amateur sleuth.

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J. Kaye said...

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holdenj said...

You had me at Veronica Mars!

One of my favorite fictional sleuths will always be the classic Nancy Drew.

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Mari said...

This sounds great and a perfect summer read. Sign me up. Thanks. :)

ANovelMenagerie said...

Love Christian Fiction! Count me in for this great contest!


bridget3420 said...

I'd have to agree that it's Nancy Drew.


mez said...

I've always enjoyed Miss Marple.


Britt said...

I have to pick just one?? Cruel. I'm a sucker for a mystery... favorites right now are Ollie from State of the Onion and Goldy from Cereal Murders (et al).


Melanie said...

My favorite amatuer sleuths are the Hardy Boys. It's been a while since I've read Christian Fiction. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

Cheryl S. said...

My favorite amateur sleuth is Nancy Drew.

Please count me in - Thanks!

Hil'Lesha said...

Definitely Nancy Drew. :-)

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Amy said...

My favorite amateur sleuth is Mrs. Pollifax from Dorothy Gilman's series. (Can you still be an amateur if you are accidentally hired by the CIA?) I also enjoy Jo Tulip from the Smart Chick series by Mindy Starns Clark.


gaby317 said...

My favorite was Agatha Christie's Miss Marple too. But I've also started reading and following the Rei Shimura series by Sugata Massey of young half Japanese art expert living in Japan. Another good one is the Jonathan Argyll series by Iain Pears featuring a British art expert living in Italy.

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Helga Marie said...

I grew up loving both Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys... but in 3rd grade I made a discovery. My favorite amature sleuth's were the Boxcar Children.


Ruth Dell said...

My favorite amateur sleuth is Betsy in the Needlecraft Mysteries by Monica Ferris.

Please enter me in the drawing for Susan May's book.

Thank you

Ruth Dell

Carole said...

I'm a fan of murder mysteries, so it's impossible to only pick one.

I always enjoyed Nancy Drew, but Judy Bolton was my favorite. Miss Marple is a classic favorite and Agatha Raisin a contemporary favorite.

Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Susan's book.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Tempest52 said...

I'm a Mrs. Pollifax fan...I find the stories humorous and fun, as well as suspenseful.

dreamseeker52 AT gmail DOT com

suzana said...
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suzana said...

I would have to choose Dylan Dog. If not acceptable- Sherlock Holmes or even Simenon's Maigret.

Dawn M. said...

Stephenie Plum! :0) She may not start out trying to solve the case but she always manages to do so. And I love all the trouble she gets into on the way.

librarygrinch at gmail dot com

Susan said...

Wow! Thanks for the great review- I am glad readers are resonating with PJ... be sure not to miss out on the Sugar Party coming up June 19th! I am going to preview book #2 in this series!

a.anonymous said...

If this is still open please enter me for the book. thanks.
My favorite sleuth was Encyclopedia Brown.


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