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Nothing But Trouble Audio CD – 2009

Book 1 of 3 in the PJ Sugar Series

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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: RecordedBooks (2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1440717583
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440717581
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,009,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PJ is putting on a new hat... a super sleuthing one!
Reading with P & D
She's on my top list of favorite authors because every book I've read by her has been good.
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A fabulously entertaining read that I highly recommend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
A decade has passed since PJ Sugar crawled like crab legs out of her hometown of Kellogg, Minnesota filled with remorse and guilt. Over the next few years, PJ found no purpose in life drifting from job to job and from trouble to trouble. She is finally coming home for the first time in ten years to attend her sister the attorney Connie's wedding to tae kwon do coach Sergei as mom broke her ankle playing tennis. She is still wearing the mantle of shame. PJ will watch Connie's four year old son Davy while she is on her honeymoon.

PJ plans to be on her best behavior while keeping her stay short. However, her intentions implode when her former teacher, Hoffman, is murdered. Police Officer Boone Buckham arrests her best friend Trudi's husband Jack Wilkes because he assaulted the history teacher. PJ investigates though she knows that will put her at odds with the lead cop her former high school boyfriend (and rabble-rouser).

This is an interesting Christian amateur sleuth starring a sort of female Uncle Buck that for the most part avoids over preaching. PJ is a fascinating protagonist who comes home to watch a nephew she never met, care for a mom in a wheelchair due to the busted ankle, work closely with her non English speaking in-laws, and solve a murder mystery while eluding her attraction to Boone with her rep as nickname NBT (NOTHING BUT TROUBLE) to live down. Readers will enjoy the misadventures of PJ Sugar who knows for sure that the person who said you can't go home came from Kellogg, Minnesota.

Harriet Klausner
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynnette Bonner VINE VOICE on July 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
Oh! My! Goodness! I LOVED this book! I haven't read one that I enjoyed so much in a long time. This was my first experience with Susan May Warren and I will definitely be looking for more of her books.

I loved the humor. Loved the tension between Boone and PJ - and the complication added by Jeremy. Loved the way the author showed PJ's internal struggles and how she finally figured out that she didn't have to be someone else to be used of God.

This is a great story! I highly recommend it. Five stars all the way!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Herbrand on June 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
I just found another series that is going to be a "must read" for me. PJ Sugar is delightful! She is flawed, which shows her humanity and also makes you want to be her cheerleader. She is also trying very hard to be the person that she can be in Christ, but because of all the trouble she has "found" in her life - it takes her awhile to realize that Christ sees beyond the troubles and the flaws.

PJ returns to Kellogg as a favor to her sister, Connie. Connie is getting married and their mother just broke her ankle - so she needs to find someone fast to watch her 4 year old son while she is on her honeymoon. PJ hasn't been back in Kellogg since she left town 10 years before, right after her high school graduation. She had been accused unjustly of arson at the country club - an accusation that her boyfriend, Boone, doesn't deny - even though he knows that it wasn't her. And where is her sister getting married? Said country club. Talk about walking out of the present right back into the past. She shows up at the club an hour before the wedding is to take place - and before the day is over has been in the midst of a struggle involving an old teacher and her best friend's husband - ran into Boone, who is now a police detective - tried to corral Davy, her 4 year old nephew - and wonders why the more things change the more they stay the same!

This book was a very quick read - but very entertaining. The host of characters ranges from PJ and Boone, to her sister's new Russian in-laws, Jeremy - a "pizza delivery guy" , and believe it or not, a goat! I am definitely watching for the next book in this series - as the ending of this one left us with an interesting scenario for PJ's personal life that I am hoping will be explored!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danica Page on January 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Susan started the novel in media res (in the middle of things). It started with PJ being told by her boyfriend that she just wasn't "pastor wife material" and then her sister calling and telling her she needs to come home. Home to Kellogg--the town she hasn't set foot in for ten years. Sugar comes home and her high school friend Trudi's husband is accused of murder. Sugar believes he's innocent and sets out to clear his name.

Sugar was nicknamed Nothing But Trouble and has a hard time believing otherwise. Trouble just seems to follow her everywhere. She's just not sure she fits in or if she is worth all the trouble.

Boone, Sugar's old flame, believes that Trudi's husband is guilty and that puts him on the opposite side of Sugar. And yet, he wants to rekindle their romance. Sugar's not sure she wants to.

Sugar does find trouble though and she finds a savior in the name of Jeremy. He wants to clear his cousin (Trudi's husband) from the crime too. I loved Jeremy's character. I couldn't get enough of him and I wondered what would happen between Sugar and Jeremey and Boone. It felt like a love triangle in the making and I couldn't wait to see how it played out.

This novel was hilarious, brilliantly written, and had wonderful characters who kept me interested in the story the whole time.

In Summary: Susan May Warren has been suggested to me so many times. I'm so glad I finally cracked down and read this one. It was incredibly beautifully written and I'm so glad I read it.
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Growing up in Minneapolis and attending the U of MN, I learned to love city life, although I'm a woodsy girl at heart. Or maybe I'm an adventurer -- having lived and traveled all over the world, including Siberia Russia as a missionary for eight years. Probably that's why my characters can't sit still, and seem to get into one scrape after another -- they're too much like me! I love God, my family, my country, my church, and feel privileged every day to be able to write stories, that I hope inspire and entertain!

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