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Review and Giveaway of A New Prospect by Wayne Zurl

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sam Jenkins never thought about being a fish out of water during the twenty years he spent solving crimes in New York. But things change, and after retiring to Tennessee, he gets that feeling. Jenkins becomes a cop again and is thrown headlong into a murder investigation and a steaming kettle of fish, down-home style.
The victim, Cecil Lovejoy, couldn't have deserved it more. His death was the inexorable result of years misspent and appears to be no great loss, except the prime suspect is Sam's personal friend.
Jenkins' abilities are attacked when Lovejoy's influential widow urges politicians to reassign the case to state investigators.
Feeling like "a pork chop at a bar mitzvah" in his new workplace, Sam suspects something isn't kosher when the family tries to force him out of the picture.
In true Jenkins style, Sam turns common police practice on its ear to insure an innocent man doesn't fall prey to an imperfect system and the guilty party receives appropriate justice.
A NEW PROSPECT takes the reader through a New South resolutely clinging to its past and traditional way of keeping family business strictly within the family.

Goodreads Summary

If you like mysteries this book is for you. Sam Jenkins is technically a retired copy; however, that doesn't stop him from helping a friend in trouble. Sam is the ideal cop character; he is tough, slightly rough around the edges, levelheaded, and compassionate. The reader will find him very likable.

Cecil, however, is the exact opposite. Normally a reader will feel sorry for the murdered character. Although the reader will likely feel slightly bad, that sorrow will be lessened the more the reader gets to know Cecil's character. He can be arrogant, rude, demeaning, and snobby. In the book, it appears that he is not missed very much.

The only thing wrong with the case Sam is about to take on would be that his friend is the main suspect! Sam knows he has to really pull through and figure out the mystery...or else.

This book has plenty of intrigue, action, mystery, and drama. The reader will not be bored. The book is very well-written, the transitions are smooth, and the plot is concise and logical. The reader will enjoy the ending and this book, overall. This book is recommended to adult readers.

4 Stars

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Giveaway: One Print Copy and One Ebook Copy is available for the USA/CAN and International respectively.  Please state whether you are INT or CAN/USA in your comment with an email.  An extra point to GFC followers :) Thank you for stopping by!  This contest will end December 15 (in time for the book to arrive for Christmas).


  1. Jaidis said...:

    Thank you for sharing your review :)

  1. Great review! I really want to read this book!

    I follow you on GFC (same name) and I'm from Canada

    megnate at telus dot net

  1. Great review and thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

    US resident

    GFC Follower Gena Robertson

    Gena Robertson

  1. Kelly said...:

    Sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway! I am from the USA
    delivery.RN at gmail dot com
    email and gfc follower

  1. druidgirl said...:

    This definitely sounds like a book I would enjoy reading. Please enter me in the giveaway


  1. ann said...:

    Mysteries, cop based story lines are my favorites to read. I would sure love reading this one.

    amhengst at verizon dot net

  1. ann said...:

    GFC follower - amhengst
    amhengst at verizon dot net


  1. nayjf said...:

    thanks for the review and the giveaway!


    nayjf at yahoo dot com