A Kim Claypoole Mystery

By Jean D. Erhardt, Inc.  - July 2000
ISBN: 0595004628  - Paperback

Mystery / Amateur Sleuth


Reviewed by: Pam Stone, MyShelf.Com
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SHE LOVES ME, SHE LOVES ME NOT is the first in a series of mysteries featuring Kim Claypoole. It’s slow at getting started, but stick with it. You will be glad that you did.


Kim leaves her home in Gatlinburg, Tennessee to go back to her hometown of Fogerty in rural southern Ohio to help her mother, Evelyn, make some major decisions about selling off the radio station that her father had left Evelyn. Evelyn was used to consuming large numbers of Manhattans through her day and this made her unable to make an unbiased decision.   While Kim was helping her mother, Kim's cousin A.C. is murdered. His body is found behind the radio station in a plastic bag inside the dumpster with a certain body part missing. Kim finds out that another murder had taken place two-weeks before her arrival in Fogerty and was very similar. The other victim was a redneck crummy tavern owner by the name of Jimmy Jacob's, and his throat was slashed, his body was found in the parking lot of the tavern.


Amy Delozier an old friend of Kim's calls and asks for her help in clearing her brother who has been accused of killing the two men.  Amy swears that her brother Rick Rod was at home at the time of the murders even though the bloody knife was found under Rick's bed.  Can Kim help Amy clear her brother or not?


Ms. Erhardt has a real winner on her hands with SHE LOVES ME, SHE LOVES ME NOT.  Most of the characters are unpretentious back woods type that makes you laugh out loud sometimes. Kim is a real gutsy type of woman, who drinks beer, smokes cigars and can out swear any sailor.  Some murder details are grisly, and this book is of a mature nature. SHE LOVES ME, SHE LOVES ME NOT has mystery, amusement, small-town cops and their lack of know-how and topless dancers thrown into the mix, an excellently written first book with conspiracy that’s all rolled up into a nice tight package with no loose ends remaining.


I can hardly wait for the next Kim Claypoole mystery.


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