Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Book Review: Sweet Jiminy by Kristin Gore

(this is not a book trailer, it's Hard Time Killing Floor Blues, one of the many songs I thought of while reading this awesome book! Feel free to play it while you read my review)

Sweet Jiminy by Kristin Gore
Publisher: 4/26/2011
E-Arc, 236 pages
Reviewed for review from NetGalley

In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, Jiminy abruptly quits law school and flees Chicago for her grandmother Willa’s farm in rural Mississippi. In search of respite, Jiminy instead stumbles upon more trouble and turmoil than she ever knew existed.

She is shocked to discover there was once another Jiminy — the daughter of her grandmother’s longtime housekeeper, Lyn — who was murdered along with Lyn’s husband four decades earlier. With the help of Lyn’s nephew Bo, Jiminy sets out to solve the long-ago murder, to the dismay of those who would prefer to let sleeping dogs lie.
Finally finished this awesome, awesome book. The only reason it too me so long was because it was an E-copy and I'm so bad with those. It takes place this century in Tennessee where racism is still the undercurrent in the sea of townspeople. We meet Jiminy as she decides that she needs to take a break. But she walks into a mystery that she is determined to solve no matter what.

The language wasn't too poetic but there were some beautiful passages that I went back and read over and over:
"Edward used to tell Jiminy that her eyes had dripped from the sky onto her face the night she was born, when the delighted moon had laughed so hard she'd cried. So Jiminy's eyes were Moon Tears, Edward declared, as special and precious as her."

Gore also painted heartbreaking portraits of many of the characters, from Lyn the housekeeper who is hollow on the inside because of the terrible murders, to the newly arrived Mexican couple who try to run a small restaurant in town. One of the more sad lines from the book that stuck with me was a description of a mysterious picture taken years ago:

"He looked as though he just asked the camera something and had been waiting, hoping for an answer. And that the timer had gone off at the exact moment that he realized he wasn't going to get one."

There were so many characters to keep account of but Gore weaved them in perfectly. There would be long sections about one character and just like a cut scene in a movie, we'd go to the next character. Hopefully this book gets great ratings and it is made into some sort of movie. I just loved it!

All in all, I give Sweet Jiminy 4 out of 4 stars. I was blown away by the storytelling and the intriguing characters. I highly recommend this book for fans of Adult General Fiction who also have an interest in realistic race crime tales.


  1. Sounds like a very interesting read. I don't generally stray too far into the realm of Adult Fiction, but I might have to try this one out. Thank you for the review!

  2. You are welcome Lilly Bear! I normally read adult fiction and I'm new to YA Fiction!

  3. I probably wouldn't have looked into this book because it's not really my genre, but those quotes you pulled are really beautiful. I feel so much sadness from the second quote. Thanks for bringing this writer to my attention.

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