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A New Prospect (Sam Jenkins Mysteries #1)

4.55  ·  Rating Details ·  47 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
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
Paperback, 276 pages
Published January 20th 2011 by Black Rose Writing
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Jun 24, 2012 Betty rated it it was amazing
Sam Jenkins is no Dirty Harry! A cross between Andy Griffith and Al Pacino? Maybe...

When Sam Jenkins, an experienced cop from New York, retires and moves to Tennessee to get away from violent crime, what does he do after he gets there? He takes the position as police chief of Prospect, of course!

So much for retirement...

Can't blame the poor guy for getting bored, and he IS under the impression this will be an easy job; nothing like the "mean streets" of New York! Yeah... right! Well...ordinarily
Jul 24, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Are you a fan of small town mysteries set in the south? If so then your in for a real treat because Wayne Zurl gives us just that! This one is set in the tiny town of Prospect, TN. Sam Jenkins had been retired from his job as a New York police detective for 14 years when he decides to apply for the job of Police Chief in Prospect, after the former chief was forced into an early retirement for uhh hum illegal activities. Who would have ever guessed that one the first day of Sam's job a murder ...more
Jul 25, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it
It’s a rather light police procedural, no blood, no real danger. But it’s a good read. And there were bits that were downright funny, a couple I even had to read out loud to my husband.
Nancy Silk
Sep 11, 2014 Nancy Silk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Once a Detective, Always a Detective"

In this first novel written about retired NY Detective Sam Jenkins, author Wayne Zurl develops marvelous characters, many of which appear in his very numerous short stories which are excellent. A New Yorker, moving to Prospect, Tennessee has to be as much as a cultural shock as for a Californian moving to Utah. The scenery is splendid, but the people sometimes are not so ... friendly or nice. Now, since the local Chief of Police "Buck" Webster has been arres
Jul 26, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-books
Sam Jenkins retired from the NYPD 14 years ago, moving to the quiet town of Prospect, TN, to live a more serene life with his wife. But when he reads about an opening for police chief of the small town, he can't help but jump at the chance to get back into it. After all, Prospect is a rural town where there aren't many high-profile crimes to solve.

In A New Prospect, Wayne Zurl throws Jenkins into more than he bargained for when he is faced with a murder just two days into the job. The victim is
Geri Ahearn
Oct 07, 2011 Geri Ahearn rated it it was amazing

Sam Jenkins worked for the New York Police Department for twenty years, then retired and moved to Tennessee. Naturally, after retirement, he didn't plan on joining the Police Force once again, but the urge came upon him and he acted on it. His new position as Police Chief in Prospect began with a mission to solve a homicide, investigate the suspects, and make sure justice is served. However, he had to deal with political influence and extreme pressure
J.L. Campbell
Jun 28, 2011 J.L. Campbell rated it really liked it
Sam Jenkins comes out of retirement and takes on the job as chief of police in Prospect, Tennessee. Within days of taking the position, a prominent citizen is murdered. Sam decides to investigate, however, the local old boys/politico club stymies the investigation. Not to be deterred, Sam continues working on the case and solves the crime, despite the opposition.

I liked being inside Sam’s head, seeing what he thought of other characters and being up close and personal with his brand of humor. I
Coreena McBurnie
Dec 14, 2011 Coreena McBurnie rated it liked it
The thing that stands out for me with this book is its meticulous accuracy. Wayne Zurl is a retired police officer and his attention to detail in this book screams of authenticity of police culture and procedure. A New Prospect is told in the first person point of view, so we really have the opportunity to get into Sam Jenkins' head and view the situation as a seasoned cop.

Zurl's writing really brings us to the South, from the small town politics to the accuracy of the accent. It took me a littl
Wayne Zurl
Feb 21, 2011 Wayne Zurl rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Finding a killer in a small Appalachian community doesn’t look that difficult to gritty ex-New York Detective Lieutenant Sam Jenkins. Adjusting to the culture of rural Tennessee, dealing with shady politicians, powerful rich families, and colorful residents, makes Sam feel like a fish out of water, or a cop out of bourbon.
But A NEW PROSPECT isn’t just about a homicide. Jenkins, the new police chief, is busy coping with his mid-life crisis, trying to patch the cracks in a department shattered by
Jaidis Shaw
Dec 13, 2011 Jaidis Shaw rated it it was amazing
A New Prospect by Wayne Zurl is a suspenseful, well-written mystery. Retired police officer Sam Jenkins decides that he is starting to get bored with the retired life and decides to take a job as the new Police Chief in a little town called Prospect. In a small town where everyone knows each other and the crime rate is almost null, what’s the worst that could happen?

Sam quickly starts to question his decision when a homicide rattles the small town. He has the intelligence and experience to inves
Oct 10, 2011 Krystal rated it really liked it

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 reade
Kathleen Kelly
Jul 20, 2011 Kathleen Kelly rated it really liked it
A New Prospect by Wayne Zurl is a great mystery/detective novel featuring Sam Jenkins, a retired New York City cop, and his wife Kate. They retired to Prospect, a small town in Tennessee awhile back and Sam has decided to work again as the Police Chief of this relatively small and quiet town. He thinks that this will be a job that will be great for a retired person to spend some time at. He is wrong as he soon finds himself embroiled in the murder of a prominent man. While trying to investigate ...more
Darcia Helle
This is a perfect beginning to the Sam Jenkins mystery series. We get to know Sam professionally, as he works to solve a murder, and also personally, through his relationships with friends and the wife he adores. The plot moves at a good pace, and is written in the form of a whodunit so readers can follow along with Sam and try to solve the murder.

I really enjoyed Sam Jenkin's character. He's older, experienced, and sure of himself without coming off as cocky. He's the 'average guy' hero everyo
Paula Ratcliffe
This book was great it combined humor, mystery, southern people and over all you get to meet all the people within the town. When Cecil Lovejoy is killed they are over run by possible suspects. They have the women he swindled into doing things they may not have, they also have family members who keep telling the police to butt out. Jenkin's wonders what everyone is hiding and who's complaining about them trying to catch a murder. In the end I didn't even have the suspect right. I loved this book ...more
Bri Clark
Jun 20, 2011 Bri Clark rated it really liked it
f you like a laugh out loud, feel good, murder mystery then this book is for you. Characters are always my weakness and delight. Sam Jenkins is a blend of Yankee charm with a sprinkling of cowboy honor laced with those old detective novels. The story moved well and at times I was stunned at the humor. Being a native of Tennessee I was impressed with the description and language Mr. Zurl used. However, at times the twang was overused. All in all a great read.
Diana Hockley
May 15, 2011 Diana Hockley rated it it was amazing
Wayne Zurl's A New Prospect is a joy to read. His main character, Sam Jenkins, is a laid back, retired cop who is in danger of being murdered by his wife for getting under-foot!! When he discovers that Prospect town requires a new Chief of Police, he attends a meeting with the Mayor and takes the job.I simply refuse to tell anyone what happens after that because if I do I will spoilt this masterpiece.

Suffice to say, READ IT READ IT READ IT!!!!

Linda Look
Dec 08, 2016 Linda Look rated it really liked it
Sam is the new police chief in a small town in Tennessee where crime never happens. a murder pits sam against the political machine and old money. good characters and plot. Look forward to reading more in this series. I rate this a 4.5
Dec 08, 2016 Robbie rated it really liked it
Started a little slow; however, as the development of Sam Jenkins progressed, I enjoyed the book more. I rate this one 4.3.
Feb 01, 2013 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
After twenty years on the NYPD, Sam Jenkins and his wife Kate leave New York behind to retire in the Great Smoky Mountain small town of Prospect, Tennessee. But his retirement doesn't last long when he accepts the position of the town's new Chief of Police. One would think that this is a cushy position in a sleepy little Appalachian town, and normally it would be ... except for the murder of a prominent real estate developer puts Sam on the case to solve the murder just two days into the job. ...more
Jun 22, 2011 Heavensent1 rated it liked it
A New Prospect is a new Sam Jenkins murder mystery series.

Sam Jenkins is a retired cop from New York, however, after the local sheriff in Prospect, Tennessee is arrested for gun smuggling, Sam decides its time to get back to work. After applying for the job, the mayor, Ronnie Shield, accepts Sam's proposal and his new job begins. After introducing himself to his new staff and shoving his way past annoying secretaries, we come to learn the grit that makes Sam Jenkins who he is.

When Cecil Lovejoy,
Nancy Silk
Jun 12, 2013 Nancy Silk rated it it was amazing
"Once a Detective, Always a Detective"

In this first novel written about retired NY Detective Sam Jenkins, author Wayne Zurl develops marvelous characters, many of which appear in his very numerous short stories which are excellent. A New Yorker, moving to Prospect, Tennessee has to be as much as a cultural shock as for a Californian moving to Utah. The scenery is splendid, but the people sometimes are not so ... friendly or nice. Now, since the local Chief of Police "Buck" Webster has been arres
Elise Abram
Mar 15, 2015 Elise Abram rated it really liked it
Wayne Zurl’s A New Prospect introduces the world to Sam Jenkins, formerly retired police officer, and brand new police Chief of Prospect, Tennessee. When he’s thrown into Prospect’s first murder on his first day on the force, the game’s afoot (as both Sherlock Holmes and Sam, himself, would say). Barred from investigation by the FBI, Sam nevertheless sets out to find the murderer.

I liked Sam Jenkins from the moment he’s introduced, but Zurl captures his reader long before that in the prologue wh
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Jul 04, 2011 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) by: PUYB
I love suspenseful murder mysteries. There is just something about the rush of trying to solve the puzzle right along side the characters, that really sets my heart to pumping. LOVE the feeling. With Wayne Zurl, we get that heart pumping, fun, fast paced murder mystery in a small town.

Sam Jenkins. Now THAT is a detective who is going places! I had so much fun interacting with this small town Southern Yankee. After being retired for 14 years, Sam decides to jump back into the saddle, and take on
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
A who dun it with a small town police force and a wealthy family at the center. Since living with a police officer, I have found myself enjoying these who dun its that have a strong police presence even more so. The story begins where you are introduced to this man and wife, the man is more than despicable and she is living with him just as he is. In the next moment, the reader meets a retired police officer who has been enjoying retirement in a small TN town where life is the exact opposite ...more
Aug 18, 2014 Towerbabel rated it really liked it
Clear, clever writing and a lovable protagonist

We meet the narrator of A New Prospect as he is making a bold move to start a new career, as chief of the Prospect police department, after having been retired a good number of years. At first, the quiet town seems nicely lacking in crime, but then a murder of local annoyance Cecil Lovejoy shakes things up.

The reader is granted intimacy with the protagonist Sam Jenkins from the top of the novel, and even when the action simply follows Sam’s first me
Ashley Fontainne
Jan 13, 2012 Ashley Fontainne rated it it was amazing
This book was right up my alley: mystery, suspense and murder!

Sam Jenkins is a lovable character with intimate details dropped inconspicuously throughout the story. Wayne Zurl has crafted a hero that everyone will enjoy reading about. The tough, retired New York cop living in the deep south: what's not to love about that?

Then a murder is thrown into the mix and Sam Jenkins finds himself wondering if becoming the Police Chief in a small town was a mistake.

I won't spoil anymore of the story, but
Sharon Michael
Feb 09, 2013 Sharon Michael rated it it was amazing
Should have read this one first, but started the series with the second. While they can be read in any order, I probably would have enjoyed the second book more if I'd read this one first.

This is an outstanding police procedural, well developed characters with a great deal of depth to the main character. An excellent feel for the southern location and for the actual attitudes, problems and politics that exist in small town law enforcement.

The second book was good ... this one put the series onto
P.S. Winn
Aug 28, 2014 P.S. Winn rated it it was amazing
When Sam decides to go back into Police work after retiring from his New York police job, he becomes Sheriff of a small town called "Prospect" Unfortunately for him Prospect receives it's first murder, a man who was not on most people's well liked list.and Sam wants to solve it before the Mayor and a few friends turn the job over to the 'Big Boys' instead of the sheriff. This is an interesting mystery and fun to read. i liked the slower pace as it pulled me in and made me hang on until the end,
Dec 15, 2011 Coral rated it liked it
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Wayne Zurl worked as a police officer for twenty years and retired from New York to East Tennessee. In 2006 he began to write crime fiction. More than twenty of his Sam Jenkins mystery novelettes have been published as audio books and eBooks. In January 2011, his first novel, A NEW PROSPECT, was be published in book form. The story follows the adventures of an ex-New York detective who finds a job ...more
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Sam Jenkins Mysteries (6 books)
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  • Heroes & Lovers (Sam Jenkins Mysteries #3)
  • Pigeon River Blues (Sam Jenkins Mysteries #4)
  • A Touch of Morning Calm (Sam Jenkins Mysteries #5)
  • A Can of Worms (Sam Jenkins Mysteries #6)

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