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Nothing but Trouble (PJ Sugar #1)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  878 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
It's not fair to say that trouble happens every time PJ Sugar is around, but it feels that way when she returns to her home town, looking for a fresh start. Within a week, her former teacher is murdered and her best friend's husband is arrested as the number-one suspect. Although the police detective investigating the murder—who also happens to be PJ's former flame—is conv ...more
Paperback, 341 pages
Published April 16th 2009 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Cathy Bryant
May 18, 2009 Cathy Bryant rated it it was amazing
In Nothing But Trouble we are introduced to PJ Sugar, as delightful a character as you'll ever meet (think Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables, only all grown up and modernized--yeah, she's that much fun)!

Some people have one of those days, but PJ Sugar has one of those lives. You know, the kind of person that trouble seems to follow like a little black raincloud.

The story opens with PJ headed back to her hometown of Kellogg, Minnesota, to confront her checkered past. Can she prove to her mot
Aug 07, 2010 Stephany rated it really liked it
This was the first book in the PJ Sugar series by Susan May Warren and I really cannot wait to read more from her! The story involved a jack-of-all-trades girl, PJ, who left her small-town when she was 18 after she was accused of setting the kitchen of the country club on fire and her boyfriend, Boone, doing nothing to absolve her. She spent the next 10 years doing everything and anything - stunt girl, manicurist, clown - she could get her hands on, never fully finding her place anywhere.

She re
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Feb 22, 2010 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) by: LitFuse Publicity Group
Oh my goodness, this was an adorable book! I instantly fell in love with the characters, especially PJ Sugar and Boone. I could relate with all the characters but I felt a connection strongly with PJ. When I can feel a connection with a character, it is sure to be a wonderful book in my opinion, and NBT did not disappoint!

Susan May Warren's talent is that of humor mixed with God and mystery. I love it! The creation of PJ Sugar novel number 1, Nothing But Trouble, is amazing. Warren brings real-
Sarah Wade
Jan 23, 2017 Sarah Wade rated it liked it
This one took me a few chapters to get into. I knew it would be good, but there was a lot of back story that took awhile to wade through. At least it seemed so, maybe I was just busy and couldn't give it enough attention. Once the real story started going, I really liked it. I bought the series (3 books) as a bundle through Amazon, so it was nice to be able to read one right after the other
Feb 02, 2010 Ruth rated it it was amazing
Ten years ago PJ Sugar left her small hometown of Kellogg, Minnesota, in disgrace, and has been running from her past ever since. After an unexpected call from her sister for help, PJ does the one thing she thought was impossible – returns to the scene of her “crimes,” the town she fled after earning the nickname “nothing but trouble” and being accused of setting fire to the country club. From the moment she sets foot in Kellogg for her sister’s wedding, everywhere PJ turns it seems that her fai ...more
Aug 20, 2013 Nancy rated it it was amazing
I started out reading the third book, "Licensed for Trouble" in the PJ Sugar series first. It can be read alone or first, no problem. I loved that one so much that I knew I'd be reading the whole series. It was my first Susan May Warren book.

Having just finished "Nothing but Trouble" I really want to write a review that does this series justice, if possible. I read a lot, many top list best sellers, am an English major, and have attempted writing and getting my own kid detective stories publishe
Aug 03, 2010 Jennifer rated it did not like it
I received this as an ARC. In all fairness to all parties, and as you can plainly see above, there is no reference to the fact that Susan May Warren is a Christian Lit author in the blurb. If there had been, I never would have requested to review the book. Not that I have anything against Christianity or any other religion, for that matter, (I just don't like points of view, religious or political, being forced on me) and I'm certainly not here to spark a religious debate. However a review is o ...more
Mar 26, 2009 melissa rated it liked it
Although this one wasn’t completely what I expected, I enjoyed it. I knew this one was going to be Christian when I requested it, but then forgot by the time I received it. I don’t remember the description saying anything, and the back of the book didn’t, but I knew from the publisher. When I started reading, I was a bit surprised when she mentioned it. I didn’t think it was presented in an offensive, in your face way that I have seen it before. In fact, for the first half of the book, I felt it ...more
Nora St Laurent
Jul 23, 2010 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing
PJ’s back in her hometown to attend her sister’s wedding. Her nickname in High School was NBT—Nothing But Trouble. PJ says this about herself, “Ever since I’ve been back, I’ve felt like…like I’ve been sucked back in time. Like I’m walking around in my old body, but there’s this new person inside screaming. However, no matter what I do, she’s locked in there, and I’m destined to be the person I left behind.”

PJ’s become a Christian after High School and has changed but the people she used to know
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
I reviewed all three of these on my blog at once. Link goes live in a few days. I'll post it then. But for now here's my review:

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
Jun 13, 2009 Mary rated it really liked it
Nothing But Trouble is the story of PJ Sugar and her return to the "scene of the crime" - her hometown. She left ten years earlier - as soon as she could toss off her graduation cap and gown - after taking the fall for a crime she didn't commit. So when she gets the call to come home she takes it to be a chance to clear her name. She gets that chance and more.

PJ is a likable character and I hope to learn more about her in future books (this is the first of a series). She's trying to become a bet
Aug 19, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
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Phyllis Wheeler
Jul 20, 2011 Phyllis Wheeler rated it it was amazing
PJ Sugar returns to her small town in Minnesota after wandering the United States for 10 years. Is she still the impulsive, passionate teen who loved the wild child Boone and helped set the country club afire on prom night, or has she grown up now? That is the question she keeps asking herself. She cringes under the weight of her mother’s disapproval. But her mother is saying some very loving and positive things. Does she really disapprove?

Soon a mystery takes center stage. PJ feels that she had
May 01, 2009 Janna rated it it was amazing
NBT - Nothing But Trouble. That was PJ's nickname when she was younger. Trouble seemed to follow her everywhere she went, all the way up to leaving town immediately following graduation because she didn't want to go to jail. She spends the next 10 years wandering all over the country, moving from place to place and working a string of rather interesting and different jobs in a half-hearted attempt to fit in somewhere. Now her sister calls her, desperately needing her to come home for her wedding ...more
Jul 03, 2011 Sally rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
I've read some great books by Susan May Warren. This isn't one of them. The book opens with PJ's boyfriend telling her that she just isn't pastor's wife material, and he wants to be a pastor. They break up and she returns to the home town that she left 10 years ago and promptly shows why the (ex)boyfriend was right. It's not the multiple jobs she's had in the past, or the behavior that made her leave home at age 18. After all, we've all got skeletons in our closets and have done things of which ...more
Christy Lockstein
Feb 11, 2009 Christy Lockstein rated it it was amazing
Nothing But Trouble by Susan May Warren is the first book in the PJ Sugar series. PJ is returning home to Kellogg, Minnesota after she left in disgrace and under suspicion for arson the night of her high school graduation 10 years ago. When sister Connie goes on her honeymoon, she needs PJ to take care of her son Davy. PJ wants to use the opportunity to find redemption and maybe reclaim the life she left so long ago, but when her best friend's husband is accused of murder, she can't help but sta ...more
Feb 23, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
From my blog...[return][return]Nothing But Trouble is the first book in Susan May Warren's PJ Sugar series. The reader is introduced to fun and quirky PJ Sugar who is finally returning home to Kellogg, Minnesota after being run out of town on her graduation day. Her homecoming is about as PJ expects, except running into her old boyfriend who is now a police officer, part of the reason she was run out of town. To make matters worse, PJ is left to care for her 4-year-old nephew, whom she has never ...more
Jun 22, 2009 cecilia rated it it was amazing
I had originally wanted to go 4, but in retrospect, I would seriously consider re-reading Nothing But Trouble again because it actually turned out pretty decent! PJ proves to be a fun and likeable main character. I never knew what would happen next - all I knew is that it probably led to trouble!

Nothing But Trouble was a fun and fast-paced read that included some Christian elements as PJ comes to terms with herself and the past that haunts her. The love triangle that emerges between PJ, Boone, a
Oct 19, 2012 Brandie rated it really liked it
Okay, when I first started this book, I admit in my head I rolled my eyes a bit. Because I knew EXACTLY what was going to happen ...
she would return home, struggle, something would happen, she's ask for forgiveness, they would forgive her, she'd get the guy and life would end happily ever after.

Umm, wrong! LOL! Once I started reading I realized that was not at all how it would happen - and I was so glad for it!

I loved this book! Just feel in love with PJ. Loved the mystery aspect of it, and love
Apr 30, 2013 Terri rated it really liked it
I was ready to follow PJ on her adventure from the first page. I enjoyed Warren's descriptions so much. Here's an example, "Around the patio area, rusty pool furniture glimmered under the tinny, buzzing fluorescent lights. A horde of moths flirted with death around the heat of the bulbs; the earthy palmetto smell tangled with the coconut oil smeared onto the deck chairs, tempering the sharp odor of chlorine. . . and wet towels taunted by the wind slapped the metal rail above her as she climbed t ...more
Rachelle Sperling
Jul 05, 2012 Rachelle Sperling rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Nothing But Trouble. I like how Susan Warren can blend together the deep and the outrageous. The main character, PJ Sugar, was funny and impulsive, even as she ran from her pain and her poor choices. I enjoyed seeing the development of PJ’s character as she came to realize that maybe her interpretation of her life wasn’t 100% accurate.

I loved how the author blended in an off the wall, “Murder She Wrote” small town, big crime, kind of storyline with the development of PJ’s character. I
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Ten years after leaving it in disgrace, PJ Sugar returns to her hometown to look after her nephew while her sister is on her honeymoon. PJ always had a knack for finding trouble and soon after arriving home, she finds herself knee deep in it again. Her former boyfriend is now a cop and when her best friend's husband is accused of murder, PJ decides that she's going to solve the mystery herself.

The first of the PJ Sugar series, it took me awhile to get into and I found it light on the mystery and
Sandy Mckenzie
Feb 24, 2010 Sandy Mckenzie rated it it was amazing
I could tell from the beginning that this ws going to be a very enjoyable read.
It’s not fair to say that trouble happens every time PJ Sugar is around, but it feels that way when she returns to her hometown, looking for a fresh start. Within a week, her former teacher is murdered and her best friend’s husband is arrested as the number-one suspect. Although the police detective investigating the murder–who also happens to be PJ’s former flame–is convinced it’s an open-and-shut case, PJ’s not so s
Jun 06, 2009 Irene rated it really liked it
PJ Sugar is home again after ten years away. Coming home brings back all of the feelings and memories of the PJ she tried so hard to leave behind. She is a sweet girl grown to a good woman that no matter where she goes, trouble seems to find her. Well, she is not running away this time. No matter how tempting it is. She stays put, finds more trouble, but also finds a lot of answers deep in herself that she has been looking for for a long time.
This is a fun book. Well written and full or surprise
Kate Scott
When I first read the synopsis of Nothing but Trouble, I knew it was going to be a winner. Mystery, romance, faith, humor, and just a hint of international intrigue––how can you go wrong with that?

Ten years after leaving her hometown of Kellog, Minnesota, disgraced and widely considered the biggest troublemaker in town, PJ Sugar is cajoled into returning home to care for her four-year-old nephew while her sister is out of town. Determined to restore her reputation and make peace with the past, P
Aug 05, 2010 Jenness rated it it was ok
Part way through this book I decided this is the Christian/Inspirational version of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum. PJ Sugar in trying to solve a mystery goes from one sticky situation to another. She has feelings for two men, the fomer SEAL now PI (can you say Ranger) and the high school sweetheart now policman (now say Joe). Add complex family relationships, sister and mother, and what do you have - Stephanie Plum without the sex. Cute story and I did enjoy reading it. Reads fast, mystery, b ...more
Sally Bradley
May 02, 2009 Sally Bradley rated it really liked it
Nothing But Trouble is one of those books that makes you want to find a stack of novels and read for a week straight.

PJ Sugar is a lovable heroine who’s funny and hurting. She’s got a messy past she’d love to erase and an overwhelming desire to do things right. But it just doesn’t seem to be in her DNA.

Lucky for us. :)

What I like about the book is that PJ isn’t perfect at all. She seems like someone we’ve met before, and because of that we can relate to her. Except for the Russians in the book.
Feb 09, 2016 Strawberry rated it really liked it
This was a somewhat poor romance and I didn't like the ending at all (After reading the series, I see that this book is really only the first 1/3 of the whole story.), but it was a great mystery. I don't mine when I suspect the killer before the end, but I really like when I'm unsure. If you're looking for a romance, there is an ex-flame that still flames and a new guy along with the humor of non-English speaking in-laws and a goat It's worth the read just to see if you'd like to continue. The 4 ...more
Debora Wilder
Apr 22, 2013 Debora Wilder rated it it was amazing
A wonderful mystery that is full of twists and turns.

PJ leaves town under a heavy cloak of accusation. When she returns 10 years later can she change how everyone, including herself, sees her? The answer can only be found as she tries to solve the mystery of a man’s murder and the accusation against her best friend’s husband.

As PJ fumbles her way through trying to solve the case there are hilarious twists and turns to be navigated. There is also a lot of soul searching as PJ faces up to and deal
Amber Jones
Feb 20, 2011 Amber Jones rated it really liked it
PJ Sugar, Kellogg local, returns after a 10 year absense to her hometown to watch her sister's son while her and her new Russian husband go on a two week honeymoon.

But were PJ goes, trouble follows. An old flame is rekindled, a new flame ignites, and the drama of PJ's life unfolds as she gets involved in a murder investigation.

A Christian fiction novel that is easily compared to Janet Evanovich's style of writing, without the raunch and language.

Very good book..onto the second one Double Troubl
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