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From New York to the Smokies

(Sam Jenkins Mysteries #4.7)

4.68  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Five mysteries spanning more than four decades in the life of career police officer Sam Jenkins.
THE BOAT TO PRISON—set in 1963 when a teenaged Jenkins and his friends attempt to foil a plot to kill a Long Island union leader and keep Sam’s shop steward father from doing hard time.
FAVORS drops readers into a New York of 1985 when Lieutenant Sam Jenkins mounts an unoffici
ebook, 1st, 176 pages
Published April 16th 2015 by Melange Books, LLC
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Linda Strong
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015

This is a collection of short stories which covers 40 years in the life of Sam Jenkins, a career police officer. Sam is employed by a small police department in Tennessee. I used to live in Tennessee, so I really connected with the place and the people.

I won't go through each of the five stories .... but they all show the side of a police officer that we rarely see in the news .... the good cop who only wants to be the best he can at what he does.. which is not only solving crimes, but generally
Nancy Silk
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“Exciting Stories From Retired Real-Life Police Investigator, Wayne Zurl”

These are new short stories about the crime solving character Sam Jenkins. In “The Boat To Prison” Sam is 17 years old enjoying being at the helm of a 26-foot cabin cruiser heading to the New Jersey coast from Jones Inlet on Long Island for fishing. His father Eddy, and two of his dad’s friends, Rocco, and Tony Casale are sitting on the stern chatting. Tony is the current president of the local union of the Amalgamated Meat
Ilil Arbel
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Masterful plots, penetrating psychology, rich background and intriguing, diverse characters – these are all to be expected in Wayne Zurl’s stories about Sam Jenkins, police chief in a small Tennessee town, on his third career after serving in the military and in a large police department in Long Island, NY. And let’s face it – this series is addictive. You read one, you want more. We know a little bit about Sam’s past. We meet some of his old friends, and of course, his u
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour and rated it 4.5 out of 5 Stars.

A new addition to an established series of short stories, From New York to the Smokies by Wayne Zurl, is a good introduction to the Sam Jenkins series. An intelligent, morally upright hero, colorful secondary characters, good mysteries and the right amount of action kept my attention from the start to finish. Fans of mystery books and police procedurals will definitely want to give this antholog
Dixie Goode
Wayne Zurl has written several police centered mystery novels involving the character Sam Jenkins. This is a collection of five short stories, which are each a smaller mystery spanning different ages in Sam's development as a police officer and a human being. I really enjoy the characters and situations in these stories and the growth Sam makes from being a young man forced to confront his own values and make adult decisions, to being an experienced Chief in a small police department with big ru ...more
Katherine McCarthy
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-fiction
Full review on The Crime Cove Book Review Blog here

Zurl is a natural born storyteller! He recounts these crime-solving tales with such ease, you'll actually feel like your mind is being smoothly caressed. With memorable characters and vivid detail, these are the kind of stories you'd love to hear conveyed around an evening's campfire.

I found this short story collection to be a refreshing read from the usual non-stop action-packed crime thrillers. Its more a true-to-life account of how our law e
Marianne Spitzer
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of Sam Jenkins novels the way I am, you will love these five short stories. If you have never read any of the Sam Jenkins series, I would suggest you read this book. I don't think you'll be disappointed. You 'll meet a young seventeen-year od Sam doing what he can to keep someone he cares about from getting into trouble. Sam is the same person later in the stories when he helps a young woman who wants to become a police officer. His true blue colors continue to shine as the poli ...more
Maire Reed
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sam Jenkins is the sort of guy you hope pulls you over if you are caught with a lead foot on the gas pedal or if you roll through a stop sign. You know he'll be fair and not make you feel too bad for doing something benignly stupid. You also know he'll be wise enough to outsmart the real bad guys but not after working at it and solving the puzzle. He is believable and human. In this age of cop-bashing and questionable police tactics airing way too often on the evening news, it's nice to have a p ...more
Margaret Millmore
I'm a huge fan of the Sam Jenkins series, I've read them all and I'm always on the look-out for the next book. From New York to the Smokies is more of prequel to the existing novels/short stories in the series and as usual, they were thoroughly enjoyable! Several of the reviewers on Amazon US ( have gone into plot detail, so I won't bother to reiterate those, but suffice it to say, anyone who enjoys this series or a good mystery in general will love all t ...more
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sam Jenkins Mystery Series fans are in for a special treat with From New York To The Smokies, a five short story anthology collection that spans four decades of Sam's life and career.

Author Wayne Zurl weaves a wonderful collection of short stories that begins in 1963 with seventeen year old Sam in The Boat to Prison, where he tries to stop his father from going to jail by foiling a mobster's plot to kill a Long Island union leader. Then fast forward to 1985 in Favors, where Sam is a Lieutenant o
Judy Savage
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic reading!

Wayne Zurl writes with humor, excitement, and makes his books memorable. There are moments I laugh out loud and moments I find myself pulling an imaginary trigger on my imaginary pistol, as this writer pulls me into the drama. Mr. Zurl has the ability to make one feel as though you are a part of his story. I couldn't put any of his books down, had to finish each one without breaks. Yes, dinner was put on hold, etc. I have wonderful hubby that likes to read, too. Looking forward
Elise Abram
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sam Jenkins’ Companion

Detective Sam Jenkins is back in Wayne Zurl’s From New York to the Smokies, a short story collection spanning over four decades in the life of the character. From a young age, Sam Jenkins wanted to do what was right. When he foils a mob crime and saves his father from going to jail, someone suggests he become a police officer and that’s what he does. The stories span Sam’s career, beginning as a lieutenant in New York through to his time as chief of the Prospect PD, a town
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of 5 short stories about Sam Jenkins. The first one starts out when he is only 17 years old in New York. They are from all different times in his life. They are Police procedurals mysteries.

If you are a fan of Sam Jenkins mysteries you will want to read these stories. If your new to them it is a good introduction to his life. Sam Jenkins is from New York and worked for years as a Police detective and then he retired and became Police Chief in Prospect, Tennessee. A bi
Cheryl Peyton
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
While the five stories span several decades and are set in wildly dissimilar locations, they are all connected by the likeable, wisecracking central character, career policeman Sam Jenkins, who goes about solving baffling mysteries with a combination of keen intellect and dogged police work.

Considering that the author was on the force in both New York City and rural East Tennessee, I kept wondering how closely the tales were drawn from his own case files. Adding to that impression is Mr. Zurl’s
Paul Fussner
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Zurl has done it again!

This multi book set has got more stories going on than you would ever think possible Wayne Zurl continues to amaze me with Intellectual story telling abilities, if you're a mystery thriller book fan this author specializes in multi faceted edge of your seat humerus, suspenseful, exhilarating, and riveting stories.
As long as Mr. Zurl continues to create the Sam Jenkins stories, I'll continue buying them, I can't wait to read more!
S.M. McElligott
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really liked this collection of short stories about a cop with great instincts who really cares about people. The writer gives us a protagonist who is believeable, professional and very human. I'm sure that my Brooklyn born husband (who likes his fiction in small doses) will enjoy it too.
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MY REVIEW 1 1 Jun 03, 2015 09:29AM  
Pump Up Your Book: From New York To The Smokies by Wayne Zurl 1 4 Apr 03, 2015 02:05PM  
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 publlished. The story follows the adventures of an ex-New York detective who finds a job as police chie ...more

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Sam Jenkins Mysteries (7 books)
  • A New Prospect: A Sam Jenkins Mystery
  • A Leprechaun's Lament (Sam Jenkins Mysteries #2)
  • 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)
  • A Bleak Prospect