A Leprechaun's Lament

A Leprechaun's Lament

by Wayne Zurl


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Start with a simple background investigation and then find your subject lying face down in a peaceful Smoky Mountain stream--assassinated. Just another walk in the park for Chief Sam Jenkins.What does a cop do when a routine chore turns into a nightmare? When a simple investigation into a man's background sends you crashing into a stone wall at the end of a blind alley does finding your subject murdered simplify your life? Sam Jenkins handles a case that spans the decades and the globe from his little police department on the "peaceful side of the Smokies."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781680462531
Publisher: Melange Books
Publication date: 02/27/2016
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 810,955
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Wayne Zurl grew up on Long Island and retired after twenty years with the Suffolk County Police Department, one of the largest municipal law enforcement agencies in New York and the nation. For thirteen of those years he served as a section commander supervising investigators. He is a graduate of SUNY, Empire State College and served on active duty in the US Army during the Vietnam War and later in the reserves. Zurl left New York to live in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with his wife, Barbara.

Zurl has won Eric Hoffer and Indie Book Awards, and was named a finalist for a Montaigne Medal and First Horizon Book Award. He has written four novels and more than twenty novelettes in the Sam Jenkins mystery series.

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A Leprechaun's Lament 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
AuthorReviewerGeri More than 1 year ago
"AN INGENIOUS SUSPENSEFUL MURDER MYSTERY!" Award-Winning Author Wayne Zurl delivers another Masterpiece in the Sam Jenkins Mysteries, made for the Big Screen. The main character who we all grew fond of, known as Chief of Police for Prospect is on another case. This was supposed to be a routine investigation of the civilians who work within the department. To Sam's surprise, the expected and simple becomes the unexpected and complicated. The drama begins when Murray McGuire is found dead, appearing to be executed. The drama becomes intense when Sam finds a British passport for Murray, and after Sam calls in different helpers to fit the pieces to the puzzle, the drama becomes explosive. Is the murder an act of revenge, and will the suspect be an international killer? The FBI, CIA, and British Intelligence spices up the compelling story. A beautiful woman, Bitsey, and Sam's unique personality brings more interest to the story, making it more enjoyable. "A LEPRECHAUN'S LAMENT" ratchets up the tension as much as it does in REVENGE, is as electrifying as NO WAY OUT, and is as entertaining as THE DEPARTED. Highly recommended for all mystery lovers who enjoy thrilling crime stories. This gem aims to please!
penandtome More than 1 year ago
Prospect Police Department Chief Sam Jenkin has been conducting background checks on all department employees using funding from the Patriot Act. He find that Murrary McGuire, their middle-age office equipment repair man for nearly thirty years, didn't exist before 1975. Murrary has no background records to find. Then he is murdered and the Chief finds a British passport. Before you know it, the FBI, CIA, and British Intelligence, Irish Garda, and a beautiful Irish Republican Army woman have their hand in this trip down memory lane. Revenge and intrigue in a small Tennessee town.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Sixty-year old retired New York City Police Detective Sam Jenkins and wife Katherine pack up their belongings and Scottish terrier Bitsey, and relocate to the Great Smoky Mountain small town of Prospect, Tennessee. But Sam's retirement is short lived when he becomes the town's next Chief of Police. With three months under his belt as Prospect's Chief of Police, Sam's police department is approved a grant under the Patriot Act to conduct background investigations on all civilian employees who work with the police department. But the routine background investigations on the nine current civilian employees turns into a complicated mystery when one of the civilians, Murray "Typewriter Murray" McGuire, the middle-aged Irish office equipment repairman for the past twenty-eight years, has no past! When Sam and his staff investigate Murray's background, they find that there is no trace of the man before 1975, the man simply doesn't exist! And Murray isn't very forthcoming or helpful in supplying his background information, when he is confronted with his lack of past history, he provides vague responses which leads Sam to wonder what is the man hiding? All hell breaks loose and drama ensues when Murray turns up murdered and Sam finds Murray's British passport, so he calls in some help from the FBI, and the murder investigation turns into an international intrigue when the CIA, British Intelligence and the Irish Garda get involved! Who would want a little Irishman like Murray McGuire dead? Come along with Sam as he embarks on an intriguing international murder mystery investigation adventure! A Leprechaun's Lament is the second Sam Jenkins Mystery series book that I have read, and once again author Wayne Zurl has been able to grab my attention and draw me into another intriguing mystery story featuring the witty and sarcastic Sam Jenkins. Author Wayne Zurl weaves an intriguing tale of murder and international intrigue told in the first person narrative by Prospect Police Chief Sam Jenkins, who takes the reader along for the ride on his latest investigative adventure. The author's writing style engages the reader with a story that has a mixture of humor, intrigue, drama, and romance; and enough suspenseful twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the surprising ending. With rich details and descriptions of the Great Smoky Mountains setting in east Tennessee and the international intrigue of Ireland and Great Britain; to Sam's brash personality, witty and sarcastic humor and banter, and flirtatious ways with the ladies; to the quirky Prospect townsfolk and their equally quirky local dialect; A Leprechaun's Lament is one heck of an entertaining murder mystery adventure that you won't be able to put down! Author Wayne Zurl utilizes his prior police experience and past case investigations to weave an intriguing Sam Jenkins Mystery series that crime/mystery fans will thoroughly enjoy!
Celticlady1953 More than 1 year ago
A Leprechaun's Lament is another fine example of the books by Wayne Zurl. I read the first book in the Sam Jenkin's mystery series last year and loved it. I figured the second book would be just as good, I was not disappointed. Sam is a former New York detective who retired from police work only to be lured back into it to be Chief of the police force in small town, New Prospect in Tennessee. So Sam and his wife and dog relocate and instead of living a life of adventure and travel, Sam is back in the cop business. This novel continues with further mystery in the death of Murray Maguire, an employee with the New Prospect police department as a general handyman, who is also very elusive about his past. Sam is having a hard time finding out who this man actually is, he seems to have no past previous to 1975. Sam is required to do a background check on all his employees and what he finds out about Murray thrusts him into a series of circumstances with the conclusion a surprise to all involved. The story has ties to the CIA, FBI, British Intelligence and the Irish Garda and Sam has to ask help from all these other entities to find out why Murray Maguire, an unassuming man, would have such a secretive life and who would want him dead. A wonderful cast of characters, lots of humor, suspense and a little romance make for an awesome read. This series is not to be missed. I loved it!!
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Chief Sam Jenkins a thoroughly enjoyable and loveable character...he is in charge of the Prospect Police Department in TN. What an adventure you begin from the start of the book to the very end! He is engaging and a people's person...and loves his wife! Love how he flirts in a comforting way...others would have gotten in trouble! What begins as an innocent request for funds under the Patriot Act...a security check on employees, ends up as an international killer being loose in TN. Murray McGuire the office equipment repairer, seems to not have existed for part of his life? We have the FBI called in, with the way the Chief works his magic way of getting what he wants. When the FBI also comes up with dead ends...he also has a friend in the CIA. From there we use British Intelligence, and the Irish Garda. We travel along on a page turning read....really wild and entertaining. The way things turn out is nothing less than amazing. I love it. There are also some unanswered questions...and don't know if they will be answered in the future? I for one will be reading more of Chief Sam Jenkins mysteries!! I received this book through Pump Your Book Virtual Tour and the Author Wayne Zurl, and was not required to give a positive review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Paul J. for Readers Favorite Ex-NYPD Detective Sam Jenkins is now the Chief of Police for the Prospect, Tennessee Police Department. He and his team take on what looks to be a routine task, investigating all the civilians working for the Prospect Police Department. However, things don’t turn out exactly as expected. Preliminary inquiries reveal that Murray McGuire, who spent half of his life repairing office equipment for the small city of Prospect, didn't exist prior to 1975. But, Sam’s problems are only starting. After uncovering nothing but dead ends, things get even more disturbing when Murray is found lying face down in a Smoky Mountain creek bed. The death appears to be done - assassination style. Adding more to the mystery is a British passport for Murray, found in his house. Sam isn’t about to let this murder go unsolved. He immediately calls in favors from old friends and new acquaintances, a local FBI agent, a deputy director of the CIA, British intelligence services, and the Irish Garda. And then there is the young Irish beauty with a hidden past. Sam desperately needs to learn McGuire’s real identity and uncover the trail of an international killer. Is it simply a revenge killing, or something more? "A Leprechaun’s Lament" is an excellent story in the cozy mystery genre. There is no strong language, sex or excessive violence. The plot is sound and interesting. The author’s characters are likeable and believable. Along with Sam are his two newly appointed Sergeants, Bettye Lambert, beautiful and smart, and as Desk Sergeant, the heartbeat of the Department, and Stanley Rose, ex-LAPD and as street smart as they come. Of course he has the full support of his lovely wife Kate and his best friend, Bitsey the dog. The author has taken an assortment of characters from all over the country and the world and woven them into a thoroughly enjoyable mystery. I look forward to the next installment of the 'Sam Jenkins Mystery Series'.