A review of “Troublemakers” by Carol James Marshall

Full disclosure, I was provided with a copy of this book by the author, however, I have voluntarily chosen to write a review. All opinions are my own.

You think your family is bad?

Lizbeth is hoping for a quiet weekend with her girls and her brother helping her parents set up in their retirement cabin in the Georgia woods.  A few days away from the crazy and the drama would be nice, and Lizbeth hopes that this time, her family can be “normal” for a change.

Fat chance….

No sooner than they get there, her mother starts acting weird for the umpteenth time, looking constantly out the window and muttering to herself. When her father “captures” a curious little man hiding out in the woods, the crazy train comes crashing in with full force, and Lizbeth finds herself and her family smack in the middle of a feud of mythical proportions. Maybe her Mother isn’t insane; either that or Lizbeth has had one too many shots!

Staying true to her previous writing pattern, Troublemakers is the first story after the recent full-length Demon Dealer novel. While the Demon Dealer was extremely dark, Troublemakers is comical and whimsical with still a touch of sinister tossed into the mix. For this lighter short Marshall has crafted a fun read involving, as you may have guessed, leprechauns; but these leprechauns are nothing like you have ever seen. Claiming the same woods where Lizbeth’s parent’s cabin is located, these three brothers fall somewhere between Duck Dynasty and the Hatfields and the McCoys. Hilarity quickly ensues as Knob, Creek and Bullet engage Lizbeth’s family in a battle for their land, but they soon learn that they are no match for mom. If you’re looking for something a little different from Marshall’s previous novels or are just looking for a dysfunctional family short story that may have you wondering if you and the author are related, Troublemakers would be a good quick read.


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