Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Limestone GumptionWhen Brad Pope returns to his boyhood hometown to settle a debt with his estranged father and re-establish a bond with his cantankerous Grandma Gigi, the 35-year-old psychologist becomes a prime suspect in the murder of football legend turned cave diver, Big Jake Nunn. As if being accused of murder isn’t shock enough, the psychologist is horrified by his father’s whereabouts, and Grandma Gigi and her club sisters start to look more like cold-bloodied killers than church ladies. This offbeat, fast-paced mystery witnesses beauty and brutality in a small Southern town, twisting and turning, teasing to the surface one suspicion, one misunderstanding, and one murder at a time.

The audiobook version of this classic Southern murder mystery is narrated by voice actor, Adrian Rosen, and published by Audible/ACX.

Limestone Gumption (Hardback, $25.95, Five Star Publishing), 2014 Beverly Hills Book Award for BEST MYSTERY, keeps you on the edge of your seat or makes you fall out of it laughing. Read the first two chapters at

LIMESTONE GUMPTION is available from Amazon and Audible.


“A mystery that keeps us guessing as well as a humorous look at small-town Southern life. Bryan Robinson has written a highly enjoyable novel!”—RON RASH, New York Times bestselling author of Serena, a major motion picture

“Delightful story and memorable characters.”—CHRIS ROERDEN, Agatha-Award-winning author of Don’t Murder Your Mystery

“A stunning comedic debut, a laugh-out-loud page-turner of a mystery populated by the most eccentric and hilarious characters I’ve encountered in a long, long time.”–CASSANDRA KING, author of The Sunday Wife and Moonrise

“Thrilling, chilling, funny, touching with rich Southern characters and spot-on dialogue. I laughed, gasped, and even shed a few tears. I haven’t read a book I have enjoyed so much since The Help.”—DEL SHORES, Director/Screenwriter of the motion pictures Sordid Lives and Southern Baptist Sissies

“Colorful dialogue and larger-than-life Southern characters, earning it favorable comparison to the work of Fannie Flagg and Pat Conroy.”—RICH RENNICKS, Asheville Mountain Express

“Twists and turns and surprises kept me turning the pages…a little of everything: mystery, suspense, love, hate—an entertaining story.”—READERS’ FAVORITE

“Robinson’s debut amateur sleuth gets a thumbs up…light humor, genial banter, and colorful characters…mouthwatering recipes included.”—LIBRARY JOURNAL

“A debut novel written with a veteran pen, Limestone Gumption is expertly crafted with controlled plot twists and quirky, memorable characters whose development grips the reader as much as the mystery itself. With light-hearted deftness, it also provokes much thought on wider issues.”—AZAM GILL, The Big Thrill Magazine


Bryan Robinson is a novelist, licensed psychotherapist, and Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His award-winning novel, Limestone Gumption: A Brad Pope and Sisterfriends Mystery (Five Star Publishing, 2014) is a nail-biting Southern murder mystery and winner of the 2014 Beverly Hills International Book Award for BEST MYSTERY. He is a veteran author of 35 nonfiction books, has appeared on 20/20, Good Morning America, World News Tonight, The Early Show, and NBC Nightly News. He maintains a psychotherapy practice in Asheville, NC, where he is working on his next mystery. Visit his website at