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Savannah Reid, that big, sexy, Southern-born sleuth with a black belt in karate and blue eyes to die for has finally established herself as a P.I. in posh San Carmelita, California. She even has her own digs - The Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency - with her name on the door, and her own personal assistant. All Savannah needs now is her first case so she can pay the rent, settle up with her creditors and put some serious sweets on the table. When the phone rings, it's just the break Savannah's been hoping for: ...
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Overview

Savannah Reid, that big, sexy, Southern-born sleuth with a black belt in karate and blue eyes to die for has finally established herself as a P.I. in posh San Carmelita, California. She even has her own digs - The Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency - with her name on the door, and her own personal assistant. All Savannah needs now is her first case so she can pay the rent, settle up with her creditors and put some serious sweets on the table. When the phone rings, it's just the break Savannah's been hoping for: Real estate broker Brian O'Donnell wants Savannah to find his long-lost sister. Savannah has no sooner located Lisa and celebrated with a hefty slice of cheesecake, when she's forced to eat her words: Murder enters the picture. Devastated by the part she may have unwittingly played in a diabolically clever double-cross, Savannah sets out to find the culprit and rescue a missing child. Instead, she finds herself under suspicion of murder. Caught dead center in an increasingly dangerous and complex murder case, Savannah is sorely tempted to retreat into the sweet safety of a chocolate binge. Meanwhile, she has her fill of a veritable smorgasbord of disreputable suspects scattered among the lovers, losers and liars who lurk in the shadows of Lisa's puzzling past. Each of them has a motive. Not one of them has an alibi. Now, Savannah must call upon all her resources to sort out the baffling clues, corner a killer, and clear her own name. If she fails, the spanking new Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency just may bite the dust before it even has a chance to prove its mettle.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Introduced in Just Desserts, Savannah Reid, a Georgia transplant and former cop in Southern California, is having second thoughts about forming the Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency. Her first case is a man looking for his sister, from whom he was separated as a child. Savannah locates Lisa Mallock and her daughter, Christy, and learns they are hiding from Lisa's abusive ex-husband, Earl. Then Lisa and Christy are abducted, and Savannah, certain that her investigation led to the crime, feels responsible. After she finds Lisa's mutilated body in a remote fishing resort, the Moonlight Magnolia Agency, including Savannah's former police partner Dirk, mobilizes to find Christy before she too is harmed. Savannah's visiting Granny Reid is unable to stand idly by and adds her country bromides to the proceedings. Despite the fact that the police are on the verge of arresting her every step of the way, the dessert-loving Savannah and her motley team of investigators manage to save the day and pull off a light, satisfying tale. (May)
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Brian O'Donnell wants to locate the sister his dad gave up for adoption years ago. Transplanted Southern belle Savannah Reid, unjustly fired from her job with the San Carmelito police, must either find a case for her detective agency or else deny her sweet tooth. She uses her indomitable charm and connections to find Brian's sister, who has been hiding from an abusive husband. Unfortunately, the psychotic stalker follows Savannah to the sister. As in Just Desserts (LJ 4/1/95), Savannah is the main draw here, with her wicked humor, intrusive appetite, and quintessential Southern sensibilities. Fun reading.
Kirkus Reviews
Eased out of her job with the San Carmelita Police Department (Just Desserts, 1995), queen-sized peach blossom Savannah Reid has set up the Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency. She's jubilant when she lands her first client, realtor Brian O'Donnell, who traced his sister Lisa Mallock, separated from him since her childhood adoption, to San Carmelita before he lost her trail. But Savannah quickly learns that Lisa doesn't want to be found. The $50,000 legacy Brian's trying to share with her is no match for his sister's terror of her abusive ex, Earl Mallock. Hours after Savannah has found Lisa, she's dead, and her daughter Christy's missing. The brutal murder looks just like Earl's work—until he turns up as the next victim.

Despite a tough time for poor Lisa, this is more sweet than substantial, with gauzy romance-novel clichés purveying a double portion of food, fashion, and full-figured fun. Only the mystery is malnourished.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575661698
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/1/1997
  • Series: Savannah Reid Series, #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 4.13 (w) x 6.81 (h) x 0.86 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2006

    Great overall mystery novel

    This was a quick read. The characters are very dynamic, and once you begin reading, you'll feel you too are trying to untwist the wires. You will keep guession until the end.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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