A Cutthroat Business [NOOK Book]

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Everyone has warned new-minted realtor Savannah Martin that real estate is a cutthroat business. But Savannah doesn’t think she’s supposed to take the warning literally ... until an early morning phone call sends her to an empty house on the ‘bad’ side of town, where she finds herself standing over the butchered body of a competitor, face to face with the boy her mother always warned her about.

Rafe Collier is six feet three inches of testosterone and trouble; tall, dark, and ...

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A Cutthroat Business

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Overview

Everyone has warned new-minted realtor Savannah Martin that real estate is a cutthroat business. But Savannah doesn’t think she’s supposed to take the warning literally ... until an early morning phone call sends her to an empty house on the ‘bad’ side of town, where she finds herself standing over the butchered body of a competitor, face to face with the boy her mother always warned her about.

Rafe Collier is six feet three inches of testosterone and trouble; tall, dark, and dangerous, with a murky past and no future—not the kind of guy a perfect Southern Belle should want to tangle with. In any way. But wherever Savannah turns, there he is, and making no bones about what he wants from her.

Now Savannah must figure out who killed real estate queen Brenda Puckett, make a success of her new career, and avoid getting killed—or kissed—by Rafe, all before the money in her savings account runs out and she has to go back to selling make-up at the mall.

*** Contains an excerpt from HOT PROPERTY, Savannah Martin mystery #2

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
"With a dose of southern charm and a bad boy you won't want to forget, A CUTTHROAT BUSINESS has enough wit and sexual chemistry to rival Janet Evanovich."
-----Tasha Alexander, bestselling author of DANGEROUS TO KNOW

"VERDICT: The hilarious dialog and the tension between Savannah and Rafe will delight fans of chick-lit mysteries and romantic suspense."
-----Jo Ann Vicarel, Library Journal, 4/​1/​2010

"Gallagher mixes up a frothy girl drink of houses, hunks and whodunit narrated in a breezy first person. If you love an umbrella in your drink ... grab A Cutthroat Business for a quick beach read. "
-----Lyda Phillips, Nashville Scene, 6/​17/​2010

"A delicious and dazzling romantic thriller ... equal parts wit and suspense, distilled with a Southern flavor as authentic as a mint julep."
-----Kelli Stanley, Bruce Alexander award winner, NOX DORMIENDA

"... equal parts charming and sexy, with a side of suspense. Hero and heroine, Savannah Martin and Rafe Collier, are a pairing of perfection."
-----Paige Crutcher, examiner.com

"...hooks you in the first page and doesn't let go until the last!"
-----Lynda Coker, Between the Pages

WHO WROTE IT:
Jenna Bennett is the nationally bestselling author of the Do It Yourself home renovation mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime, written as Jennie Bentley, as well as the acclaimed Savannah Martin Southern real estate mysteries. A former Realtor® and home renovator, she makes her home in Nashville, Tennessee.

ALSO FROM THIS AUTHOR:
Fatal Fixer-Upper - DIY #1 (November 2008) - written as Jennie Bentley
Spackled and Spooked - DIY #2 (August 2009) - written as Jennie Bentley
Plaster and Poison - DIY #3 (March 2010) - written as Jennie Bentley
Mortar and Murder - DIY #4 (January 2011) - written as Jennie Bentley
Flipped Out - DIY #5 (October 2011) - written as Jennie Bentley

COMING SOON:
Hot Property - Savannah Martin Mystery #2 (June 2011)
Contract Pending - Savannah Martin Mystery #3 (July 2011)
Close to Home - Savannah Martin Mystery #4 (September 2011)

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Editorial Reviews

Library journal - Jo Ann Vicarel
Showing a house to a client who turns out to be an old high school boyfriend, Nashville real estate agent Savannah Martin discovers a coworker's corpse.

VERDICT: The hilarious dialog and the tension between Savannah and Rafe will delight fans of chick-lit mysteries and romantic suspense.
Nashville Scene - Lyda Phillips
The series stars Southern Belle turned real estate agent Savannah Martin and is set in Nashville. The novel begins with Savannah discovering a murdered colleague while showing a lovely old Nashville house to a rich, handsome rascal. In this series, and in her Do-It-Yourself mysteries set in Maine, Bentley mixes up a frothy girl drink of houses, hunks and whodunit narrated in a breezy first person. If you love an umbrella in your drink ... grab A Cutthroat Business for an easy beach read.
Cozy Mystery Book Reviews - Bella McGuire
Move over Stephanie Plum, there is a sassy, sexy sleuth in town! I give A CUTTHROAT BUSINESS five stars. If you enjoy your cozy mysteries with a good shot of romance, and a love triangle with a sexy bad boy and a Southern gentleman in the mix, then you will love this book. A CUTTHROAT BUSINESS is very reminiscent of the Stephanie Plum books, but the laughs are louder, the romance is sexier and there is a great murder mystery to top it off.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940046179521
  • Publisher: Jenna Bennett
  • Publication date: 4/28/2011
  • Series: Savannah Martin mysteries , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 2,797
  • File size: 329 KB

Meet the Author

Jenna Bennett AKA Jennie Bentley is the New York Times bestselling author of the Do It Yourself home renovation mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime, as well as of the Savannah Martin Southern Real Estate mysteries. A former Realtor® and home renovator, she lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with a husband and two boys, a hyperactive dog, a killer parakeet, two goldfish and two African Dwarf frogs. A native of Norway, she's spent the past twenty years in the US, and still hasn't been able to kick her native accent. You will not, however, notice it when you're reading her books.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

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    A fun read. Savannah Martin may be the South's answer to Stephanie Plum.

    A heroine in over her head and a hero worthy of Stephanie Plum! This is a delightfully fun southern romp. When real-estate agent Savannah Martin is called to show a home to a client on the spur-of-the-moment she doesn't expect to run into her home-town's bad-boy extraordinaire, Rafe Collier . Together, they don't expect to find the dead body of the agent who was supposed to meet Rafe.

    Savannah knows it's not ladylike to be too curious about things that don't concern her, but she just can't seem to help herself. It doesn't take long before gets herself in over her head, with Rafe and the killer, or are they one and the same?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2011

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    Delightful

    Whether writing as Jennie Bentley in the DIY cozy mystery series, or as Jenna Bennett in the Savannah Martin series, all of her books are a delightful reading experience. A Cutthroat Business stars newly minted real estate agent, Savannah Martin--a fun character with humor and a deliciously twisted outlook on life. She's a blend of true southern elegance and down-to-earth common sense. Plus, the mystery keeps you guessing! I'll be reading all of this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    Read it! It is good and enjoyable!

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  • Posted September 28, 2014

    Fun book. This is a good series. This book is a good introduct

    Fun book. This is a good series. This book is a good introduction and fun to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2014

    I got this in the "Mirth, Murder & Mystery" set. G

    I got this in the "Mirth, Murder & Mystery" set. Good start to that collection. I really had no idea who it was that did it. Good light read. I don't identify at all with the main character, she is too soft for me. However, I might buy the rest of the series if it wasn't so expensive for what you get.

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  • Posted June 26, 2013

    Savannah is a little too nosy (into everyones's business) for a

    Savannah is a little too nosy (into everyones's business) for a supposed new Realtor. But still a fun, fast read. Wish the author would have included more than one restaurant in the town. That got a little old. Would sure like to see the Detective Grimaldi (sp) offer Savannah a job! She seems to have detective skills!!!!



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  • Posted September 4, 2012

    In the well written first book of this cozy mystery series, Sava

    In the well written first book of this cozy mystery series, Savannah has a lot to learn about the real world, but she is well on her way, and a sexy rebel from her past may be just the man to teach her.

    The man of her mother's dream has divorced Savannah, and she is nearing the end of the money from the settlement. The real estate business is pretty cutthroat even within her office, but she needs the money and likes her boss well enough to hang on despite the jerks who work there. She has not sold a house in the months that she has been a real estate agent, so she is willing to do all the work it takes to make a sale. When she gets a Saturday call about another relator missing an appointment, she races to the house and the waiting stranger. She has no idea that this house will lead her to a relationship with a gorgeous acquaintance from the wrong side of the tracks, a needy teenager, a needy old woman, as well as a murder and a murder attempt on her life. Life may never be the same, but maybe that is a good thing.

    I feel, as Savannah seems to, that Rafe is putting on a show for some reason, and I can't wait to find out more about him.

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  • Posted May 11, 2012

    Not going for the sequel either.

    Not going for the sequel either.

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  • Posted February 6, 2012

    Fun read

    Okay, but won't be looking for the sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Okay.

    Okay, but the characters are not inspiring me to read the whole series.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

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    Highly Recommended

    Jenna Bennett's A Cutthroat Business is a fanstastic mystery starring Nashville, Tennessee real estate agent and Southern Belle, Savannah Martin.
    A Cutthroat Business is a fun and sassy read filled with suspense and a touch of romance. When Savannah finds her co-worker, Brenda Puckett, one of the most successful real estate agents in Nashville, with her throat cut, Savannah sets out to find the killer. Along the way, Savannah develops a friendship with Brenda's daughter and reconnects with people she went to high school with - namely Rafe Collier - handsome, mysterious, and small town bad boy. I enjoyed this first in a series and highly recommend it. I will definitely be reading the next one in the series and the one after that, and the one after that, and the one after that....

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