For Pete's Sakeby Geri Buckley
The death of her grandmother--the beloved matriarch of Langstown, Florida--has thrown Pietra "Pete" Lang's preparations for the Fourth of July into chaos. But nothing is going to stop her from throwing the most fabulous party ever. Not the fireworks igniting between her and her brother's infamous divorce attorney. And especially not the dead body in the freezer.
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Every family has a skeleton or two, but they generally don't move around. While planning the Fourth of July gala and her grandmother's funeral, Pete finds an extra body hidden in the decorations. Thus begins her game of let's hide grandfather's mistress' corpse so her murder won't sully granny's memory, complicated by the body vanishing. She wanted this, but she wanted to know where it was placed as well, and by whom. Her endeavors are assisted by divorce attorney Danny Benedict who is in town for secret reasons of his own. What is meant to be a madcap, possibly warmly humorous Southern comedy of errors is more error than comedy, relying on stereotypical eccentricity and confusion to create a result that is quite flat.
Though her grandma¿s recent death has caused a cloud over the Langstown, Florida annual Fourth of July gala, Pietra ¿Pete¿ Lang plans to make this the best celebration ever. However, she runs into a slight problem when she and her friend Albert Rheinhold open up a freezer and finds inside the defrosting corpse of a blond with the tattoo ¿Miss Fritz¿. The victim is obviously her long deceased grandfather¿s floozy. Divorce attorney Danny Benedict finds Pete trying to dispose of the corpse. He is concerned as her brother Jackson is planning to run for state legislature while obtaining a divorce after ten years of marriage to wed a podiatrist. As Danny and Pete plot what to do, their initial attraction already hotter than a Floridian summer heats up; soon the are in love and he will do anything FOR PETE¿S SAKE not caring about her grandma¿s reputation or her brother¿s political ambitions.--- Readers will appreciate the amusing contemporary romance that will remind the audience of The Trouble With Harry. The story line never takes itself too seriously as Danny and Pete struggle with proof that her beloved grandma killed her husband¿s lover. The romance is deftly handled as is Jackson¿s efforts to change wives while running for public office, but the tale belongs to a triangle populated by dead people.--- Harriet Klausner