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Death by Chocolate (Savannah Reid Series #8)
     

Death by Chocolate (Savannah Reid Series #8)

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by G. A. McKevett
 

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Business has been a little slow at the Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency, but full-figured P.I. Savannah Reid doesn't have time to drown her sorrows in a box of double-chocolate truffles. She's too busy watching the Gourmet Network--and drooling over the sinfully scrumptious confections that Lady Eleanor ("The Queen of Chocolate") whips up on-air. But someone isn't

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Business has been a little slow at the Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency, but full-figured P.I. Savannah Reid doesn't have time to drown her sorrows in a box of double-chocolate truffles. She's too busy watching the Gourmet Network--and drooling over the sinfully scrumptious confections that Lady Eleanor ("The Queen of Chocolate") whips up on-air. But someone isn't sweet on the Queen's charming chatter--and wants her to hang up her oh-so-quaint apron--for good. . .

When Savannah hears that Lady Eleanor's been getting death threats, she jumps at the chance to be her round-the-clock bodyguard. It's a great chance to meet her idol in person--and maybe pick up some free chocolates, too! But her sweet dreams melt away the minute she meets Lady Eleanor. The woman is as rotten as last year's Valentine candy--and stingy with the chocolates to boot! After a few miserable days of her boss's put-downs and pettiness, Savannah finally understands why someone wants to put an end to Her Majesty's reign.

But when the Queen of Chocolate bites into a chocolate and drops dead in the middle of her own live TV show, Savannah is horrified. After all, it was her job to protect Lady Eleanor--and now thousands of traumatized chocoholics know how horribly she failed. Talk about bad for business. If only to save her own reputation, Savannah has to figure out who's to blame for the Queen's untimely (and very ungraceful) demise. . .

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Publishers Weekly
The prolonged story of her heroine's dysfunctional family weighs down the pseudonymous McKevett's otherwise lively, sharply humorous mystery, the eighth (after 2002's Peaches and Screams) to feature zaftig PI Savannah Reid. Savannah, owner of the Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency in San Carmelito, Calif., agrees to protect Eleanor Maxwell, aka the Gourmet Network's Lady Eleanor, after the self-titled "Queen of Chocolate" receives threatening letters. To Savannah's dismay, her client collapses after biting into a chocolate during a TV show taping and dies in her arms. Despite her seeming popularity, Lady Eleanor was notoriously bad-tempered-and worse, her recipes were a disaster. Aided and abetted by hungry, hardworking cop Dirk Coulter, Savannah encounters a number of coarse characters, notably the victim's vicious daughter and resentful ex-husband, in her search for the killer. Only one member of the Maxwell clan-Lady Eleanor's seven-year-old granddaughter, Gilly-elicits our sympathy. The unexpected arrival of Savannah's sister Cordele, who's determined to rehash the issues of their relationship and their harsh childhood, tests everyone's patience, including the reader's. Established fans may welcome the family analysis, but the uninitiated, especially those lured by the dark cat and chocolate goodies (brownies, fudge, cake, etc.) on the jacket, will find this caper a lot less cozy than meets the eye. (Jan. 14) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Never one to shy away from food, P.I. Savannah Reid (Peaches and Screams) jumps at the chance to play bodyguard for a cable TV chocolate-specialty chef who has received death threats. When the "Queen of Chocolate" eats poison and dies on the air, Savannah races to find the culprit. Delightful fare of special interest to series fans. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Once Savannah Reid, owner and operator of San Carmelita's Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency (Peaches and Screams, 2002, etc.), watches her client Eleanor Maxwell ("The Queen of Chocolate" to her fans, but the Queen of Mean to everyone who works with her) keel over dead on the set of her Gourmet Network show one bite into her just-baked torte, Savannah's job as bodyguard should logically come to an end. But whether it's from guilt over losing the client she was hired to protect, concern over what will happen to Maxwell's granddaughter Gilly without Eleanor to stand between her and her neglectful mother Louise, or plain old southern curiosity, Savannah can't let it go. She convinces police detective Dirk Coulter to let her tag along while he interviews Eleanor's maid Marie, her chauffeur Sydney Hinton, her producer Kaitlin Dover, and her business manager Martin Streck. She also tails Eleanor's ex, Burt Maxwell, checks the contents of local dumpsters, and drives social worker Angela Herriott crazy trying to get a better deal for Gilly. It's left to Tammy Hart, her assistant, to keep Moonlight Magnolia afloat and run interference between Savannah and her straitlaced younger sister Cordele, who's flown all the way from Georgia to spend quality time rehashing old grievances against their parents-and forcing Savannah to the brink of her very own homicide.

A pinch of puzzle, a dash of romance, and a heaping tablespoon of family conflict: McKevett's recipe may be tried and true, but it still delivers the goods with zest.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575667126
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Series:
Savannah Reid Series , #8
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.68(w) x 8.48(h) x 1.82(d)

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Death by Chocolate (Savannah Reid Series #8) 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story and like always I did not know who did it. Found this story a little more boring than the others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book in a couple of weeks, and while I found it to be pretty good it was very obvious that it's a book more for the femal genre. I happen to be a straight male and wouldn't really recommend it to any other guys...but hey, you can read it if you want. You may enjoy it!
harstan More than 1 year ago
She comes from McGill, Georgia but Savannah Reid migrated to California to gain independence from her large and needy family. She is a full-figured woman who is conformable in her own skins. Her idol is Lady Eleanor, the queen of chocolates, who makes mouth watering desserts on her television show and sells her chocolates in her specialty shops. When Eleanor starts getting death threats, she hires Savannah as her bodyguard and to find who is sending the frightening letters. When Savannah finally gets to meet Eleanor, she is very disappointed because the woman is a mean-spirited, spiteful virago. Her husband left her for another woman, her twin sister doesn¿t visit her, and her own daughter refuses to venture near her. The only person who seems to love Eleanor is her six-year-old granddaughter. Yet when somebody murders her, Savannah feels obligated to find out who killed her because she died while her bodyguard was only yards away from her. Savannah Reid is a mixture of Southern California cool and Southern Georgia sentiment. A person has to admire this protagonist because even though she didn¿t like her client very much, she works extra hard to find out whom her killer was. There are so many legitimate suspects that the reader won¿t be able to deduce whom the culprit is until the shocking climax. DEATH BY CHOCOLATE is G.A. McKevett at her very best. Harriet Klausner
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