A Decadent Way to Die (Savannah Reid Series #16)

A Decadent Way to Die (Savannah Reid Series #16)

by G. A. McKevett
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A Decadent Way to Die (Savannah Reid Series #16) by G. A. McKevett

Plus-sized P.I. Savannah Reid prides herself on cracking even the toughest cases. But her latest investigation is leaving her hungry for answers as she tries to unmask the identity of a cunning, would-be killer. His prey? Legendary designer Helene Strauss, creator of the world-famous Helene doll. While Helene's brassy, take-no-prisoners style made her a huge success, it also made her quite a few enemies.

Before long, Savannah is sure she has a handle on the case. But when two key players turn up dead in Helene's sizzling hot Jacuzzi, Savannah will have to start from scratch—and question everything she thought she knew about the Strausses' twisted family tree. . .

"Superb." —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"McKevett serves up plenty of action." —Kirkus

"Fans of Diane Mott Davidson will appreciate this one." —Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758238115
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Series: Savannah Reid Series , #16
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 359,804
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

G.A. McKevett is the author of the acclaimed Savannah Reid mystery series. Also writing under the name Sonja Massie, she has authored over 60 books ranging from cozy mysteries, to historical romances, to nonfiction works on the history of Ireland. Her earthy humor and fast-paced plots delight her fans, while critics applaud her offbeat characterizations and incisive observations on human nature. Irish by ancestry, she has lived in Toronto, Ireland and Los Angeles, but now resides in New York. Readers can visit her online at www.SonjaMassie.com.

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A Decadent Way To Die 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Susan56st More than 1 year ago
This is what I've been waiting for. The best book, I've read in a long time. I wasn't guessing what was going to happen before it happened. Refreshing! So many emotions to experience. If you love Cozy Mysteries, you'll love this. Even if you don't read Cozies, you'll find it exciting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun characters, fast read.
Charmaine HIDALGO More than 1 year ago
All of her books are great. A good mystery, good characters, alittle love interest and some gore.
AmyELignor1 More than 1 year ago
This is the sixteenth book starring Private Investigator Savannah Reid, and readers will all be thinking as they close the cover on this one that there will hopefully be a seventeenth, eighteenth...does infinity ring a bell? For those living in a cave, Savannah is a plus-size detective and one of the funniest, smartest, most enjoyable characters that's offered in the world of cozy mysteries. In this newest offering, Savannah is hired by the granddaughter of Helene Strauss, an eighty-year-old businesswoman and creator of the very popular Helene doll. Ms. Strauss is a shrewd woman who is immensely brash and as funny as Savannah, herself. There are some odd things happening to Helene in this book - suspicious events that seem to allude to the fact that Helene has been marked for death by a clever killer who's making it very difficult for Savannah to uncover. When the case begins, Savannah doesn't exactly get any co-operation from the high and mighty Strauss family - most especially Helene, herself. Helene simply has that smart businesswoman persona that makes her an extremely hard person to please, even though she needs Savannah to find out why exactly she's being stalked. Savannah quickly discovers that there have been many stressful relationships within the Strauss family for years. Helene's niece, Ava, has worked her behind off and scratched and scraped her way into the management of the family's illustrious doll company, which makes a great deal of money. But Ava seems to be moving the company into a completely shabby realm. In fact, the newest Strauss doll in the famous Helene line is a sultry fashion doll that comes with an excessive sexy wardrobe and a brand new, almost pornographic figure (Seems that Barbie isn't the only one who looks good in a bathing suit). Helene is understandably upset at this new doll because she's always prided herself on elegance and class, and she is trying with all her might to stop production on this atrocity. With the help of her friend Detective Dirk Coulter, Savannah soon finds out that Ava is not the only family member with a motive to get rid of Helene. In fact, there are quite a few that surround her who have their own eyes on the profitable business. And, boy, would they just love to inherit by any means, fair or foul. As Savannah begins to unravel the case, two of the important players end up dead in a jacuzzi, and she finds herself investigating every branch of the Strauss family tree. This, as always, is a wonderfully fun read. But - as always - the best part of the whole story is our leading lady. Savannah is an intriguing and sassy heroine and offers readers a great time. Highly Recommended. Until Next Time, Amy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best in the series. The characters are great and Savannah is a very good detective. This book has a very interesting plot and a very unusual ending. I highly recommend it.
nanamommom More than 1 year ago
My favorite in the series so far. Disclaimer: I love each one even more than the one before! There are many layers to this series. A family of friends, good vs. evil, a passionate zeal to take down the criminal element and the "case" which always has many layers of it's own. Many twists and turns in the road that kept me on my toes. The end of this one left me hyperventilating in fear for my favorite heroine... I can't get enough of this series. G. A. McKevett is the best in the biz when it comes to tying in all the story lines without losing the reader along the way.
lynn639 More than 1 year ago
Love the Savannah Reid Series I have all 16 books of G A Mckevett. Can hardly wait to read the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, exciting, and heartwarming!! A wonderful and fun read!! I enjoyed this book a LOT!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Southern California legendary for her designing the Helene doll, octogenarian Helene Strauss owns a doll manufacturing company. However, recently there have been incidents that one cannot write off as an elderly person's accidents; at least that is what her granddaughter Emma Strauss believes while her niece Ada, who runs the business, thinks otherwise. Emma hires plus-sized private investigator Savannah Reid to uncover who is out to harm her grandmother. She explains she saw the news clip in which Savannah and her visiting grandma from Georgia solved a homicide case so she thought Reid would be perfect for her Oma Helene. The client also mentions that Helene hates Ada who wants to run her life too. The simple case proves convoluted so Savannah lines up help from San Carmelita Police Officer Dirk Coulter who owes her for being at his side during the Murphy brothers' case and from her office assistant-investigator in training Tammy Hart. All hell breaks loose when a double murder occurs on Helene's estate. This is a deep Reid tale that focuses on domestic abuse and contains an afterward with a short analysis of what is abuse and where to get help. Action-packed from start to finish, A Decadent Way To Die is a poignant mystery that grips fans from start to finish with its powerful emotional story line whether it is Reid's early childhood or Helene's in Nazi Germany (her short discussion about her best friend Esther is heart-wrenching yet less than a page). This is a winner that well be on everyone's short list twelve months from now. Harriet Klausner
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