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Title:
Death by chocolate : a Savannah Reid Mystery
Author:
McKevett, G. A.
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Publication Information:
New York : Kensington Books, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
248 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781575667126
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Business has been slow at the agency, but P.I. Savannah Reid hasn't time to drown her sorrows. She's too busy watching the Gourmet Network - and drooling over the sweets that Lady Eleanor makes. But someone isn't so sweet on Lady Eleanor herself and wants her to hang up her apron - for good.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.