PEACHES AND SCREAMS by G. A. McKevett
A SAVANNAH REID MYSTERY
Kensington Books, January 2002
When Savannah Reid heads back home to the deep south to attend her sister's wedding her expectations are low. Her alcoholic mother, disfunctional family, and overworked grandmother can be depressing. Still, finding her brother accused of murder goes beyond even Savannah's deminished expectations. Savannah knows that her brother can be a jerk but she doesn't think he's a killer. Along with a couple of friends from California, she sets off to prove it. And if she can just straighten out her family while she'd doing it, so much the better.
Author G. A. McKevett (see more BooksForABuck.com reviews of novels by McKevett) delivers a page turning yarn laden with southern expressions, characters who would be at home in Deliverance, and more suspects than you can shake a stick at. Savannah, the plus-sized detective who is proud of her size but finds southern humidity a little much, is a likable character ready to pitch in and help her family if it kills them. Savannah's weaknesses--for cake, ghosts, and her unresolved feelings for her first boyfriend and now Deputy Sheriff Tommy Stafford--make her more believable and human.
I would have liked to see more dimension in some of the secondary characters but even without that, G. A. McKevett delivers an enjoyable read.
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