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Just Desserts: Savannah Reid, Book 1 | [G. A. McKevett]

Just Desserts: Savannah Reid, Book 1

Finding herself in over her head with a case involving a politician's infidelities, Memphis-born karate expert Detective Sergeant Savannah Reid is told that she must turn in her badge because she is overweight.
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Publisher's Summary

Finding herself in over her head with a case involving a politician's infidelities, Memphis-born karate expert Detective Sergeant Savannah Reid is told that she must turn in her badge because she is overweight.

©1995 G.A. McKevett and the Kensington Publishing Corp. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    cozy-mystery Switzerland 08-04-14
    cozy-mystery Switzerland 08-04-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Story but it's performed like a machine gun"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Narrator


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dina Pearlman’s performances?

    I have to, because the story is great and I got them as audible-deals. But the rest of the series I rather read myself


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie Columbus, OH, United States 12-14-13
    Natalie Columbus, OH, United States 12-14-13 Member Since 2011

    I like mysteries, classics, and good non-fiction. Much of my audible listening takes place when I am working out and sweaty, so I like good plot-driven thrillers.

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    "Rather Predictable mystery"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I think that the narrator's southern drawl was a bit much for me. I also think that the series set-up is not that promising. The mystery itself and the various side-plots are a bit predictable.


    What could G. A. McKevett have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think it's just not that complicated enough to please me. I like cozy mysteries and police procedurals but I think that I would give my gold stars to Louise Penny and Donna Leon and some of the thrillers I have heard on Audible. This is a good light mystery.


    What three words best describe Dina Pearlman’s performance?

    Southern, cloying, annoying


    Could you see Just Desserts being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I don't think so. That woman who is on Mike and Molly perhaps.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think I will pursue this series. I think it tries a little too hard to be cute. Oh, and did I mention cleavage? How many times are we treated to a description of ample cleavage? I'd rather hear about personality traits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Hartsville, SC, United States 07-08-13
    Terri Hartsville, SC, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't Finish"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, The narrator would not pause at certain points in the narration and you would feel like she was reading a run-on sentence. I ignored the first instance, but it happened multiple times. Finally, I couldn't take it anymore and stopped listening. This is probably a good book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Frederick, MD, United States 06-25-13
    Amazon Customer Frederick, MD, United States 06-25-13
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    "Funny"

    This book was so funny. It was a great little cozy mystery and I would suggest it to anyone. But there are parts of it that are very, very funny.

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    Maria 06-08-13
    Maria 06-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great"
    What made the experience of listening to Just Desserts the most enjoyable?

    The main character.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the characters and it was a good book to listen to after a long day at work. Made me laugh.


    Have you listened to any of Dina Pearlman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but she did a great job


    Any additional comments?

    It's a fun book and I'm going to purchase the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. J. Grider Central Valley, CA 06-01-13
    S. J. Grider Central Valley, CA 06-01-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Suffered from poor narration"
    Would you try another book from G. A. McKevett and/or Dina Pearlman?

    It was almost painful to listen to this recording. I gave up on the audio about 1/3 of the way through. I got the large print version and finished it. I enjoyed the story and will look for more McKevett novels, but I won't buy another book performed by Dina Pearlman.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Just Desserts?

    The scenes where Savannah had the confrontation with her supervisor which ended in her dismissal was pretty good--well, bad for Savannah, but well written. At the time that I listened to that I knew it was going to be a turning point in the story.


    Could you see Just Desserts being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I think this has great TV series potential. I love to see Emily Deschanel from Bones or Katee Stackhoff who plays Vic in Longmire play Savannah. I think as a series it has the potential for fast action. In the book, the great descriptions of character and settings make it very interesting and realistic. I really enjoy that aspect in a book. However in video format that would all be visual, and therefore faster moving.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alicia Vienna, WV, United States 12-08-12
    Alicia Vienna, WV, United States 12-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "ok listen...better off reading"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have listened to many audio books and the narrator to this story is terrible. It makes it hard for me to get through. So, I will make sure any other books I will read.


    Would you be willing to try another book from G. A. McKevett? Why or why not?

    Reading only


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dina Pearlman’s performances?

    NO WAY!!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 10-29-12
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Not as sweet as I thought"

    Just Desserts is an ok read. If I could give it 3 and a half I would. But I don't feel bad giving it a four. Savannah Reid is a smart, gutsy and sensative detective. She is fired from her job as a dectective because she would not participate in a police cover up. She goes out on her own and solves the crime with the help of friends.
    G. A. McKevett provides many suspects and twists and turns to make this an enjoyable read. I would have liked an I told you so at the end for the police chief. Also the younger sister was very annoying. I could have done without that but it showed another side of Savannah's character.
    All in all it is a good read and worth the credit.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karen C Largo, FL 12-06-13
    Karen C Largo, FL 12-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good story, bad language"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Just Desserts to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was good.


    What about Dina Pearlman’s performance did you like?

    Ms Pearlman was able to use different voices effectively.


    Any additional comments?

    I had trouble getting past the foul language, which seems to be the norm at present but is not too my liking. I believe authors could be more creative with expressing themselves and not resort to swearing as often as they do. There is a Citi credit card commercial which currently illustrates this: the first time I saw the commercial, the actor said, "... every damn day." They have since changed that commercial to say, "... every single day" and it expresses their point just as well (or even better, if you ask me.) This is my only complaint with this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Horner Racine, WI, United States 05-28-13
    Horner Racine, WI, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Half an hour of my life"

    I listened to about 30 minutes of this before abandoning it. The characters are so trite, they qualify as caricatures.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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