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.
The title led me to expect a series similar to Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swensen series (which I enjoy), but this was really closer to a Southern version of Sue Grafton’s Millhone series (but not as dark).
I loved this book and have already downloaded the next three in the series. I’m especially excited to have found a new series with a good number of books as it’s always a bummer to find books I love only to find there are only a few in the series.
What was so great? The plot was complex enough to be interesting without being convoluted. The characters were also very likable and interesting. Best of all for me was the humor. I didn’t laugh out loud most of the time like I do reading an Evanovich Stephanie Plum book, but there was enough clever, real humor to keep the story from being too dark.
The relationships had a real feel to them too, versus the overdramatized version of relationships you often see in books so it felt like I was getting to know real people.
Also, having lived in GA for some years I was pleased that the narrator didn’t over do the Savannah accent. She did a really decent job of it and overall she did an excellent job bringing out the main character’s personality. For me the sign of a good narrator is when I forget someone is reading to me and I just recognize characters, which happened right away in this book. Savannah is someone I’d love to know so it was great fun being part of her life for a few hours. Hopefully you’ll feel the same if you try the book!
I would recommend this to a friend that enjoys mysteries
Exciting plot line
I enjoyed all. Savanah's character was performed well
I laughed often while listening to this book
A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!
Savannah Reid is my kind of heroine! She's comfortable with her body, won't let others push her around, and is warm, loyal, and loving to her friends and family. She is also really funny! Loved hearing some familiar 'southernisms' coming out of her mouth. Dina Pearlman did her usual great job as a narrator - good accents without going over the top. A great start to a fun series.
Retired Research Nurse, avid audio-book listener LOVE mystery series....Always looking for the next Charlain Harris, J.D. Robb or Joanne Fluke type author.
Have not read the written edition of this book.
An interesting assortment of characters. I liked that the main character is from the south and she is proud of her southern roots. She is smart and sassy with a taste for chocolate.
When Savanna pretends to be a drunk woman looking for her cheating boyfriend as a ploy to get into the apartment of an escaped prisoner.
Southern comfort meets southern California
Looking forward to character development and meeting all of Savanna's family.
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I really did enjoy this book although it took me a bit to get into it and get used to the narrator. Overall I think she delivered the main character just as the author intended. It keeps you on your toes. You feel for her as a woman in a man's world but at the same time admire her stamina and drive. I look forward to listening to book 2.
This is good enough that I've got the rest of the series in my Wishlist. I love a good literary read, but when at work or driving this is the kind of listen that suits me best. It doesn't take too much concentration but fills my otherwise boring time with enjoyment.
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.
Have not read the print version
The story was good.
Ms Pearlman was able to use different voices effectively.
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.
Do you like to laugh out loud without expecting it in a book? Do you like family? Friends? Mystery? and, good people? Do you need to get away from what is going on around you at times?
This is an excellent series! I found myself downloading the next book as I was ending the one before.
Savannah Reed is a police officer at the beginning of this book and a PI at the end. She is good at what she does, and her down home Alabama character is refreshing.
I had to get used to the narrator because I was not used to the Southern Alabama Drawl. Once you get used to it, you don't want anything different .Dina Perelman does an excellent job at each character. It is as if you are watching your favorite program on television. You don't want to miss next weeks episode.
I can't say enough about the enjoyment I have had through this series. Enjoy!
"Great book - I love Dina Pearlman's reading!"
I love crime stories but have needed a change from forensic thrillers - just too awful!
This was very good indeed - I did not guess who did it and laughed out loud more than once. I love the main character and will order all the next titles.....
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