Murder A la Mode Mass Market Paperback – Apr 1 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
An overly convoluted plot weighs down McKevett's 10th Savannah Reid mystery, but not sassy amateur sleuth Savannah, who retains her buoyant good humor throughout. As a birthday present, Savannah gets to appear on a TV reality show, Man of My Dreams, in which five contestants live in a faux medieval castle and vie for the affections of gorgeous male model Lance Roman. When Savannah, dissatisfied with the meager food on the set, leads a late-night raid on the castle pantry, a scream from the cellar brings Savannah and Lance running to the deep freeze: one of the other contestants has stumbled on the body of Tess Jarvis, a heartily disliked producer, her head bashed in by a tub of Killer Fudge ice cream. Further "accidents" follow, as Savannah navigates the treacherous labyrinth of intrigues and liaisons among the show's cast and crew. If Savannah comes close to losing her heart, she keeps a cool head in this amusing if contrived entry in this popular cozy series.
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Savannah wants to win the prize badly and makes every effort to use her southern charm on Lance. However, her endeavor takes a back seat when someone kills a show's producer Tess with fudge ice cream as the murder weapon; the body is left in a freezer that could only have been loaded by a Texan. Savannah begins investigating the homicide even as she continues to play the Georgia peach with Lance.
This is a terrific Savannah Reid who-done-it as the heroine combines her sleuthing skills with her southern charm to impress her fantasy lover. The entertaining story line grips the reader as Savannah cannot resist the lure of a murder investigation or the lure of the cover model. Fans of the series will enjoy her latest binge while newcomers will get a taste of one of the better continuing female private investigators on the market today.
Reid is between investigation gigs, and things are somewhat slow. But life gets infinitely more exciting when she's given a last-second spot on a reality TV show staring her favorite romance novel hunk, Lance Roman. It's a medieval setting where five women are trying to outlast each other to get "The Man Of My Dreams". All the other contestants are the skinny bimbo model types, and Savannah decides that she'll just be herself with her full figure and Southern common sense. But things take an immediate strange turn when the nasty wife of the production team is found murdered in the basement. There's no lack of suspects, as no one much liked her. But the husband's grief is short-lived, as the show must go on. That is, until a gargoyle falls from the castle wall and nearly kills another contestant. Then there's the sword accident that takes out a third... While Savannah is still weak-kneed around Roman, she and Dirk (her former partner back in the cop days) have to try and figure out who is killing everyone, as well as what the motive might be. And the list only gets shorter when someone else ends up injured or dead...
The fun thing about a Savannah Reid novel is the characters. Savannah is a southern belle who is quite comfortable with her body size, but takes no grief from anyone. Dirk, her friend and sometimes partner, is the typical clueless guy who is good at his cop/detective job, but doesn't have much of a life outside of that. The Dirk/Savannah relationship always seems to be on the edge of crossing over from best friends to lovers, but to date it hasn't happened. There's also a nice plot twist thrown in at the end that takes you in a direction you didn't plan on going over the last few pages.
Overall, a nice escape from reality for awhile, and a lot of fun in the process...
I got this as a freebie, from Amazon, but it's a cinch that I will have to get the rest, as this is a fun, read. There's lots of action, but it's light-hearted and funny.