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A Cutthroat Business: #1 (Savannah Martin Mysteries) by [Bennett, Jenna]
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"With a dose of Southern charm and a bad boy you won't want to forget, A Cutthroat Business has enough wit and sexual chemistry to rival Janet Evanovich!" - New York Times bestselling author Tasha Alexander

"VERDICT: The hilarious dialog and the tension between Savannah and Rafe will delight fans of chick-lit mysteries and romantic suspense." - Jo Ann Vicarel, Library Journal

Everyone has warned new-minted realtor Savannah Martin that real estate is a cutthroat business. But Savannah doesn’t think she’s supposed to take the warning literally ... until an early morning phone call sends her to an empty house on the ‘bad’ side of town, where she finds herself standing over the butchered body of a competitor, face to face with the boy her mother always warned her about.

Rafe Collier is six feet three inches of testosterone and trouble; tall, dark, and dangerous, with a murky past and no future—not the kind of guy a perfect Southern Belle should want to tangle with. In any way. But wherever Savannah turns, there he is, and making no bones about what he wants from her.

Now Savannah must figure out who killed real estate queen Brenda Puckett, make a success of her new career, and avoid getting killed—or kissed—by Rafe, all before the money in her savings account runs out and she has to go back to selling make-up at the mall.

*** Contains an excerpt from HOT PROPERTY, Savannah Martin mystery #2

"A frothy girl drink of houses, hunks and whodunit narrated in a breezy first person ... If you love an umbrella in your drink, grab A Cutthroat Business for a quick beach read." -Lyda Phillips, Nashville Scene

"A delicious and dazzling romantic thriller ... equal parts wit and suspense, distilled with a Southern flavor as authentic as a mint julep." -Kelli Stanley, Bruce Alexander award winner, NOX DORMIENDA

"Equal parts charming and sexy, with a side of suspense. Hero and heroine, Savannah Martin and Rafe Collier, are a pairing of perfection." -Paige Crutcher,

"Hooks you in the first page and doesn't let go until the last! ... There's something for every reader: tricky plot twists, rich description, and some villainous characters you'll love to hate." -Lynda Coker, Between the Pages

"A lighthearted Southern romp with plenty of steam beneath the surface ... prose is crisp, and protagonist Savannah Martin is a flawed but likeable heroine." -Jaden Terrell, author of RACING THE DEVIL

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jenna Bennett/Jennie Bentley writes the Do It Yourself home renovation mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime and the Cutthroat Business mysteries for her own gratification. She also writes a variety of romance for a change of pace. For more information about Jenna, Jennie, and the books, please visit

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1219 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615849172
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Magpie Ink; 2 edition (Jan. 7 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZCIG64
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,116 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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I read the first book of this series as part of a Mysteries bundle of seven novels. This novel was amazing. I didn't have high expectations for it, to be honest, since most of the very inexpensive books that I stumble upon in the Kindle store don't live up to par. But this novel was very well-written. I found myself spending hours and hours finishing the book and it just left me wanting more. The twist and turns of the book kept me guessing who was the murderer even if I was already set that I knew I was right (I ended up being correct!). Aside from the great mystery in the novel, I would also like to applaud the author for the romantic and charged sexual tension between the leads Savannah and Rafael. They seemed so cute together and **spoiler alert** I was so sad that I need to buy the second part of the series before getting my Savannah-Rafe fix since they didn't kiss AT ALL in this first book. Overall, I would definitely suggest this book to people who want mystery+romance in one novel!
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Great mystery...keeps you interested all the way to the end
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By roya TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Dec 6 2015
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Although it is a murder mystery, it is light reading. The characters do not have that much depth, but are interesting. It reads like a TV special. I do not think I will bother with anymore of this series. As a stand alone, I do recommend this book.
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An enoyable story, an interesting and quirky protagonist and a fast paced prose make this book one I'd recommend.
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HASH(0x9bcdba98) out of 5 stars Move over Stephanie Plum, there is a sassy, sexy sleuth in town! Dec 9 2011
By Cozy Reader - Published on
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I discovered A CUTTHROAT BUSINESS after I found the short story THE BODDY IN THE SNOWBANK by Jenna Bennett, and I wanted to read more of her books.

A CUTTHROAT BUSINESS is a mystery involving Savannah Martin, a Southern Belle turned realtor, who gets mixed up with a bad boy, by the way of sexy Rafe Collier, and trips over a murdered colleague. What follows is fun and adventure as Savannah tries to solve the murder, before the murderer strikes again!

Before I start I have to tell my readers, that I have a long love/hate relationship with eBooks. I've had two eReaders and both of them were failed experiments. I just don't do well with the eReading phenomena. I like to hold a book and turn the page and yes *gasp* I like to crack the spine. I've all but given up the idea of reading full-length eBooks. However, after reading THE BODDY IN THE SNOWBANK, I connected with the author, Jenna Bennett, on Twitter and she convinced me that A CUTTHROAT BUSINESS was that good, and I just had to read it.

So I abandoned my beautiful paper books and I picked up the iPad and downloaded A CUTTHROAT BUSINESS from Smashwords.

Guess what I discovered? Jenna Bennett was absolutely right!!! A CUTTHROAT BUSINESS grabbed my attention from the very first page. There were so many laugh-out-loud moments, that at one time I almost coughed a mouthful of lemon gelato up all over the screen!! The sexual tension between good girl, Savannah, and bad boy, Rafe, had my toes curling repeatedly. After the first chapter, I was so immersed in the story and didn't even notice that I wasn't reading a paper book.

I simply adored Savannah. Of all the amateur sleuths I've read recently, she has climbed up to the top of my list and completely knocked Stephanie Plum from the #1 spot. She has all of Stephanie Plum's sass and need for adventure, but with southern charm and she's not silly at all. With her southern ways you would expect her to maybe be a little silly, but she's not. She's sweet and assertive and oh so wonderful...
"Top of the morning to you, Savannah!"
I smiled back, or more accurately, showed teeth. "Hi, Tim."
"You look smashing today. Have a good weekend?" His bright baby blue eyes were malicious.
"Great," I said dryly, knowing full well that I looked like death warmed over. "Stumbling over a bloody corpse, especially one I know, is definitely my idea of a good time. There's nothing quite like a whole lot of blood to give a girl some color in her cheeks."
I really enjoyed the mystery. It kept me guessing right up to the end, and it was full of lots of realtor knowledge. By the end I actually felt like I'd learnt something about realtors and their dealings every day. This made the story feel very well researched, and as all the pieces of the puzzle fell in place together it left me feeling like I'd read a well put-together story.

I give A CUTTHROAT BUSINESS five stars. If you enjoy your cozy mysteries with a good shot of romance, and a love triangle with a sexy bad boy and a Southern gentleman in the mix, then you will love this book. A CUTTHROAT BUSINESS is very reminiscent of the Stephanie Plum books, but the laughs are louder, the romance is sexier and there is a great murder mystery to top it off.

Don't hesitate to add A CUTTHROAT BUSINESS to your holiday reading. Readers, you won't be disappointed!
32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bcdbaec) out of 5 stars A Fantastic Read June 16 2011
By Kellie - Published on
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Jenna Bennett's A Cutthroat Business is a fanstastic mystery starring Nashville, Tennessee real estate agent and Southern Belle, Savannah Martin.
A Cutthroat Business is a fun and sassy read filled with suspense and a touch of romance. When Savannah finds her co-worker, Brenda Puckett, one of the most successful real estate agents in Nashville, with her throat cut, Savannah sets out to find the killer. Along the way, Savannah develops a friendship with Brenda's daughter and reconnects with people she went to high school with - namely Rafe Collier - handsome, mysterious, and small town bad boy. I enjoyed this first in a series and highly recommend it. I will definitely be reading the next one in the series and the one after that, and the one after that, and the one after that....
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bcdbf24) out of 5 stars "Dead On" Lustful Southern Mystery Aug. 15 2012
By Vanessa Ann - Published on
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I very rarely write a review, but when I saw the 1 star describing the text as racist, I felt that i must step up to the plate.
As a former Nashvillian, I am very familiar with the Southern Belle standard that girls/women must live upto (and how useless the people that set the standards may be). Keep reading. The first few pages prepare you for a beautiful, yet unusual relationship between two people from totally different backgrounds and the difficulties (often hilarious) that they face. Add a couple of gay men, a couple of really dysfunctional families, a murder of a nasty woman that no one will ever miss, and a murderer on the loose. You have a book that you cannot put down. Trust me, this book is anything but racist.
The book never stops moving -- and I found myself wanting to dying to know the outcome of the relationship between Savannah & Rafe -- so much so I purchased the four sequels before finishing the first book.
After living on the East Coast, and now on the West, I can understand the uncomfortable feeling in the first few pages for a non-Southerner, but seriously, keep reading -- it's well worth it. Don't be surprised if you find you want to go to Nashville and track down Rafe for yourself!
34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bcdbf0c) out of 5 stars Boring and offensive. July 22 2013
By justforamazon - Published on
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This book is a bizarre combination of being totally boring while at the same time borderline offensive. As others have noted, the main characters use totally dated, racist language - and while others might say that is simply how Southerners talk, it is still no excuse for leaving language like "darkies" and "colored people" left in the text, without any characters challenging them. The black characters are seen as threatening, the gay characters are one-dimensional stereotypes, the main character isn't sympathetic or even more important - interesting. The mystery itself is boring. I can only imagine that the positive reviews on here are from the author's friends and family (as some have self-identified.) Skip this one - I wish I had.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bcdf2e8) out of 5 stars I HAVE to read the next one now! April 1 2012
By Dana Brantley-Sieders - Published on
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Admittedly, I have a thing for Nashville-based stories.

I live here and I love this city. I also love its authors, Jenna Bennett included. Having read and thoroughly enjoyed her DIY series, I was delighted to pick up the first in her Savannah Martin series.

Southern Belle (in all of her fabulously over-the-top splendor) divorcee and struggling realtor Savannah Martin thinks she's nailed her first potential sale when she takes the call to show the Potsdam property. The fact that listing actually belongs to her nemesis doesn't hurt. What she finds when she arrives for the showing, however, is her nemesis dead on the floor and an old high school acquaintance from the wrong side of the tracks. Rafe Collier is tall, dark, and dangerous - kinda like the heroes in those romance novels she reads on the sly.

Digging a little deeper into the mystery surrounding superstar realtor Brenda Puckett's death leads Savannah into the darker side of the real estate business, her old home town, and into more than a few run-ins with Rafe - much to her family's chagrin.

The story is chock full of mystery, plot twists, and a healthy dose down home Southern goodness and humor we follow unlikely sleuth Savannah Martin on the hunt for whodunit.

My only complaint: Jenna is as big a tease as Savannah when it comes to romance! Now I HAVE to go get the next book to find out if/when bad boy Rafe manages to corrupt good little Southern Belle Savannah!

*Disclaimer - I know and adore Jenna Bennett. But, I assure you, she didn't ask me to read and review. I did it all on my own! I'm glad I did, too!*