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Savannah Blues: A Novel Paperback – Jul 10 2012
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From Publishers Weekly
This delightfully breezy, richly atmospheric debut by a former journalist who covered Savannah's infamous Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil murder trials fails to generate much suspense, but it derives its charm from an encyclopedic trove of lore about antiquities and dishy gossip, Southern style. Divorced from blue-blood architect Talmadge Evans III, but still living in a carriage house in the backyard of their restored mansion, Eloise "Weezie" Foley suffers the indignity of having her ex's sexy fiance, Caroline DeSantos, living in the main house Weezie restored herself. As a "picker," Weezie earns her living foraging for discarded treasures in Dumpsters and at estate sales. When she discovers Caroline's corpse in a historic manor house, Weezie is the prime suspect in her murder. To compound her quandary, Weezie's attorney her closeted Uncle James, an ex-Catholic priest is having an illicit affair with a man from the DA's office. Factor in her on-again, off-again romance with old high school flame Daniel Stipanek, counterfeit antiques and her mom's alcoholism, and the plucky heroine has enough problems to drive at least three novels. Unfortunately, the suspense gets lost somewhere among the antiques and Weezie's attempts to consummate her romance with Daniel. But even a denouement that comes way too soon and a junk bin of distractions won't keep readers away. 8-city author tour. (Feb. 20)Forecasts: This appealing effort should do well enough on its own, but if booksellers and publicists play up the Midnight connection, it could soar.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Reeling from a divorce, Eloise "Weezie" Foley misses her lovingly decorated historic home a bit more than she misses her cheating ex-husband. Her passion is finding and selling antiques, and she struggles to collect enough inventory to turn her hobby into a full-fledged business. When she discovers a dead body while attempting to sneak early into an estate sale, things get complicated especially because the murdered woman is her ex-husband's latest girlfriend. Andrews moves the plot along with a multitude of quirky and entertaining secondary characters Weezie's alcoholic mother, an uncle who is a gay ex-priest, and an old boyfriend who is the chef at her best friend's pricey bistro. Facts about period furniture, linens, china, vintage clothing, magazines, and paintings blend seamlessly and enrich what might have been just another ho-hum, screwball romantic story. Despite a dismal book jacket, Andrews's debut novel should soon find an audience among readers who enjoy Jayne Ann Krentz or Olivia Goldsmith. A worthwhile purchase for public libraries. Margaret Hanes, Sterling Heights P.L., MI
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Things haven't exactly been going Weezie's way lately - she underwent a divorce that gives new meaning to acrimonious. Her ex, Talmadge Evans III, got their gorgeous home in the historic district. (A mansion that Weezie has spent countless months, indeed years, restoring). Talk about salt in open wounds - he's living there with new girlfriend Caroline DeSantos.
What did Weezie get in the settlement? The carriage house behind the mansion. From here she's running her antique business. Don't misunderstand, Weezie isn't one of those wealthy, uppity dealers - she's the low woman in the antique trade, one who forages wherever she can for items that might sell. These she restores to sell to more fortunate dealers or online. If only she could find something really important, she might be able to open a shop of her own.
Meanwhile her life isn't dull with a boyfriend who's an ace chef, an alcoholic mother, an uncle who was a priest but is now a gay lawyer, a friend who dates a mortician, and other outre personalities. However, she had never counted on murder - that is until she finds a dead body in the most unlikely of places.
Voice performer Susan Ericksen perfectly captures Weezie and segues easily from character to character. An appreciated East Coast actress who is frequently seen on stage and television, her diction is clear and easy on the ears.
- Gail Cooke
But Weezie's overzealous interest in the house and an upcoming sale of the contents lands her squarely in the middle of a murder investigation--with the murder weapon in her possession. And in the middle of everything, she's trying to deal with a mother whose drinking problem has hit a crisis point, as well as a formerly-nerdy-boyfriend-turned-hunk who still has the hots for her.
This book was so much fun to read. It's been a long time since I could cheer for a heroine as endearing as Weezie. The characters were sharply drawn and so true to live, even as they were exaggerated. Weezie's best friend, Bebe Loudermilk, is a delight, and her uncle, an ex-priest-turned-lawyer coming to terms with his homosexuality, is a wonderful character. Much of the book is told from his point of view, in third person, while the rest is first person from Weezie's viewpoint. It's an odd set-up, but it works.
If there was any fault to find in this book, it was that the author went a little gentle with the heroine. Yes, Weezie got herself into terrible fixes, but there were times when she wiggled off the hook a bit too easily. (For example, though she was initially suspected of murder, no one really thought she did it and she was never charged.) Also, the solution to the mystery was less than satisfying. I can't say more than that without giving something away.
Still, the book was so thoroughly readable, so engaging, that I didn't really care about the mystery all that much. I just wanted to keep spending time with those delightful characters.
As Weezie is putting her life back together, she goes to Beaulieu plantation to pay her respects to ninety year old Anna Ruby Mullinax who died in her sleep. Weezie is accompanied by her uncle James who is an ex-priest and now an attorney. Weezie was not friends with Mrs. Mullinax. She just wants a peek at the antique treasures they will soon be selling.
Weezie's best friend is BeBe. She runs the Gaule restaurant in town. She goes with Weezie to camp out the night before the big sale at Beaulieu to try to help her. Unfortunately Weezie discovers a dead body and becomes the prime suspect for the murder.
In the meantime she runs into her hunky ex-boyfriend, Daniel Stipanek. Things get steamy as they reacquaint themselves.
Mary Kay Andrews definitely has a hit series. I can't wait to read the next in the series. Weezie is a fabulous character with lots of spunk and reality. You feel everything with her and are constantly cheering for her, too.
I think Ms. Andrews must have written romances before. The steamy scenes are so well written and without all the unneeded smut! I applaud her!
I especially like the Savannah setting. It is so rich with scenery, and I felt I could see each one.
Uncle James is a great character too. Then there is her mother and don't forget Tal, her ex. They are all so well described. The thing I really like is that they don't fall out of character. She keeps them separate and makes them so real.
I highly recommend this book and can't wait for the next one.
Most recent customer reviews
LIKED IT BUT NOT AS GOOD AS THE OTHERS THAT MARY KAY ANDREWS WROTE.Published 23 months ago by Linda B
Not as good as Danielle Steele, but a excellent read! The continuity of the different strands of the plot is well managed. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2011 by Pierre A. Beauchamp
My book club picked this book for our July read. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. The characters are fun and well developed. Read morePublished on June 28 2004
Mystery, romance, antiques, women getting their lives back together. In general this was a great read.Published on June 12 2004 by Queen Bee
I loved all the info about Savannah, plantations and of course, the food. The characters with unique and they all had their own funny quirks. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004 by mahikahn
I loved, loved, loved this book! Such a fun, light, uplifting and riveting read! The characters were hilarious and very well-developed. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2004 by Marion
This story had everything -- first, it took place in the South, a great place to be. The heroine, Eloise "Weezie" Foley, is a hoot. Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2003 by R. A. Taylor
This book was very good, it was set in South Carolina.
The main character, Weezie Foley is an antique dealer and she gets herself wrapped up in mystery of a murder when she is... Read more
Don't miss this fun and funny glimpse into Savannah life. The characters are charming and the dialog was laugh out loud funny at times. Read morePublished on July 22 2003 by Amazon Customer