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A Decadent Way To Die (A Savannah Reid Mystery) Hardcover – February 1, 2011

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Starred Review. A killer targets 80-year-old Helene Strauss, the wealthy creator of the popular Helene doll, in McKevett's superb 16th cozy featuring San Carmelita, Calif., PI Savannah Reid (after 2010's Wicked Craving). Those who might want Helene dead include her nasty niece, druggie great-nephew, and death metal–loving great-niece as well as Helene's gardener and her housekeeper. Savannah delves into each suspect's secrets, assisted by her one employee, Tammy Hart, and her former police partner, Det. Sgt. Dirk Coulter, while her professional bodyguard buddies, John Gibson and Ryan Stone, glue themselves to Helene. These precautions, however, aren't enough to prevent a double homicide. Meanwhile, Savannah suffers repercussions from her interference with Tammy's abusive boyfriend. In addition to a delightfully surprising happy ending, McKevett supplies an author's note about domestic abuse with a list of helpful resources and contact information for those who may be victims of such abuse. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • Series: A Savannah Reid Mystery (Book 16)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; 1 edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075823810X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758238108
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,037,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Since publication of her first novel in 1986, Sonja Massie has authored over sixty published works, including the highly popular and critically acclaimed SAVANNAH REID MYSTERIES under the pseudonym G. A. McKevett.

Sonja's novels range from Irish historicals to contemporary thrillers. Her earthy humor and fast-paced plots delight her fans, while critics applaud her offbeat characterizations and incisive observations on human nature.

Irish by ancestry, Sonja has authored two non-fiction books on the history of Ireland: THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO IRISH HISTORY AND CULTURE and IRISH PRIDE: 101 REASONS TO BE PROUD YOU'RE IRISH. Both books impart detailed knowledge of the complex and controversial Irish story with a light hand and plenty of humor. Her Irish novels include: DREAM CARVER, CAROUSEL, DAUGHTER OF IRELAND and the bestselling FAR AND AWAY - the novelization of the Ron Howard movie starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

On nationwide tours, Sonja lectures to published and "pre-published" authors in her workshop, "The Novel Approach," a seminar which covers such topics as: story structure, characterization, plotting, pacing, and marketing manuscripts.

Sonja has taught numerous courses at university and adult continuing education facilities including: general fiction, historical research, and mystery writing. She was managing editor at "Single Living" magazine and has functioned as a manuscript doctor and storyline editor for major publishers. Earlier in her career, she was a prolific ghostwriter, authoring both fictional and non-fictional books for celebrities and professionals.

Having lived in Los Angeles, Toronto, and County Kerry, Ireland, she now resides in New York.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By suzatm on February 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
All of G.A. McKevett's Savannah books are a wonderful treat to read and savor slowly. This book rated high on the emotional scale and I couldn't put it down. I hope that reviewers will NOT write too detailed of a description of the book in their reviews and spoil the whole ending of the book for everyone. All who read A Decadent Way to Die should enter in totally without a clue to the events in order to thoroughly experience what the book has to offer. This is wonderful series.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sassy girl on March 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This mystery brought me to tears.
It spoke to my heart.
How could a mystery accomplish this?
Easy. McKevett writes from her heart.
Her characters come to life for me.
Savannah and her friends add so much depth
to each story. The good,the bad, and the ugly.
As always,a murder takes place and someone
has to do the dirty work.
Savannah and Mike are hot on the trail.
Along the way, one of her friends is in need
of some help and advice.
If you have ever read any of the other
mysteries by McKevett, you will know
that when a friend needs help, Savannah pulls
out the big guns and doesn't stop till she finds
an answer. This book is the best one yet.
Tis a keeper for sure.
I am not a very good reviewer.
But, this book made a big imprint on my heart.
Hope is does the same for you.
P.S. The first bite of the cheesecake is mine!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HelloWriters on February 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is the sixteenth book starring Private Investigator Savannah Reid, and readers will all be thinking as they close the cover on this one that there will hopefully be a seventeenth, eighteenth...does infinity ring a bell? For those living in a cave, Savannah is a plus-size detective and one of the funniest, smartest, most enjoyable characters that's offered in the world of cozy mysteries.

In this newest offering, Savannah is hired by the granddaughter of Helene Strauss, an eighty-year-old businesswoman and creator of the very popular Helene doll. Ms. Strauss is a shrewd woman who is immensely brash and as funny as Savannah, herself. There are some odd things happening to Helene in this book - suspicious events that seem to allude to the fact that Helene has been marked for death by a clever killer who's making it very difficult for Savannah to uncover.

When the case begins, Savannah doesn't exactly get any co-operation from the high and mighty Strauss family - most especially Helene, herself. Helene simply has that smart businesswoman persona that makes her an extremely hard person to please, even though she needs Savannah to find out why exactly she's being stalked. Savannah quickly discovers that there have been many stressful relationships within the Strauss family for years. Helene's niece, Ava, has worked her behind off and scratched and scraped her way into the management of the family's illustrious doll company, which makes a great deal of money. But Ava seems to be moving the company into a completely shabby realm. In fact, the newest Strauss doll in the famous Helene line is a sultry fashion doll that comes with an excessive sexy wardrobe and a brand new, almost pornographic figure (Seems that Barbie isn't the only one who looks good in a bathing suit).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In Southern California legendary for her designing the Helene doll, octogenarian Helene Strauss owns a doll manufacturing company. However, recently there have been incidents that one cannot write off as an elderly person's accidents; at least that is what her granddaughter Emma Strauss believes while her niece Ada, who runs the business, thinks otherwise.

Emma hires plus-sized private investigator Savannah Reid to uncover who is out to harm her grandmother. She explains she saw the news clip in which Savannah and her visiting grandma from Georgia solved a homicide case so she thought Reid would be perfect for her Oma Helene. The client also mentions that Helene hates Ada who wants to run her life too. The simple case proves convoluted so Savannah lines up help from San Carmelita Police Officer Dirk Coulter who owes her for being at his side during the Murphy brothers' case and from her office assistant-investigator in training Tammy Hart. All hell breaks loose when a double murder occurs on Helene's estate.

This is a deep Reid tale that focuses on domestic abuse and contains an afterward with a short analysis of what is abuse and where to get help. Action-packed from start to finish, A Decadent Way To Die is a poignant mystery that grips fans from start to finish with its powerful emotional story line whether it is Reid's early childhood or Helene's in Nazi Germany (her short discussion about her best friend Esther is heart-wrenching yet less than a page). This is a winner that well be on everyone's short list twelve months from now.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Roof on April 8, 2011
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The Savannah Reid books have a host of wonderful and colorful characters which have stayed constant throughout the series. The author has written about domestic abuse in this book, and she did a wonderful job in using her characters to help show what domestic abuse can look like, and I liked how she added a couple of pages at the end of the book to tell victims how they may seek help. Writing about matters of the heart always adds great emotional value to the written word. I loved the surprise ending and can hardly wait for the next book.
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