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Poisoned Tarts (A Savannah Reid Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2009

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In McKevett's entertaining 13th Savannah Reid mystery (after 2007's Fat Free and Fatal), the California PI agrees to help her old San Carmelita police partner, overworked Det. Sgt. Dirk Coulter, find 18-year-old Daisy O'Neil because she's reminded of a missing girl the pair were unable to find alive nearly 20 years earlier. Daisy's terrified mother suspects Daisy's friends known as the Skeleton Key Three may be involved. Rail-thin tabloid queen Tiffy Dante, along with Bunny Greenaway and Kiki Wallace, are famous for their glam looks, wealth and party-on lifestyle. They view Daisy as a fat hanger-on and claim to know nothing. As Tiffy preps her family estate for a Halloween party, Tiffy's dad turns up in a prop coffin with a stake through his heart. Is there a connection between his murder and Daisy's disappearance? When Savannah's Granny Reid, who's visiting from Georgia, decides to lend a hand in the investigation, things really start popping. McKevett continues to deliver witty crime solving that's both tart and sweet. (May)
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Product Details

  • Series: A Savannah Reid Mystery (Book 13)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; Reprint edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758215533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758215536
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,651,964 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sassy girl on July 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
G.A. Mckevett has done it gain! Wrote a wonderful humorous mystery for all to enjoy. I can't believe this is her 13th mystery. I love coming home to this place where Savannah, Dirk, her Mother, and others live. This is the way a cozy mystery should be written. Solving a mystery is only part of the story. Adding characters with flaws and quirks, definitely adds to the mix. Great job of blending the storyline with the characters. The eye catching book cover, helps you decide to pick this book to take home and read.
I am ready for the next case!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 6, 2008
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The Skeleton Key Three are a paparazzi's dream as the ultra wealthy and super thin wild party-goers are always good for a salacious headline. Tiffy and her pals Bunny and Kiki always create the scene. Recently seen hanging around the trio is non-affluent teenager Daisy O'Neil who her new "buddies" treat her lower than dirt. Tiffy and Daisy try out for a movie role, but the latter gets the part. A raging Tiffy plans to retaliate; just prior to rehearsals Daisy vanishes. Her concerned mother pressures the police to start with the Skeleton Key Three in their missing person's search.

San Carmelita Detective Dirk Coulter catches the case, but he "cons" his friend private investigator Savannah Reid into helping him. After talking to the Skeleton Key Three, both believe that the trio is involved in Daisy's vanishing. However every lead they follow leads only to a dead end. However during the Daisy investigation while at Tiffy's Mcmansion, they find her father lying dead with a stake in his heart in a coffin that is part of a Halloween party decoration. They discover a bullet in his chest. Both the private sleuth and city cop are more determined to solve the two cases hopefully with a live Daisy.

The inquiries are well written so the audience will enjoy tagging along with the two detectives. However the fresh fun in POISONED TARTS come with the appearance of Granny Reid, a colorful character who has been lovingly mentioned by her granddaughter for years, but now has shown up in California in the first person for the first time. THE SKELTON KEY THREE are ultra spoiled with their only interest being self hedonism; readers will find no redeeming qualities amidst these rich bi*ches. It is obvious they are involved in Daisy's disappearance and Tiffy has a motive, but is she the one who remains the mystery.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Herbert A. Gardener on March 18, 2009
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The Savanah Reid series is fun, casual reading. Her character is flawed, yet intelligent and endearing. She's the girlfriend we all wish we had. I've read about half of the available paperbacks, and I've loved every single one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DDTJ on June 13, 2008
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This I think is one of McKevett's best Savannah Reid mysteries yet! Savannah must find a missing girl and time is running out! Memories of an old case surface when Savannah must find this girl. You sit there page after page trying to help Savannah and Dirk find this girl before she dies! This is one of McKevette's best yet!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NeysaZ on June 7, 2008
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I love all the Savannah Reid mysteries. G.A. McKevett (Sonja Massie) writes terrific stories, and very few other writers can write murder stories with humor. When Savannah, Dirk, and Tammy go after a killer - they find 'em! Fun reading!
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By Peg on May 6, 2012
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I'm a chubby person, so I related very well to the main character Savannah. I also quite enjoy my voluptous body and if you don't there's a door around here somewhere...Savannah Reid. Savannah is just a fun character. She isn't the usual femme fatele, tall, gorgeous, blond wearing 5 inch heals and a Chanel jacket. She's just Savannah. She takes on the bad guys with her crew, Dirk - her former cop partner, Tammy - her assistant, the two gorgeous gay guys (dangit, why are they always gorgeous???), and a steady parade of her sisters and grandmother.

I read these books between gruesome books I read like, Snookie Stackhouse, Harry Bosch, Lucas Davenport, Alex Cross, etc. The stories always have a great detective story with a pretty viable, well-though out plot. The difference is that it's funny, not bloody. It's light on it's feet and I like to cushion my hardcore books with books like these and Katherine Page Hall and Janet Evanovich, etc.

Read it, you'll like it.
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By Becky on April 12, 2013
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Love, love, love it! This is my favorite series. I started reading them as soon as the first one came out but had gotten a few books behind. Catching up has felt like coming home. The Savannah Reid series is like being curled up in your favorite chair, wearing your most comfy pajamas and eating your favorite comfort food. This one had a couple of mysteries that kept me guessing to the very end. And it was wrapped up in a thick layer of Southern comfort in the form of Savannah's Granny Reid. Always a welcome addition to the mix. Settle in for a read. You will be so glad you did!
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If you've always wanted to see a " real " Southern family but never had the chance, read any of G.A.McKevett's books.Even though the character Savannah Reid lives in California,G.A. McKevett's writing brings Southern families to anyone who really wants to know what goes on in their lives.Each book you read in the series will draw you into the " Reid Clan " quicker than muddy water in the " Everglades ".:). By all means if you want a good read with quirky characters, these books are just what you are looking for.
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