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A Cutthroat Business: #1 (Savannah Martin Mysteries) by [Bennett, Jenna]
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Book 1 of 13 in Savannah Martin Mysteries (13 Book Series)
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Editorial Reviews


"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

"... mixes up 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

"... 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

"Move over Stephanie Plum, there is a sassy, sexy sleuth in town! 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. The laughs are louder, the romance is sexier and there is a great murder mystery to top it off." --Bella McGuire, Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

From the Author

The idea for A Cutthroat Business came to me back in 2005, when I was studying for my real estate license. I had a 6-year-old and a 2-year-old and a desperate need for a job I could fit around my kids' schedule, and real estate seemed like a good idea. I liked houses - we lived in one - and East Nashville was starting to burgeon. 

In the classes, there was a lot of talk about personal safety, and about the many things that might lurk inside an empty house - from murderers and rapists to flashers and muggers - and the idea of a brand new realtor walking into an empty house and finding a dead body came from that. 

The book title was easy. Real estate is a tough, competitive, dog-eat-dog business, and I never stood a chance of making it as a realtor. Not cutthroat enough; a trait Savannah shares. By 2008, I had retired my license and was writing full time. And that's the story of how the Savannah Martin series came to be, and also the story of how I ended up with job I could fit around my kids' schedule. It just wasn't the job I thought I'd end up with. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 1219 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615849172
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Magpie Ink; 2 edition (January 7, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZCIG64
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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.
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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....
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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.
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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!
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Jenna Bennett is a talented writer and was able to capture the racial tension and prejudices that are common in the south very admirably. The book was very well written and the plot, well planned with surprising twists and turns. There were some parts of the book which I was uncomfortable with, though. I found the bigoted racist's remarks, comments and descriptions of African Americans in the book disturbing and the descriptions of people's weight (Brenda's and Marquita's) unsympathetic and derisive.

The main character, Savannah was not very likable.... So what if she comes from a rich family, is blonde, slim, attractive, can trace her ancestors back to several generations and moves in the best circles in Sweetwater? She was still bigoted and prejudiced. It seemed that Savannah was not even aware of her intolerance or bias against people different from her, either due to their weight, size, race or origin. I didn't like her attitude to her colleagues especially her insensitivity to Hazel who had a problem with overeating.

It surprised me that Rafe seemed to be endlessly patient with her even though he was aware of the attitudes she and her family had towards him; she had no trouble telling him off on numerous occasions. To be fair, the story also captured Savannah's softer side, her kindness to Rafe's grandmother, her honesty in questioning impressions she's always had. I hope to read more about her and discover her evolution from a snobbish, privileged, southern belle to someone who is more sympathetic to the faults and shortcomings of others.
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