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Savannah Blues: A Novel Paperback – July 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
Savannah Blues is the story of a woman coming to terms with the sudden changes in her life and of a charming city, Savannah, GA. Eloise "Weezie" Foley has lived in Savannah her whole life and is thinking about leaving owing to a nasty divorce from her cheating husband, Tal Evans III. The divorce settlement has left her living with her dog in the carriage house, located in the backyard of the townhouse that she found, bought, and restored during her marriage. To make matters worse, Tal is engaged and living in the townhouse with sleazy, sexy Caroline DeSantos. Weezie is a "picker," someone who searches through garbage, estate sales, etc., to find discarded items to resell to antiques dealers. When she discovers a dead body while trying to sneak into an estate sale early, things get problematical for Weezie: the murdered woman is Caroline. Read by Susan Ericksen, this novel is filled with funny, likable, attention-grabbing, and quirky characters. A multilayered book that includes antiquing tips, romance, and murder, this heartwarming tale of loss and love is a worthwhile purchase for public libraries.
Carol Stern, Glen Cove Lib., NY
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
There is an on and off romance for Weezie and Daniel a chef.
The ending was too fast. I wanted to see more of the romantic relationship. It was technically happy, but I didn’t feel good enough at the end.
One chapter was Weezie first person, the next chapter was third person. I didn’t like the switching. It was jarring. I would have preferred everything 3rd person.
Narrative mode: 1st and 3rd person. Story length: 499 pages. Swearing language: strong including religious swear words. Sexual content: one sex scene, no details shown. Setting: current day Georgia. Copyright: 2002. Genre: chick lit mystery with romance.
The author does what she loves most, making her lead characters an extension of herself.
One who loves antiques, shabby chic, and her lead characters are quite believably Quirky. Despite disappointment in their lives, they turn to making a life finding them, revamping them, and then using them in her home, design, business.
This Author's Actual Beach Cottage was shown in a 10-12 page photo spread / article in HGTV Magazine in 2014 or so. I loved her decorating style, and then checked out the author.. What a find.
I like to read her stories to amuse my mind, between reading murder mysteries.
Savannah Blues makes you want to immerse yourself in the hot and muggy Savannah and experience the town, the people, the food, and the old plantation homes. Weezie is a high-spirited, funky antique picker and who wouldn't want to go exploring with her? Intrigue around every corner and cabinet...oh, and don't forget her cheating ex, her sexy new beau, and of course her loving and maniacal family members.
Great books to read on the beach, by the pool, or while on vacation. I never get bored reading any of Ms. Andrews books and can't wait for her new book coming out June 2013: "Ladies Night".
Can this woman ever write! The story just flies, with fun on every page. It is not merely the plot--which is excellent--but also the prose that makes Andrews' work such a treat.
In addition, the author clearly knows her antiques, and anybody reading one of her tales will come away with a painless education in the decorative arts as a bonus to a damn good yarn.
As I am coming to expect from Andrews, SAVANNAH BLUES has as many layers as an onion, with subplots regarding ecological and historic preservation, alcoholism and even restaurant management.
The characters are vivid, the dialogue sparkles. The author is a woman with amazing powers of observation and insight, and a swell way with a turn of phrase.
Now, I'm off to read her LITTLE BITTY LIES. Can't wait!