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 A third chapter in the adventures of voluptuous, Georgia-born Savannah Reid (Bitter Sweets, 1996, etc.), who now runs the Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency in San Carmelita, after a stint in the local police force. When Kat Valentina, a promiscuous onetime disco queen, is found dead in a mud bath at the Royal Palms spa--owned by Kat and husband Lou Hanks--the coroner's verdict is accidental death. Savannah, though, has received an anonymous letter, accompanied by a wad of cash, with a promise of more to come, asking her to investigate further. Her part-time assistant Tammy also works at the spa, and Savannah, leaving behind her beloved chocolate and doughnuts, checks in for an extended stay. Engineering a series of nosy interrogations and unauthorized room searches, Savannah quickly uncovers a slew of candidates for Kat's murder: Lou Hanks, beneficiary of her life insurance policy, which could save his failing enterprise; spa doctor Freeman Ross, who'd diagnosed Kat with breast cancer and was prepared, maybe, to do a Dr. Kevorkian; trainer Dion Zeller, frantically attempting to protect a secret he feared would be revealed; Phoebe and Ford Chesterfield--brother and sister--rich owners of the estate bordering Royal Palms who battled over Kat's campaign to seduce Ford. And there's more, in between Savannah's consultations with slobby Dirk Coulter, an old pal still on the police force; her escapes to forbidden foods with elegant gay friends John and Ryan; lots of raunchy dialogue; and, finally, a solution as silly as the rest of this hyperactive, overextended, mildly vulgar exercise.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1997
ISBN: 1-57566-163-2
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Kensington
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1997


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