Private eye Savannah Reid (Killer Gourmet, 2015, etc.) gets to relive every single trauma of her childhood at her high school reunion.
It’s hard to imagine why Savannah wants to go back and see all the classmates who humiliated her for being poor and homely as a child. Maybe the reunion gives her an excuse to be in McGill, Georgia, along with most of her eight siblings—not counting Macon, who’s locked up for yet another DWI—when they celebrate the birthday of her beloved Granny Reid. Maybe it’s to show off her spiffy new spouse, Detective Sgt. Dirk Coulter. Whatever the reason, the trip is a train wreck. Jeanette Parker, mean as ever, taunts Savannah from the get-go. Since her rich, elderly husband recently bit the dust, Jeanette’s got plenty of bling to wave under the detective’s nose. And Savannah can hardly forget how Jeanette seduced her high school boyfriend, Tommy Stafford. When the purple-frocked princess makes fun of Dirk, that’s it—Savannah cold-cocks her in the parking lot. Jeanette walks away from that fracas, but the next day she isn’t so lucky. Her body is found in the lake, inside her purple Cadillac, with a wound to the head that looks as if it just might have come from the stiletto heel Savannah’s sister lent her. Tom Stafford, now the local sheriff, has no choice but to swear out a warrant for his ex-girlfriend, and pretty soon Savannah is in the McGill jailhouse listening to indecent proposals from Yukon Bill, her octogenarian cellmate. Can Dirk find Jeanette’s killer and spring his lovely wife, or will Savannah have to bust out of the hoosegow to help him solve the case?
The trip home has a dampening effect on the usually sanguine Savannah, who can’t seem to keep her eyes on the prize.