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Deception in Savannah

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Connie Barrera is ready to move on. She's the business partner and mistress of a married doctor who runs a weight loss clinic, but she wants out. He's not willing to buy her shares, so she resorts to extortion. The doctor has recently killed a pedestrian in a hit-and-run accident to which the only witness other than Connie is a street hustler with attention deficit disorde ...more
Kindle Edition, 422 pages
Published December 13th 2010 by Charles Dougherty
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Jul 23, 2012 Rebekah rated it liked it
Fun, Easy Read

Savannah is a beautiful town that has held onto its southern roots despite the invasion of Northerners who have retired to the area for the mild winters. Dougherty captures the essence of the invisible line between locals and transplants in a funny story of murder, corruption, and greed. I enjoyed delving into the lives of the eclectic characters ranging from entrepreneur Donald to crime boss Sam and all the good folks in between. Sam’s paranoia made me laugh out loud several times
Diane Rapp
Jun 13, 2012 Diane Rapp rated it it was amazing
A madcap adventure worthy of Mark Twain

You might say I’m hooked on novels written by Charles Dougherty. You’d be right. After reading the first two novels of Dougherty’s “Bluewater” mystery series, I bought this earlier novel. It’s a treasure of comedy and intrigue. Readers meet wild characters like Ski Cat, Dopey, and Fat Tony, seedy mob guys who take their victims “shrimping” to dispose of the bodies. We also meet would-be entrepreneurs like Billy, who charges rich people to trap his own “trai
Gae-Lynn Woods
Oct 29, 2012 Gae-Lynn Woods rated it it was amazing
Mr. Dougherty has a way with characters, and his characters have a way of finding themselves in some awkward, and deadly, situations! I thoroughly enjoyed DECEPTION IN SAVANNAH. It's great story about a night of drinking gone bad - and the hysterical consequences that ensue as everybody makes bad assumptions about 'who done it' and how to fix it.

Donald is my favorite character - totally kooky and completely loveable. A believer in the free enterprise system, as long as it doesn't involve work, D
Mar 28, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story has crime, mistresses, humor, mob bosses, deception and intrigue all set in beautiful Savannah. The characters are tourist who come because of the book, It was written on the ghost of old Savannah. Then there's the Northeners who want to live there because of the land. Then there's those whom lived there all their lives trying to keep their beautiful Savannah culture alive. Come read how the town people try to do that. This story is well written and I would recommend this author and a ...more
Vonda Norwood
Feb 25, 2013 Vonda Norwood rated it it was amazing
This was one of the best stories I have ever read!!! This is my kind of story!!! I loved it!!! The cast of characters - you have the too funny, too wicked, too clever and the too stupid. "Deception in Savannah" is a fantastic hilarious mystery/comedy. It's also a good reminder for the men to not cheat on their mistresses. LOLOLOLOL

If ya wanna have a good time, YOU HAVE GOT TO READ THIS STORY!!! You'll smile nearly the whole time, laugh most of the time and get a little nervous some of the time,
Mar 23, 2014 Adrienne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful collection of quirky characters that are wonderfully drawn to life. Not since a Confederacy of Dunces have I read a book that so well brought to life the odd characters of a southern city. A homeless man sets himself on fire pretending to be a ghost hoping for tourist tips. A business trapping trained raccoon's to get money from northern newcomers settling in the warm south, a diet clinic specializing in vanity diets matching their clients fashion sense and skin tone. mix in some mob ...more
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Nov 17, 2013 Douglas Boren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has it all. Mystery, intrigue, the mob, murder, deciet,and excitement, all wrapped up in a big bag of humor. The author clearly knows how to write a serious mystery, but it is a nice change to see that he can also write humor along with the best of them.

I had already met one of the main characters, Connie Barerra, in Blue Water Ice, and it was really nice to read the details of her back story. So much so, that upon finishing this book, I immediately started re-reading Blue Water Ice, t
Jeanne Jenkins
Apr 12, 2014 Jeanne Jenkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I liked this story. I think because Savannah is one of my favorite places to visit. Was not aware that there is/was so much crime there. Hopefully it has moved on to someplace else. I liked the characters and their connection to Savannah. My only issue was that there were so many plots left hanging. Sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy the read.
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Charles Dougherty wrote quite a bit of fiction before publishing Deception in Savannah, his first novel. Most of his earlier fiction works took the form of business plans, written to secure funding for projects and startup ventures during his corporate and consulting work, but he put all that behind him when he wrote Deception in Savannah, a tongue-in-cheek crime novel.
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