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Just Desserts

(A Savannah Reid Mystery #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  2,360 ratings  ·  133 reviews
Detective Sergeant Savannah Reid is in her element cruising for crime in Southern California. But when she's told she's too fat to stay on the force, Savannah opens up her own detective agency and soon finds herself investigating a murder. With suspects abounding, Savannah finds herslf sifting through the nasty mess of sex, adultery and down-and-dirty politics.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by Kensington (first published May 1st 1995)
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Nov 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: mystery lovers who want a light read with a female protagonist
Shelves: mystery
Two and a half stars. Unusual for series books, part of the plot line leads to our heroine being fired by the police department, which leads to subsequent start of being a private detective. Most books seem to start out with the private detective and then fill in the back story as they go.

The mystery was partly credible. Her skills as a professional police detective were not, however; most of her leads seem to depend upon other people's random suggestions (such as a mysterious phone call) rathe
Not really a cozy, but at the same time, not really not a cozy; it's one of those in between books that floats just on the edge of the cozy world. Needless to say, I was expecting a cozy. However, this was a fast paced book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I'm on board for the next one.
Jun 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
I’ve read several of the Savannah Reid series before and it’s usually mentioned that she once was a police officer on the San Carmelita police force. You know she was fired and it worked out well in the end. (Obviously – this series is about her and her private investigative agency.)

I never knew about the details regarding her termination from the police force. You learn all about that here in this first book of the series. It’s also interesting that she meets the rest of her extended family in
Mary Beth Phelps
Sep 10, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mary Beth by: Someone I'm never taking book recommendations from again (if I can help it)
Shelves: 2012
I was at the library the other day and one of the adult section librarians asked me if I had read any of McKevett's books. I had no idea who she was talking about and said no. So she ran into the stacks, grabbed the first Savannah Reid mystery, stuck it with my stack of books on the counter and told the librarian who was scanning my books, "She wants this one too!"


I really didn't want to read it but in my experience it is better to stay on excellent terms with your local librarians. And I c
Ashley FL
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Yet another potentially cute cozy mystery wrecked by an author's insistence on obsessing about the fact that the female protagonist is Fat/Heavy/Zaftig/whatever BUT STILL BEAUTIFUL. OK, I get it already.

I wish there was a way to identify this sub-genre before reading the books -- it is profoundly annoying.
Cathy Daniel
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this in one day. Quick enjoyable reading. Looks like a cozy, really not a cozy. Too much language , adult situations (not sex but sex type talk and masturbation...that's really tmi) I like savannah and I really love Dirk. The tension and relationship between them is wonderful! I would read more just for that. I found myself caring less about the mystery at the end and more about the relationships. I'm not running out to buy more of these books but if I run across one, I'll grab it!
Connie N.
What a delightfully brash and enjoyable main character. Savannah is fresh, fun, tells it like it is, and her heart is in the right place. She became a cop for all the right reasons--because she wanted to serve the community and help people. But she gets involved in a political situation and ends up making some changes in her life. She's full of confidence yet isn't afraid to show her vulnerabilities. She has good friends and strong family ties. The mystery was fairly interesting but secondary to ...more
Jan 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries
Savannah Reid is a southern raised woman of size and substance. She's a cop in a small California coastal town. She fields the murder of the husband of a prominent politician and as the story of corruption unfolds, it's clear the victim richly deserved to be dead. She uncovers facts that make the cop bureaucracy uncomfortable and gets fired for her troubles. The widow hires her to investigate the murder and that's when the fun begins.

Told with great humor, glamour, and obsession with chocolate (
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd been wanting to read this for quite a while, and am so glad that I finally got to do so. A well written suspense/mystery with likeable and intelligent main characters; great setting of a small, seaside Southern California town. There were a couple of gruesome crime scenes, and straight talk about child predators (a separate incident from the main crime), that may prevent this from being classified as a cozy, and yet it wasn't a horror fest. A very good read.
Sandy Betley
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Savannah Reid is one of my all time favorite female detectives! She's a sassy southern gal who doesn't pussy foot around and always gets her perp! Savannah is surrounded by a huge passel of siblings, a loving granny, a dashing partner, and many other loyal friends who enjoy many crazy cases with her. This is one series you shouldn't miss!! WARNING: Once you pick these books up they're hard to put down!! May be habit forming.
This book starts out with an action-packed chapter involving police officer Savannah Reid and her partner, Dirk Coulter apprehending an escaped prisoner. This chapter sets the stage for a wise-cracking easy going relationship between Savannah and Dirk filled with lots of sarcastic humor. Savannah proves to be a strong feisty Southern woman who won't let anyone run her life.

Savannah is assigned to a grizzly homicide implicating a powerful local leader who happens to be the victim's estranged wif
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Fluff but not really empty calories. This is the first of the series, which seems to be MANY volumes long now, and it reads like a long introduction to the characters that form their own PI agency. Might read another if I had time. But there are a lot of more worthy books in my to-read queue.
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read about 3 books in this series a long time ago, then stopped for some reason. To be honest, I don't remember which of the stories I read (I don't think I started with book #1, either, which is typical of me), but I believe I enjoyed them. The two details I retained were: (1) the titles were all a play on words using foods, and (2) the heroine and her many siblings were all named after cities in Georgia. So, this time around I decided to do it right. I enjoyed this one, book #1, enough to co ...more
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the first Savannnah Reid mystery. The author refers to the action in this novel in every other Savannah Reid story. This book gives the full background on why and how Savannah Reid was fired. The characters are not as fully drawn, as would be expected, in this first book, but the seeds are definitely there. This is a real "must" read for Savannah Reid fans!
Jul 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, mystery
I like Savannah and her brassy attitude. That she didn't let her police chief boss get in her way of investigating and that he had to use her being overweight to get her fired. How typical. But it was a great plot twist that I didn't see coming.

The secondary characters are interesting, especially her partner and I enjoyed all the little pieces of her southern personality that got thrown in.
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who like Evanovich
A fun "who-done-it" with a woman protagonist (Savannah Reid) and several quirky characters in the mix. The bookcover doesn't even hint at the storyline and I will check to see if McKevett wrote any more.
Jaymi Marie
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great characters

Fun book. Lots of twists and turns. Savanah is a kick. I can hardly wait to read the next book in the series
Oct 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Not a fan of mysteries and this book did not change my mind about the genre. However it kept me entertained for a couple of hours--and I did finish it in one sitting, so kudos.
Alexandra Cain
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Savannah Reid!

I stumbled upon a book in this series awhile back and I love Savannah's sassy southern style. The mysteries twist until the end.
Vicki Gooding
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Reads like a Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, except the main character is a female. Likeable, full of action but hard to remember outside of the pages. It's worth a read.
Victoria Griffin
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love love love this series!!!!!!! Am trying to get the entire series on my kindle
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, mystery
I have been picking up and putting this book back on the shelf for years at the bookstore. I finally got a copy for my Kindle when it was on sale for $1.00. I am now sorry I didn't buy it all those years ago. Savannah is a great character and I have a feeling she will become a good friend.

Interestingly, this is the fourth book titled Just Desserts I have read, and only one was a cookbook! It's a popular title, so let me make sure you know, this is a review of the first book in G.A. McKevett's Sa
Julie Trapp
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
1st book of the series which I should have started with. #s15 & 16 make more sense now. Savannah Reid has moved from Georgia is San Carmelita, CA. She and her partner Dirk Coulter are with the PD. In this book, Savannah has been given the assignment of solving the death of a councilwoman's husband. When Savannah's investigation gets too close to damaging 2 local political bigwigs, Savannah is terminated because of her weight (she is not obese, but chunky from what i can figure out). They thi ...more
Although I enjoyed this quick, cozy read, I didn't like it as well as the 1st book in the author's other series about Granny Reid (Savannah's grandmother). I read the 2 one right after another so that might have influenced my ranking of this book and I will probably try the next book in the series just to see. Savannah has achieved her lifelong dream of becoming a detective and is happy with her life. Unfortunately, because of her other boss uses the fact that she is overweight ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-read, mystery
Fun read. Enjoyable characters. Bit of light weight - no historical fiction, not much depth discussion of any topics.

Not a ‘G’ rated typical cozy, somewhere between PG and closer to R, if using typical movie rating. The author has written a number of romance novels. A few occasions ‘F’ word used. One thread of story line deals with pornography and predators of under age girls.
Note: 4/7/2019 - Just finished second book. The second book is more in line with typical cozy G-PG.

This is first book
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
After finishing Murder in Her Stocking, I wanted to go back and re-read the early books in the Savannah Reid series. It's been a long time since I have read this one, but I enjoyed seeing the whole Moonlight Magnolia team come together for the first time in a great mystery. This makes me want to keep reading through the whole series again.
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great treat

This book grabs the reader and makes them fall in love with the universe of Savannah Reid. I love that the main character is not the typical build for heroines. The characters are approachable and the reader can easily fall in love with the lot. Give this series a try today.
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is worth it for the main character. She is by far the most interesting part of this tale. The side characters are okay, but not terribly noteworthy. The story? It's okay but not magnificent. Just enjoy Savannah Reid and you'll be okay though.
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
The title is very misleading, IMHO. Expected a fluffy, cozy mystery, maybe with a caterer or chef as the main character. Instead I was pleased to find a smart mouthed, sassy cop who takes no nonsense from anyone--even her bosses. A good read
Tessa in Mid-Michigan
Barely a three star read—the characters really needed work. John and Ryan are so over the top I was sure they would turn out to be fake. Tammy we barely meet before the end. I might try one more to see if they improve. Maybe.
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Since publication of her first novel in 1986, Sonja Massie has authored over sixty published works, including the highly popular and critically acclaimed SAVANNAH REID MYSTERIES under the pseudonym G. A. McKevett.

Sonja's novels range from Irish historicals to contemporary thrillers. Her earthy humor and fast-paced plots delight her fans, while critics applaud her offbeat characterizations and inci

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