Review: Savannah Blues by Mary Kay Andrews

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

 

About the Book:

Meet Weezie (aka Eloise) Foley, a feisty antiques “picker,” banished by her spiteful ex-husband from the house she herself restored in Savannah’s historic district, who must come to terms with a life that has suddenly changed…and not, it seems, for the better. In Mary Kay Andrews’s delectable New York Times bestseller, Savannah Blues, readers will feel the sultry Georgia breezes and taste sea salt in the air, as they lose themselves in a wonderful, witty tale brimming with sass and peopled by a richly endearing cast of delightfully eccentric characters. Revenge is sweeter than sweet in Mary Kay’s capable hands, and readers of Fannie Flagg, Adriana Trigiani, Emily Giffin, Rebecca Wells, and Jill Conner Browne will definitely want to spend some quality time in Savannah.

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My Thoughts:

I love listening to Mary Kay Andrews’ cozy mysteries. The southern-small-town setting always gives her stories a bit of extra charm. I adore the narrators’ southern accents.

Savannah Blues is one of Ms. Andrew’s earlier books, and it is the first of her Weezie and Bebe mystery series. I fell in love with these two colorful characters. Their fun, supportive friendship made me long for my own sidekick.

The story premise and plot pace are great. Ms. Andrews provided a good balance between relationship and scene setting with mystery plot progression. That’s a huge compliment from this reader as I feel many cozy mysteries set up the murder then spend ninety percent of the book describing minutia of characters, scenes, and daily life without again mentioning the murder/mystery until the last few chapters of the book.

Equally engaging are the secondary characters in Savannah Blues. Weezie’s parents are delightfully old school; I loved their charming “southernisms” (i.e., “Who are his people?”). Weezie’s ex-husband is great as the loathsome social climber. Bebe’s hunky chef is the complete opposite, and therefore makes him a perfect fit for Weezie. I enjoyed how Ms. Andrews introduced all these various characters and wove their stories together. Savannah Blues is an enjoyable cozy mystery, and a nice start to a series.

Great narration by Susan Ericksen.

 

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