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Friday, April 22, 2016

Killer Reunion By G.A. McKevett

by Cynthia Chow

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review.

Just when California private detective Savannah Reid is entering a new phase in her life, marriage to San Carmelita Detective Sergeant Dirk Coulter, she gets dragged back into the past. A seeming lifetime of teasing and bullying would normally have had Savannah running as far and as fast as she could away from her twenty-five high school reunion. What makes it unavoidable is it coinciding with her beloved Gram’s birthday, so Savannah is nevertheless returning home to McGill, Georgia, a place she once sought so desperately to escape.

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Even though she may be a grown woman in her forties, the imprinted traumas of high school have long-lasting effects. Mean Girl Jeanette Parker, who not only relentlessly bullied Savannah all through school but who also stole away her boyfriend, wastes no time in picking up where they left off. The former police officer and current P. I. is no longer the same belittled girl she once was though, and when Jeanette manages to poke at every insecurity, Savannah reacts with a satisfying, if regrettable, right cross to the face. The regret comes when Jeanette goes missing that very night of the reunion, last seen in an area Savannah knows all too well. Savannah’s ex-beau Sheriff Tom Stafford may still have a lingering affection for the girl he foolishly dumped, but that won’t stop him from arresting the woman everyone in McGill believes put an end to her vilified nemesis.

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With the actual investigation not kicking into gear until nearly two-thirds the way through, this novel is more an exploration of Savannah’s youth and her acceptance of how it shaped her now. Even the most spoiled of her eight siblings come to Savannah’s aid when she really needs them, albeit with a lot of whining and complaining. Dirk is never sexier than when he stands by her side, and even five-months-pregnant-but-barely-showing-it Tammy at their Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency is ready at her computer to assist. Sadly, hot Ryan and his just as smoldering partner John cameo only by phone, but lovably spunky Gram and the rest of the Reids more than make up for their absence. The humor of sharp-tongued and sharp-witted Savannah is matched only by her devotion to her loved ones, and maybe to her obsession with good Southern cooking. This series can always be relied on for snappy dialogue, compassionate characters, and venial villains who receive their deserved punishment.

To enter to win a copy of Killer Reunion, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “reunion,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen April 30, 2016. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address.

Use this link to purchase this book and a portion goes to help support KRL & it supports an indie bookstore:

Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).


  1. I love this series! Savannah is such a great character.

  2. Please enter me. I love to discover new series.

  3. High school reunions are so challenging, never knowing how former classmates will react to your life's changes or your reactions to theirs. However, sometimes 'Karma' is invited to set closure in action...yes, karma!

  4. I'd love to win a copy! Thanks so much for offering this!!

  5. Now I know why I avoid those reunions. Again you are giving me a real thrill with a new author and series. Thank you for all the intros. My TBR has grown a lot. Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com

  6. Savannah is a fun and likable character in this series. Would enjoy reading the latest book.

  7. Yes, i need to revisit my high school days, too - well....... maybe not!!

  8. Have added this to my TBR list. Can't wait to read it.