Kensington, Jan 2002, 22.00, 256 pp.
With a lush for a mother and a trucker for a father who was on the road more then he was home, Savannah Reid and her maternal grandmother raised the eight younger Reids. As soon as the last one was grown, Savannah moved from the backwater town of McGill in southern Georgia to San Carmelita, California where she joined the police force. After a few years, the feisty woman left the department and opened her own one-woman private detective agency.
Since business is slow, Savannah finds time to travel back to her hometown to be a bridesmaid for her sister Marietta who is getting married for the third time. On the day she arrives, her younger brother Macon is charged with killing the honorable Judge Patterson, a power in the county. Now while Savannah knows her brother is a thief and a liar, she also believes he is no killer. With some friends who fly in from California, Savannah leads an investigation where there are more suspects than mourners for the late departed judge.
G.A. McKevett has written another fine Savannah Reid mystery only this time the action takes place in the rural south instead of California. Readers receive an up close and personal look at how a small southern town operates. The secondary cast is colorful and eccentric, good for a few chuckles to relieve the rising tension as Savannah closes in on the perpetrator. PEACHES AND SCREAMS is a delightful regional mystery.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner