A Few Drops of Bitters

G.A. McKevett. Kensington, $26 (304p) ISBN 978-1-4967-2016-0
McKevett’s entertaining 26th Savannah Reid mystery (after 2020’s And the Killer Is…) finds PI Savannah Reid, the owner of the Moonlight Magnolia detective agency in San Carmelita, Calif., focused on her animal-loving foster son, six-year-old Brody Greyson, who seems to be doing well despite his traumatic upbringing by his troubled biological mother. Savannah and her husband, Det. Sgt. Dirk Coulter, are happy to go with Brody to the home of his veterinarian friend, Carolyn Erling, who’s hosting a birthday party for her husband, brain surgeon Stephen Erling. Carolyn is warm and friendly, the couple discover, but Stephen, who insults Brody, is rude and unpleasant. When Stephen collapses during the party, Savannah gives him CPR, but to no avail. His death is later ruled a homicide, and Dirk views Carolyn as the number one suspect. Savannah investigates and soon learns, no surprise, plenty of people had motive to kill Stephen. Red herrings abound, and McKevett smoothly blends the sleuthing with serious social issues. Series fans and newcomers alike will enjoy spending time with Savannah and friends. Agent: Richard Curtis, Curtis Agency. (Aug.)
Reviewed on : 06/10/2021
Release date: 07/27/2021
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
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