31 Jul And the Killer Is…
And the Killer Is… by G.A. McKevett
Summary: PI Savannah Reid has delved into the ugly side of SoCal’s celebrity culture more than once. But the Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency may have bitten off more than they can chew when a Hollywood legend makes a deadly comeback…
It will be a cold day in San Carmelita before Savannah skips over a high-profile homicide case, especially one attached to a tasty reward. But when 90-year-old former silver screen siren Lucinda Faraday is murdered inside her derelict mansion, serving justice comes with unsavory risks. The fallen star, considered one of the most beautiful women of her time, was found strangled by a pair of vintage stockings amid a hoard of garbage and priceless memorabilia. Now, Lucinda is making headlines again–and, like in the past, her name is connected with the worst kind of scandal . . .
As a quest for answers reveals sleazy secrets about the victim’s history, the Moonlight Magnolia Agency soon discover that corruption, addiction, and blackmail were as rampant in the good old days of Hollywood as in the present–maybe even more so. Balancing a suspect list longer than Lucinda’s acting credits and evidence that could destroy the reputation of people still alive, can Savannah outsmart the culprit before she or someone else get reduced to tabloid fodder next?
Angie’s comments: And the Killer Is… is number 25 in the Savannah Reid series, but it works well as a stand alone. I must admit I haven’t read this series before, but I was able to jump right in and feel at home with all of the characters. The tone is down-to-earth, and Savannah’s family seems like a family anyone would know. The mystery was enticing, and I didn’t really figure out the murderer until the reveal.
Recommended for readers who like cozy mysteries.