Another really enjoyable Savannah Reid mystery. I just couldn't put it down. A Santa Claus rapist, a very pregnant sister with her twin house wreckers, and if that isn't enough to stress anyone, police officers start disappearing. Er ex-boss Captain Bloss hires her to guard his teenage daughter, who is the only victim that has escaped from the rapist. Captain Bloss isn't her favorite person by a long shot, but she does think his daughter is an ok teen and has grown to like her. As usual Savannah and her old partner Dirk manage to solve the cases through all the distraction. A really great read
From Publishers Weekly: "It's hard not to like Savannah Reid, a large woman with appetites, emotions and attitudes to match. The pseudonymous McKevett's fourth book about Savannah raises some serious issues about the crime of rape and its victims, but the mix of this theme with Savannah's winsome character and the recipes included at the back of the book is uneasy. Savannah, working as a PI after being fired from the police force in the fictional California seaside town of San Carmelita, is hired by a shopping mall to catch the "Santa Rapist," a man wearing a fake white beard who has attacked six women in the mall's parking lot. The first man she disables with a hard kick to the ornaments turns out to be a legitimate store Santa, and the investigation goes downhill from there. Margie Bloss, the teenaged daughter of the odious police chief who fired Savannah, is a student in a self-defense class that Savannah teaches; when Margie is herself attacked and some of the town's cops begin to die, the identity of the rapist/killer becomes so obvious that readers may lose interest in a hurry. McKevitt has done better before and, hopefully, will again. Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --
Really enjoyed this one! Set around Christmastime in California. 4th in the Savannah Reid mystery series.
"Blue-eyed" & "big-boned" private detective Savannah Reid took the mystery scene by storm in Just Desserts, Bitter Sweets, & Killer Calories. Now the sexy, Southern-born heroine with the black belt in karate is back, keeping the streets of exclusive San Carmelita, California, safe while indulging both her passion for food and her appetite for solving crime..."