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Everyone has warned new-minted realtor Savannah Martin that real estate is a cutthroat business. But Savannah doesn’t think she’s supposed to take the warning literally ... until an early morning phone call sends her to an empty house on the ‘bad’ side of town, where she finds herself standing over the butchered body of a competitor, face to face with the boy her mother al Everyone has warned new-minted realtor Savannah Martin that real estate is a cutthroat business. But Savannah doesn’t think she’s supposed to take the warning literally ... until an early morning phone call sends her to an empty house on the ‘bad’ side of town, where she finds herself standing over the butchered body of a competitor, face to face with the boy her mother always warned her about. Rafe Collier is six feet three inches of testosterone and trouble; tall, dark, and dangerous, with a murky past and no future—not the kind of guy a perfect Southern Belle should want to tangle with. In any way. But wherever Savannah turns, there he is, and making no bones about what he wants from her. Now Savannah must figure out who killed real estate queen Brenda Puckett, make a success of her new career, and avoid getting killed—or kissed—by Rafe, all before the money in her savings account runs out and she has to go back to selling make-up at the mall.

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Everyone has warned new-minted realtor Savannah Martin that real estate is a cutthroat business. But Savannah doesn’t think she’s supposed to take the warning literally ... until an early morning phone call sends her to an empty house on the ‘bad’ side of town, where she finds herself standing over the butchered body of a competitor, face to face with the boy her mother al Everyone has warned new-minted realtor Savannah Martin that real estate is a cutthroat business. But Savannah doesn’t think she’s supposed to take the warning literally ... until an early morning phone call sends her to an empty house on the ‘bad’ side of town, where she finds herself standing over the butchered body of a competitor, face to face with the boy her mother always warned her about. Rafe Collier is six feet three inches of testosterone and trouble; tall, dark, and dangerous, with a murky past and no future—not the kind of guy a perfect Southern Belle should want to tangle with. In any way. But wherever Savannah turns, there he is, and making no bones about what he wants from her. Now Savannah must figure out who killed real estate queen Brenda Puckett, make a success of her new career, and avoid getting killed—or kissed—by Rafe, all before the money in her savings account runs out and she has to go back to selling make-up at the mall.

30 review for A Cutthroat Business

  1. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Collins

    The Amazon tag for this book said any fan of Stephanie Plum would be sure to enjoy Savannah Martin. Well, whoever wrote that has not read Stephanie Plum. She and Savannah are worlds apart. True, they are each trying to find their place in the world, have crazy family and friends,and a mysterious "is he a good guy, is he a bad guy?" man in their lives, but that's where the similarities end. The Stephanie Plum stories are humorous, tightly written, with unexpected twists and turns. This story mean The Amazon tag for this book said any fan of Stephanie Plum would be sure to enjoy Savannah Martin. Well, whoever wrote that has not read Stephanie Plum. She and Savannah are worlds apart. True, they are each trying to find their place in the world, have crazy family and friends,and a mysterious "is he a good guy, is he a bad guy?" man in their lives, but that's where the similarities end. The Stephanie Plum stories are humorous, tightly written, with unexpected twists and turns. This story meandered without a hint of realism to be found anywhere. Seriously, a seasoned police detective is going to tell a newly accredited real estate agent that if it hadn't been for her the crime would not have been solved? Not a police department I want responsible for my safety, even in literature!!!!! I had such high hopes for this series, but luckily, it was one the free ones Amazon offers, so I didn't waste any money on it. Then I would have been disappointed. Oh, and FYI, the overuse of the term "dahling" to reinforce a Southern atmosphere can be extremely irritating. Especially to those of us who live in the South and don't use the word with every third sentence.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Teryl

    Couldn't get through the first chapter. The main character was trashing the weight of another character. It wasn't just one comment, it was a bunch. Not a character I want to spend a lot of time with.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susie

    I was conflicted on how to rate this. The mystery was good and kept me turning the pages. The writing was ok, but the editing left a bit to be desired. Choppy sentences and misused commas. But the characters... I'm not from the south so maybe I don't understand, but the blatant racism and snobbery was a huge turn off for me. The main character's, Savannah, mother refers to someone as "colored". Savannah's friends from home are in her business and intrusive, and she is plain old snobby and spinele I was conflicted on how to rate this. The mystery was good and kept me turning the pages. The writing was ok, but the editing left a bit to be desired. Choppy sentences and misused commas. But the characters... I'm not from the south so maybe I don't understand, but the blatant racism and snobbery was a huge turn off for me. The main character's, Savannah, mother refers to someone as "colored". Savannah's friends from home are in her business and intrusive, and she is plain old snobby and spineless. She is more concerned with what her mother thinks than anything else. She refers to someone else as "common" and herself as raised better. And in the same paragraph says she's nice! I don't think nice people look down on others. She also lets the man she goes out on 3 dates the whole book dictate what she wears around someone else. I'm sorry, but if that were me, I'd tell him exactly what he could do with his opinions. She's a simpering, spineless, snobby female and I just don't find a character like that likable. The character Rafe was interesting although not a lot of time was spent in his company. I felt bad for him since no one would let go of his past or his poor upbringing. I was hoping Savannah would stick up for him but she never did and seemed fixated on his past. So with that, I did enjoy the mystery, I just didn't like the characters or the setting.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I'm not usually one for a cozy mystery, but this one looked entertaining and had been hanging out on my Kobo for a long time, so I gave it a shot. When Savannah Martin is called to show a client a house because a fellow real estate agent and rival didn't make the appointment, she jumps at the chance. She doesn't expect that the person calling is a guy she knew in high school, nor does she expect to find her rival dead in the house. Savannah decides to do some sleuthing, but the plot thickens when I'm not usually one for a cozy mystery, but this one looked entertaining and had been hanging out on my Kobo for a long time, so I gave it a shot. When Savannah Martin is called to show a client a house because a fellow real estate agent and rival didn't make the appointment, she jumps at the chance. She doesn't expect that the person calling is a guy she knew in high school, nor does she expect to find her rival dead in the house. Savannah decides to do some sleuthing, but the plot thickens when another agent turns up dead and the guy from her high school seems to be turning up in the strangest of places. It bears saying again that I don't usually go for the cozies, and I think the reason is that I spent most of the book thinking it was ridiculous that the main character was never chastised for sneaking around and trying to solve things on her own. She goes to a house in a bad neighborhood alone at night, which automatically leads me to think she's not very bright...so how the heck is she going to solve anything at all? Though the book started out okay and seemed to have a lot of potential, it dragged in places. Side scenes, like Savannah visiting her mother and having dinner with an old flame just seemed out of place and not super important to the plot other than to give us more a sense of the heroine. I suppose that all might come in handy since this seems to be a series, but the extra information felt boring to me. Though it wasn't necessarily a romance book, the synopsis hinted at testosterone, but instead of any sort of sexual tension between the two main characters, all I got from the hero was that he either wanted to avoid the heroine or make her uncomfortable, and the heroine had no interest in him. Also, Savannah is super snobbish and there is definitely a racist vibe in the book, which I think is due to the location, but it was kind of grating. Though Savannah never seems to make any racist comments, she does refer to other people as common, and though she makes it a point to say she's no twig, she also spends an inordinate amount of time thinking and commenting on the fact that a fellow colleague likes to eat a lot, and that really didn't up her likability quotient. Also, there is no emotion to the characters. The story is narrated with very little actual emoting by the characters. What little there is comes from their actions and dialogue. I did like the instances in which Savannah's inner dialogue showed her being flustered in the way she talked, but otherwise, the lack of emotion didn't allow me to really connect with anyone. Romance and Sex Factor don't even apply. I think maybe there was a hinted possible romance that might develop in later books, but it just wasn't there in this one. While I think people who like their mysteries cozy and their love stories super tame will like this, it just wasn't for me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    I just couldn't get into the main character. I found her very unlikeable. She seemed to try to hide heavy racism and general snootiness behind a guise of southern upbringing. Truthfully I live in the south and while most of us are good people the southern belles with their Mrs. degrees and 'bless his heart' criticisms just don't work for me in real life either. The two stars, vs one is because of the other characters. I did like Rafe, his background story was interesting to me. Especially the fa I just couldn't get into the main character. I found her very unlikeable. She seemed to try to hide heavy racism and general snootiness behind a guise of southern upbringing. Truthfully I live in the south and while most of us are good people the southern belles with their Mrs. degrees and 'bless his heart' criticisms just don't work for me in real life either. The two stars, vs one is because of the other characters. I did like Rafe, his background story was interesting to me. Especially the family stories and his background growing up on the 'wrong' side of the same town as Snooty McPrincess. And something about Alexandra Puckett is very touching to me. I like her vulnerability and honesty. I also like the old lady (I forgot her name) she's extremely sweet and lovely in all her interactions with Savannah. If only this book focused more on the secondary characters and less on the primary character and her family/boyfriend who are all just too high brow for me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie Jackson

    In the well written first book of this cozy mystery series, Savannah has a lot to learn about the real world, but she is well on her way, and a sexy rebel from her past may be just the man to teach her. The man of her mother's dream has divorced Savannah, and she is nearing the end of the money from the settlement. The real estate business is pretty cutthroat even within her office, but she needs the money and likes her boss well enough to hang on despite the jerks who work there. She has not sol In the well written first book of this cozy mystery series, Savannah has a lot to learn about the real world, but she is well on her way, and a sexy rebel from her past may be just the man to teach her. The man of her mother's dream has divorced Savannah, and she is nearing the end of the money from the settlement. The real estate business is pretty cutthroat even within her office, but she needs the money and likes her boss well enough to hang on despite the jerks who work there. She has not sold a house in the months that she has been a real estate agent, so she is willing to do all the work it takes to make a sale. When she gets a Saturday call about another relator missing an appointment, she races to the house and the waiting stranger. She has no idea that this house will lead her to a relationship with a gorgeous acquaintance from the wrong side of the tracks, a needy teenager, a needy old woman, as well as a murder and a murder attempt on her life. Life may never be the same, but maybe that is a good thing. I feel, as Savannah seems to, that Rafe is putting on a show for some reason, and I can't wait to find out more about him.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    What an enjoyable little story!!! I loved the heroine – strong yet witty; she reminded me of someone I know. It has been over twenty years since I walked away from my addiction of romance series (I loved romantic trilogies), but I enjoyed this one so much, I am looking for “Hot Property” because I cant wait to see what happens with Savannah and Rafe. Marianne Curtis Author Finding Gloria Moondust and Madness: A collection of Poetry Finding Gloria ~ Special Edition Behind Whispering Pines Brian's Last What an enjoyable little story!!! I loved the heroine – strong yet witty; she reminded me of someone I know. It has been over twenty years since I walked away from my addiction of romance series (I loved romantic trilogies), but I enjoyed this one so much, I am looking for “Hot Property” because I cant wait to see what happens with Savannah and Rafe. Marianne Curtis Author Finding Gloria Moondust and Madness: A collection of Poetry Finding Gloria ~ Special Edition Behind Whispering Pines Brian's Last Ride

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    In this brand new series by Bente Gallagher, we enter the world of real estate and how the business work. Savannah Martin, a newbie realtor in Tennessee, is our narrator. We learn how she's treated by experienced co-workers in the realty business. But nothing crushes her spirit. We follow her to her first showing on a listing with a client and what happens afterwards. We see how she struggles in the business, especially picking up clients, and how her life is turned around. Two people from her p In this brand new series by Bente Gallagher, we enter the world of real estate and how the business work. Savannah Martin, a newbie realtor in Tennessee, is our narrator. We learn how she's treated by experienced co-workers in the realty business. But nothing crushes her spirit. We follow her to her first showing on a listing with a client and what happens afterwards. We see how she struggles in the business, especially picking up clients, and how her life is turned around. Two people from her past show up, forcing a love triangle. We can see how she's stuck between forbidden danger and future potential. There's a lot of secret swapping, family secrets, and danger into this series. We follow Savannah fall in love again after her divorce, and how close she is to her mother and brother--a real close knit southern family. There's a bit of good humor and nice Southern locales into this piece. It's a sweet cozy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hana

    It was rather boring, the heroine strange - I quite don't understand why she fainted when Rafe tried to kiss her and all the southern belle stuff was more annoying than funny. Also the fact that Rafe could do math very quickly in his head came out of blue and wasn't explored more. Besides I didn't understand the secrecy of his occupation - it was logical in the first part of the book but I did expect to learn more about him by the end of the story. All in all, quite a big disappointment. Yet the It was rather boring, the heroine strange - I quite don't understand why she fainted when Rafe tried to kiss her and all the southern belle stuff was more annoying than funny. Also the fact that Rafe could do math very quickly in his head came out of blue and wasn't explored more. Besides I didn't understand the secrecy of his occupation - it was logical in the first part of the book but I did expect to learn more about him by the end of the story. All in all, quite a big disappointment. Yet there are worse books so I will rate it with two stars.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    Here's what I liked: Savannah herself. She's not following the family line, and it seems to work for her. Rafe--yum. Nashville as a setting. Dix, who might grow into a decent character. What I didn't like: implied racism as story device. Todd, who I wanted to smack for his controlling ways. Tim, who practically screams stereotype. And the police detective-- too easily swayed by a civilian. It was free, but I won't read anymore of the series. Too much I didn't like.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    We have a new Sleuth in town who in turn, is a new real estate broker. She is learning her way in the business, anxious to show a house, and wham, she is shocked by the client, and the body laying in the house. Off, Savannah goes and we go with her. The dialog was amusing, and the mystery was a solid one. You quickly care about the characters and by the ending, you want to see where and what Savannah gets to go next. A very good book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I guess about a 2.5 would be right for this one. It was okay. The romantic elements were not as annoying in this book as they often are, but the wrongly placed commas just ruined it for me. Also sometimes the character was just a little too stupid. She is ordered to tell nobody about something but tells two people in very short time.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Holladay

    I read this as part of the Mirth, Murder & Mystery multiple book series. Though the author inserted herself too much, I enjoyed the storyline and the character’s interactions, especially Rafe; who doesn’t like a ‘hot’ protagonist? Savannah didn’t exactly solve the mystery as it fell into her lap, so to speak. It was nice to read a cozy mystery where the police weren’t portrayed as inept. Savannah often referred to herself as ‘nice,’ but referred to other people as ‘common’; bit of snootiness I read this as part of the Mirth, Murder & Mystery multiple book series. Though the author inserted herself too much, I enjoyed the storyline and the character’s interactions, especially Rafe; who doesn’t like a ‘hot’ protagonist? Savannah didn’t exactly solve the mystery as it fell into her lap, so to speak. It was nice to read a cozy mystery where the police weren’t portrayed as inept. Savannah often referred to herself as ‘nice,’ but referred to other people as ‘common’; bit of snootiness there. There were some definite issues a good editor or even a good proofreader should have caught. Savannah got a call from the police detective stating they couldn’t lock the house (scene of a murder) and would she get a key and do so? When Savannah gets there, she “… had to snake my hand under it [the police tape] to find the doorknob and insert the key in it.” Then she went into the house. Why? She was just supposed to lock the door. So, was the door unlocked or locked? The police said they couldn’t lock it, Savannah didn’t try the door beforehand, just inserted the key then walked in. When the author talks about about a woman being ‘fat’ she goes into exceedingly great detail, so we don’t miss the point; it’s pretty much a turn-off. Wow! This woman can’t keep her mouth shut. Things about an ongoing murder investigation that she knows and has no business telling anyone she just keeps blurting out. So Maurice invited Savannah into the house and took a step back. When Savannah insisted they talk outside he unlocked the screen door and stepped out. This book has some definite continuity problems.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Audry Wichelns

    Savannah does it again! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is the second one I have read but except some discrepancy with her ex boyfriend/husband (the book I read previously had her leave her boyfriend at the altar rather than marry him because he was running around on her). Anyway, in this book ACutthroat Business, Savannah is called to let a perspective buyer in to look at a house because another agent did not show up. When she gets there, the client turns out to be Rafe, a boy that had gone Savannah does it again! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is the second one I have read but except some discrepancy with her ex boyfriend/husband (the book I read previously had her leave her boyfriend at the altar rather than marry him because he was running around on her). Anyway, in this book ACutthroat Business, Savannah is called to let a perspective buyer in to look at a house because another agent did not show up. When she gets there, the client turns out to be Rafe, a boy that had gone to her high school. Rafe was from the poor side of town and had got in a bar fight. He had been sent to prison. He was now a "hunk" in every sense of the word. As she goes to unlock the door she finds it is already unlocked. They enter the house and she start to show Rafe the house they find the body of the realtor who was suppose to show Rafe the house dead on the floor with her throat cut wide open. As the story progresses Rafe is coming on to her and although she is truly hot and bothered and determined to have nothing to do with him (because her family would strongly object). However, soon secrets start coming out about the dead realtor and then another person from the office commits suicide. Or did she? Are Savannah and bad boy Rafe getting together? You have to read this book to find out!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Soul Sin

    I actually ran through this book within 5 hours because it was very funny. There will be no spoilers in this review but if you want a spoiler review, visit logicalmillennials.com. I will continue my review there but let's get to this book. All I can say is, this book surprised me. I am a variety reader so I pick any book up to read hoping it is good. This book blew me away because it was full of southern charm and hilarious one-liners. The one other thing that kept me entertained was the hilariou I actually ran through this book within 5 hours because it was very funny. There will be no spoilers in this review but if you want a spoiler review, visit logicalmillennials.com. I will continue my review there but let's get to this book. All I can say is, this book surprised me. I am a variety reader so I pick any book up to read hoping it is good. This book blew me away because it was full of southern charm and hilarious one-liners. The one other thing that kept me entertained was the hilarious flirtatious moments between Savannah and Rafe but yet, there is no mentioning of genitalia and the pinching of a breast. The moments when Rafe moves in and teases her for probably five seconds, the Author explained the feeling that Savannah has but it doesn't get dirty. LOVE IT! I feel like there is hope for stories being told without additional softcore porns involved. This is a murder mystery story and it kept true to it: Realtor turned Nancy Drew haha. Oh yeah, all the bad reviews on the grammars? I did not see too many to give it 3 stars. There was creativity in the way the book was told so if you were actually reading the story, you'd understand that the grammars were written like that on purpose because they were speaking in a southern accent. I'll be reading Savannah's Murder Mystery #2: Hot Property.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Roy Murry

    A CUTTHROAT BUSINESS A Savannah Martin Mystery, Book 1 JENNA BENNETT Reviewed by Roy Murry, Author Savannah is a newly minted Real Estate Broker who finds herself and a childhood acquaintance standing over the dead body of one of her cohorts, blood everywhere. She calls 911, and the mystery begins. What makes this particular multilayer whodunit different is the characters, which are colorfully defined by the author. Savannah, the lead, is your typical Southern Bell who has the propensity to evaluate A CUTTHROAT BUSINESS A Savannah Martin Mystery, Book 1 JENNA BENNETT Reviewed by Roy Murry, Author Savannah is a newly minted Real Estate Broker who finds herself and a childhood acquaintance standing over the dead body of one of her cohorts, blood everywhere. She calls 911, and the mystery begins. What makes this particular multilayer whodunit different is the characters, which are colorfully defined by the author. Savannah, the lead, is your typical Southern Bell who has the propensity to evaluate the situation at hand, and she goes through some difficult ones. The cast comes in all shapes and sizes. An example is Savannah's childhood hunk of a bad-boy man friend who becomes an integral part of the situation at hand and the shade of a possibility of a romantic attachment, mostly on his side because her mother's words are in her head. He and Savannah come in contact throughout this adventure which leads to an unlikely killer with a well put together ending that will have the reader wanting to go on. Book 2 is right around the corner. This mystery keeps you on the edge of your seat trying to figuring out the who, and why the crimes were committed. Savannah turns into a better sleuth than a Real Estate Broker.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Disclosure... I got this book via a freebie newsletter. It is the start to the Savannah Martin series. Savannah is a southern belle who's putting her life back together after a divorce. Rather than running home, she becomes a realtor. While showing a house to a potential buyer, she finds the body of a co-worker -- one who was not well liked. Did the client, who happens to be a hunky bad-boy acquaintance from her high school days, commit the crime? Was it one of her co-workers? Savannah sets out Disclosure... I got this book via a freebie newsletter. It is the start to the Savannah Martin series. Savannah is a southern belle who's putting her life back together after a divorce. Rather than running home, she becomes a realtor. While showing a house to a potential buyer, she finds the body of a co-worker -- one who was not well liked. Did the client, who happens to be a hunky bad-boy acquaintance from her high school days, commit the crime? Was it one of her co-workers? Savannah sets out to solve the crime while still trying to sell the house, trying to rein in her growing feelings for the bad boy, and trying to avoid the advances of an old friend who'd like to be more. I really liked Savannah and Rafe (the bad boy) and the secondary characters (Savannah's family and her co-workers). The mystery was intriguing, too. I have the rest of the series to date in my e-files and will continue with it. NOTE: Bennett also writes contemporary romance and the relationship scenes reflect that . They're not explicit, but are a bit more than most cozies.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    This is the first book in a new series by Jenna Bennett. It was a really exciting cozy mystery! Savannah is a new Realtor who is trying to acquire clients. She is working Sat morning when she gets a call another Realtor.missed an appointment to show a house. She meets Rafe Collier, an old school acquaintance who was in prison in his youth. Not someone her snooty mother would want her to spend time with. They find the Realtor dead. What happened to her and why? Savannah decides to find out. There This is the first book in a new series by Jenna Bennett. It was a really exciting cozy mystery! Savannah is a new Realtor who is trying to acquire clients. She is working Sat morning when she gets a call another Realtor.missed an appointment to show a house. She meets Rafe Collier, an old school acquaintance who was in prison in his youth. Not someone her snooty mother would want her to spend time with. They find the Realtor dead. What happened to her and why? Savannah decides to find out. There are some mentions about ethnicity and social structure, but if you realize Bennett does it to set up the characters, you will enjoy this fast paced cozy mystery. It was hard to put down! The whole series is awesome!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I loved this book it’s a great start to a series and I can’t wait to read the next novel. I found Ralph a very interesting and mysterious character as I’m sure was the intention. I like to Savannah a great deal as well… She was very strong character who had A good sense of humor and was just plain interesting. Her struggles with her mother trying to fix her up are a little bit close to home for me but for all of that, are quite funny. The plant itself was very well written. There were a lot of t I loved this book it’s a great start to a series and I can’t wait to read the next novel. I found Ralph a very interesting and mysterious character as I’m sure was the intention. I like to Savannah a great deal as well… She was very strong character who had A good sense of humor and was just plain interesting. Her struggles with her mother trying to fix her up are a little bit close to home for me but for all of that, are quite funny. The plant itself was very well written. There were a lot of twists and turns and red herrings and intrigues so that you really didn’t know what was going to happen next. It was wonderful that it wasn’t very predictable read. As a matter fact I wasn’t really focused on trying to figure out the killer, I just enjoyed being along for the ride.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    Loved this book!! This is the 1st book in the Savannah Martin series. I couldn't put it down! It has everything I love in a cozy mystery- interesting likeable characters, an intriguing (but not intense) mystery, and a little romance. The pace of the story is quick moving but not repetitive or whiny. Savannah is a realtor and gets a call to meet a potential client because the realtor didn't show up. To Savannah ' s surprise, the client is Rafe, a guy who went to her high school. When they arrive, Loved this book!! This is the 1st book in the Savannah Martin series. I couldn't put it down! It has everything I love in a cozy mystery- interesting likeable characters, an intriguing (but not intense) mystery, and a little romance. The pace of the story is quick moving but not repetitive or whiny. Savannah is a realtor and gets a call to meet a potential client because the realtor didn't show up. To Savannah ' s surprise, the client is Rafe, a guy who went to her high school. When they arrive, they find the realtor dead. Who did it and why? Savannah ' s mother is portrayed as snooty and prejudiced and that is the only part that I didn't like but it was short. Overall, it was a really good, fun cozy mystery and I can't wait to read the next book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carla

    I enjoyed this book but found a lot of the story to be really over the top campy and unrealistic. I kept having to re-read parts because it was just confusing trying to keep some of the dialogue and narrative straight. I did not like the weight-bashing and racism- it wasn't overt but it was underneath the surface and the main character's internal dialogue was beyond silly. Even with all that, it was a fun read but I am glad it was a freebie! Its sorta like watching and old re-run of Mayberry RFD I enjoyed this book but found a lot of the story to be really over the top campy and unrealistic. I kept having to re-read parts because it was just confusing trying to keep some of the dialogue and narrative straight. I did not like the weight-bashing and racism- it wasn't overt but it was underneath the surface and the main character's internal dialogue was beyond silly. Even with all that, it was a fun read but I am glad it was a freebie! Its sorta like watching and old re-run of Mayberry RFD. Funny and entertaining to a point, but not memorable.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Discriminatory I read about half of the book, and then couldn’t read further. I enjoyed the plot itself; there were several suspects and events among the way to the answer of who did it in the end. However, the amount of racism, discrimination, and elitist nature got too severe for me to be comfortable with finishing. In fact, it has turned me off reading anything by this author.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I enjoy a good cozy as a lighthearted bridge between weightier books, but this novel relied so much on stereotypes that nothing seemed real. Aside from the heroine, the women characters were all dowdy or plump and the men were gorgeous gays or prim Southern gentlemen except the too-hunky-to-be-true "bad boy." The protagonist loved to read bodice rippers and this novel just substituted constant innuendo for actual sex scenes. Not my cup of tea.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Anderson

    Like Stephanie Plum? Not exactly. Not as good. But it did serve the same purpose as a Stephanie Plum book in that it was a light, quick read that kept me turning pages. After the last couple books I read I needed a breather. I have the first three books of hers and I will read them as well. So it's good enough for me to continue even if it is not close to Stephanie Plum. Come on Janet Evanovich I'm really for another!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Naomi Sifuentes

    Slow build on point If a slow build story is your thing (like it is mine) then boy is this the series for you. I love anything with a enemies to friends to lovers thing and although Savannah comes off as a moronic biped (to quote JB Lynn's series), she eventually comes around. Read the series. Enjoy the immensely slow romance. It makes it that much sweeter when they finally get there.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christian

    A Cutthroat Business is a cute and fun little whodunit. Yes, the characters are somewhat caricaturish and stereotypical, but when taken with a grain of salt rather than as an actual, 100% faithful, portrayal of the South, it can be quite entertaining. The flow and pace are fairly good, making it a fast and easy read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I would have rated it a 3 except I was so irritated every time the author brought up DNA evidence. No DNA tests come back that quickly, and to identify, they have to be tested against known subjects’ DNA. I hardly think the police obtained DNA from all the family members, coworkers, etc. and had all these tests run by the day or so after the first murder. Fingerprints, maybe, but not DNA.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Janice

    If you love Evanovich's Stefanie Plum novels, you'll love Bennett's Savannah Martin books. Similar lead character, similar good boy/bad boy love interests (Joe Vs Ranger and Todd Vs Rafe) and a a murder to solve. I really enjoyed the characters in Cutthroat... a fun, light read to take your mind off day to day stresses.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Eunice Korczak

    A Cutthroat Cozy Mystery A Cutthroat Business - a Savannah Martin cozy mystery. What would I call this genre? A Cozy Mystery with a good portion of humor and bit of edgy romantic touch and go romance - very little touching, a lot of quick removals from any possibility of such. Funny. Lite reading. Entertainment.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kaki

    I really enjoyed this light murder mystery. Characters are easy to follow and interesting. Nicely descriptive just right for seeing the story in true form. The development of the relationships keeps me thinking of what's to come and looking forward to when I can pick up the book again. I have since purchased 2-9 in the series and am currently reading #5. Haven't been disappointed yet!

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