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Savannah Blues Mass Market Paperback – Jun 2007

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 499 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Reprint edition (Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061031356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061031359
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,906,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By elsie purdon TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Mar 2012
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I wanted to try something a bit different to read and also a book that was entertaining without being a crime novel or too silly. This story by Mary Kay Andrews was a good choice. It's set in Georgia, deep south USA. Not a place I know at all. I loved it and I loved the main character, and her friends. She is feisty and full of character. As "wheezie" (Louisa) is really into second hand and antique furniture and houses, the book is full of details on these. She has a gay ex-priest uncle who is a lawyer and his helped is needed, as Wheezie tends to act first and think second when it comes to following up her passion for antiques. when trying to reccy an empty house that is going to an estate sale she finds a dead body and is arrested. The pace of the story is fast but not furious and is not at all boring. recommended.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Completely entertaining brain candy 19 Feb 2003
By Patricia Tryon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What a fun book. Beginning with a brave (or is it brave-faced?) heroine who tarts up very effectively and wrapping up several subplots with snorting good justice all around, this book kept me turning its pages long after bedtime.
I hope Mary Kay Andrews isn't all written out after this book, because she blew tons of great lines and a lot of knowledge about Southern antiques. She introduces some interesting ideas about artifacts in Southern furnishings and shares just enough information about how reproductions, like certain women, can be tarted up to look almost authentic. It's enough to make a girl want to clutch her pocketbook real protectively the next time an Empire table seems to call her name!
Avoid this book, please, if you are easily offended, because you will find plenty of bait here. There's at least a couple of scarlet women, a "non-traditional" couple that is pretty much closeted, some less-than-totally-serious engagement with an older woman's alcoholism, and some send-ups of stereotypes that will send their marks whining for rebuttal.
I don't care. And if you are looking for a thoroughly entertaining romp outside the ordinary lives of most of us, neither should you. You'll enjoy the characters, their stories (including the big mystery at the book's center), and the writer's delicious descriptions and one-liners.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
What a juicy read! 27 April 2003
By Busy Mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book had me hooked from page one to the last page ~~ it's witty, quick and brash and at the same time, it is bittersweet. It's a wonderful Southern lit book ~~ and it's one of my favorites. This is the first time I have ever heard of Mary Kay Andrews and I am hooked.
Weezie Foley lands in the midst of a murder-scandal accidentally while looking for a bathroom at an estate sale ~~ and how she gets out of it is a hilarious tale in itself. Then revelations about family members, ex-husband, new boyfriend and friends spice up the entire book with their tales ~~ this book keeps you on its toes and never lets up till the last page is turned!
If you like mystery with a good dash of romance ~~ this book is for you. Not only is it fun ~~ it is hilarious in some places ~~ these Southerners have a great sarcasm and it shows. Nothing seems to stop them except extreme humidity ~~ and an icy gin and tonic can cure that. So grab that bottle of suntan lotion and head for the lake or the nearest shade and enjoy! Don't forget your iced tea ~~ this book will leave you with a hankering for a drink!
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
The Picker, The Chef, and The Junior League 17 Mar 2003
By sweetmolly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Edgar Best Novel nominee, Mary Kay Andrews (aka Kathy Hogan Trocheck) delivers the goods in this lighthearted novel of tidy murder, great cooking, and the down and dirty side of the antique business. Not only is "Savannah Blues" living breathing, Savannah, it's a given this story could happen nowhere else.
Our heroine, Weezie, wins the prize for most unusual occupation; she is a picker, a trade only known in the antique business. She "finds" items from kitsch to Empire sideboards and sells them to antique dealers. She hits the flea markets, yard and estate sales, and even does a little dumpster diving in the course of a business day. Weezie is a bad-luck divorcee. In the settlement she got the carriage house in the back yard and one-half of the closed garden while her ex got the lovingly restored (by Weezie) historic townhouse. To make her misery complete, the ex has installed the "other woman," the beauteous Susan, in the townhouse and even gave her Weezie's slot in the garage for her jazzy sports car.
Weezie is illegally "previewing" an estate sale at a run down plantation in the dead of night, opens a closet and out falls the body of her rival Susan. Weezie is the prime suspect, and her friends rally round: Uncle James, an in-the-closet gay lawyer who was formerly a priest, best friend BeBe (pronounced Bay Bay); Daniel, master chef and incipient lover; and Merijoy, rich, social, dedicated Preservationist and jaw-droppingly efficient young mother.
Even the smallest characters are quirky and unexpected. Weezie's highly proper mother starts her day with half-and-half (iced tea and Four Roses). Andrews' dialogue is dead-on Savannah-speak, and I kept thinking the characters from "Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil" were going to join the fun at any moment. Weezie has to be the most nonchalant murder suspect in the annals of crime. She assumes (I presume) justice will prevail and goes about her business, obtaining an unusual antique cupboard and shooting herself in the foot in the romance department.
This is a romp and a character study; so much so that long stretches go by when no one even thinks about the murder mystery. Andrews pours on too much in the last quarter solving the murder and righting the wrongs to the point the reader is confused. I felt like I had been called in from recess to study for the final. All in all a delightful book. Andrews and Savannah can take a well-deserved curtsy.
-sweetmolly-... Reviewer
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Marvelous Romp! 16 Sep 2004
By HeyJudy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
SAVANNAH BLUES is the second book that I have read by author Mary Kay Andrews, the other being HISSY FIT. I finished each of these novels feeling that I wanted to move to Georgia immediately, so vividly does Andrews create a sense of place.

Can this woman ever write! The story just flies, with fun on every page. It is not merely the plot--which is excellent--but also the prose that makes Andrews' work such a treat.

In addition, the author clearly knows her antiques, and anybody reading one of her tales will come away with a painless education in the decorative arts as a bonus to a damn good yarn.

As I am coming to expect from Andrews, SAVANNAH BLUES has as many layers as an onion, with subplots regarding ecological and historic preservation, alcoholism and even restaurant management.

The characters are vivid, the dialogue sparkles. The author is a woman with amazing powers of observation and insight, and a swell way with a turn of phrase.

Now, I'm off to read her LITTLE BITTY LIES. Can't wait!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Savannah's next "it" book! 19 Feb 2002
By Susan Williams-Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Mary Kay Andrews has a hit on her hands with Savannah Blues! This is a wild ride through the in's and out's of Savannah as seen through the eyes of a local antiques "picker". Departing from her usual genre of mystery to a broader scope of location novel, Mary Kay Andrews (aka Kathy Hogan Trocheck) takes us into the world of Savannah's elite and those not so well-heeled. She weaves a funny and heart-warming tale of loss and love found in unexpected places! A 10!
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