Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Killer Physique by G A McKevett

Savannah Reid is back home with her new hubby and life is good.  They are both adjusting to married life and living with each other as all newly wed couples do.  They're also anticipating  Dirk's parent's visit.  He's never met his parents before, so this will be an interesting experience.  While they are trying to cope with the emotional trauma that brings, they go to a grand opening and meet a star.  The next morning he's dead...

Kensington Books sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so check your local bookstore now to get a copy.  If you haven't read the others in the series, I'd suggest starting with the first book.  This one stands well enough on its own, but you really need to get introduced to Savannah, the plus-sized cop.

The autopsy concludes the star's death was from natural causes; his heart quit beating.  There is nothing abnormal about the death.  The coroner and the cops don't believe it was normal.  It has a bad feel.  They're sure it's murder.  But how?

The star was a body builder who used steroids.  He was also gay.  He was estranged from his lover and there is gossip in all tabloids about him having an affair with his female co-star.  Jason was a nice enough guy but he had jealous people around him.  If Savannah hadn't popped awake with one night with an idea, this mystery never would have been solved.

In the meantime, Dad and Mom have arrived and Dirk is both thrilled and nervous.  Meeting your natural parents as an adult yourself is a strange feeling.  We all have that little wounded child in our psyche.  Investigating a murder, entertaining guests and keeping a new marriage safe takes all Dirk's energy and ability he's got.

I find these characters real and very interesting to read about.  There's banter between Dirk and Savannah, you care about their ragtime family that has been created from friends and relatives, and I'm always anxious to see what happens next.

This was another good read and I'm looking forward to the next book.  If you haven't tried this series yet, you should.  It's like sitting down with friends and having a chat.

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