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By G. A. McKevett

Plus-sized P.I. Savannah Reid prides herself on cracking even the hardest instances. yet her most recent research is leaving her hungry for solutions as she attempts to unmask the identification of a crafty, would-be killer. His prey? A recognized octogenarian with a fortune within the financial institution and a objective on her again. . .

As the writer of the world-famous Helene doll, mythical dressmaker Helene Strauss is both recognized for her beautiful style and her brassy, take-no-prisoners type. whereas Helene's enterprise acumen made her a tremendous luck, it additionally made her a numerous enemies. So while the feisty 80-year-old has numerous suspicious brushes with loss of life, Savannah Reid is employed to determine why.

Once at the case, Savannah fast learns that tensions in the Strauss relations were raging for years. To Helene's chagrin, her niece and arch nemesis, Ava, has controlled to claw her approach to the helm of the kinfolk doll corporation, guidance the enterprise in a seedy new course. Their most modern creation—a horny model doll replete with outsized lips and an over-the-top boob job—has Helene quite rankled. . .leaving Savannah to wonder whether the kin ties that bind the Strauss' are tight adequate to kill.

With the aid of her pal, Detective Dirk Coulter, Savannah discovers that Ava isn't the one one with a purpose to do Helene damage. in truth, the Strauss matriarch seems surrounded through family and friends bent on inheriting her fortune in any respect worthy. prior to lengthy, Savannah is bound she has a deal with at the case. but if key gamers take place lifeless in Helene's scorching sizzling Jacuzzi, Savannah should begin from scratch—and query every little thing she concept she knew concerning the Strauss's twisted genealogy. . .

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