Thursday, March 4, 2010

ARC Review: A Cutthroat Business by Bente Gallagher

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: PublishingWorks (June 15, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935557076
ISBN-13: 978-1935557074

About the Book:

Everyone has warned new-minted Realtor® and Southern Belle Savannah Martin that real estate is a cutthroat business. But Savannah doesn't take the warning seriously... until an early morning phone call sends her to an empty house on the other 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.

My Review:

I gotta say I liked this one. Bente has that tongue-in-cheek humor that I love. While "A Cutthroat Business" is a murder mystery based around a real estate agent, I think we can all relate with the main character in some way. It always makes me happy when I read a story I can connect with. G.R.I.T.S. anyone? You Southerners know what I'm talking about, but for anyone who doesn't....Girls Raised In The South. Bente really got across that southern flair in this book.
I really liked the storyline itself. I thought it was different and interesting. I for one, have not read any murder mystery's based around real estate agents. There is a "colorful" cast of characters to keep you entertained. Of course there is also the bad boy we all end up rooting for! (I liked him!) There are lots of turns in the plot to keep you guessing.
To summarize, I really enjoyed myself while reading this one. It was different and didn't leave me hanging (too much LOL) at the end. I will be bugging Bente on twitter though...I want to know more about the next book already! I think mystery/ cozy fans will enjoy this one!
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  1. Thanks, sweetie! I'm glad you enjoyed the book. The next one's coming, so be sure to ask the fine folks at PublishingWorks for an ARC!

  2. Enjoyed the review! Your mention of the G.R.I.T.S. aspect...jogged my memory. Have you ever read any of Mary Kay Andrews books? If not, you might enjoy them as well....sounds like this one is a welcome edition to the world of mystery/fiction! Thanks for sharing....and happy reading!

  3. I've read a series before about a realtor, enjoyed it, this sounded just my cuppa tea!
    LOVE Southern female authors/characters, even though I am a Yankee. (Sorry.)