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Halloween in Southern California just doesn't have the frosty bite Savannah's used to, although her latest job promises chills aplenty. The Skeleton Key Three, a celebutante clique so named by the media because of their super-skinny figures and fat trust funds, are in the spotlight again-but this time, it's for something more than partying. It seems the one member of the Halloween in Southern California just doesn't have the frosty bite Savannah's used to, although her latest job promises chills aplenty. The Skeleton Key Three, a celebutante clique so named by the media because of their super-skinny figures and fat trust funds, are in the spotlight again-but this time, it's for something more than partying. It seems the one member of the Three who was neither wealthy nor particularly svelte hasn't been heard from in days.Just when Savannah thinks she has the case all figured out, the vibe surrounding the Skeleton Key Three changes from vacuous and suspicious to downright murderous. Now Savannah will have to put her Halloween candy on the shelf until she's deserving of a reward. And that means finding a killer-fast-before more Hollywood money becomes buried treasure...


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Halloween in Southern California just doesn't have the frosty bite Savannah's used to, although her latest job promises chills aplenty. The Skeleton Key Three, a celebutante clique so named by the media because of their super-skinny figures and fat trust funds, are in the spotlight again-but this time, it's for something more than partying. It seems the one member of the Halloween in Southern California just doesn't have the frosty bite Savannah's used to, although her latest job promises chills aplenty. The Skeleton Key Three, a celebutante clique so named by the media because of their super-skinny figures and fat trust funds, are in the spotlight again-but this time, it's for something more than partying. It seems the one member of the Three who was neither wealthy nor particularly svelte hasn't been heard from in days.Just when Savannah thinks she has the case all figured out, the vibe surrounding the Skeleton Key Three changes from vacuous and suspicious to downright murderous. Now Savannah will have to put her Halloween candy on the shelf until she's deserving of a reward. And that means finding a killer-fast-before more Hollywood money becomes buried treasure...

30 review for Poisoned Tarts

  1. 5 out of 5

    Susanchitter

    Cheesy but fun. Kind of like a Hallmark mystery movie with an edge to it. The characters were great and there were twists and turns to the mystery and murder that kept me guessing. Not great literature but great for when you just want something easy and light.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    3.5 stars. Sometimes justice really is done. I loved who got arrested at the end of this book because these people needed it. The story was good with lots of twists and turns and of course I enjoyed the characters.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cara

    Not my favorite in the series. I missed Tammy in this one. The 'big clue' in the story annoyed me. I don't want to give anything away, but that is not how library computers work. At least they don't in our system, and thank goodness for that!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jann

    Cute book. Love the main character Savannah Reid. She is a middle aged women a little overweight, a little sarcastic, loves to cook and take care of people. A lot like me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    A fun read - feeding my hunger for a good mystery.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    Another mystery solved when the father of a rich Tiffany Dante is killed during the set up of the Halloween party of the year. A sometimes friend is missing and then Savannah and Dirk must find her and solve the mysterious death of Tiffany's father before the Halloween party can commence. Great lead up to the clues and solving the mystery. Gran is visiting again and watching Tammy find clues through the computer. I love this series and the twists and turns of these mysteries.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Val

    This one started out as a pretty funny story😆 with Savannah taking down that guy at the grocery store but ended with me crying my eyes out😭. These "mean girls" took things waaay to far and then expecting the police to let them go like nothing happened at all, I was seeing RED😠. I really like getting emotionally involved with a book and this one did the trick 😉.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Karen Ditsch

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I tend to like this series but this one was way too much like a South Park episode where Cartman kidnaps Butters so he can go to Casa Bonita. I did despise the suspects which I think the author wanted so that's a plus for her. Not my favorite of the series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Louise King

    The best one yet!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katharine Coggeshall

    I enjoy McKevett and her Savannah Reid series. This was not my favorite in the series as it had a bit of a young Hollywood feel to it that made you think of Paris Hilton and her era of misbehavior. It was still fun to read and followed her famous recipe for storytelling. The series is worth reading.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I found this to be one of the best in the series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Another hit! This series is great because the characters are so alive. Savannah and Firm's relationship continues to grow. Also the other relationships meld so nicely

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lena H.

    Lots of interesting twists, turned out very different from what I was expecting!

  14. 4 out of 5

    D. Wickles

    Another fun mystery with Savannah and her gang with a visit from Granny Reid.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    Fun and quick read, even if a little corny.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Lucas

    Great Savannah Reid my favorite PI. I liked the suspense read this whole on vacay. Laid back but good wholesome reading, really looking forward to next book in the series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Susan Moxley

    A real page turner with lots of twists and turns and lots of mystery and action to the very end. It will keep you guessing.

  18. 4 out of 5

    ChrisGA

    Good solid,clean mystery

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    The meat of the story is great. This is a lot more like a murder mystery, the kind McKevett has been layering with the characterizations. So why the 3 outta 5 stars? The story felt rushed in some ways and incomplete. For example, the use of CSI director Eileen is the same flat note that she always gets. There's no growth in the books, no matter the order of reading. The same goes for coroner Dr. Jennifer Liu. These are strong women, the foundation of the series, and yet totally underutitlized in The meat of the story is great. This is a lot more like a murder mystery, the kind McKevett has been layering with the characterizations. So why the 3 outta 5 stars? The story felt rushed in some ways and incomplete. For example, the use of CSI director Eileen is the same flat note that she always gets. There's no growth in the books, no matter the order of reading. The same goes for coroner Dr. Jennifer Liu. These are strong women, the foundation of the series, and yet totally underutitlized in this story. Following the missing report of a teen who hangs out with a Paris Hilton kind of crowd, Savannah and Dirk start to look for clues. In the end, though, it feels more like a romance than their usual connection. Even the murder part of the mystery gets a little muddled. If the original story on the kidnapping had been the only mystery, the book would have been much stronger. As it turned out, the story suffered with too many clues and repeated thoughts. Pity. I would have loved to see them really looking for Daisy without all the distraction and solidifying their friendship and partnership. Discussing their past, really discussing it. It'd be nice to see them beyond her P.I., when she was new on the force and scrappy. How that worked against Dirk's general gruffness. This was the perfect case.

  20. 5 out of 5

    LInda L

    This was my second Savannah Reid, and while it was cute and funny and kind of interesting, it was not nearly as good as KILLER REUNION, which was my previous read. It seems that nothing romantic has yet developed between Dirk and Savannah, but they work well together. As do Tammy and Gran. I thought there was a bit too much of Gran in this one, especially since they were in CA. Yes, I do know she was visiting. The story line was totally improbable, but it is a novel and it is supposed to be This was my second Savannah Reid, and while it was cute and funny and kind of interesting, it was not nearly as good as KILLER REUNION, which was my previous read. It seems that nothing romantic has yet developed between Dirk and Savannah, but they work well together. As do Tammy and Gran. I thought there was a bit too much of Gran in this one, especially since they were in CA. Yes, I do know she was visiting. The story line was totally improbable, but it is a novel and it is supposed to be tongue-in-cheek. The three girls were so warped, so unlovable, so really awful that I could not wait for them to be caught. Again -- unlikely story, and also predictable, but -- IT'S A NOVEL.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dharia Scarab

    Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 stars... I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be on the look out to pick up more from the series/author. 5 stars... I loved this book! It has earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vickie Backus

    I'm slowly working my way through a bunch of books in the food mystery genera and this is listed as one-but I don't know why. Food is mentioned but is a very minor part of the background. I like the two main characters but can't figure out why an ex-cop who left under a cloud gets to hang out and detect with a current cop-one who has his own issues. And how is she making money? She supposed to be a private investigator but she's working for free here. Beach read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nan Hurley

    Poisoned Tarts makes 18 out of the 20 books in this series that I've read. I love them all! I almost want to wait a long time before I read the next one because I don't want the series to end, but I can't wait to read the next one. I love the characters. I love Savannah's attitude, her heart and the words of wisdom from her grandmother. I'm not sure I could ever pick a favorite author but Ms. McKevett is definitely near the top.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. just started this one this morning, granny is here visiting this time. didnt get too far. this one was the skelton 3 girls, rich girls and a fat poorer friend who they locked up in a animal cage to 'lose weight' against her will. the rich girls dad ended up dead in a halloween coffin from a gunshot wound and steak thru his heart from one of the girls (who he was having a affair with).

  25. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

    * Pg 151 (3rd paragraph) Pg. 267, "Savannah pressed her finger tips to the girl's jugular vein and felt a pulse." I love finding these errors in medical terminology. This is probably the 5th book by different authors I've read w/ medical terminology errors. I'm starting to document these just to humor myself. :)

  26. 4 out of 5

    ktouton

    I recently re-read this book. I had just finished a book that was very draining (The Great Santini). This book was a great palate cleanse. The subject matter, a missing teenage girl, is not very light material. Overall, it is still a pretty darn good book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cathleen

    Same light escapism as the rest of the series, but loses points for underuse of supporting characters and (more egregiously) for hanging a climactic plot revelation on an erroneous understanding of library computer policies.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shari

    Book 13

  29. 4 out of 5

    Debra Keesee

    I love this author! When I start to read her books, for some reason, I just can't put them down. Last night I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning just to finish the book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Savannah stories are usually good reads but her down home southern stories about her grannie grate on me after a bit.

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