Carlita and her daughter, Mercedes, make it to Savannah from Queens, with Carlita’s son Vinnie following behind, in Hope Callaghan’s Road to Savannah. As soon as they arrive, Mercedes’s new friend, Autumn, shows up to greet them. Autumn mentions that the door to the restaurant on the old property that they are renovating was ajar, but she closed it. Concerned that the squatter who was occupying their property may have moved to the restaurant, they investigate, only to find the body of a strangled woman there. When the police arrive, they learn that the murdered woman was Norma Jean Cleaver, a key member of the locally-dreaded SAS, the Savannah Architectural Society, which ostensibly exists to improve the city but really seems to exist to harass business owners who don’t conform to their own vision of the city. As they face suspicion over their involvement in the murder and fight with the SAS over opening their new businesses, Carlita and Mercedes decide they need to get to the bottom of the crime, or their lives will be uprooted.
This book is a great sequel to Key to Savannah, engaging me throughout the book. It is relatively short, only four and a half hours on audio, but it contains a fun listening experience. I enjoyed the depictions of Savannah through the eyes of the native New Yorkers who have just moved to the city. The book also has a fun scene where Autumn teaches Mercedes how to ride a Segway.
Valerie Gilbert’s performance comes across as stalwart as in the first book. She uses great accents and believable voices for the characters. With her terrific performance, I can’t imagine this book with any other narrator.
I really enjoyed Road to Savannah. It has a fun plot that is light but interesting. It also has a recipe for Italian stuffed shells at the end that sounds amazing! Most books with recipes feature baked items, so it is refreshing to get a recipe for a main dish. This is the perfect book for when you don’t feel like having to focus too closely on the details but want some release from life and enjoyment. I give it five stars!
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