Thursday, August 18, 2011

Review: Champagne For Buzzards by Phyllis Smallman

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Mcarthur & Company (September 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552789128
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552789124

Product Description


With its seven foot snakes and nasty horses, Florida ranch country can be as dangerous as the mean streets of any big city. Sherri Travis doesn't do country. She likes it even less when she meets Clay Adam's psychotic neighbors and finds a dead man in the back of her pickup. With fairy lights dancing through the Spanish moss and violent men closing in, the surprise party Sherri plans for Clay turns deadly.

About The Author

...Good Morning America...picked the Sherri Travis series as one of the top six for a summer read in 2010.

Phyllis Smallman's debut mystery, MARGARITA NIGHTS,was shortlisted for the Debut Dagger by the Crime Writers of the UK, nominated for the Malice Domestic in the US and won the first ever Arthur Ellis award for Unhanged Arthur. The Crime Writers of Canada also shortlisted Margarita Nights for best first novel.

Sex in a Sidecar and A Brewski For The Old Man followed. January Magazine named A BREWSKI FOR THE OLD MAN in the 10 best mysteries of 2010.

Champagne for Buzzards, the 4th book in the series, will be out in the US in 2011.

Phyllis Smallman was a potter, spending much of her time on a beach in Florida, before moving to British Columbia and turning to a life of crime.

"characters you'd love to have a drink with and a sense of place that captures the essence of the Sunshine State"...The Hamilton Spectator

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My Review

This is the first novel in the Sherri Travis Mystery series that I have read although it is the fourth book.  It is preceded by Margarita Nights, Sex in a Sidecar and A Brewski For The Old Man. It is not necessary to have read the first three to enjoy this book.  I wish I had as Sherri Travis is a wonderful, spunky character that I'm looking forward to learning more about.

Sherri Travis, our heroine, owns and manages a bar called The Sunset in Jacaranda, Florida.  Although Sherri grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, her beau Clay Adams is a wealthy man who had recently purchased a ranch, called Riverwood, in nearby Independence.  While Sherri is attempting to ready the ranch for a surprise birthday party for Clay, she encounters his sinister neighbours as well as discovers a dead body in the back of truck.  You would think the buzzards circling her would have tipped her off immediately but she is rather distracted by the party planning!  While the quaint, tourist filled Jacaranda is Sherri's usual haunt, Independence is mired in secrets and evil.  A corrupt sheriff, scary gun-toting neighbours on ATVs, and the mysterious search for a "dangerous" man provide for the thrills in this book.  What Sherri discovers when she starts digging is heart wrenching....

This is a great story told by a talented author...the story just flows nice and easy like a southern breeze.  I enjoyed the characters who Sherri is surrounded by.  All in all a great read.  I'm looking forward to reading more Sherri Travis books by Phyllis Smallman.

Excellent prices for these novels in the Kindle version on the Amazon site.

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