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Savannah Blues
By Mary Kay Andrews
HarperCollins, 2002
ISBN: 0-06-019958-X
 
 
 

For the past decade when Savannah talked about “the book” it was Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.  In the coming year, I suspect “the book” Savannah will be talking about will be Savannah Blues.  Mystery author and journalist Kathy Hogan Trocheck covered the infamous Jim Williams trial for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  Writing under the name Mary Kay Andrews, the combined names of her children, she introduces another aspect of Savannah society and the antique market in her novel. 

Where Midnight in the Garden was limited to Jim Williams life in the historic district and voodoo, Savannah Blues expands to show the “picking order” of the antique hierarchy.  Andrews expands from the historic district to include the river plantations, Ardsley Park and Tybee Island, showing different social levels from large mid-century homes to the beach cottages. 

Eloise “Weezie” Foley is a Savannah native and picker, that is, the lowest order in antique hierarchy.  She goes through garbage, hits the yard sales and flea markets, and camps out for the estate sales.  She restores her “finds” to resell to dealers or on eBay.  Her goal is to one day open her own antique shop, but to raise enough funds, she needs a major “find” with a large financial return – the Moses Weed cupboard.

“Weezie” is surrounded by interesting characters.  She lives in the carriage house of the historic home she restored where her former husband and his new wife reside. Her uncle is a former priest turned gay lawyer.  Her alcoholic mother and passive father are forced to take control of their lives.  Her beau is a former marine who now is one of the top chefs in Savannah.  Her best friend owns a restaurant and dates a mortician. Another good friend is a preservation activist and homemaker.  And the most interesting is “Weezie,” who breaks in to a plantation home to find a bathroom, but finds a corpse instead.   

Savannah Blues is a fun read with antiquing tips, romance, and a murder mystery.  It is sure to run away your own blues.

 

Joyce Dixon
Southern Scribe Reviews

 

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