A Cutthroat Business: #1 (Savannah Martin Mysteries)

| March 3, 2015


A Cutthroat Business: #1 (Savannah Martin Mysteries)

Everyone has warned new-minted realtor Savannah Martin that real estate is a cutthroat business. But Savannah doesn’t think she’s supposed to take the warning literally … until an early morning phone call sends her to an empty house on the ‘bad’ 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.

Rafe Collier is six feet three inches of testosterone and trouble; tall, dark, and dangerous, with a murky past and no future—not the kind of guy a perfect Southern Belle should want to tangle with. In any way. But wherever Savannah turns, there he is, and making no bones about what he wants from her.

Now Savannah must figure out who killed real estate queen Brenda Puckett, make a success of her new career, and avoid getting killed—or kissed—by Rafe, all before the money in her savings account runs out and she has to go back to selling make-up at the mall.

*** Contains an excerpt from HOT PROPERTY, Savannah Martin mystery #2


“With a dose of southern charm and a bad boy you won’t want to forget, A CUTTHROAT BUSINESS has enough wit and sexual chemistry to rival Janet Evanovich.”

—–Tasha Alexander, bestselling author of DANGEROUS TO KNOW

“VERDICT: The hilarious dialog and the tension between Savannah and Rafe will delight fans of chick-lit mysteries and romantic suspense.”

—–Jo Ann Vicarel, Library Journal

“… mixes up a frothy girl drink of houses, hunks and whodunit narrated in a breezy first person … If you love an umbrella in your drink … grab A Cutthroat Business for a quick beach read.”

—–Lyda Phillips, Nashville Scene

“A delicious and dazzling romantic thriller … equal parts wit and suspense, distilled with a Southern flavor as authentic as a mint julep.”

—–Kelli Stanley, Bruce Alexander award winner, NOX DORMIENDA

“… equal parts charming and sexy, with a side of suspense. Hero and heroine, Savannah Martin and Rafe Collier, are a pairing of perfection.”

—–Paige Crutcher, examiner.com

“…hooks you in the first page and doesn’t let go until the last! … There’s something for every reader: tricky plot twists, rich description, and some villainous characters you’ll love to hate.”

—–Lynda Coker, Between the Pages

“A lighthearted Southern romp with plenty of steam beneath the surface … prose is crisp, and protagonist Savannah Martin is a flawed but likeable heroine.”

—–Jaden Terrell, author of RACING THE DEVIL


Jenna Bennett/Jennie Bentley writes the New York Times bestselling Do It Yourself home renovation mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime and the Cutthroat Business mysteries for her own gratification. She also writes a variety of romance for Entangled Publishing, from contemporary to futuristic and from paranormal to suspense.


A Cutthroat Business – Savannah Martin mystery #1 (May 2011)

Hot Property – Savannah Martin Mystery #2 (June 2011)

Contract Pending – Savannah Martin Mystery #3 (July 2011)

Close to Home – Savannah Martin Mystery #4 (October 2011)

A Done Deal – Savannah Martin Mystery #5 (December 2011)


Fatal Fixer-Upper – DIY #1 (November 2008) – written as Jennie Bentley

Spackled and Spooked – DIY #2 (August 2009) – written as Jennie Bentley

Plaster and Poison – DIY #3 (March 2010) – written as Jennie Bentley

Mortar and Murder – DIY #4 (January 2011) – written as Jennie Bentley

Flipped Out – DIY #5 (October 2011) – written as Jennie Bentley

Wall to Wall Dead – DIY #6 (September 2012) – written as Jennie Bentley

Tall, Dark and Divine, Bagging a Greek God #1 – (July 2012)

Fortune’s Hero, Soldiers of Fortune #1 – (November 2012)


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