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''Savannah Reid'' is a series of [[DetectiveDrama mystery novels]] by G.A. [=McKevett=], the [[SameFaceDifferentName pseudonym]] of author Sonja Massie.

Middle-aged Savannah Reid is proud of her Southern heritage and not ashamed of her plus-sized body. After being kicked off the police force because she discovered that some of the higher-ups would be implicated in a case, she opens her own [[PrivateDetective private investigation]] company. Though it may not be the best-paying job, she's got her friends to help solve the case: Tammy, her enthusiastic assistant; Dirk, the [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold crabby cop with a heart of gold]]; and Ryan and Gibson, a pair of ex-FBI agents.

The series, in order:
# Just Desserts
# Bitter Sweets
# Killer Calories
# Cooked Goose
# Sugar and Spite
# Sour Grapes
# Peaches and Screams
# Death by Chocolate
# Cereal Killer
# Murder a la Mode
# Corpse Suzette
# Fat Free and Fatal
# Poisoned Tarts
# A Body To Die For
# Wicked Craving
# A Decadent Way To Die
# Buried in Buttercream
# Killer Honeymoon

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!!Examples

* AccidentalMisnaming: Tommy Stafford refers to Dirk as "Dirt" and "Kirk".
* ActionGirl: Savannah's a PrivateDetective with a black belt in karate, and carries her Beretta everywhere she goes.
* AddictionDisplacement: Dirk with cinnamon sticks after giving up smoking.
* AmateurSleuth: Tammy. She even occasionally refers to what they do as "sleuthing", much to Savannah's amusement.
* AngryGuardDog: Beowulf in ''Bitter Sweets'' only grudgingly allows Savannah to pass after she gives him some meat. When she tries this with Hitler, Satan, and Killer in ''Death by Chocolate'', on the other hand, the three little dogs become Savannah's best friends.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Most of Savannah's siblings, except Alma and Waycross.
* ApologizesALot: In one book, Tammy keeps apologizing. Savannah comments that if Tammy keeps it up, she's going to deduct one nickel of Tammy's salary for each time. Tammy's response? "Sorry."
* ArchEnemy: Captain Bloss and Chief Hillquist are Savannah's.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Savannah uses these frequently, and to great effect.
* ArrestedForHeroism: Not quite, but when Savannah's car goes over a spike strip when she's helping chase the bad guys (in fact, it was thanks to her that they caught them at all), she isn't given any money to cover the cost of the tires because they claim she shouldn't have been interfering with police business. ''Despite'' the fact that one of the cops was in her car because his own was broken down.
* ArousedByTheirVoice: Savannah describes her car-cleaning guy Rory as having a voice like this.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In ''A Decadent Way to Die'', when [[spoiler:Tammy's ex-boyfriend Chad shoots Savannah. She doesn't like the guy already for what he did to Tammy; now she knows she's badly hurt, and ''actually rationalizes that she's dying'', but when she looks down at her gunshot wounds, she becomes more upset by the fact that he ruined her grandmother's nightgown.]]
* BadSanta: The bad guy in ''Cooked Goose'' dresses in a Santa outfit to commit his crimes.
* BearerOfBadNews: Savannah finds herself in this position a lot, unfortunately.
* BeautyContest: ''Sour Grapes''. Of course, Savannah [[TemptingFate just]] ''[[TemptingFate has]]'' [[TemptingFate to say]] "[[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong What could happen at a beauty pageant]]?"
* BerserkerTears: Margie, in ''Cooked Goose'', when Savannah tells her to pretend that Ryan (who's volunteering to help with the self-defense class) is the guy that tried to rape her, so that she can let her feelings out. She attacks him surprisingly ferociously, and it ends with her sobbing.
* BigBeautifulWoman: Savannah's got a plus-size body, but very few characters diss her for her weight, and when they do, it's usually scrawny women who think being thin = being beautiful. She gets complimented far more often for being comfortable in her skin, and several male characters comment on how they find larger women attractive.
* BigEater: Savannah absolutely loves her food.
* BigStupidDoodooHead: Savannah enjoys annoying Captain Bloss with childlike insults such as this. Tammy does it about Dirk sometimes, too, when he's not around.
* BloodSplatteredWeddingDress: Savannah finds her wedding planner dead right before the wedding starts.
* BluffingTheMurderer: One of Savannah's favorite tactics. It works sometimes, such as on [[spoiler:Eric Bowman]] in ''Just Desserts'' and [[spoiler:Waldo]] in ''A Decadent Way to Die''.
* BrainBleach: Savannah wishes she had some at one point after an encounter with [[CasanovaWannabe Kenny Bates]], complete with steel wool.
* [[BrattyTeenageDaughter Bratty Teenage Sister]]: Atlanta.
* BreakingBadNewsGently: Mentioned several times in the books when there's news to share.
* BulletHolesAndRevelations: This part in one book:
-->Then three shots exploded, filling the room with smoke and the smell of cordite.\\
Three bullets seared burning paths through living flesh.\\
Two bodies hit the floor.
* TheButlerDidIt: The conclusion of [[spoiler:''Death by Chocolate'']].
* CakeToppers: Savannah's wedding cake has these. During the first ruined wedding date, they end up getting buried in the frosting, but Savannah salvages them to use again.
* CallingTheOldManOut:
** Margie to [[ArchnemesisDad Captain Bloss]] in ''Cooked Goose''. Things came to a head when her dad came straight from a NoTellMotel to shout at her for being worthless and wrecking her new car, not even asking if she's okay, not asking ''why'' it was wrecked, when she only did it to escape from a rapist...
** Savannah finally chews out her old man in ''Sugar and Spite''. All those years, she and her siblings had to hear the whispers about how her dad was fooling around with another woman, and yet he never divorced his wife - and that's ignoring the fact that he almost never came home. Now that Savannah's fourty-something, he finally does divorce Savannah's mother... and asks Savannah to be the ''maid of honor'' for his marriage to the woman he's had an affair with for decades.
* CandlelitBath: Savannah is fond of these. Often, they help her to relax, but unfortunately they frequently get interrupted by phone calls.
* CaptainObvious: Dirk's words of wisdom in ''Bitter Sweets''.
-->'''Dirk:''' You never really know who done it, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment 'til you know for sure who done it.]]
-->'''Tammy:''' What?
* CasanovaWannabe: Kenny Bates.
* CatsAreSuperior: Savannah's two cats seem to consider themselves so.
* ChefOfIron: Savannah loves to cook, but her main purpose in life is to catch the bad guys.
* ClearMyName: In ''Bitter Sweets'', the San Carmelita Police Department are eager to declare Savannah an accomplice to murder, as she had unwittingly led the murderer to the victim.
* ClearTheirName:
** In ''Sugar and Spite'', Dirk's ex-wife is shot in his house, with his gun, after the two of them fought. He's not the killer, but Savannah needs to prove it...
** In ''Peaches and Screams'', Savannah's youngest sibling, Macon, is accused of murdering the judge. Things aren't looking too good for him at first, but then Savannah realizes it wasn't him...
* CluelessDeputy: Mr. Jeter, the part-time volunteer deputy of [=McGill=], Georgia.
* CopKiller[=/=]KillerCop: The bad guy in ''Cooked Goose''.
* ComeToGawk: Happens on occasion.
* ComplimentBackfire: Just don't say anything whatsoever to Tammy's cousin, Abigail. She ''will'' find some way to turn it into an insult about her size.
* TheCoroner: Dr. Jennifer Liu.
* CountryMouse: Everyone in Savannah's family, to some degree.
* DeathbringerTheAdorable: Subverted with Eleanor's dogs, Hitler, Satan, and Killer - they're tiny little fluffy dogs, not what you'd first expect the breed to be if you'd only heard the names. They ''are'' quite aggressive at first, but once Savannah starts treating them kindly, they're rather friendly to everyone.
* DeepFriedWhatever and EverythingsBetterWithChocolate: Two ideas that Savannah agrees with.
* DetectiveMole: [[spoiler:After Titus Dunn commits his crimes, he helps investigate them. Until, during one of them, he gets [[RevealingInjury injured in a car crash]] - ''then'' he "goes missing".]]
* DetectivePatsy: [[spoiler:''Fat-Free and Fatal''.]]
* DisposingOfABody: Someone attempts this in basically every book.
* DoesntLikeGuns: Tammy, though she'd learned how to properly use one.
* DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm: Dirk sometimes. Savannah wonders whether that makes it more entertaining or annoying to tease him.
** This is brought up again in ''Buried in Buttercream'' when Savannah tells someone sarcastically, "what a sad story" and he thinks she's being serious. She decides that it's annoying to taunt people who don't understand sarcasm. She says something else sarcastically and ''that'' one he gets.
* DomesticAbuse: Comes up a lot. Happens to someone very near and dear to Savannah in ''A Decadent Way to Die''; is a major plot point in that book.
* DomesticAbuser: Several minor characters are losers that do this, but the most featured one is [[spoiler:Tammy's boyfriend, Chad.]]
* DoomedAppointment: [[spoiler:Francie Gorton]] arranges to meet Savannah in ''Sour Grapes'', but someone overhears the phone call, and feeds [[spoiler:Francie]] false information to make her ''believe'' she's still meeting Savannah. Instead, she's met by the killer.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Savannah tells her Granny something to this effect after her wedding is postponed a ''second'' time.
* DrivenToMurder: Usually goes along with PlayingTheVictimCard.
* DumbBlonde: Inverted. Tammy is a very intelligent blonde.
* ElectrifiedBathtub: The way one murder is committed.
* EveryoneIsASuspect: Sometimes it's a twist ending, sometimes you think "it can't be that person, it's too obvious", sometimes the person themselves orders their own murder, but it's pretty much always unexpected.
* EvilLaugh: Dr. Jennifer Liu is noted as having one of these.
* EvilTwin: In a police office out of town, Savannah and Dirk meet a doppelganger of Kenny Bates. Like Kenny, he works at the desk and is a CasanovaWannabe. Savannah refers to him as Kenny's "evil twin".
* FailOSuckyname:
** Jesup's husband (for a short time), Bleak Manifest. His given name, Milton Pillsbury, isn't much better.
** Savannah thinks that Moon Shadow (the name of an exotic dancer) is one. Turns out that Moon Shadow isn't her stage name - it's actually her real name; she had hippie parents. She has a brother named Star Shadow.
** Savannah's sister Cordele points out that them being [[LocationThemeNaming named after Georgia towns]] is pretty stupid - she says that Savannah and Atlanta are good names, and at least you can shorten Jesup to Jessie, there's not much you can do with Cordele.
* FatAndProud: Size is only a number to Savannah, and not something to judge someone by. She used to worry about her weight, but realized that she'll lead a much happier life if she doesn't make fitting into tiny jeans a life priority.
* FatSlob: What some characters see Dirk as, even Savannah. He ''does'' fit a lot of it... beer belly, poor table manners, crude language/mannerisms, leaving wrappers everywhere...
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Savannah
** TheLancer: Dirk
** TheChick: Tammy
** TheBigGuy: Ryan
** TheSmartGuy: Gibson
* FootDraggingDivorcee: When Marietta's all set for her third marriage, she claims that her fiance's current wife is trying to drag it out to mess up the wedding.
* FosteringForProfit: Dirk was only adopted from the orphanage because his adopted dad just wanted free physical labor for his business.
* FriendOnTheForce: Dirk to Savannah.
* FreudWasRight: In ''Killer Honeymoon'', Savannah and the gang gaze at a lighthouse under a dreamy sunset sky. Savannah comments, "What do you reckon it is that makes that shape so appealing to the human eye?" A split second later she realizes her mistake, but before any of the guys can speak, Granny Reid threatens to smack anyone who ruins the moment.[[invoked]]
* GasChamber: How [[spoiler: Barbie Matthews]] is murdered in ''Sour Grapes''... [[CruelAndUnusualDeath trapped in a trunk with insecticide...]]
* GilliganCut:
--> With Dr. Liu's latest report and professional help within reach for Atlanta, things were defnitely looking up.\\
''(next page:)''\\
Things were in the crapper. Although Atlanta was across the room, officially attending the meeting between them and Angela Herriot, she hadn't spoken a single word.
* GladIThoughtOfIt: Used a couple times, usually with Dirk.
* GranolaGirl: Tammy.
* GrannyClassic: Granny Reid
* GratuitousJapanese: In-universe example. In one book, Savannah's on the news for defending herself at a grocery store when a man attacks her after a little disagreement. Tammy feels the need to give commentary, naming (in Japanese) every karate move that Savannah used, so Savannah resolves to lay off the karate lessons with Tammy for a while.
* GreenEyedMonster: Though Savannah and Dirk aren't a couple, Savannah finds herself jealous at times when she thinks there might be another woman (and then she notices that she thought "''other'' woman" as if she and Dirk ''were'' a couple.)
** Dirk also shows jealousy when Savannah goes back to Georgia for Marietta's wedding, asking Savannah if she was going to meet up with any high school buddies.
** Let's just say that both Dirk and Savannah are very obviously jealous when there's even a ''hint'' of one of them liking someone else.
* HenpeckedHusband: Poor Butch never gets a break from Vidalia bossing him around.
* HesitationEqualsDishonesty: True for some characters.
* HiddenWire: Used quite a bit... Ryan and Gibson's are better than Dirk's, though. Dirk's actually shocks Tammy once.
* HisNameIs: In ''Killer Honeymoon'', Savannah holds the dying woman in her arms and asks who shot her. The woman says "William..." and Savannah says, "William shot you?" The woman says no, repeats William's name again, and dies. [[spoiler:It turns out that William ''hired'' someone to shoot her.]]
* ICallItVera: Savannah likes to name her plants, such as a bougainvillea named Bogey (after HumphreyBogart).
* ImprovisedWeapon: In one book, Savannah thinks she's out of luck because the killer's got her cornered, and her gun is out of reach. Luckily, Atlanta sneaks up behind the killer and whacks them with her guitar, breaking it.
* IncrediblyLamePun:
** On one case, a ring with a star-shaped marking becomes important. When showing a drawing of it to Bloss, Savannah can't help but say, "What about you? Does this design ''ring'' a bell with you?" He isn't amused.
** Dirk and his "extra-large package" holiday DoubleEntendre. Savannah tells him "don't you dare say it", but he does anyway.
* InsultBackfire: In ''Murder a la Mode'', Savannah tells Brandy "You're such a ''[[SarcasmMode sweet]]'' person." [[DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm Brandy is thrilled at the compliment.]]
* InsultToRocks: There's two instances where Dirk describes someone as a "pussy", and Savannah protests. When asked if she's objecting to the language, Savannah replies no, that as a cat lover, she's objecting to the association.
* IsTheAnswerToThisQuestionYes: Savannah asks Dirk if he wants some ice cream. Dirk responds with "Do bears sh-" before [[CurseCutShort Savannah cuts him off]], telling him there's a minor in the house.
* ItNeverGetsAnyEasier: This is said several times.
* ItsAllMyFault: Tammy blames herself for [[spoiler:her ex-boyfriend shooting Savannah]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Dirk. Soooo much.
* JoggersFindDeath: Happens a couple times in the series.
* JustFriends: Savannah and Dirk, though [[EveryoneCanSeeIt everyone can tell]] that they're perfect for each other. Even though the two of them know they have some feelings for each other, they consider themselves best friends. [[spoiler: Dirk finally [[RelationshipUpgrade proposes]] to her in ''A Decadent Way to Die'', and she says yes.]]
* KickTheDog: A teen knew that his sister's boyfriend was a bad guy even before the guy murdered someone, because he literally kicked the family's dog for no reason.
* TheKillerBecomesTheKilled: [[spoiler:''Bitter Sweets.'']]
* KillerCop: [[spoiler:Titus Dunn, killer cop ''and'' cop killer.]]
* LameComeback: Jesup's husband-for-a-couple-days, Bleak Manifest, gives us "You suck worser!"
* LargeHam: Marietta in ''Peaches and Screams''. True, she was left at the altar, but her fiance ''was'' technically still married to his wife, and this was going to be her ''third'' marriage.
--->'''Marietta:''' None of you've got a lick o' sense! None of you have any idea the pain I'm going through here. The soulish agony.
--->'''Waycross:''' (singing) [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Nooooobody knooooows de trouble I see...]]
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: In ''Killer Honeymoon'', Savannah's gang gets in a fight with a guy and they're losing when it's ''five against one''. They're saved by Granny Reid and a taser. Dirk announces afterward that they should never speak of that humiliating moment again.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Savannah and Dirk's relationship, more or less.
* LocationThemeNaming: Shirley Reid named all nine of her children after Georgia towns: Savannah, Alma, Waycross, Marietta, Vidalia, Jesup, Cordele, Macon, and Atlanta.
* LostWeddingRing: [[spoiler:At Savannah's second attempt at a wedding day, one of her sisters accidentally throws out the groom's ring, requiring Savannah to go back and hunt it down right before walking up the aisle. It is after she finds it that she also finds her wedding planner dead.]]
* LyingToThePerp: Done a couple times, with occasional success.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: [[spoiler:When Savannah is shot, she looks at her wound, and tells the guy that he's ruined her grandmother's nightgown. Not to sound tough or anything - she's genuinely upset about it and reacts to that before her injury.]]
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Happens several times in the series. One of them is [[spoiler:Francie Gorton]], who, according to the coroner, could have either fallen or been pushed into a stone cellar.
* MallSanta: Savannah accidentally [[GroinAttack injured]] one, mistaking him for the criminal that dressed as Santa.
* MamaBear: Don't harm anyone Savannah considers family or is protecting as part of her job, because she ''will'' pay you back double. For example, in ''A Decadent Way to Die'', after [[spoiler:Tammy's boyfriend hurts her]], Savannah drops in to pay him a visit. She kicks the door in on him hard enough to break his nose, gives him a kick [[GroinAttack in the spot men least like to be kicked]] bad enough to require surgery, and holds her gun to his head, threatening him to never even ''text'' [[spoiler:Tammy]] again.
* MeaningfulName: Anthony Villa (rich owner of a vineyard), Barbara "Barbie" Matthews (several-time beauty pageant winner), Tammy Hart (one of the most kindhearted people Savannah knows).
* MixedMetaphor: Dirk does these sometimes, and Savannah calls him out on it. She does it herself sometimes, though: "That's a horse of a different feather."
* MomentKiller: [[spoiler:During Dirk's proposal to Savannah... "I love you, Savannah. I loved you from the minute I met you. You walked into that station house with your uniform on. And I said, 'Wow! Look at the rack on that one and...' Oh, sorry, that's not very romantic, but... well... anyway..." Fortunately, he continues on with the sweet things, and so the moment is smoothed over.]]
* MotiveRant: Occurs in nearly every book.
* MurdererPOV: Happens several times, but always keeps the murderer's identity a secret.
** In ''Cooked Goose'', the murderer's identity is eventually revealed to the reader during his POV, though Savannah and friends don't know it yet.
* MysteriousInformant:
** Tammy started as this in the first book.
** There's one in ''Cooked Goose''.
* NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead: Gets inverted more than played straight.
* NotAMorningPerson: Savannah. Dirk, too, to a somewhat lesser degree.
* NoTellMotel: Unfortunately, many of Savannah's cases involve the Blue Moon Motel at some point.
* NotInFrontOfTheKid: One time, Savannah asks Dirk if he wants ice cream, and Dirk replies, "Do bears sh-" Savannah cuts him off, saying that there's a minor in the house and he should watch his language.
* NotWithThemForTheMoney: Robyn Dante in ''Poisoned Tarts''.
* OfCorsetHurts: Savannah realizes this when she enters a medieval-themed, reality television show.
* OldDog: [[StockAnimalName Colonel Beauregard]].
* OnceAnEpisode:
** There will usually be a scene where Savannah assists Dirk with an ordinary stakeout. Often will be the first scene of a book.
** In nearly every book, Savannah has one of her siblings or her Granny coming to visit her.
** There will almost always be a cookout with the members of the Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency. This is the last scene most of the time.
* ParentalNeglect: Macon Reid Sr. is a truck driver that only bothers to come home just once a year. Shirley Reid spends all her time under the Elvis picture at the bar. Life for Savannah and her siblings was greatly improved when their grandparents took them in.
* PerpSweating: The San Carmelita PD even calls their interrogation room the Sweatbox. Dirk's pretty good at pulling off interrogations in there.
* PlayingTheVictimCard: One character even goes so far as to say that if she plays the victim card for a jury, claiming that the teenage girl her husband was fooling around with was ruining the family with the affair, she'll get off unpunished for murdering the girl if there's even one woman on the jury.
* PromotionToParent: Before they moved in with their grandparents, Savannah, the oldest of nine, became the "mother" of her younger siblings. When people say she doesn't know what it's like to be a parent, she often cites this as a reason that she does.
* PunBasedTitle: Every title is a pun that has to do with food. ''Just Desserts'', ''Killer Calories'', ''Cooked Goose'', ''Corpse Suzette'', ''Death by Chocolate'', ''Cereal Killer''.... to name a few.
* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: Gibson.
* RaisedByGrandparents: Savannah and her eight other siblings were raised by their loving Grandma and Grandpa Reid.
* RealMenEatMeat: The first book claims Dirk considers anything that hasn't recently said "moo" (including fruits, vegetables, pastas, and whole grain products) to be "sissy food".
* RearWindowInvestigation: Savannah's done quite a few of these. When someone points out to her that it's breaking and entering, she says it depends on how you look at it, or else calls it "the search for truth".
* [[spoiler:RelationshipUpgrade]]: [[spoiler:At the end of ''A Decadent Way to Die'', Dirk admits his love to Savannah and proposes to her. She says yes.]]
* RichBitch / SpoiledBrat: The Skeleton Key Three from ''Poisoned Tarts''.
* [[SaveTheVillain Save The Archenemy]] In ''Cooked Goose'', Bloss has a heart attack. An ambulance is on its way, but in the meantime, he needs CPR. Dirk says that with it being Bloss, he just can't do it. So, despite how much she hates Bloss, she steps in - but she lets Dirk know that he owes her ''big'' time.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: As she isn't on the police force anymore, Savannah shouldn't have a lot of the information she gets, but she ''does'' have connections with a cop and the coroner...
* SeeYouInHell: At one point, [[spoiler:Titus Dunn]] says to [[spoiler:Captain Bloss]]: "We're both dead. But you're goin' to get to hell first, buddy... [[TakingYouWithMe just a few seconds before me.]]"
* SeriesContinuityError:
** Book 1 says that Savannah never knew her biological father, and that Stepdad #3 was a truck driver. In book 5, Savannah's biological father is Macon Reid, a truck driver, who she ''certainly'' knew, and there are no references to her mother ever having multiple husbands. It is also said in that book that Savannah only has one brother, Waycross. Two or three books later, we meet Macon Reid Jr., one of Savannah's ''two'' brothers.
** In ''Cooked Goose'', Vidalia's youngest twins are named Noel and Merry for their near-Christmas birthdate. In ''Buried in Buttercream'', they're named Peter and Wendy.
* TheSheriff: Sheriff Mahoney of [=McGill=], Georgia in ''Peaches and Screams''.
* SmokingGun: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in one book, when Jennifer Liu says "Since when was a crime ever solved with a smoking gun, anyway?"
* SpecialPersonNormalName:
** The reason that [[FailOSuckyname Bleak Manifest]] chose his new name is because his birth name is Milton Pillsbury.
** One of the bad guys decided that he wanted to be called Snake instead of his given name, Maximillian Fernando Schneider.
* StraightGay: Ryan and Gibson. Many characters, when first meeting them, do not realize that they are gay, Savannah included. When Granny Reid learns that they're gay, she comments that she would never have guessed it because they're so masculine.
* SuperOCD: One character has it, and the breaks from his usual routine/cleanliness are what help Savannah and friends realize he was murdered, and how.
* SupremeChef: Antoine.
* SuspiciouslySpecificTense: Happens a ''lot''.
* SweetHomeAlabama: Sweet Home Georgia, that is.
* SympatheticMurderer: Notably [[spoiler:Sydney in ''Death by Chocolate''.]]
* TakingTheHeat:
** [[spoiler:Ford Chesterfield]] in ''Killer Calories'' makes a FalseConfession to protect [[spoiler: his sister Phoebe]], the real killer.
** [[spoiler:Anthony Villa in ''Sour Grapes'']] also does so, though he ''was'' somewhat involved. Once he's brought to jail, however, [[spoiler:his wife tries to turn it around and claim that he's completely innocent, so that he can get out of jail.]]
* TalkingYourWayOut: Toward the end of ''Murder a la Mode'', Savannah gets pushed down a flight of stairs by the killer and is injured. The killer's standing over Savannah with an [[AnAxeToGrind axe]], prepared to kill her. It's only through talking her way out of it, and Tammy's timely arrival, that Savannah survives.
* TallDarkAndHandsome:
** Ryan frequently gets described this way, word for word.
** Titus Dunn in ''Cooked Goose'' is described this way once.
* TeamMom: Savannah
* TechnicalPacifist: Savannah prefers to stop the bad guy without violence, but she will harm if she needs to, and only will shoot to kill if the bad guy is trying to kill her or someone else.
* ThroughHisStomach: Savannah discovered long ago that the way to ''anyone's'' heart is through their stomach - not just men.
* ThemeTwinNaming: Vidalia has two pairs of twins. The first twins are [[MotherGoose Jack and Jill]]ian, and the second are Noel and Merry (born around Christmas)... though many books later, it appears that the second set of twins' names has been forgotten, because now their names are [[PeterPan Peter and Wendy]].
* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: Savannah's siblings, when they come "visit" her.
* TitleDrop:
** Savannah comments that revenge tastes good, like sugar and spite.
** Lady Eleanor is baking and taste-testing a cake recipe called ''Death by Chocolate'' when she dies.
** Pete the soundman gives us this one: "Maybe someone smacked her on the head with it. Maybe Tess died... ''Murder a la Mode''."
** "This sure is a killer honeymoon we're having, huh, babe?"
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: If you're bribing Savannah, or she's bribing someone else, expect the price to be a box of Godiva chocolates.
* TurnInYourBadge:
** Savannah gets kicked off the police force. It was ostenibly for being "overweight and out of shape", but real reason was that Savannah, during the course of investigating a murder, realized that the chief had an affair with the victim's wife, and that made the chief a suspect.
** Ryan was dishonorably discharged from the FBI - on paper it was for "Gross Negligence of Duty", but [[HideYourGays that wasn't the real reason]].
* TwistEnding: Occurs several times in the series.
* UnknownAssailant: Savannah gets knocked unconscious in book one by a mysterious attacker, though she later learns who it was.
* ValentinesDayEpisodes: ''Sugar and Spite''.
* VirginityMakesYouStupid: Atlanta. She's not the typical "dim and good" character, however - she is whiny and obnoxious and selfish - but she's not wise in the matters of escort services and thirty-year-old men claiming that they're your soulmate.
* WeightWoe:
** Savannah used to be worried about her weight, until she decided [[FatAndProud that she loves her body no matter what size]].
** Atlanta develops an eating disorder when she becomes obsessed with becoming a beauty pageant queen.
* WhatAPieceOfJunk: Dirk's Buick.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: With Savannah, it's snakes. With Dirk, it's heights... and chickens.
* YourMom: Savannah to Hillquist:
-->'''Savannah''': Yeah, yeah, yeah, and your mother looks like she fell outta the ugly tree and hit every limb on the way down.
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