Smashed: A Savvy MacAvoy Story by Amy Shannon #mf #review


Savvy Macavoy is not your typical private investigator. Her braids, jeans, and sandals always give off a unique impression on her clients. Savvy has lived an interesting life and with her best friend, Leonard at her side, loves living her life, her way. She isn’t ashamed of her childhood spent on the hippie commune, but has an estranged relationship with her six brothers. Savvy is attracted to her whiskey but tries to maintain being professional when she’s working for clients. Savvy thought everything in her life was under her control, until she met Strick, a veteran forced into the homeless life on the streets. When he crosses her path, without thinking or forethought, something about Strick draws her into him, and she immediately helps him. Savvy tries to focus on her case, enlisting Strick’s help, to search for the missing late husband of wealthy widow Angelica Margolis. Strick and Savvy try to solve the mystery of “The Missing Harold.”addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16Kim Talks TomesTAG

A female detective, Savvy, must uncover who stole the body of Harold Margolis. You see, he is dead, but his preserved body has been stolen from his crypt and is being held for ransom. Savvy doesn’t judge anyone and takes the case. What unfolds is a series of cryptic (no pun intended) clues that lead Savvy to the culprit.

Savvy was raised with her six older brothers on a commune by her lesbian moms. Her father was best friends with the women and fathered all seven kids. All of her brothers and even her father are all gay. Being the only heterosexual one in her family taught Savvy to be very open minded and non-judgmental.  Savvy still wears braids, sandals, and comfortable clothing, which causes her to be judged based on her appearance and not on her abilities. She tries to see the good in people, even though she has been horribly hurt by the men in her life. She takes in a homeless man and offers him food, a place to live, and a job. She didn’t expect to fall for him in the process and have him return her feelings. Savvy, also, has a gay best friend who acts as her tech guy/receptionist for her PI firm. She is surrounded by men who love her and treat her as family.

I found this book to be a toss-up for me. On the one hand, I loved the strong heroine and her ideals. She drank too much whiskey, got into trouble, but got the job done and did it all on her own terms. The story was engaging, fun, funny (at times) and featured a kick-ass heroine who went against the norm and did what she wanted to get things done. I loved the underlying message about seeing people for who they are and not what they look like. However, I struggled with the simplistic writing style and at times felt like I was reading something meant for a young adult. Since I haven’t read anything else by this author, I’m not sure if this is her style or if I’m being picky. Either way, it was something that distracted me, even though the story was wonderful.


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