Reagan Summerside is down on her luck, selling off her designer clothes to save the historic Savannah mansion she’s restoring, those being the only assets left from her failed marriage to real-estate agent Hollis. As she’s arranging the clothes, Hollis and the new wife, dubbed Cupcake by Reagan, stop by for the key to the Lexus Reagan once drove. Cupcake spots—and quickly buys—a pink chiffon frock to wear to that evening’s benefit gala. She also wears it to her death. Hollis is the prime suspect, and Reagan knows that, in the end, her beloved home will likely be the source of his lawyers fee. She decides to solve the murder herself, even as she’s starting up her consignment business and over the objections of Hollis, the lawyer, her aunt, and her mother. But Reagan blunders ahead, eventually turning up evidence of blackmail, potential suspects whom Cupcake had wronged, and simmering resentments among people she thought were friends. This first in a new series Brown, who also writes romances as Dianne Castell, should draw fans from both romance and cozy readers. --Karen Muller
Blogcritic Author: Diane Morasco Brown's first cozy from Berkley Prime Crime was so delicious I thought it was a buttercream cupcake.
A smiling Savannah salute, complete with frosty-cold martini and blue-cheese-stuffed olives.
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"Duffy Brown has created a delightful world filled with charm and humor and sprinkled with those wonderful Southern metaphors . . ."
“Hooked me from beginning to end...an amazing mystery debut, a riveting story.”--Mary Kennedy, author of The Talk Radio Mysteries
“A hilarious romp through a consignment shop where customers may end up with more than they bargained for.”--Janet Bolin, author of the Threadville Mystery series