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Iced Chiffon (A Consignment Shop Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – October 2, 2012
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Author: Diane Morasco
Brown's first cozy from Berkley Prime Crime was so delicious I thought it was a buttercream cupcake.
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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
Top Customer Reviews
To get enough money to pay her bills, Reagan has sold her furniture and is in the process of taking her clothes to sell when the UPS delivery lady buys a bag from her and sends out the word that she has stuff to sell. Before, she knows it, she is running a consignment shop, The Prissy Fox. The other characters are: Reagan's Aunt quotes Cher; Walter Boone - the lawyer; Bruce Willis = a dog who adopts the Victorian as his home; Annie Fritz and Elsie Abbott who taught school and now are professional mourners; Hollis Beaumont - the ex; Janelle Claiborne--the Cupcake who gets killed; Judge Gloria Summerside - Reagan's mother.
Savanna, Georgia is wonderfully described in this book - including a steamy side. I loved the descriptions of the various places in Savanna. Reagan finds that Cupcake was blackmailing people and hence there are many suspects whose alibi's Reagan has to check. Is one or more of them lying? Pick up a copy and find out, you will not regret buying this book.
I am intrigued as to where the Reagan/Boone relationship is headed. Their banter through the book was so much fun; they really have the whole love/hate thing going on. Sassy Aunt Kiki is the perfect companion for Reagan's sleuthing, and mutt Bruce Willis (BW) with his love of hot dogs stole my heart. I can't wait to revisit The Prissy Fox to spend more time with these feisty southern belles.
Author Duffy Brown is a force to contend with in mystery writing. She is a born story teller and I easily flew through the book, somewhat like running a chiffon scarf through my hands.
Reagan Summerside is in the midst of divorce fallout. All she kept was her home, Cherryhill, and now that is in danger as well. Reagan is trying to scrape money from the barrow, when she decides to sell her formerly, wealthy wife clothes to earn food money. Cherryhill has a beautiful, if empty of furniture, parlour, kitchen, pantry etc. Reagan's UPS Lady comes up with the idea of a consignment store and before you can blink, the Prissy Fox is born.
All this is now in jeopardy, when Reagan goes to deliver her former backyard water display to a noxious woman, and finds, the trunk of her ex's Lexus to contain a body! Now, the worm has decided to pay for his attorney (1st degree murder comes at a price,) by selling off Cherryhill.
Reagan decides to 'save' the fees by solving the murder herself. Of course, she need help, like her Dancing Teacher Auntie, various gossips and more!
I really don't want to say too much as this book is filled with surprises and laughter. It will continue to twist and turn until even the very last sentence, but don't read the ending first as the book is just too good to miss.
Highly recommended for repeat reading! In full disclosure, I received this book from the Author, but have purchased a copy for myself to give as a gift to my library. Everyone should have a chance to read, "Iced Chiffon," by Duffy Brown.
I quickly fell under the spell of these characters. Reagan, the protagonist, is adorable, and I loved her interactions with her ex's lawyer, Walker Boone--or as she refers to him, the "devil incarnate", and my personal favorite, "Darth Vader minus the voice and cape". I enjoyed following along as Reagan eliminated suspect after suspect. Aunt Kiki, her sidekick, (with her Cher quotes) is delightful, and neighbors (and professional mourners) Elsie and AnnieFritz are too funny. And who wouldn't love a cutie-pie dog named Bruce Willis! The author's descriptions of Savannah had me craving a visit and a Conquistador sandwich from Zunzi's!!
What a great debut! Iced Chiffon is a wonderfully written story filled with enjoyable characters, witty dialogue, and a great southern setting. I can't wait for the next book. I'm definitely hoping to see more fireworks fly between Walker and Reagan. If you love cozy mysteries, give this one a try. It's a great read!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Warm fuzzies with this one! Picked it up and couldn't put it down until I got to the end. Regan is in the midst of a messy divorce with a ex-husband that did the unthinkable found... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Ruthie Pople
I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery! A fun story with a cast of great characters. I'm looking forward to reading more in this series!Published 13 days ago by SF
A great series by author Duffy Brown! This is the first in the Consignment Shop Mysteries, and if you like your cozy mysteries laced with humor, then this book is for you! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Frvrlovc
How have I missed this wonderful series??? Set in Savannah, this cozy oozes everything southern!! Southern Belle, Reagan, has divorced her cheating husband, Hollis, and lost... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lee
The characters were really fun. As only a setting in a southern Victorian home provides, the plot developed around the renovation and the neighbors. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Beezus
I absolutely loved this book!! I read Duffy's 'Geared for the Grave' and 'Braking for Bodies' and enjoyed them so much I decided to try out book one of the Consignment Shop... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brenda
I enjoyed this first book in the series. Reagan is newly divorced, broke and trying to hang onto her dream house in Savannah, Georgia. Read morePublished 4 months ago by bookwomen37