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Iced Chiffon (A Consignment Shop Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – October 2, 2012
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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
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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 . . ."
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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.
Her ex and his new "cupcake" blond fiancé visit the shop to get the key to his Lexus, but within a day "cupcake" is found dead in the trunk of the Lexus and the ex is taken to jail for her murder. Should Reagan really care about this? You betcha she should, because the lawyer's fees to defend the ex may just mean that she'll loose her beloved home too. Solution--find the killer before the lawyer spends a fortune to do so himself. Her adorable loving aunt and the lawyer try to convince Reagan to "butt out", but no way will Reagan give up everything so easily. Gossip, blackmail, a homeless dog, quotes from Cher, and many suspects later, Reagan is into the mystery up to her pretty little neck. Unfortunately, someone is trying to get Reagan before she gets them!
This humorous southern mystery is more than just great fun. The characters are winning and the clues are intriguing. Definitely a series to continue with for me. There are already two more for me to read. Duffy Brown shows lots of class and finesse in her mystery writing!
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