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Killer in Crinolines (A Consignment Shop Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – May 7, 2013
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Dreamworld Book Reviews
Its compelling mystery and engaging plot will have you staying up countless hours into the night. It took me only two days to read Killer in Crinolines from cover to cover, which is quite a feat given my busy schedule!
David Marshall James Reviews
Reviewed by David Marshall James
So, click martini glasses or frosty bottles or iced-tea cups, and swig back the high times as Reagan and her Auntie TCB in one of the most fun and Southern-flavorful mystery series on the market.
Richmond Times Dispatch
Brown deftly spins the tale of Reagan's many misadventures while sleuthing, fills her story with Southern eccentrics and offers up a magnolia-laced munificence of Savannah color.
I am so in love with this series! Duffy Brown again does a wonderful job with all of the characters.
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**Facedown in five-tiers of icing and fondant a dead groom leads to wedding chaos for the bride, the bff and the hotshot attorney.
I love Southern Weddings with all the lovely dresses, great food and a few dead bodies to make things interesting.
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The cast of characters in this mystery thrills my southern desires. Reagan is continually fighting to keep her ex from selling her beautiful Victorian home out from under her. She's completely house poor, with an almost empty house that also houses her consignment shop. Reagan's Aunt Kiki follows southern etiquette right down to her always matching nighty, flowing robe, slippers, and even matching hair cullers. Though hunky lawyer, Walter Boone squeezed everything away from Reagan representing her husband in their divorce settlement, he seems to be always around when Reagan gets into dangerous situations. His connections with the shady 17th Street Gang can definitely come in handy at times too.
This mystery has won my heart and I'm ready to read book three, PEARLS AND POISON! Any Savannah, Georgia fan should consider these book must reads for brightening up your day!
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Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.50
First Thought when Finished: Reagen sure knows how to get herself into a whole heap of trouble but it sure is fun watching her get out of it!
Story Thoughts: Cozy mysteries with a southern leaning are always some of my favorites. Mostly because I know how nosy (not in a bad way) women in the south can be. They will go to the end of the earth for their friends and it isn't a stretch for me to believe that includes trying to solve a murder. Duffy does a really great job of balancing southern charm and just the right amount of trouble to make Killer in Crinolines a very fun read. I really wish these would come out in audio because I bet they would be super fun to listen too.
Character Thoughts: Reagen is a fantastic leading lady. She is funny, resourceful, and has a great cast of characters surrounding her. She does have a penchant for trouble but always seems to get herself out of it. I was really happy with Aunt Kiki in Killer in Crinolines. She was right there step for step this time. She is my favorite character so I loved her getting more time in this one! Then there was Boone! I am so impressed with how slowly Duffy is taking their relationship (even friendship). Boone is swoon-worthy and eventually they will figure it out. Right now though it is fun watching the back and forth!
Final Thoughts: I can't wait till the next one comes out! This is quickly becoming one of my favorite cozy mystery series.
Reagan Summerside, owner of a consignment store in Savannah, Georgia is rushing to the groom's aid when he manages to lose his bow-tie for his wedding that is happening as the book opens up. Reagan is diverted by seeing her best friend, Chantilly, sitting in her UPS truck and smeared with wedding cake. What? Now, you see...you have to laugh and it gets better when the crinolines show up.
Reagan is aided by her Auntie Kiki, the Seventeenth Street gang members, lawyers undercover, and more as she works (and hard too,) at saving her friend from living in unflattering orange at the jail.
This second novel in the series, has the same humor, unique suspense-filled attacks, and surprise culprits, as the first novel did. Also, the author has a wonderful ability to described Savannah, where you actually can feel the heat of the days, sense the moisture on your Martini glass, and smell the 'dead-people cookies.' What? Did I just write...? Well, you must get a copy of this novel and read for yourselves. You won't be disappointed. I wasn't!
Reagan, along with her aunt Kiki, the dance instructor, wants to help her friend and find the real killer, so Reagan takes over her friend's UPS route, which in real life would ruin the good name of UPS. Reagan also engages Walker Boone, the handsome attorney, in the hunt for the person who killed Simon, the bridegroom. Reagan's instincts give her a hint of who it might be, but she has to prove it.
This book went very fast since it's a good and engaging mystery, and the humour in August in Savannah, Georgia makes it fun. Reagan has a problem with August heat, but her consignment shop continues to do some business despite it.
Reagan's dog, Bruce Willis, is also in this book and he's a great character, too. Very enjoyable.
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Would highly recommend this book and look forward to reading other books in this series.