Friday, August 24, 2012

Iced Chiffon-Duffy Brown

Iced Chiffon

Duffy Brown

Berkley Prime Crime, Oct 2 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780425251607

In Savannah, Georgia, due to a prenup Hollis Beaumont keeps everything when he and his now ex-wife Reagan Summerside divorce. However, he agrees to let her keep their fixer upper Victorian Cherry House. A realtor Hollis turns to Cupcake for comfort while Reagan and her Aunt Kiki open up the Prissy Fox consignment shop out of her house.

Reagan “borrows” Hollis’ Lexus to deliver a fountain to Raylene Carter. However, Kiki opens the trunk only to find too much “junk” inside as the corpse of Cupcake occupies the space. The police suspect Hollis killed her following a public argument. Needing money for his legal defense, Hollis informs Reagan he needs to sell Cherry House. Reagan refuses to give up Cherry House so believing his insistence that he is innocent, she investigates the murder of Cupcake.

The first entertaining Consignment Shop Mystery is a humorous amateur sleuth tale +

due to the wry asides by the heroine. The investigation is fun due to Reagan and her “posse” as they find several people wanting to crush Cupcake. Though Reagan’s logic to look into the murder seems weak, fans will enjoy touring Savannah with Reagan as a guide as Duffy Brown writes a lighthearted amusing amateur sleuth.

Harriet Klausner