Iced Chiffon (Consignment Shop Mystery Series #1)

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There?s always something to gossip about in Savannah, Georgia, and Reagan Summerside always seems to be in the middle of it. She?s busy enough running her consignment shop, The Prissy Fox, with her vivacious Auntie KiKi, but now the gossip?and the sales?are about to pick up after a gruesome discovery?
 
Reagan?s messy divorce has left her with nothing but a run-down Victorian and a bunch of designer clothes. Strapped for cash, Reagan makes...

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Overview

There’s always something to gossip about in Savannah, Georgia, and Reagan Summerside always seems to be in the middle of it. She’s busy enough running her consignment shop, The Prissy Fox, with her vivacious Auntie KiKi, but now the gossip—and the sales—are about to pick up after a gruesome discovery…
 
Reagan’s messy divorce has left her with nothing but a run-down Victorian and a bunch of designer clothes. Strapped for cash, Reagan makes use of the two things she has left, turning the first floor of her home into a consignment shop and filling it with the remnants of her rich-wife wardrobe.
 
Thanks to his cunning lawyer Walker Boone, her ex got everything else, including the Lexus—not to mention a young blond cupcake. When Reagan finds the cupcake dead in the Lexus, she’s determined to beat Boone to finding the murderer. As it turns out, the gossip fiends flooding Reagan’s shop will give her a lot more than just their unwanted clothes—they have information more precious than a vintage Louis Vuitton…

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“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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425251607
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Series: Consignment Shop Mystery Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 299,119
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Duffy Brown loves anything with a mystery. While other girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, Duffy longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. She has two cats, Spooky and Dr. Watson, and works at a consignment shop when she’s not busy conjuring up who-done-it stories. 

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  • Posted October 8, 2012

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    Great Mystery/Who Done It!!

    When a book starts out with a comment in the first chapter of "Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit.." it's going to be a funny "who done it" with lots of mystery and charm. This book is awesome for those who like a little comedy, colloquialisms, and mystery. I am glad to know that there are still writers out there who can carry on in a book and not reveal who the "killer" was until the end of the book. I would recommend this at a FULL five plus stars

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2012

    Entertaining New Series!

    Reagan Summerside is a woman on a mission---to keep her ex-husband from selling her beloved old Victorian home to raise money for his legal defense when he is accused of murdering his new girlfriend! The only way to save her home is to find the real murderer herself. With the help of her zany and hilarious Auntie KiKi, Reagan embarks on a journey to discover not only the killer, but a lot about herself in the process. This enjoyable read with its likable characters should be the beginning of a very entertaining series. I look forward to see where The Consignment Shop series leads.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2014

    First I'll start with my complaints, the reason that Reagan was

    First I'll start with my complaints, the reason that Reagan was helping her ex seemed far fetched. The house should have been in the settlement with no loose ends, and her paying his attorney fees? I'm confused, also not a fan of the breaking and entering thing, and where the heck was the police investigation? Now your saying why a 4 star. The characters in this book are wonderful, I love Boone, and her quirky aunt is so lovable. The plot I found interesting although I guessed who, I still thought that maybe I was wrong because of a few side issues. The mix of characters and conversations make this book entertaining and I enjoyed it so much that I've moved on to the second one. A very fun read

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  • Posted February 28, 2014

    I'm always excited when I find a great new cozy series, and this

    I'm always excited when I find a great new cozy series, and this is just such a find.  Setting of Savannah, Georgia is terrific, with real places and descriptions that I fondly remember from visits there myself.   The characters are so typically southern that I feel I'm back there again.  Our main character, Reagan Summerside, has just come out on the loosing side of a divorce.  All she has left is the partially renovated old Victorian home that she loves, and a wardrobe full of lovely clothes she'll not be wearing now.  Her solution to keeping her home is a consignment shop where she's selling all her clothes and consigned clothes from others in town.




    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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  • Posted January 28, 2014

    This book was a lot of fun.  Man can Reagan Summerside get into

    This book was a lot of fun.  Man can Reagan Summerside get into trouble.   Throw in Walker Boone, Aunt Kikiand a handful of suspects, and there are tons of laughs.When Reagan's ex-husband is arrested for murder, he tells Reagan that they are going to have to sell  herloved house (the only thing she received in their divorce) in order to pay for his lawyer Walker Boone.  She is mortified, so she decides she is going to find out who in Savannah, Georgia has murdered the blackmailing Cupcake, to keep from having to pay the money sucking Walker.  When those two get together, you catch yourself laughing out loud.  With a who's-who of suspects.  Everyone is Savannah has a secret they want kept hidden.I can't wait to read Killer in Crinolines (next book in the Consignment Shop Series),  Thanks Duffy Brown for making me smile. I find myself wanting  to live next door to Aunt Kiki  :-)

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  • Posted November 10, 2013

    The first book in Duffy Brown¿s Consignment Shop Mystery series,

    The first book in Duffy Brown’s Consignment Shop Mystery series, Iced Chiffon is a great read. Set in Savannah, GA, Reagan Summerside is recovering from her recent, very messy divorce. As a result of a prenuptial agreement signed while young and in love, all Reagan has left is her old Victorian home which she is slowly rehabbing, and a designer wardrobe she no longer needs. In an attempt to make ends meet, the first floor evolves into a consignment shop thanks to the friendship and texts of UPS driver, Chantilly, Reagan’s wonderfully quirky aunt, Kiki, Uncle Putter, and the bargain hunters of Savannah.
    When ex-husband Hollis, and his much younger, blonde girlfriend Janelle (aka, “the Cupcake”), arrive at Reagan’s home to pick up the key to the Lexus he kept in the divorce, Cupcake also bought Reagan’s beautiful pink chiffon dress. When Reagan later discovers Cupcake, dead, in the trunk of the Lexus, she is wearing the gown. Since Hollis had not yet signed over the house to Reagan, he threatens to sell the house to help pay his legal fees when he becomes a suspect in the murder. In response, Reagan starts investigating Cupcake’s murder.
    This is such a fun book, full of lovable characters. It’s one of those books you find yourself reading into the early morning, promising “just one more chapter” before sleep. I heartily recommend this book for those who enjoy cozy mysteries.

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  • Posted July 27, 2013

    This is my new favorite cozy mystery series. Reagan is a tough,

    This is my new favorite cozy mystery series. Reagan is a tough, fiesty southern firecracker of a gal. Aunt Kiki is a hoot and I am already in love with Walker Boone. This book was laugh out loud hysterical, fast paced and very well crafted. The characters are colorful and the plot is smart. What I love about this series is it is cozy with out being sappy. I can not wait for the next installment.

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  • Posted July 18, 2013

    Wonderful Cozy!! I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book a

    Wonderful Cozy!!
    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book and I am so glad that I did. I love the story about Reagan and her Aunt Kiki I love their southern charm and their personalities. This book had me hooked from the beginning and I couldn't read it fast enough. I enjoyed all of the characters and their personalities including Bruce Willis the dog. I love the setting of this book which is in Savannah, Georgia. I live in the south and really enjoyed reading the southern slang in this book. I can't wait to read the next book in this series and see what kind of trouble Reagan gets into next. If you like a good mystery with humor then you have to read this book. You will love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    First Book in a Great Series!

    I fell in love with the characters, the story and the cocktails. I stumbled across this author and now I'm hooked!

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  • Posted June 17, 2013

    Light, summer, fun read

    I'm a big fan of the South with all it's charm and history, so this book was fun to read. Aunt KiKi and her role in this book really fits the perfect southern relative genre. The dance lessons, the consignment shop, the appearance of a stray dog, all add side tracks to the murder mystery investigation to make the book just a bit more interesting. I will definitely look forward to reading #2 in this Consignment Shop Mystery series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2013

    Five stars for sure to Iced Chiffon by Duffy Brown!A

    What a delightful read with humor and who dun it! Can not wait to read the next and the next.

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  • Posted April 13, 2013

    If you like a good cozy this is the book for you! A laugh out lo

    If you like a good cozy this is the book for you! A laugh out loud story with the best characters. Buy it- re-read it- suggest it to your friends. If you don't usually like a cozy you will like this one.

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  • Posted February 23, 2013

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    This lovely read is part of the ¿Consignment Shop Mystery¿ serie

    This lovely read is part of the ‘Consignment Shop Mystery’ series and features Reagan Summerside (now that her divorce from Hollis Beaumont III is final), her Cher-quoting aunt Kiki and the infuriating lawyer Walker Boone among other quirky characters. Reagan’s efforts to support herself result in using part of her partially restored Victorian mansion (her only asset after the divorce) to off sell her designer clothes to the fashion-starved Savannah citizens of her acquaintance. The threat of losing her house due to her ex-husband’s inconsiderate incarceration for the murder of his current lover prompts Reagan to try her hand at being a private investigator. Unfortunately, Reagan might be better at planning an appropriate outfit to wear than acting as an efficient sleuth, if she lives long enough to do either.


    This fun cozy mystery sets the stage for a delightful series that blends the charm of Southern life with a multitude of eccentric characters. Reagan’s self-deprecating humor and her aunt’s cheerful willingness to aid and abet her cash-strapped niece in her ill-conceived schemes keep the action moving along so artfully that one almost forgets that a murder has occurred and that there is still very real danger lurking. The myriad of mysterious characters and their gradual unmasking keeps the reader very entertained while misdirection and extraneous clues keep the villain unobtrusive yet very present. A great introduction to an undoubtedly entertaining series.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2013

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    Truly loved this first book in a new series. It has three elemen

    Truly loved this first book in a new series. It has three elements that I love in a good cozy. 1) A sassy and funny main character (someone I could see myself being friends with), 2) it takes place in Savannah, Georgia, and 3) an Auntie who loves her martinis! Can't wait for the second installment in May.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

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    Iced chiffon, a southern murder mystery was a great read. Reaga

    Iced chiffon, a southern murder mystery was a great read. Reagan, a new consignment shop owner was in need of fast cash. After selling her fountain to a neighbor looking to seal her chances to win best yard, Reagan found herself smack in the middle of a murder investigation. Reagan must find the true killer to get her ex out of jail and to save her house. This book was filled with twists and turns and I truly enjoyed all of the characters. Aunt Kiki was a favorite character of mine. A highly recommended read.

    Rating: 5

    Heat Rating: sweet

    Reviewed By: Rae

    My Book Addiction And More

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  • Posted February 4, 2013

    Reagan Summerside's ex husband Hollis is accused of killing his

    Reagan Summerside's ex husband Hollis is accused of killing his young fiancee, Janelle, and Reagan found the body. Reagan jumps in with both feet to help find the killer and stop Hollis from using Cherry House (her only win in their divorce settlement) as a down payment for a lawyer. Down on her luck, Reagan has recently started selling her old designer clothes from the living room of her home and this new venture needs to succeed for her to be able to stay in her Savannah home. This is a pretty standard mystery for a cozy, but chock full of Southern charm and every Southern nuance you can think of. From garden parties, biscuits, country clubs, pecan coffee, hunky yet annoying lawyers, oddball sisters and a loving family, one hopes Brown has left a few things for Reagan's next story.

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  • Posted January 16, 2013

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    This book was like eating a good peach pie: you eat it, savoring

    This book was like eating a good peach pie: you eat it, savoring each bit, find you've consumed it, feel the disappointment of it being gone, enjoy the memory of the deliciousness of it, then want to reach for more!

    Yep, that sums it up! I don't read tons of mysteries, and definitely haven't read any lately that don't have sex thrown in. I think the world that Duffy creates is amazing.

    I love Reagan and man do I ever feel for her and her name!

    This book is great! It has mystery, intrigue and so many possibilities that you just don't know the answer until it is blaring you in the face. Well done, Duffy!

    Her characters are amazing- even BW. Can I just say that I want a Boone... I feel like there is something there, is there something, Duffy? Is there?!

    Anyways, back on track. This book has a fab setting, the work is done well, and it doesn't giveaway whodunit in the beginning!

    I highly recommend it for all mystery lovers! It's a great read!

    Hey, Duffy, when you release book 2, if you need a reviewer, I'll happily do it. *hint, hint* :0)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Pink chiffon

    Good read for the first book in the series, looking forward to book two

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    What a fun first book to start a new series.Reagan's divorce has

    What a fun first book to start a new series.Reagan's divorce has left her with a run down Victorian house to take care of and designer clothes. There is blackmail, murder, and unique characters. This book had me laughing and guessing right until the end.

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  • Posted October 24, 2012

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    A Five Star mystery

    Duffy Brown has given us a great new mystery series filled with intense moments, humor, and a fabulous cast of characters. There were enough twists and turns to keep me turning the page and I have definitely found a new protagonist that I look forward to reading more about in the series. Reagan Summerside is sassy, motivated, curious, and determined. With the help of Aunt Kiki and in competition of sorts with Walker Boone, Reagan sets out to uncover who murdered her ex-husband's fiance. She is determined to uncover the truth to not only clear her ex-husband of murder, but primarily to save her beloved home and new business. Reagan is on the road to a new beginning and I look forward to reading more about her journey with the next book in the series: Killer in Crinolines which is due out in May 2013. Iced Chiffon is a five star read for this booklover. FTC Disclosure: I own a copy of this book and chose it for review.

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