Pearls and Poison

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It’s election time in Savannah, Georgia, and Judge Guillotine Gloria—aka Reagan Summerside’s mom—is neck and neck in the polls with Kip “Scummy” Seymour.  But the already dirty campaign is about to get downright filthy—with one candidate getting buried six feet under…
 
With her strong opinions and knack for getting into trouble, Reagan is not an ideal volunteer for her mother’s alderman campaign. Plus, she’d rather be running her ...

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Overview

It’s election time in Savannah, Georgia, and Judge Guillotine Gloria—aka Reagan Summerside’s mom—is neck and neck in the polls with Kip “Scummy” Seymour.  But the already dirty campaign is about to get downright filthy—with one candidate getting buried six feet under…
 
With her strong opinions and knack for getting into trouble, Reagan is not an ideal volunteer for her mother’s alderman campaign. Plus, she’d rather be running her consignment shop, the Prissy Fox, and eating doughnuts with her dog, Bruce Willis. But when her mother’s opponent, Kip, is found poisoned and her mother is pegged as a suspect, Reagan nominates herself as lead murder investigator.
 
Reagan is intent on finding Kip’s killer and clearing her mother’s good name, but she soon finds herself on the bad side of Kip’s enemies-turned-suspects. This time, no amount of costumes and makeup can keep her inconspicuous and out of danger. Because the closer Reagan gets to the truth, the hotter things get…
 

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"A treat. Not to be missed."—Annette Blair, New York Times bestselling author of Tulle Death Do Us Part

 
"Delightful…If I could give it six stars, I would."—Examiner.com

"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."—Richmond Times-Dispatch

"A delightful world filled with charm and humor."—New York Journal of Books
 

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425252482
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Series: A Consignment Shop Mystery Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 65,842
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Duffy Brown is the author of the Consignment Shop Mysteries, including Iced Chiffon and Killer in Crinolines. She 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 whodunit stories.

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    Campaigning time for alderman in Savannah, Georgia, but nothing

    Campaigning time for alderman in Savannah, Georgia, but nothing is going as planned.  There is a murdered candidate and suspicion falls on Reagan's mom--Judge "Guillotine" Gloria Summerside.  Reagan just wants to peacefully run her consignment shop out of her nearly empty Victorian house so she can pay the bills and eat, but can she really just sit by and watch her mom be accused of this crime?




    Reagan is back in this third installment with all the usual suspects helping, or maybe hindering, the solving of another murder.  Keeping her Aunt KiKi and her mom occupied and out of trouble is becoming a full time task.  Knocking a huge palm plant onto the face of the murdered man in his funeral casket was definitely not part of the plan.  With her trusty --sort of--canine friend, Bruce Willis, and her cheap but huge "Big Yellow" purse, Reagan manages to find clues and even stay alive while solving this campaign conundrum!  Then again, she does get aid from her annoying but hunky lawyer friend now and again--and why does she find herself getting all hot and bothered by him?  Could it be all those fires she just barley avoids, or is it something more?




    This series charms and makes me roll in laughter.  Definitely not the proper ladylike behavior of a true southern girl.  But who cares!!  I'm having such fun reading Duffy Brown's Consignment Shop Mysteries.  Just keep bringing them on!  The characters are SOOOO.. Savannah, and the descriptions take me right to the streets and foods of this great city.  Clues galore keep my ladylike mind wickedly occupied until the final pages! 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    This series is so much fun to read! The southern twang and humo

    This series is so much fun to read! The southern twang and humorous asides add to a well-developed plot. You've got low-country boil going on in more ways than one ! They are stand alones. If you read one, you'll want to read the others, too. They are all equally delightful mysteries.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2014

    When you're in the mood for a light cozy, look no further than D

    When you're in the mood for a light cozy, look no further than Duffy Brown. Finding a new one of her consignment shop mysteries is like discovering
    a pristine designer bag at your favorite thrift store. If you're looking for a fun read, look no further. Though Pearls and Poison is the third in the
    series, they can be read in any order. Recommended for fans of Janet Evanovich. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

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    Humorous and Suspenseful

    A girl has gotta do all she can to help her Mamma, no matter what it necessitates. It’s election time in Savannah and Reagan Summerside’s mom, Judge Gloria, is running for a city council seat. The front-runner is Kip “Scummy” Seymour and the race is getting dirty. Reagan only wants to run her consignment shop, the Prissy Fox, rather than manning the phone in support of her Mamma’s campaign. When Reagan and her Auntie Kiki go to confront Kip about his dirty politics, they find him dead and all the evidence is pointing to Gloria as the killer. Reagan knows her Mamma and is determined to find who’s framing her for murder. As she searches for the real killer, Reagan gets deeper into trouble and closer to danger. Attorney Walker Boone tries to keep an eye on Reagan as she begins snooping, but Reagan’s not too fond of him since he destroyed her during her divorce proceeding. But, despite herself, she begins to find him quite attractive. Author Duffy Brown write with Southern flare and charm. Her characters are quirky, but so realistic they seem like neighbors you know. The secondary characters add depth and allure to the story. With an eye for detail, Brown brings the reader into the story and holds them spellbound. She weaves numerous twists and turns to keep you guessing. The story flows smoothly, at a steady pace with a rich blend of humor and suspense. PEARLS AND POISON is the third installment in the Consignment Shop Mystery series, but can be read on its own. New readers aren’t left in the dark without having read the prior installments and returning fans will enjoy visiting familiar faces. The setting and Southern hospitality is brought to life as Brown sets her protagonist on a course for a humorous and suspenseful tale. FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me as part of the author's blog tour in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    Excellent

    This is the 3rd book in the series, and I've been hooked from the 1st. The characters feel fully developed, the plot takes fun twists and turns, the setting feels like a character in and of itself, and the touches of humor are perfect.

    Another reviewer compared this series to the Stephanie Plum series. I can see where the comparisons can be drawn: the quirky characters, chaos, and humor. The books have a similar essence to the 1st few Plum books. However, this series stands on it's own, and it is very well done.

    I hope Brown continues this high-quality series, and I hope she doesn't fall into the same trap Evanovich seems to have done-- writing stories with weaker and weaker plots dependent upon tiresome and tired characters.

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  • Posted April 16, 2014

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     Pearls And Poison by Duffy Brown takes us back to the wild and

     Pearls And Poison by Duffy Brown takes us back to the wild and wacky word of Reagan Summerside.




     




    Reagan Summerside would rather be trying to run her consignment shop, the Prissy Fox then working the phones at her mother’s campaign headquarters. Judge Gloria Summerside is running for alderman in their hometown of Savannah, Georgia. Things are not running very smoothly when Gloria’s opponent is running a negative campaign. Next thing you know Kip Seymour, Gloria’s opponent is found murdered. Gloria is now the prime suspect, since she was seen arguing with Kip.




     




    Though Reagan has been told pretty much by the entire town to let the pros work her mom’s case, we all know Reagan will have her body and soul right in the thick of things.




    Being in everyone’s business has the deceased real enemies turning on Reagan and her family. 




     




    With just about everyone having a grudge with Kip, it’s getting harder to know who to trust. The more questions Reagan asks the closer the danger surrounds those she loves. 




    If that wasn’t even, Reagan is starting to see her ex’s former lawyer Walker Boone in a whole new light.




     




    Pearls And Poison is an absolute delight; it’s funny, witty and spicy. Duffy Brown writes such well rounded characters, they are so like friends you know and you can’t wait for their next adventure.  This series is a gem.

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  • Posted March 31, 2014

    All Duffy Brown novels recommended!

    I love the Savannah setting, humorous characters, strong mystery, and excellent writing in this consignment shop series. Aunt Kiki is a favorite character -- I had a friend just like her.

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  • Posted March 30, 2014

    I have had a chance to read a couple books in Duffy Brown's Cons

    I have had a chance to read a couple books in Duffy Brown's Consignment Shop Mystery Series and I have to say that this lady has a way of writing a mystery story that I just love. Not only does Ms. Brown write a very intriguing mystery but she can make me laugh as I'm reading it. I have to say I just can not get enough of her work. 




    Pearls and Poison is another great mystery by Duffy Brown. I really enjoyed reading this story. Reagan has a way of investigating that gets her in trouble every time. This girl is a magnet for things to go wrong. However she does tend to get to the bottom of things. I love Aunt Kiki. I think she would be a kick to be around. She has a way of getting herself into plenty of mischief too. Ms. Brown has created fun characters that I just could not help but enjoy reading about. 




    She also has created a mystery that kept me guessing until the end of the book. I must admit I had plenty of suspects lined up that may have killed Kip. There is plenty of dramatic moments that kept me turning pages quickly. 




    I know that I will certainly be anxiously awaiting the release of Duffy Brown's next book. I can't wait to see what Reagan and Kiki get involved in next. I'm sure it will be a humdinger of a story.




    I was given the opportunity to read this book so that I may share my thoughts with you. As always it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you about Pearls and Poison.

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  • Posted March 27, 2014

    I really enjoyed Pearls and Poison. Great, Funny book. Likeable

    I really enjoyed Pearls and Poison. Great, Funny book. Likeable characters.I would advise to start reading her first book.

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  • Posted March 13, 2014

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    With her strong opinions and knack for getting into trouble, Rea

    With her strong opinions and knack for getting into trouble, Reagan is not an ideal volunteer for her mother’s alderman campaign. Plus, she’d rather be running her consignment shop, the Prissy Fox, and eating doughnuts with her dog, Bruce Willis. But when her mother’s opponent, Kip, is found poisoned and her mother is pegged as a suspect, Reagan nominates herself as lead murder investigator.

    Reagan is intent on finding Kip’s killer and clearing her mother’s good name, but she soon finds herself on the bad side of Kip’s enemies-turned-suspects. This time, no amount of costumes and makeup can keep her inconspicuous and out of danger. Because the closer Reagan gets to the truth, the hotter things get…

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    Another winner from Duffy Brown!!

    These are some of the best cozy characters out there today. Reagan and Aunt Kiki are pure treasures. Boone continues to grow on me and he is starting to grow on Reagan as well. Judge Gloria was a little more mellow this time but then she was the prime murder suspect so she was “watching her p’s and q’s”, except she was “helping” at the Consignment Shop. Reagan exercised extreme patience with her mother. I don’t know how she did it :)

    While this story is full of Southern charm it is the dialogue that makes this story stand out. When these characters communicate the reader can almost hear the words like they are right there in the Prissy Fox or running around with Reagan chasing down clues and ducking danger.

    The political plot worked really well except I wouldn’t ever expect a judge to want to be an alderperson, but maybe that is the way things work in Georgia. Dirty politics is always a great jump off for mysteries and this one had plenty of twists to keep us guessing.

    Great characters, wonderful setting, a believable plot, southern charm, sassy dialogue and humor all add up to make this one fine cozy.

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  • Posted March 13, 2014

    I really liked this book. I loved the southern lingo and found m

    I really liked this book. I loved the southern lingo and found myself smiling. I also really liked the author's take on an election. I have ran for office and know that there is a lot of drama. The ending was totally unsuspected. I was just getting used to who the killer was, and then the author added another twist. I also liked the addition of Reagan's dog. He was my favorite character. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own. I would love to go out drinking and have martini's with these characters.

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  • Posted March 13, 2014

    What is not to love about a book that has a dog named Bruce Will

    What is not to love about a book that has a dog named Bruce Willis?! I just LOVE it! :) But seriously, more than just the dog will draw you in to this wonderful series. The protagonist, Reagan, is a spitfire. She is the very definition of tenacious, and she's not one to keep her opinions to herself. This tends to get her in trouble from time to time. And when her mother winds up as the number one suspect in a murder investigation, Reagan's true colors come out and we see her sheer determination as she works to prove her mother innocent.

    All of the characters in Duffy Brown's books are strong. They're strong willed, courageous and stubborn. They are the epitome of what I envision folks in Savannah, Georgia, truly are. I love the entire cast of characters in the book. I really enjoyed the sweet, southern setting, and, as I've mentioned before, I love the small "cozy" elements in these books. I love the fact that there's so much more to the book than just the story. There's just something comforting about them :)

    The books in this series don't necessarily need to be read in order, although it may behoove you to do so. So if you're looking for a great book or a great series to start, look no further. Duffy Brown and her Consignment Shop Mystery Series is guaranteed to please!

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions are my own.

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  • Posted March 10, 2014

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    I so enjoyed reading"Pearls and Poison", Duffy Brown's

    I so enjoyed reading"Pearls and Poison", Duffy Brown's newest addition to the Consignment Shop mysteries.  Reagan Summerside, owner of the Prissy Fox consignment shop, is the number one body finder in her town. This time the body she and her Aunt KiKi find is one of the candidates running against her mamma, Judge Gloria "Guillotine" Summerside. Unfortunately Mamma had just had two very heated "discussions" with Kip "Scummy" Seymour, the last one ending with her knocking him to the ground. This shoots Mamma to the top of the police suspect list. Reagan is sure that she is the only hope of finding the real killer. Two fires, several unique disguises, another murder, a touch of romance and some very funny situations kept me glued to see what new method of detection these southern belles could come up with. My favorite character is Reagan. She is one strong woman. Having been brought to a penniless state by an ex-husband and his lawyer, Reagan has turned her situation around. The Prissy Fox consignment shop is a success. I would love to visit this town and shop at the Prissy Fox.
    Treat yourself and buy "Pearls and Poison". After that put a "DO NOT DISTURB" sign out , get some hot chocolate and curl up in a comfy chair and enjoy!

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  • Posted March 9, 2014

    Duffy Brown gives us another fun romp through Savannah. Peals a

    Duffy Brown gives us another fun romp through Savannah.

    Peals and Poison by Duffy Brown
    Third in the Consignment Shop Mystery series

    Reagan Summerside's mom, the judge, is running for Alderman, but things get sticky when a nasty mudslinging opponent winds up dead, poisoned by some honey bourbon; bourbon the judge said she was bringing him as a good will gesture. Reagan just wants to protect her mom and keep Aunt Kiki out of harms way, but. as usual, she finds lots of trouble.

    Duffy Brown gives us another fun romp through Savannah with Reagan, her family, and friends. While trying to clear her mother, Reagan antagonizes several suspects and makes plenty of new enemies, who may want to do her serious harm. Aunt Kiki, afraid of being replaced as a partner in sleuthing, is also determined to help, and thus cause Reagan more worries.While things are heating up between Reagan and Boone (which neither of them can believe) we also learn there's a relationship of another kind between Boone and Guillotine Gloria (AKA Reagan's mamma). With all the stress and downright danger, as well as a surprise new hairstyle, Reagan's biggest shock may be what happens on the final page of the book!

    I just love the antics of this Southern crew. Duffy Brown has a great cast of characters who make murder fun! I'm pleased to meet Mercedes, a new character (and what a character she is) and a great addition to the local ensemble. If you like your mysteries on the zany side, as I certainly do, this book and series is for you! I only wish I could visit and give a hot dog to Bruce Willis while sipping a martini on the porch of the Prissy Fox.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Fantastic!

    I absolutely love the characters in this series! The Southern food has me drooling and the martinis have me craving. The women are hilarious and the men are the kind of bad boys you want in your life. I cannot get enough of this author! She is like a southern evanovich

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  • Posted March 8, 2014

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    Reviewed by Julia Hopkinson for Readers' Favorite Pearls and Po

    Reviewed by Julia Hopkinson for Readers' Favorite

    Pearls and Poison by Duffy Brown is the third in her Consignment Shop Mystery series, set in Savannah, Georgia. The books feature Reagan Summerside, owner of said consignment shop, the Prissy Fox, and a budding amateur sleuth, more like ‘Stephanie Plum meets Scarlett O'Hara’ than Miss Marple. Reagan’s Mamma and local judge, Gloria, is running in Savannah’s alderman elections against Kip ‘Scumbucket’ Seymour and Archie Lee, bar owner. When Seymour is dispatched to the great rally in the sky, Gloria is pegged as chief suspect and her campaign is left in tatters. Reagan and her martini-chugging, Cher-quoting Aunt KiKi are determined to prove Gloria’s innocence, with the help of local funeral home beautician, Mercedes, and without the help of attorney and local heart-breaker, Walker Boone, no matter how much trouble they end up in!

    I enjoyed reading Pearls and Poison; it is both good fun and laugh-out-loud funny. Duffy Brown has created a likeable heroine, with more than her fair share of sass, and paints a clear image of a southern town and its madcap characters. As a whodunit, it gets straight into the mystery within a few pages and provides ample clues and suspects. The story develops well and the exploits of Reagan, Mercedes, and KiKi mark it out from many cozy mystery series. If you enjoy the work of Janet Evanovich and like your cozies with a side of attitude, then this is for you!

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  • Posted March 5, 2014

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    Duffy Brown brings readers the third installment in her Consignm

    Duffy Brown brings readers the third installment in her Consignment Shop mystery series, Pearls and Poison. If readers are looking for a book with a lot of old style Southern charm, witty dialogue and characters that are both over-the-top and lovable, this is the book they were meant to read. Brown does an amazing job of making every word count. Her prose flows well and her skills with dialogue are exceptional. She uses humor to lighten the mood and red herrings to deepen the mystery. A great new whodunit, in a well established series!

    What I liked:

    Duffy Brown has a lot potential. The consignment shop series, is quickly becoming one of my favorites for several reasons. I love the Savannah setting. It has that nostalgic feeling of the old South, where women wore dresses that were ten miles wide and the men were always courteous and helpful. It gives off a vibe that makes the reader feel like they've been transported back in time. There are just some cities that evoke that kind of feeling and Savannah is one of them. Brown uses that to her advantage in this series in the characters she has created and in the places she allows them to go. Atmosphere is really important in a good cozy and this one has it in spades.

    Once again Brown astounds with her dialogue skills. Pearls and Poison is a very character driven novel and the interactions between characters are essential to making it work. Brown uses snappy, witty dialogue and banter that is engaging and seeks to draw the reader in. Usually, the dialogue is the part that slows down the book. It mires it in too much detail and information that's not necessarily helpful in moving the plot forward, not so with Duffy Brown's writing. The dialogue is what makes this novel sing. It shows humor and emotion and all of the things that make this series so good. 

    Reagan is a great character and lead for this series. She has a mind of her own and she isn't afraid to use it. She gets herself into some serious situations with her overly analytic mind but she manages to get herself right back out again. She's a recent divorcee and shows a lot of heart in trying to make her consignment shop a success and she can't help but find her ex-husband's lawyer a bit attractive. I love the way that Brown writes Reagan. She's tough but she's got a heart of gold. She might be trying to figure out if you're the killer, but she does it with style. Just an all around great character. Looking forward to seeing where personal life goes, just as much as her amateur sleuthing.

    What I didn't like:

    This one had a great plot line. Reagan's mom is running for office and her opponent ends up dead. I felt like the idea was good and there were plenty of suspects, but the mystery aspects of the story were a little light. Brown uses humor a lot in her writing and generally that's a good thing, but in this one I think it took a little bit away from the seriousness of the election and the murder. Brown needs to strike a good balance between the two sides of the book in each novel in the series and the balance was slightly off in this one. Not a deal breaker though, I still loved it.

    Bottom Line:

    This is a very well written addition to the series. A lot of Southern charm, a dose of humor and a good old fashioned whodunit. If you are a fan of the series, you have to read it. If you're not, you've got to try it!

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  • Posted March 4, 2014

    Pearls and Poison is the third book in the A Consignment Shop My

    Pearls and Poison is the third book in the A Consignment Shop Mystery series.

    Election time is nearing in Savannah and Reagan's mother, Judge "Guillotine Gloria" is in a tightly contested race for Alderman with Kip Seymour. Seymour is about to tell Judge Summerfield about his new campaign ad that will knock her out of the race. Later that day Seymour dies from an apparent poisoning. Quite naturally, the police feel they know the killer and more interested in getting more evidence, rather than looking for any other suspects.

    So it's time for Reagan and her Aunt Kiki to go undercover to sort out the truth. They soon find that there many suspects from other contractors that were losing jobs because of being under bid, campaign worker that was told he was in love with her and a power hungry wife.

    As always, it's a joy to visit with Reagan and Kiki and they are up to normal hijinks that will get them jail time. Most of the other fun characters are to offer there assistance.

    And in the words of William Shakespeare, I think the lady doeth protest too much. I wonder if Reagan maybe mellowing with regards to her ex's slick lawyer, Boone. We'll see what happens in other books.

    Will be looking for the next book.

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