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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Duffy Brown-Pearls and Poison-Review, Interview and Giveaway


Pearls and Poison
(A Consignment Shop Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Berkley (March 4, 2014)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425252482
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….
My Review:
This was Duffy Brown at her best.  This is probably my favorite cozy series. Reagan and her antics really keep a person entertained.  Pearls and Poison is probably the best in the series yet.  When Reagan's mamma is accused of murdering her opponent in the race for Savannah city Alderman, Reagan has to find the real killer.   How one person can have as much trouble as Reagan, I'll never know, but it is hilarious and very entertaining.  This series if filled with eccentric characters that embody the essence of the south.  Throw in the chemistry between Reagan and Boone Walker and this is one great read.  I cannot wait for the next book in the Consignment Shop Mystery Series.  Please, Duffy, keep the laughs coming!
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
About This Author
Duffy Brown loves anything with a mystery. While others girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, Duffy longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. She has two cats, Spooky and Dr. Watson, her license plate is Sherlock and she conjures up who-done-it stories of her very own for Berkley Prime Crime. Duffy’s national bestselling Consignment Shop Mystery series is set in Savannah and the Cyclepath Mysteries are set on Mackinac Island. Duffy writes romance as Dianne Castell and is a USA Today bestselling author.
Purchase Links
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Duffy has graciously agreed to give two Pearls and Poison Tote Bags per Blog Tour stop.  To enter, leave a comment with your name and email address, so you can be contacted if you win.  I will randomly pick a winner by next Monday, March 10. Good luck!
1.      Where did you get the idea for this series?
I work in a consignment shop…the Snooty Fox. They say write what you know so I did. Savannah is one of the loveliest cities in the US and since I’m a closet belle…even have the pearls to prove it and, yes, I can twirl a baton…decided Savannah was a terrific setting. Also, Southern food is a book in itself and in Iced Chiffon we eat our way across Savannah. Can’t swing a dead cat without hitting someone eating fried chicken, pecan pie or drinking a martini. Not sure how the martinis got in there but they did! LOL
2.      Who is the character Reagan based on, if anybody?
The Consignment Shop series is a first person book so we see what Reagan Summerside sees, feels, eats etc. She’s recently divorced by a scum-bucket who kicked her to the curb for the young Cupcake. I think Reagan is so many people today.
I wanted a heroine who was struggling to reinvent herself but someone smart and hard-working. Reagan is rehabbing an old Victorian herself and opening up a consignment shop to make ends meet. She gets sucked into solving murders to save her house or help a friend or her mom.
I love Reagan because she never gives up. Things don’t always go her way…heck they rarely go her way…but she keeps at it and best of all…she has a great sense of humor through it all.
3.      Since this series is about consignment shops, do you like to shop in consignment shops?
I’ve worked in one for 17 years part-time. Write what you know so I did. Such great buys! I cannot see spending fifty bucks for a blouse when I can get it for five.
4.      How many books do you have planned for this series?
The first was Iced Chiffon, then Killer in Crinolines and now Pearls and Poison. I’m doing a novella
5.      What is your favorite time of year?
It’s all lovely. I love the change of seasons. Right now snow is everywhere but the sky is blue and the sun’s out. Love it all. Any day I’m sucking air is a good day. J
6.      Besides writing, how do you like to spend your spare time?
Hiking. Getting ready for a trip to Arches with my kids in April then off you Yosemite in September. Did Glacier and Zion and whitewater on the Grand Canyone. Wow!!
7.      What is your favorite genre of books, besides cozy mysteries and who are your favorite authors?
I’m a mystery girl. That’s it. If there’s no mystery I don’t read it or watch it. I love new Sherlock Homes on the BBC. Totally addicted. It’s smart and cleaver and ruins you for other shows. I’m also addicted to House of Cards. Wow! It’s TV crack.
8.      Where is your favorite place to take a vacation?
Anywhere I don’t have to cook. J But I do love the west. Utah is the nation’s best kept secret. The whole place is one big national park. Totally amazing. I’m blessed to have visited it.
9.      If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you chose to go?
I’d like to do the whitewater rafting though the Grand Canyon again and go back to Glacier National Park. As close to heaven as you get on this plant.


  1. I would love to read this book—thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

    Sheila K.
    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

    1. Hi, Sheila
      Thanks for chatting. You never know what Auntie KiKi and Reagan are up to next and this time he have new cat Hellion onboard. :-)

  2. Thanks for stopping, the giveaway is for a chance to win a Pearls and Poison tote bag.

    1. Him Melina. Thanks for have me. What a great site, so much fun and thank you so very very much for the terrific review. I truly appreciate it. Hugs.

  3. Wonderful being here at Melina's book blog and chatting with you all. The Savannah gang is up to it again with fun and murder and mayhem. Never a dull moment.

  4. I enjoyed the wonderful interview and this book sounds captivating and special. best wishes. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Great interview and I'm look forward to reading this one!

  6. Read the previous one and loved it. Looking forward to this - consignment shops, politics, and murder - what's not to love? ;)

  7. I just love cozies set in the South. Somehow, it just seems like such a relaxing, laid-back setting.

  8. This book sounds good. I was disappointed not to be chosen for its book tour. Rhonda

  9. I've seen several reviews now and want to read this book more with each encounter!

    1. Hah, can I reply to my own comment/ I'm also a new subscriber via Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours.


  10. Sounds great, and would love to win a copy.

    littleone AT shaw DOT ca