Saturday, March 8, 2014

Pearls and Poison by Duffy Brown *Review & Giveaway

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 Thoughts:
Wowzers! This is a busy book. If you have lived in the south, Georgia specifically, this book will be like coming home. The southern language took a little for my brain to get used to.  I had to read slow, I just don't talk as colorful as this book reads. Duffy Brown truly captured the setting in this novel from the terms of endearment.. or NOT, to the quaint streets and homes, to the food. It is definitely a charming setting. These women are the boisterous kind and the author shows that wonderfully in the novel. She has wonderful details throughout the book and I love how she describes everything so well you feel you have been there and really know these gals.

So who killed Kip anyhow? Sure looks like Reagan's Mama, who is a judge is getting framed. She is running against Kip and it looks awfully suspicious that as they are neck and neck he comes up dead.
There are a lot of characters in this novel, you may need to jot notes to keep them all straight and they have some interesting names like Chantilly, Honey, KiKi, Lolly and more.
This was a fun cozy mystery with a lot packed into one book. 

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.

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  1. I would like to read: Killer in Crinolines

  2. Hi, Lisa. We have the same last name ;-)
    If you like books set and the South along with a little murder and mayhem you'll have fun with Pearls and Poison and the other books in the
    Consignment shop series.

  3. I would want to read geared for the grave. I love murder mystery books.

  4. Hi, Mama Blamer. Geard for the Grave will be out around December. It's set on Mackinac Island at a bicycle shop there, part of the Cyclepath mystery series. Love Mackinac.

  5. They all look good, but if I have to choose one, I'll say "Iced Chiffon".

  6. Iced Chiffon looks like a winner to me.

  7. Iced Chiffon is the first book in the series and sets things up but no need to read them in order as I always play catch-up in the rest of the books so you know what's going on.

  8. i would like to read Iced Chiffon