Killer in Crinolines

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Killer in Crinolines

A Consignment Shop Mystery, #2

I have enjoyed revisiting the entertaining characters who populate this fun cozy mystery series, including Reagan's Aunt Kiki who is always ready and willing to be a sidekick to Reagan although she insists on her essential snacks and the sexy Walker Boone, lawyer and investigator who wields a mean bat.  I definitely enjoyed the hunt for the killer although I feel my tongue (and brain) tangling as I try to pronounce names like Waynetta and work through the permutations of a pseudonym such as Pillsbury. The author's sly humor is subtle and can be missed if you aren't paying attention and the savory meals being described engenders a definite desire for some good Southern cuisine. It is fun to see the characters from the first book, particularly Bruce Willis (no, not that one, his canine namesake!) and the wacky situations that Reagan manages to ensnare herself in make this a delightful read. I look forward to reading more of her adventures.

Killer in Crinolines by Duffy Brown is the second book in the 'Consignment Shop Mystery' series that features the intrepid Reagan Summerside who was introduced in the fun cozy mystery "Iced Chiffon".  The book is filled with the delightful witticisms that epitomize the southern charm that couches setdowns and insults in the most polite of ways until someone suddenly snaps! Reagan Summerside is trying to eke out a living using the consignment shop that she has started up in the house that she has been renovating, all that she owns after her traumatic divorce. When her friend, UPS driver Chantilly Parker, is accused of murder, Reagan feels that she must use her fledgling investigative skills to find the true killer, either with or without the delectable Walker Boone’s assistance. The challenge will be surviving the meetings with supposed allies, not to mention avoiding ending up another murder victim.

Book Blurb for Killer in Crinolines

It’s August in Savannah, Georgia—hardly the season for a traditional Southern wedding with hoopskirts and crinolines. One could die from the heat—or from a cake knife in the back...

Reagan Summerside should be devoting all her energy to her consignment shop the Prissy Fox. But when her dear friend Chantilly Parker is arrested for murder, Reagan vows to clear her name. The victim is Simon Ambrose, who’s found lying in his own wedding cake with a knife in his back.

Chantilly has motive (Simon broke her heart to marry wealthy Waynetta Waverly) and opportunity (crashing the wedding in her UPS delivery truck). And she has cake on her face, and the stolen bridesmaid dress the killer wore is in her truck. But Chantilly would never wear crinoline to kill a man!

With the help of her flamboyant auntie, KiKi, and vexing but attractive attorney Walker Boone, Reagan is determined to save her friend—before she’s forced to turn in her brown uniform for an orange jumpsuit…

Night Owl Reviews May, 2013 4.50