“Lethal in Old Lace” by Duffy Brown reminds me of why I always enjoy visiting Savannah with this series but wince at the complicated yet hilarious situations Reagan gets herself into. I think this is my favorite thus far. I adore Walker Boone and the way he gets Reagan and lets her go her way but offers his unstinting support. It’s been wonderful watching their relationship deepen and seeing Reagan bloom with him (and BW) in her life. The wacky hijinks that spread to involve not only the intrepid Aunt Kiki but also Reagan’s mom, the illustrious judge, are hilarious even as they are a little frightening. One will have a different appreciation for senior retirement homes after reading this, I daresay. I’m not sure one would enjoy this story as much if unfamiliar with the series, although the quirky events would still be entertaining, so I’d suggest you read at least the book preceding this one…or even better, the entire series!
This tale is part of the contemporary cozy mystery ‘A Consignment Shop Mystery’ series. It picks up where “Demise in Denim” left off, with Walker Boone a vindicated man who’s ready to move on in his relationship with Reagan and put a ring on her finger. Unfortunately, her vow to avoid dead bodies is short-lived, and her attempts to exonerate her neighbors seem to not only endanger those she cares about but threatens to make her wedding party larger than she anticipated! Fortunately, she has plenty of allies (willing and unwilling) and a man who isn’t going to let a little thing like a mobile corpse or the law deter him from being there for the woman he loves.
Reagan Summerside returns in national bestselling author Duffy Brown’s fifth Consignment Shop mystery, now for the first time in hardcover.
There are two social functions in Savannah guaranteed to get people talking: weddings and funerals. And just as consignment shop owner Reagan Summerside agrees to marry the hunky Walker Boone, her neighbors, sisters Annie Fritz and Elsie Abbot, step up their business as professional mourners. They are so successful that the Sleepy Pines Retirement Center has hired them as a part of their retirement package. But the celebration over good business is cut short when the residents at Pines suddenly begin dying at an alarming rate. And the sisters are the first suspects.
Reagan has her doubts, however, and begins to look into the strange phenomenon. But then something even stranger happens: a body winds up in the sisters’ pink Caddy. The evidence begins to pile up and the suspicious case of Willie Fishbine, who swindled the sisters out of a fortune and coincidentally died prior to the Pines case, is reopened.
Not wanting Willie to be buried until they can find the killer responsible for the murders, Reagan must catch the culprit in time to walk down the aisle. Witty, fabulous, and full of charm, Lethal in Old Lace is perfect for fans of Ellery Adams and Jenn McKinlay.