Iced Chiffon (Consignment Shop Mystery Series #1)

Iced Chiffon (Consignment Shop Mystery Series #1)

by Duffy Brown

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There’s always something to gossip about in Savannah, Georgia, and Reagan Summerside always seems to be in the middle of it. She’s busy enough running her consignment shop, The Prissy Fox, with her vivacious Auntie KiKi, but now the gossip—and the sales—are about to pick up after a gruesome discovery…

Reagan’s messy divorce has left her with nothing but a run-down Victorian and a bunch of designer clothes. Strapped for cash, Reagan makes use of the two things she has left, turning the first floor of her home into a consignment shop and filling it with the remnants of her rich-wife wardrobe.

Thanks to his cunning lawyer Walker Boone, her ex got everything else, including the Lexus—not to mention a young blond cupcake. When Reagan finds the cupcake dead in the Lexus, she’s determined to beat Boone to finding the murderer. As it turns out, the gossip fiends flooding Reagan’s shop will give her a lot more than just their unwanted clothes—they have information more precious than a vintage Louis Vuitton…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101611524
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Series: Consignment Shop Mystery Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 125,612
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Duffy Brown 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 who-done-it stories. 

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“Hooked me from beginning to amazing mystery debut, a riveting story.”—Mary Kennedy, author of The Talk Radio Mysteries

“A hilarious romp through a consignment shop where customers may end up with more than they bargained for.”—Janet Bolin, author of the Threadville Mystery series

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Iced Chiffon 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
leisure_reader More than 1 year ago
When a book starts out with a comment in the first chapter of "Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit.." it's going to be a funny "who done it" with lots of mystery and charm. This book is awesome for those who like a little comedy, colloquialisms, and mystery. I am glad to know that there are still writers out there who can carry on in a book and not reveal who the "killer" was until the end of the book. I would recommend this at a FULL five plus stars
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
First I'll start with my complaints, the reason that Reagan was helping her ex seemed far fetched. The house should have been in the settlement with no loose ends, and her paying his attorney fees? I'm confused, also not a fan of the breaking and entering thing, and where the heck was the police investigation? Now your saying why a 4 star. The characters in this book are wonderful, I love Boone, and her quirky aunt is so lovable. The plot I found interesting although I guessed who, I still thought that maybe I was wrong because of a few side issues. The mix of characters and conversations make this book entertaining and I enjoyed it so much that I've moved on to the second one. A very fun read
neeser58 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this story! I found it a fun “who done it” with a long list of possible suspects. The description of the area and the characters were so detailed I felt like I was deep in the heart of Savannah enjoying a martini with Reagan and her colorful aunt Kiki. From the first pages I was caught up in this story which had me reading late into the night trying to figure out who the killer was. All of the characters are richly described and add so much to this wonderful story by Duffy Brown who is a wonderful story teller. I can’t recommend this book enough. It is a must read for anyone who enjoys a fun, light mystery, with twists and turns and a few surprises. It will keep you entertained until the last page is turned!
TarHeelGirl00 More than 1 year ago
Reagan Summerside is a woman on a mission---to keep her ex-husband from selling her beloved old Victorian home to raise money for his legal defense when he is accused of murdering his new girlfriend! The only way to save her home is to find the real murderer herself. With the help of her zany and hilarious Auntie KiKi, Reagan embarks on a journey to discover not only the killer, but a lot about herself in the process. This enjoyable read with its likable characters should be the beginning of a very entertaining series. I look forward to see where The Consignment Shop series leads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
Reagan's ex-husband, Hollis, is accused of murdering his fiancée. If Reagan does not find the killer, she may lose her house to attorney fees. So she starts looking for the murderer and keeps running into Walker Boone, her ex's lawyer. I laughed throughout this book I enjoyed it so much and cannot wait to read more of the series. Reagan is a mess. I loved her. Her Auntie Kiki is a riot. Together the two are a scream. Totally complement each other. Hollis is a jerk. And I think Walker may be sweet on Reagan, although he has a weird way of showing it. There is a wild cast of characters that make this book memorable. I haven't had so much fun in a book in a long time. I was sucked in from the beginning and couldn't wait to get back to this world. So much fun!
bwilhoite More than 1 year ago
This book was great! It made me laugh and get tense at all the right parts. Duffy Brown did an amazing job with this book. Just loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Reagan and Aunt Kiki and throw in a hunky side of Walker Boone and you have a great recipe for fun and adventurous antics! A+A+A+A+A+ .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a fan of these characters; the heroine is way to hair-brained for my taste and the supporting cast is right behind her. Didn't even bother to finish the book.
The_Brats More than 1 year ago
The characters are realistic and loads of fun. In simple terms, Reagan is a disaster looking for a place to happen and she usually finds it, but she also finds help in the most unusual places. After her divorce, she is pretty much left high and dry thanks in part to a prenuptial agreement and in part to Walker Boone - Attorney at Law. When Reagan stumbles upon a corpse and her ex is accused of the murder, it is all she can do to find the culprit and salvage the only thing she got out of the divorce; namely her old Victorian Home - Cherry House (which she has converted to a Consignment Store). Walker Boone is also trying to solve the mystery and they continually bump heads. The book is full of twists and turns, wonderful characters, and huge doses of comedy. Such a Great Read is hard to put down and keeps you engaged right to the end.
MareCT More than 1 year ago
Iced Chiffon gives the reader a plucky and amusing heroine to cheer on. This book has so many fun threads it's hard not to give things away while praising it's virtues. If you are looking for a fresh new series to follow I highly recommend this one - it has humor, solid writing, red herrings with style, and a cast of characters not soon forgotten. This reader is looking forward to more in this series.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
I'm always excited when I find a great new cozy series, and this is just such a find.  Setting of Savannah, Georgia is terrific, with real places and descriptions that I fondly remember from visits there myself.   The characters are so typically southern that I feel I'm back there again.  Our main character, Reagan Summerside, has just come out on the loosing side of a divorce.  All she has left is the partially renovated old Victorian home that she loves, and a wardrobe full of lovely clothes she'll not be wearing now.  Her solution to keeping her home is a consignment shop where she's selling all her clothes and consigned clothes from others in town. Her ex and his new "cupcake" blond fiancé visit the shop to get the key to his Lexus, but within a day "cupcake" is found dead in the trunk of the Lexus and the ex is taken to jail for her murder.  Should Reagan really care about this?  You betcha she should, because the lawyer's fees to defend the ex may just mean that she'll loose her beloved home too.  Solution--find the killer before the lawyer spends a fortune to do so himself.  Her adorable loving aunt and the lawyer try to convince Reagan to "butt out", but no way will Reagan give up everything so easily.  Gossip, blackmail, a homeless dog, quotes from Cher, and many suspects later, Reagan is into the mystery up to her pretty little neck.  Unfortunately, someone is trying to get Reagan before she gets them!  This humorous southern mystery is more than just great fun.  The characters are winning and the clues are intriguing. Definitely a series to continue with for me.  There are already two more for me to read.  Duffy Brown shows lots of class and finesse in her mystery writing!   
ytaylor More than 1 year ago
This book was a lot of fun.  Man can Reagan Summerside get into trouble.   Throw in Walker Boone, Aunt Kikiand a handful of suspects, and there are tons of laughs.When Reagan's ex-husband is arrested for murder, he tells Reagan that they are going to have to sell  herloved house (the only thing she received in their divorce) in order to pay for his lawyer Walker Boone.  She is mortified, so she decides she is going to find out who in Savannah, Georgia has murdered the blackmailing Cupcake, to keep from having to pay the money sucking Walker.  When those two get together, you catch yourself laughing out loud.  With a who's-who of suspects.  Everyone is Savannah has a secret they want kept hidden.I can't wait to read Killer in Crinolines (next book in the Consignment Shop Series),  Thanks Duffy Brown for making me smile. I find myself wanting  to live next door to Aunt Kiki  :-)
StephJones More than 1 year ago
The first book in Duffy Brown’s Consignment Shop Mystery series, Iced Chiffon is a great read. Set in Savannah, GA, Reagan Summerside is recovering from her recent, very messy divorce. As a result of a prenuptial agreement signed while young and in love, all Reagan has left is her old Victorian home which she is slowly rehabbing, and a designer wardrobe she no longer needs. In an attempt to make ends meet, the first floor evolves into a consignment shop thanks to the friendship and texts of UPS driver, Chantilly, Reagan’s wonderfully quirky aunt, Kiki, Uncle Putter, and the bargain hunters of Savannah. When ex-husband Hollis, and his much younger, blonde girlfriend Janelle (aka, “the Cupcake”), arrive at Reagan’s home to pick up the key to the Lexus he kept in the divorce, Cupcake also bought Reagan’s beautiful pink chiffon dress. When Reagan later discovers Cupcake, dead, in the trunk of the Lexus, she is wearing the gown. Since Hollis had not yet signed over the house to Reagan, he threatens to sell the house to help pay his legal fees when he becomes a suspect in the murder. In response, Reagan starts investigating Cupcake’s murder. This is such a fun book, full of lovable characters. It’s one of those books you find yourself reading into the early morning, promising “just one more chapter” before sleep. I heartily recommend this book for those who enjoy cozy mysteries.
reader6602 More than 1 year ago
This is my new favorite cozy mystery series. Reagan is a tough, fiesty southern firecracker of a gal. Aunt Kiki is a hoot and I am already in love with Walker Boone. This book was laugh out loud hysterical, fast paced and very well crafted. The characters are colorful and the plot is smart. What I love about this series is it is cozy with out being sappy. I can not wait for the next installment.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Cozy!! I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book and I am so glad that I did. I love the story about Reagan and her Aunt Kiki I love their southern charm and their personalities. This book had me hooked from the beginning and I couldn't read it fast enough. I enjoyed all of the characters and their personalities including Bruce Willis the dog. I love the setting of this book which is in Savannah, Georgia. I live in the south and really enjoyed reading the southern slang in this book. I can't wait to read the next book in this series and see what kind of trouble Reagan gets into next. If you like a good mystery with humor then you have to read this book. You will love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with the characters, the story and the cocktails. I stumbled across this author and now I'm hooked!
ChaLee More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of the South with all it's charm and history, so this book was fun to read. Aunt KiKi and her role in this book really fits the perfect southern relative genre. The dance lessons, the consignment shop, the appearance of a stray dog, all add side tracks to the murder mystery investigation to make the book just a bit more interesting. I will definitely look forward to reading #2 in this Consignment Shop Mystery series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a delightful read with humor and who dun it! Can not wait to read the next and the next.
the-PageTurner More than 1 year ago
If you like a good cozy this is the book for you! A laugh out loud story with the best characters. Buy it- re-read it- suggest it to your friends. If you don't usually like a cozy you will like this one.
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OurBookAddiction More than 1 year ago
Truly loved this first book in a new series. It has three elements that I love in a good cozy. 1) A sassy and funny main character (someone I could see myself being friends with), 2) it takes place in Savannah, Georgia, and 3) an Auntie who loves her martinis! Can't wait for the second installment in May.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
Iced chiffon, a southern murder mystery was a great read. Reagan, a new consignment shop owner was in need of fast cash. After selling her fountain to a neighbor looking to seal her chances to win best yard, Reagan found herself smack in the middle of a murder investigation. Reagan must find the true killer to get her ex out of jail and to save her house. This book was filled with twists and turns and I truly enjoyed all of the characters. Aunt Kiki was a favorite character of mine. A highly recommended read. Rating: 5 Heat Rating: sweet Reviewed By: Rae My Book Addiction And More
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
Reagan Summerside's ex husband Hollis is accused of killing his young fiancee, Janelle, and Reagan found the body. Reagan jumps in with both feet to help find the killer and stop Hollis from using Cherry House (her only win in their divorce settlement) as a down payment for a lawyer. Down on her luck, Reagan has recently started selling her old designer clothes from the living room of her home and this new venture needs to succeed for her to be able to stay in her Savannah home. This is a pretty standard mystery for a cozy, but chock full of Southern charm and every Southern nuance you can think of. From garden parties, biscuits, country clubs, pecan coffee, hunky yet annoying lawyers, oddball sisters and a loving family, one hopes Brown has left a few things for Reagan's next story.
Jesse_Kimmel-Freeman More than 1 year ago
This book was like eating a good peach pie: you eat it, savoring each bit, find you've consumed it, feel the disappointment of it being gone, enjoy the memory of the deliciousness of it, then want to reach for more! Yep, that sums it up! I don't read tons of mysteries, and definitely haven't read any lately that don't have sex thrown in. I think the world that Duffy creates is amazing. I love Reagan and man do I ever feel for her and her name! This book is great! It has mystery, intrigue and so many possibilities that you just don't know the answer until it is blaring you in the face. Well done, Duffy! Her characters are amazing- even BW. Can I just say that I want a Boone... I feel like there is something there, is there something, Duffy? Is there?! Anyways, back on track. This book has a fab setting, the work is done well, and it doesn't giveaway whodunit in the beginning! I highly recommend it for all mystery lovers! It's a great read! Hey, Duffy, when you release book 2, if you need a reviewer, I'll happily do it. *hint, hint* :0)