Killer in Crinolines (Consignment Shop Mystery Series #2)

Killer in Crinolines (Consignment Shop Mystery Series #2)

by Duffy Brown

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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…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425252154
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Series: Consignment Shop Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 141,921
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)
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 whodunit stories.

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Killer in Crinolines 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
NinyNN More than 1 year ago
And the saga continues!! Love the second book on the series, humorous and sassy to keep life interesting. Love all the characters but Aunty KiKi is special, though I have to admit that I have developed a fondness for "the boys of the Hood" Particularly Pillsbury. I do however want to see something happen with Boone! Seriously, he is a hunky man and I know there is this vibe between him and Reagan, I just can't wait to read about their reaction when they finally realize what's happening! Can't wait for the next book, way to go Duffy!
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
Ok, negative first: I am not a fan of the breaking and entering thing, Chantilly, I liked her in the first book, but she annoyed me, with not delivering pkgs. and getting Reagan to drive (yeah, that's going to happen in real life)have you ever heard of call off from work? Despite that I gave it a 4 star because I love the rest of the characters. Her auntie is a force to be reckoned with, of course you've got to love Boone, and the introduction of Pillsbury with the 17th street gang was hysterical, I hope they'll stick around. I thought this was a better storyline as to why she's investigating compared to the first book. I liked the mystery plot, it had plenty of twists to keep me guessing. I'll be moving on to the next one.
CrystalCB More than 1 year ago
Killer in Crinolines by Duff Brown had me laughing and kept me intrigued from the beginning of the book all the way to the end. There were so many possible suspects, Simon Ambrose had ticked off so many people a lot were happy to see him dead. I'm not going to give away the ending but oh my goodness I never guessed who actually did kill him.  Duff Brown has created a cast of characters that are interesting, humorous, quirky, and just plain a whole lot of fun to read about. Reagan Summerside kept finding herself in some of the worst situations but oh my, reading about how she got out of those situations was so much fun! I really liked Reagan and I loved Aunt Kiki! Aunt Kiki can get herself into trouble without trying, and Reagan does her best to keep Kiki safe. I loved the relationship between these two. They really are a mischievous dynamic duo. If you enjoy a fun mystery, you should really check out Duffy Brown's Consignment Shop Mystery series. This is the second book in the series and I can not wait to see what Ms. Brown comes up with next. I know I'll anxiously be awaiting her next release. 
chefdt More than 1 year ago
A Killer in Crinolines is the second book in the A Consignment Shop Mystery series. I thought this was a little better than the first book, Iced Chiffon. Reagan Summerside is at the wedding of Waynetta Wayerly's wedding to deliver a bow tie for the groom, Simon Ambrose. whose has gone missing, too. But the groom is soon found, face down in the wedding cake with a knife in his back. When it learned that Chantilly, Reagan's UPS driver and who was engaged to Simon at one time, is also at the wedding, having arrived at the party with her UPS truck. Having made threats in the past, Chantilly is arrested. There is a long list of people who are happy to see Simon deceased. There are two or three other young ladies who he has been engaged to. It is also learned that he was a loan shark and Reagan feels that is where the police should be looking, but aren't. So with the help of her Aunt Kiki they set off to do some sleuthing on their own. Most of the characters from the first book are back to help, in their own way, Reagan stay safe and the right path. It will certainly be interesting to see if anything develops between Walker Boone, her ex's divorce lawyer and the one who she blames for keeping her from getting anything in her divorce settlement. Looking forward to book 3
Anonymous 6 months ago
The author had a great sense of humor. Good mystery, action and laugh out loud humor. bag
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
Chantilly, the UPS driver, is accused of murdering her ex-boyfriend Simon at his wedding to another woman. Reagan knows she did not do it and sets out to prove it. I love these characters especially Aunt Kiki. This time Chantilly has an admirer named Pillsbury who is in the Seventeenth Avenue gang and her father is an ex-cop. But with Reagan and the boys in the hood looking out for Chantilly and Boone looking out for Reagan it is only a matter of time before the killer is brought to justice. Lots of red herrings riddle this story and I never (along with Reagan) saw the murderer coming. Never suspected that person. Could understand the reason but never saw it coming. This was fun and Boone is sweet on Reagan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly love all of Duffy Brown's books!!! I hope she keeps this series going for a long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the characters and that I didn't solve it first!
whatKreads More than 1 year ago
Reagan Summerside is at the Waverly/Ambrose wedding to deliver a bow tie. She's expecting to find excitement and love in the air over the exuberant occasion. However, that quickly changes when a bridesmaid's dress goes missing, her best friend starts eating the wedding cake and the groom is found murdered before the ceremony. With many jilted exes, several feuds, shady business dealings and one fiancée whose not heartbroken over the death, it's going to be tough for Reagan to sort out all the clues and find the true culprit. This cozy is such a fun, light hearted series. It had me smiling and laughing out loud several times. The mystery was great and definitley kept me stumped until the very end. However, the cast of quirky characters is the true gem of this book. Reagan is the Stephanie Plum of the south. She doesn't take life too seriously and gets herself mixed up in some really hilarious circumstances. I love Bruce Willis the hot dog loving dog, Cher quoting Auntie Kiki, the Seventeenth Street guys, Dr. Hunky and Walker Boone. Goodness the scenes and chemistry between Reagan and Boone are so fun. I look forward to watching their story play out. The author has a magical ability to transport you to Savannah especially with her descriptions of the hot, humid August weather. This is the perfect series to grab when you just need to kick back and relax with some good laughs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really looking forward to reading this next in the series, however, it should have been done in 150 pages. I had to push myself to finish it. Also, I'm not one to write reviews, but I got very annoyed at the number missing words! "What do think?" Just one example..... For what it's worth, I don't think I'm spending any more money on this author.
torquaypam More than 1 year ago
I intend on reading anything Brown writes. I read the first and second of this series and am currently reading the third. Waiting for Walker Boone to make a move!
The_Brats More than 1 year ago
Reagan Summerside is at it again, when she accidentally discovers the corpse of the groom, Simon Ambrose, on his wedding day. Unfortunately, the main suspect is UPS Driver Chantilly and it is up to Reagan to prove her innocence. And Chantilly is not the only suspect - as a matter of fact, it would be hard to find somebody who was NOT happy to see Simon dead. The problem is to find out which one actually did the deed. Full of humor along with twists and turns, this second installment of the Consignment Shop Mysteries is just as hard to put down as the first. This series is very addictive and thoroughly enjoyable.
MareCT More than 1 year ago
The second installment of the Consignment Shop series finds Reagan and Aunt Kiki up to their necks in adventure once again. The characters continue to develop, Savannah is always delightful, and the story very entertaining. I highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to relax with some humor and just plain good story-telling.
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Frostie More than 1 year ago
Super super funny. There is no way to put this book down. Make a date with your book.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
Book two in the Prissy Fox Consignment Store mysteries comes with a large dose of blackmail, broken hearts, humid summer tight spots, and loads of southern charm and humor, as store owner, Reagan Summerside, gets mixed up in another twisted mystery.  Wealthy Waynette is supposed to be marring Simon, but a flash of peach crinolines and a cake knife end with Simon face down in the wedding cake, dead as a door nail. Simon's ex lover, and Reagan's good friend  seems the most likely suspect, but Reagan sets out to prove she's not the murderer.  The cast of characters in this mystery thrills my southern desires.  Reagan is continually fighting to keep her ex from selling her beautiful Victorian home out from under her.  She's completely house poor, with an almost empty house that also houses her consignment shop. Reagan's Aunt KeKe follows southern etiquette right down to her always matching nighty, flowing robe, slippers, and even matching hair cullers. Though hunky lawyer, Walter Boone squeezed everything away from Reagan representing her husband in their divorce settlement, he seems to be always around when Reagan gets into dangerous situations. His connections with the shady 17th Street Gang can definitely come in handy at times too.  This mystery has won my heart and I'm ready to read book three, PEARLS AND POISON!  Any Savannah, Georgia fan should consider these book must reads for brightening up your day!
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ytaylor More than 1 year ago
I LOVE the Consignment Shop Mysteries. Reagan Summerside and Walker Boone are some of the funniest characters I have read about in a long time... Caught myself multiple times giggling out loud. When Reagan's friend Chantilly is arrested for the murder of the man she was one time engaged to, Reagan sets out to prove she is innocent. There are so many people in town who have reasons for wanting Simon dead.This book had so many twists, and a line-up of crazy characters, I found myself constantly walking around, book in hand, trying to read every extra minute I could. I am so glad that there will be another book in this series in March. I cannot get enough of that crazy Reagan, her Cher quoting Aunt Kiki, and that hunky Walker.
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I like the main characters, they are quite fun. The book had a couple of typos, but easy to figure oit the words. A lot of suspects kept it interesting. Kept you guessing on "whodunnit".
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the characters and setting! The story has the southern charm infused with sauciness and laughs. Duffy Brown is the South's answer to Janet Evanovich.
Judy_F More than 1 year ago
Duffy Brown delivers another funny and delightful story in Killer In Crinolines. Reagan Summerside is barely holding her head above water in trying to get her consignment shop off the ground. She should be devoting all her time and energy to the project but when her best friend is arrested for murder, Reagan will stop at nothing to clear Chantilly’s name. That’s going to be tricky since Chantilly’s ex Simon is found with a knife in his back. Reagan gets in over her head quickly, involving her beloved Aunt Kiki and anyone who will listen. Her biggest obstacle is her ex’s attorney Walker Boone who seems to be one step ahead of Reagan in solving the murder. It doesn’t help that Walker is very attractive and proving to be more of a friend then a former foe. Reagan is ruffling so many feathers its going to take some major mojo to keep Reagan from falling into the killers clutches. Killer In Crinolines is the second book in the Consignment Shop Mystery. Its funny, intriguing and just an all out gem. The dialogue is witty and smart. The characters will just steal into your heart. I am eager to read the next book in this wonderful series.
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