Killer in CrinolinesKiller in Crinolines by Duffy Brown is the second book in the “Consignment Shop” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, May 2013

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…

This was a delightfully amusing read that had me laughing at the antics of Reagan Summerside as she finds herself in the crosshair of a killer. I could not put down this wonderfully crafted whodunit that had me quickly turning the pages as I had to know what happens next. The mystery was good with plenty of suspects and I enjoyed watching the pieces come together. With an eccentrically quirky cast of characters and engaging dialogue, this book will have you in stitches. With Reagan in the mix, I can’t wait to see what fun adventures await us.

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