Friday, March 7, 2014

Pearls and Poison by Duffy Brown, Plus a Giveaway

PEARLS AND POISON SMALL BANNERIt’s my pleasure to be participating in author Duffy Brown’s Great Escape Virtual Blog Tour for her release, PEARLS AND POISON, the latest installment in her Consignment Shop Mystery series.

I’m sharing my thoughts on this fun read and Duffy is offering an awesome giveaway. Please see the end of the post for the giveaway details. 


A girl has gotta do all she can to help her Mamma, no matter what it necessitates.

It’s election time in Savannah and Reagan Summerside’s mom, Judge Gloria, is running for a city council seat. The front-runner is Kip “Scummy” Seymour and the race is getting dirty. Reagan only wants to run her consignment shop, the Prissy Fox, rather than manning the phone in support of her Mamma’s campaign.

When Reagan and her Auntie Kiki go to confront Kip about his dirty politics, they find him dead and all the evidence is pointing to Gloria as the killer. Reagan knows her Mamma and is determined to find who’s framing her for murder. As she searches for the real killer, Reagan gets deeper into trouble and closer to danger.

Pearls and Poison coverAttorney Walker Boone tries to keep an eye on Reagan as she begins snooping, but Reagan’s not too fond of him since he destroyed her during her divorce proceeding. But, despite herself, she begins to find him quite attractive.

Author Duffy Brown write with Southern flare and charm. Her characters are quirky, but so realistic they seem like neighbors you know. The secondary characters add depth and allure to the story. 

With an eye for detail, Brown brings the reader into the story and holds them spellbound. She weaves numerous twists and turns to keep you guessing. The story flows smoothly, at a steady pace with a rich blend of humor and suspense.

PEARLS AND POISON is the third installment in the Consignment Shop Mystery series, but can be read on its own. New readers aren’t left in the dark without having read the prior installments and returning fans will enjoy visiting familiar faces.

The setting and Southern hospitality is brought to life as Brown sets her protagonist on a course for a humorous and suspenseful tale.

Pearls and Poison by Duffy Brown, Consignment Shop Mystery Book #3, Berkley Prime Crime, @2014, ISBN: 978-0425252482, Paperback, 320 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me as part of the author's blog tour in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

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Duffy Brown loves anything with a mystery. While others girls
dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, Duffy longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. She has two cats, Spooky and Dr. Watson, her license plate is Sherlock and she conjures up who-done-it stories of her very own for Berkley Prime Crime. 

Duffy’s national bestselling Consignment Shop Mystery series is set in Savannah and the Cyclepath Mysteries are set on Mackinac Island. Duffy writes romance as Dianne Castell and is a USA Today bestselling author.

For more on Duffy and her writing, visit her website, and connect with her on Facebook.


Check out the following blogs to follow Duffy on her virtual tour (and for additional chances to win giveaways).
March 4 – A Date with a Book - Review, Guest Post
March 5 – Chloe Gets A Clue - Interview
March 6 – Melina's Book Blog - Review, Interview, Giveaway
March 7 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Review, Guest Post
March 8 – A Year of Jubilee Reviews - Review, Giveaway
March 9 – Psychotic State Book Reviews – Review – Giveaway
March 10 – Book Lady's Booknotes - Review, Guest Post
March 10 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – Guest Post, Giveaway
March 11 – My Recent Favorite books - Review, Giveaway
March 12 – Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf - Interview, Giveaway
March 12— Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book  - Cozy Wednesday (Guest Post)
March 13 – Deal Sharing Aunt - Review, Guest Post, Giveaway
March 14 – Sapphyria's Book Reviews - Review, Guest Post, Giveaway
March 15 – Brooke Blogs - Review, Giveaway

This giveaway is for not one, but 2 PEARLS AND POISON Tote Bags. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only. 

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  1. Thanks for having me at Thoughts in Progress. So glad you enjoyed Pearls and Poison...more Savannah fun with Auntie KiKe, Reagan and the rest of the gang. Hugs, Duffy

  2. I haven't visited a consignment shop in a while but I have enjoyed visiting them in the past, especially when they have all kinds of things, not just clothes.

  3. I haven't been to a consignment shop but I do like flea markets and rummage sales

  4. Mystery writers must have a lot of fun with the themes of their series!

  5. Mason - Thanks for mentioning this one. I think consignment shops are a lot of fun, and I can certainly see how they would be great contexts for a mystery series.

  6. I personally can't shop in consignment shops as my ocd kicks in and I just can't do it.

  7. Now, that's a very unique author photo!

  8. Great review! I'm currently reading this book and love it!
    It has such a cute Southern flair to it!

  9. I go to my favorite consignment shop in town regularly and enjoy browsing. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. Love the title, Pearls and Poison.

    All the best, Duffy Brown!

    Oh, and Hi Mason :)

  11. I don't really visit consignment shops around here. Occasionally, I will stop in goodwill or a local church resale store. Thanks and congrats to Duffy on the new title!

  12. No I don't care to shop in consignments store.


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