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Iced Chiffon (edition 2012)

by Duffy Brown

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Title:Iced Chiffon
Authors:Duffy Brown
Info:Berkley (2012), Edition: Original, Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:***1/2
Tags:Mystery

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This is billed as a Consignment Shop Mystery and must be the first in the series. Reagan Summerside has just survived a divorce with only her fixer-upper Savannah home to show for it. Then her ex is arrested for the murder of his current wife - the Cupcake who broke up her marriage. Reagan should be jumping for joy but the ex might just have to renege on his promise and sell her home to pay his bills. What is a girl to do but find out who the murderer is herself before the house goes to pay the lawyer who took her to the cleaners in the divorce?

The action moves quickly. Reagan stumbles from one disaster to the next. Not only does she open up a consignment shop through the auspices of her UPS delivery driver but she solves the murder with the help of her Aunt Kiki. Can she keep up the pace through the rest of the series?
  Familyhistorian | Sep 20, 2014 |
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. ( )
  MareF | Aug 20, 2014 |
"Iced Chiffon" is a fun little cozy mystery, and as paperback original cozies go, you could do much, much worse. If you're a fan of "Murder, She Wrote" or Hallmark's "Mystery Woman" movies, this series is worth a look. It's not great literature, and it's not supposed to be, but it is fun, entertaining, and well-paced. The characters are charming--in Savannah, even the bad guys are witty and entertaining--and while the book is unlikely to keep you spellbound for days, it's a great escapist mystery for a week by the pool (or a tough week at work when all you want to do when you get home is imagine being somewhere infinitely more genteel). By the way, the mystery itself isn't bad either--not so many suspects that you can't keep them straight nor so few that you get bored. And if you figure it out before the protagonist, well, that's just one of the joys of cozy mysteries. ( )
  TheBentley | Jul 4, 2014 |
Set in Savannah (the state’s first capital but not the current one) the book centres around young Reagan Summerside, a recently divorced woman who has an old house she loves and on which she has performed many renovations herself. Her ex-husband’s new girlfriend (she has a name but I can’t help remembering her as Cupcake, the name by which Reagan always refers to her) is murdered in the early pages of the book and Hollis (the ex) is soon arrested for the crime. Reagan is forced to come to his aid in the form of investigating the murder herself because if she doesn’t find the killer quickly Hollis will be forced to sell the house that Reagan loves to pay his legal fees.

As a premise for the debut novel in a cosy series this one isn’t too outrageously unbelievable and the plot continues in this vein, offering an enjoyable plot with the requisite number of suspects, red-herrings and odd-ball characters who ‘help’ Reagan out. Cupcake is soon discovered to have been blackmailing a number of the town’s citizen’s and between them Reagan, her Aunt Kiki the dance teacher and Walker Boone who is her ex’s lawyer work their way through the suspect pool. Unusually for a cosy there’s almost no connection to or mention of the official investigation and this seemed to work well (I always find it a struggle to believe the ‘professional with nosy girlfriends/wives’ scenario beloved of this sub genre).

I’m not knowledgeable enough about the region to know if the depiction of the setting is accurate or particularly specific to Georgia but it certainly does have a Southern feel to it. This is achieved by a combination of factors including the really obvious (such as a fairly unnecessary reference to Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and the characters’ names) and the less obvious such as the social etiquette and behaviour depicted. I particularly liked this tidbit which Reagan tells us in the aftermath of her narrowly avoiding an attempt on her life

Savannah was not one of those cities where people didn’t get involved. In Savannah, everyone got involved in everything all the time and never let go. Savannah was more of a dog-with-a-bone kind of city.

That’s definitely not like my city!

The real test of any cosy series is whether or not it can sustain its amateur sleuth premise beyond the first installment but I certainly enjoyed ICED CHIFFON enough to seek out the second book and see how Duffy Brown goes. This first taste is funny, has a great cast of characters, is evocative of its setting and the must-have gimmick (in this case it is Reagan’s burgeoning career as proprietor of a clothing consignment shop) does not overwhelm the story.
  bsquaredinoz | Feb 1, 2014 |
Cozy mystery set in Savannah. Great cast of characters and a solid mystery to it. ( )
  JeffreyMarks | Jul 11, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425251608, Mass Market Paperback)

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…

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:31:47 -0400)

After turning the first floor of her home into a consignment shop, Reagan Summerside discovers that murder is good for business when she finds her ex-husband's new girlfriend dead in his Lexus, which results in her shop becoming a hub for gossip and clues to catching the killer.… (more)

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