Duffy Brown Visits the Hound

Welcome, Bestselling Author Duffy Brown

By Jeff Salter

I’ve wanted for a long time to entice the talented Duffy Brown to Hound Day and finally, she’s here! Not only is she a bestselling author, but a gracious lady and sweet friend.

I have lots to tell you, but be sure to read the part (below) about the two free giveaway packages, to the two winners selected from all who comment here by the deadline.

UPDATE: My wife just reminded me that I neglected to feature a Q&A with Duffy.  [My oversight… ran out of time.] But if anybody has any questions for Duffy, please post them in the comments section and we’ll try to get her back during the day to reply.

Consignment Shop Series

First let me say I’ve already read Books 1 and 2 of the Consignment Shop Mysteries – set in Savannah GA – and I’m hooked. Book 3 (Pearls and Poison) is already out (haven’t read it yet however) and I just received a promo card about Book 4 – Dead Man Walker, a novella – which is apparently told from Walker Boone’s POV. Can’t wait to read that one. [Boone owns a ’57 Chevy convertible, which makes him my kind of guy.] And, according to Amazon, Book 5 – Demise in Denim – will be out next month!

Book 1, Iced Chiffon, is also an excellent story, and helps set up things in book 2.

Bo-book-Duffy

Here’s my review for Book 2 (which I read first):

Killer in Crinolines
By Duffy Brown
[A mini-review by Jeff Salter]

Finally got a chance to read this novel by my friend, the best-selling Duffy Brown, and I’ve got to tell y’all, it’s a hoot-and-a-half.

Since it’s packaged as a Berkley Prime Crime Mystery, I didn’t expect to laugh as much as I did. If you’re a life-long southerner (as I am), Duffy’s humorous observations of people and behavior are spot-on. Heck, even if you’re a Yankee, this will be funny!

Yes, a cad is murdered, and the divorced heroine – barely subsisting on her thrift-shop income – gets involved primarily to help her friend (who’s framed for the killing). I can’t say too much without spoiling things, but suffice it to say there are numerous viable suspects and Duffy kept me guessing ‘til the very end.

Anyone familiar with Savannah GA will feel right at home. If you’ve never visited Savannah, you’ll want to schedule your next vacation there — but NOT during sweltering August.

Though Duffy’s heroine is devoted to solving the crime(s), she still finds time to please her own sweet tooth, try to keep her kooky aunt out of danger, and engage the hunky lawyer who’d been her adversary in a previous novel. You won’t believe all the ‘fixes’ she gets into!

Duffy

Cycle Path Mystery

A brand new series, the Cycle Path Mysteries, are set in Michigan’s Mackinac Island, which I’ve long wanted to visit. Geared for the Grave, released this recent December, seems to be the first in that group. If Duffy’s Savannah-set titles are any indication, I feel confident this Mackinac Island series will be a hoot.

Duffy’s Bio Blurb

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 Sherlok 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 Cycle Path Mysteries are set on Mackinac Island.

Giveaway!
Two prize packages!
Each package contains:
* Geared for the Grave tote
* Dead man (outline) pen & tablet
Each person who leaves a comment (no matter how brief) on this blog before noon on Friday, Mar. 6 … will be entered in the contest for these two cool prize packages.

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Duffy-Brown/e/B008CI1380/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1425522600&sr=1-2-ent

About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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65 Responses to Duffy Brown Visits the Hound

  1. sharon ruffy says:

    i have read all of Duffy;s books in this series. Love them. I am really looking forward to her next book.

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  2. jbrayweber says:

    Duffy sounds like my kind of gal, and her books, a lot of fun. I love Southern humor, being from the South, and all. 🙂

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    • jeff7salter says:

      You’re in the drawing also, Jenn. Yes, I’m sure you’d enjoy hanging out with Duffy. I’ve met her twice and I felt right at home.

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    • duffybrown says:

      I love the South and Savannah is amazing…and I love to laugh. Southern humor is like no other. Thanks for chatting. Hugs, Duffy

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      • jeff7salter says:

        I think I’ve been “through” Savannah… but if so, it was back when I was a kid and my parents hardly ever stopped anywhere.
        I’d love to go back and have a leisurely visit.

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  3. duffybrown says:

    Hi, Jeff! Thanks for having me at four-foxes-and-one-hound! Love this site and you are always a hoot. Hope to see you at the Southern Kentucky book fair. Keep warm and think spring.
    Hugs, Duffy

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  4. Denise Keef says:

    This sounds like a great series and something I will definitely enjoy! I am going to go and buy “Iced Chiffon” and hopefully get to start it this weekend.

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  5. Jerri Cachero says:

    Hi – I enjoy Duffy’ s Books not only for the “keep you guessing mystery” , but for lovable and eccentric characters that make the stories fun!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      thanks for stopping by and commenting, Jerri. You’re in the drawing.
      Yes, Duffy can really bring characters alive in these stories.

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    • duffybrown says:

      Hi, Jerri. I really appreciate your kind words. The characters and setting are such a a big part of the story. I feel like I actually live in Savannah and Mackinac Island. Hugs,Duffy

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  6. Enjoyed the mini review. I like reading books that have places I’ve been, you get a wonderful feel for the story. But sometimes an author does such a wonderful job describing places I’ve never been to, and makes you want to go there. Books sound like great reads. I like reading something that I actually start laughing out loud.
    Redrabbitt@aol.com

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Yeah, in this Savannah series, Duffy describes the August heat so well that it makes the reader sweat also!
      Thanks for visiting again, Kathy. Your name is in the hopper.

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    • duffybrown says:

      Hi, Kathy. I so agree about the humor. We all need to laugh more, there is enough angst in the world without me adding to it. LOL. Hugs, Duffy

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  7. A consignment shop owner mystery! Well, that is up my alley; I love all things thrift, etc. What treasure hunts…(and when I say treasure, for me, it’s usually other people’s junk!) That is quite unique.I also have bicycle-crazy friends who’d really appreciate your efforts.
    I truly hope to go to SOKY this year.If I do, I will seek you out!
    I wish you great success, Duffy!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      I’ve found some cool stuff in consignment shops.
      In Duffy’s books, however, the heroine (Reagan) doesn’t spend as much time in the shop as she does interviewing suspects and getting herself into trouble.

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    • duffybrown says:

      Hi, Tonette!! Yes, I will be at SOKY! I cannot wait to meet you. What fun. I’ve been at the Snooty Fox here in Cincy for 20 years. Consignment shopping is the best. What great deals. Hugs, Duffy

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  8. duffybrown says:

    Yes, the Snooty Fox. Fantastic consignment shop here in Cincy. I’ve worked there for 20 years part time. Best deals ever!

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  9. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I love mysteries, and these sound great. And since the Cycle Path Mysteries are set in my native Michigan I’m definitely going to have to read those! Thanks for visiting the 4F1H blog!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Patty, you are one of the many new friends I’ve met who either live in Mich. now, or have in the past. Must be a very popular state.

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    • duffybrown says:

      Hi, Patricia. I love Michigan and Mackinac Island is amazing. The no car thing makes for such a great time with horses and bikes. And the fudge is to die for. We were there for the Lilac Festival. What fun!

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  10. Clay Cormany says:

    I had the pleasure of visiting Savannah with my wife back in 2009. It was September and I don’t think the daytime temperature ever went below 85 degrees. Very friendly people, beautiful houses, and lots of history are there. I’m not familiar with Duffy’s work but I might change that before long. A question: Can a reader of her Consignment Mysteries expect to find references to Savannah’s famous (or notorious) people and places?

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    • jeff7salter says:

      I’d like to visit the sites mentioned in Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil.
      Thanks for commenting, Clay

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    • duffybrown says:

      Hi, Clay. The book is Savannah…all the restaurants, what to order in the restaurants, the hotels, the streets, Tybee Island, the police station are all for real. I think I know Savannah better than Cincinnati where I live. LOL. My daughter went to school there and I fell in love with the city. The Consignment Shop series is like a mimi vacation to Savannah. 🙂

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  11. Clay Cormany says:

    I’ll have to at least get her first book. I remember Tybee island and I’m sure I’ll recognize some of the restaurants. Jeff, you can visit the house where Jim Williams lived (the Mercer Williams House).

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    • jeff7salter says:

      I heard the author (John Berendt) speak at a library conference. He talked a lot about Savannah and that murder and the trial.
      I’m sure you’ll enjoy Duffy’s books. My favorite of the two I’ve read is Book TWO.

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    • duffybrown says:

      YES! I went through the Mercer house. Since I read the book and saw the show…I’m a Savannah junkie…I had to take the tour. Loved it. And I’ve taken several of the haunted tours and architecture tours and have eaten my way across Savannah more times than I can count. The food is amazing. Shrimp and grits at the Pink House. Holy cow!! And you have to have martinis at Jens and Friends. Nothing quite like a strawberry shortcake martini or a Snickers martini. So much fun!

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  12. Kathy Meik says:

    Jeff and Duffy, I’m looking forward to reading the Mackinac island series. I haven’t read it yet. I’m excited to read the next Consignment book!! I read Dead Man Walker and am excited to see how Walker gets out of the spot he’s in!! I love the characters. I keep wondering when Walker might “get lucky” if you know what I mean!!! Lol Lol!!!

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    • duffybrown says:

      Hi, Kathy!! So glad you’re having fun the the Savannah gang. Lots going on in Demise in Denim. Walker and Reagan form a real bond. Wait till you see Bruce Willis in action. I loved writing this book. Thanks tons for reading Dead Man Walker. Big secrets there. Hugs, Duffy

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    • jeff7salter says:

      yes, Kathy. I’m also looking forward to that Mackinac series.
      But I’ll have to catch up on the rest of the Savannah books first.

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  13. duffybrown says:

    BTW…anyone here chatting today and who would like a Dead Man pen just email DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com with your mailing address and I’ll send you a pen. They are fun…they have the chalk outline of a dead guy on the top Too funny…a real conversation starter. LOL

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  14. Quilly says:

    Are you getting kickbacks? I just bought the first book in the series.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Ha. No kickbacks, but I DID get a hug from Duffy when we met in Cincy about two yrs ago. That was worth a lot more.

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    • duffybrown says:

      Hi Quilly. Thanks so much! I really appreciate you picking up Iced Chiffon. Have fun with the Savannah gang…always something going. Hugs, Duffy

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  15. Donna says:

    I am here because of Jeff Salter. He is a dear friend. I want something lighthearted to read. Where do I begin in your books? Thank you!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Welcome, Donna! Glad you could show up today. For those who don’t yet know Donna W., she’s not only a dear friend, but has been a huge supporter and encourager of my writing here in Somerset.
      Hope you get a chance to read some of Duffy’s stories, Donna.
      I started with Book TWO in the Savannah series. So that’s my recommendation to you.

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    • duffybrown says:

      Hi Donna. All the books are complete. You can start anywhere. If you go to http://www.DuffyBrown.com it gives you a rundown on what each is about. Thank you so very much for giving my books a try. I truly appreciate it. Hugs, Duffy

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  16. Both series sound very interesting. Going to have to put these down on my wishlist.

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  17. jeff7salter says:

    Folks, as you probably read above, Duffy has offered to send a “dead man” outline pen to anyone who emails her (see address above).
    But I’m still going to draw two names for two prize packages (a very cool book tote bag and the awesome ‘deadman’ pen). Deadline for leaving a comment is noon, today. I’ll be back this evening (Fri.) to pick the two winners, so check back tonight!

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  18. jeff7salter says:

    Winners in the drawing for the special prize packages — increased to THREE awards — were Sharon Ruffy, Denise Keef, and Donna Wheeldon.
    Please send me your mailing address on a FB message.

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  19. duffybrown says:

    Thanks, Jeff, for having me at Four Foxes and a Hound. Wonderful chatting with everyone. Have a lovely weekend and Think Spring.
    Hugs, Duffy

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Loved having you here, Duffy. And thanks for your extra generosity in offering ‘deadman outline’ pens to all commenters who contact you at the email indicated.

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  20. pjharjo says:

    Guess I commented too late for a prize package, but Duffy’s books sound interesting! 🙂

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