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.
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!
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.
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.