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Killer in Crinolines
A Consignment Shop Mystery #2
Duffy Brown

Berkley Prime Crime
May 7, 2013 / ISBN 0425252159
Cozy Mystery

Reviewed by Cheryl Green

Regan Summerside manages to be at the wedding of the year - even if she wasn't invited. Picture parasols, hoopskirts with crinolines right out of Gone With The Wind. Now picture everyone close to passing out because it is August in Savannah, GA. Magnolia Plantation is the place to be and that includes Regan's auntie Kiki. Waynetta Waverly is getting married to Simon Ambrose. The problem is Simon left our favorite UPS driver, Chantilly Parker, to marry wealthy Waynetta. Regan needs to find the groom since Doreen-the-wedding-planner called her to bring a bowtie over for him. The original bowtie is missing.

Regan finds Simon in the room with the wedding cake. Actually - he is in the wedding cake and the cake knife- well it is in his back. The only thing that Waynetta is concerned with is not returning all the wedding gifts. She feels Simon has ruined the wedding. When Chantilly Parker is arrested for murdering Simon, Regan feels she needs to help her friend.

Things to ponder: Who put the bridesmaid dress in Chantilly's truck? Why was Waynetta walking around in an unbuttoned wedding gown right before the ceremony? Which leg of Bruce Willis actually belongs to Walker Boone? Does Boone have a GPS on Regan - how else can you explain why he is always turning up?

This is such a fun read. There is a laugh out loud part with Regan and Kiki doing their version of Lucy and Ethel while doing Chantilly's UPS run. Killer In Crinolines is every bit as good as the first book in the series Iced Chiffon. Duffy Brown continues to treat her readers to wonderful characters and great storylines. The book is well plotted and fast paced and will keep you reading until you find out whodunit. I hope Duffy is busy plotting away so I won't have to wait too long for the next Consignment Shop Mystery. So if you are a bit of a clothes horse, then Killer In Crinolines is one book you should read.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Iced Chiffon #1
Killer in Crinolines #2
Pearls and Poison #3

lethalinoldlace #5

Reviewed 2013