March 9, 2014

PEARLS AND POISON by Duffy Brown and a Giveaway

DescriptionIt’s election time in Savannah, Georgia, and Judge Guillotine Gloria—aka Reagan Summerside’s mom—is neck and neck in the polls with Kip “Scummy” Seymour. But the already dirty campaign is about to get downright filthy—with one candidate getting buried six feet under….

With her strong opinions and knack for getting into trouble, Reagan is not an ideal volunteer for her mother’s alderman campaign. Plus, she’d rather be running her consignment shop, the Prissy Fox, and eating doughnuts with her dog, Bruce Willis. But when her mother’s opponent, Kip, is found poisoned and her mother is pegged as a suspect, Reagan nominates herself as lead murder investigator.
Reagan is intent on finding Kip’s killer and clearing her mother’s good name, but she soon finds herself on the bad side of Kip’s enemies-turned-suspects. This time, no amount of costumes and makeup can keep her inconspicuous and out of danger. Because the closer Reagan gets to the truth, the hotter things get…. 
My Thoughts on Pearls and Poison by Duffy Brown
This is my first book by author Duffy Brown and between the many characters, the Savannah location, the consignment shop (The Prissy Fox) and the many southern-isms, I'm not sure where to begin.  So let me start with this . . . honey, this book is sweeter than molasses and more fun than a woodpecker in a lumber yard. 
Although this is the third entry in Ms. Brown's Consignment Shop Mystery Series, you can pick this book up without having read the first two and fall right in step with the intrepid Reagan, her judge Mamma, her martini-loving aunt KiKi and her hotdog loving pooch, Bruce Willis (or "BW").  I had not read the first two books and had no problem grasping the characters' backgrounds.
As with most cozy mysteries, the best part of Pearls and Poison are the wildly colorful characters.  I'm not pulling your leg when I say that I laughed out loud while reading.  Ms. Brown, are Reagan and/or KiKi actual people?  Because if so, I want to meet them for a drink and a chuckle. 
I am a very picky reader, especially when it comes to any type of mystery.  I am rough on the heroes and heroines; I cannot tolerate sudden onset of stupid - - out of character choices that are merely to move the plot forward.  I had no such issues with this book because every action, every piece of dialogue was perfectly in step with the characters.  Reagan was fun, she was ballsy and she still had some moments of second guessing herself, just like the rest of us.  Her romantic tension with Walker Boone was spot on and left me wanting more but it didn't distract from the mystery portion or turn this quirky little read into a romance.  Pearls and Poison is definitely a cozy. 
I absolutely loved what Ms. Brown did with Savannah, where our mystery is set.  As a native Georgian, I greatly appreciated the shout out to the city's magnificent history, the splendid architecture and the tourists.  And Reagan's shop, the aforementioned Prissy Fox?  Can I visit there, pretty please?   It sounds like the type of store I would love to spend hours poking around in. 
Getting back to the mystery, I found it very satisfying.  I didn't figure out all the ins and outs until the end, which is always a nice surprise.  I was invested in the characters and anxiously flipping pages to find out "whodunit."
In short, I LOVED this book.  Loved, loved, loved it.  It's a wonderful way to spend an afternoon or a few days (depending on how quickly you read) but reader beware . . . you will fall in love with Reagan and company and want to add the first two books and any future ones to your shelf.   I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone appreciating a cozy mystery and/or southern fiction at its deep-fried finest. 
With thanks to Duffy Brown and Lori Caswell at Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours for allowing me to participate in this tour. 
FTC Disclosure:  Review copy of this book provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.  In no way did the provision of this book affect the outcome of my review.
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1 comment:

Duffy Brown said...

Thanks so much for having me at Psychotic State of mind. Love the blog. Thanks tons for the amazing review...I truly appreciate it. I'm thrilled you enjoyed Pearls and Poison and had fun with Auntie KiKi, Reagan and the gang.