I hope you have enjoyed the weekly Iced Chiffon giveaways. Jeanine E. is the Week #9 Winner!! I couldn’t wait to get my own copy in my hands. It was fun to get to know a bit about the characters in advance. I also think I need to shop in more stores like Reagan’s . I wonder if I could find some wonderful treasures too! The book itself is a treasure!!
I am so happy that Duffy is here today! The series takes place in Savannah, Georgia. That city is full of treasures. Duffy is going to tell us about a few. Please help me welcome her to Escape With Dollycas today!!
I love Savannah, visit there a lot of times and did a ton of research on the place when I wrote Iced Chiffon. Things like what streets are one way, how many squares are there, and is the Pirate House really haunted?
One of the things I love researching the most is the food! Eating my way across Savannah is a delicious, lip-smacking, calorie-overload adventure. Is there anything more delicious than Southern cooking?
You can have your sushi and broiled skinless/boneless chicken breast but give me a good old pork something-or-other anytime. I read somewhere that there are two religions down South…Baptist and Barbecue. This is where the pork comes in, a cookout over a hardwood fire. Pulled, shredded, chopped, diced or sliced, it’s all pure heaven.
Then there’re the pies. Lord have mercy, pies! My Kentucky mother in-law taught me to make crust that crumbles if you look at it sideways. And the filling… I have a pecan pie recipe that makes grown men cry, a peach cobbler recipe bequeathed to my eldest daughter and a sweet potato pie recipe that Paula Deen’s broken into my house twice now trying to swipe.
Some of my friends just don’t get it. North food, South food, what’s the difference? Lots! Here’s a list and you tell me if it’s on a Northern grocery list or a Southern one. First off there’s the grocery itself…just try and find a Winn Dixie or Piggly-Wiggly in New Jersey.
Bagels or hush puppies, granola bars or bread pudding, soft pretzels or jambalaya, baguette or grits, penne or grits, 12-inch Italian sausage or grits. You get the idea.
So what about you? What is your favorite Southern dish? Is there one passed down in the family or one you found in an old Southern Living magazine in your doctor’s office? Share the good food! I’ll give away three Iced Chiffon totes from the answers. Yummmmm!
Thank you so much for stopping by today Duffy!!! Now I am so hungry!! I hope you will come back often!!
(A Consignment Shop Mystery)
Brand New Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (October 2, 2012)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Cover Illustration by Julia Green
Cover Design by Diana Kolsky
Reagan’s messy divorce has left her with nothing but fixer upper Victorian home and a bunch of designer clothes. She needs to make a living so she turns her first floor into a consignment shop and starts out selling her own wardrobe. She starts to think things may turn out o.k. until she borrows her ex’s Lexus and finds his new girlfriend dead in the trunk. Of course her ex is the prime suspect and expects Reagan to sell the house to pay his attorney, Walker Boone. Reagan decides to find the murderer herself before Boone to keep the attorney’s costs to the bare minimum. Turns out her customers give her much more than their old clothes to sell. “They have information more precious than a vintage Louis Vuitton” that can help her solve the case and save her house.
This is a fantastic debut!!
It is outrageously funny with larger than life characters.
Reagan has the worse possible luck and she gets herself in situations that reminded me of Lucille Ball in I Love Lucy. The very best intentions always seem to just go wrong.
Aunt Kiki is Reagan’s perfect cohort in this crazy investigation. Aunt Kiki was a roadie on one of Cher’s tours and at times I believe she still thinks she is on tour and Cher is her best friend. For example: Cher says “If you really want something, you can figure out how to make it happen.” While Cher wasn’t an actual character, Kiki quotes her often, so much you almost think she may appear right there is Savannah. Maybe in a future story 🙂
Elsie and AnnieFritz are a hoot, think Mrs. Kravitz from the old Bewitched television show. They just have to know everyone’s business and what they don’t hear around the neighborhood they pick up at funerals. Elsie and AnnieFritz are professional mourners.
At times I thought Walker Boone was sweet but then I just wanted to slap him. The jury is still out on him for me.
How could I not fall for a pup named Bruce Willis? They perfect pet for Reagan as long as she keeps his favorite treats handy.
I hope the author sent a copy of this book to Cher and another to Bruce Willis. I know they would both enjoy the way their personas were used in this story!
I don’t know exactly why but this story reminded me of the old sitcoms I liked to watch but in a modern day setting. Maybe Hollywood should be scoping out the current cozy mysteries for new sitcom ideas.
This story truly is a perfect escape, I loved it! I didn’t want to leave Savannah. I guess I will just have to wait for the next installment. Write fast Duffy!!!
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