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Iced Chiffon (Consignment Shop Mystery #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,160 Ratings  ·  214 Reviews
There's always something to gossip about in Savannah, Georgia, and Reagan Summerside always seems to be in the middle of it. She's busy enough running her consignment shop, the Prissy Fox, with her vivacious auntie, KiKi, but now the gossip--and the sales--are about to pick up, after a gruesome discovery...

Reagan's messy divorce has left her with nothing but a run-down Vi
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Berkley
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Rarely do I give five stars to a debut novel because rarely do I feel the book is complete. Well, this is one of those that feels like the series has already become comfortable, reliable characters, interesting plot and more.

Author Duffy Brown is a force to contend with in mystery writing. She is a born story teller and I easily flew through the book, somewhat like running a chiffon scarf through my hands.

Reagan Summerside is in the midst of divorce fallout. All she kept was her home, Cherryhill
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge
I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more in the series. I liked Reagan and Boone and feel like there is something there. The Savannah setting was fun too. I was really excited because my suspect was guilty.
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to a messy divorce, Reagan Summerside is left broke and the center of gossip in Savannah, Georgia. All she has left is a broken down Victorian house and a collection of designer clothes. Desperately trying to get her feet back on the ground, she turns part of her home into a consignment shop called Prissy Fox featuring her collection of clothes. It doesn’t take long for her shop to be a success, but things take a nasty turn.

Her ex-husband’s young girlfriend turns up dead in the trunk of a
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
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 mur ...more
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.

The book is centered around Reagan who owns a consignment shop in Savannah, Georgia. Soon after the book starts her ex-husband is found dead in the back of the Lexus that was owned by her husband. Reagan's ex husband Hollis is accused of murder and Reagan decides to help prove his innocence.

I picked this book because I love Savannah, Georgia. I haven't read to many cozy mysteries. However if I was evaluating the genre just on this book not sure I would try another one.

My major issue
Cheryl Malandrinos
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am so kicking myself in the butt for not reading this book sooner. It is superb! I'm such a huge cozy mystery fan, and Duffy Brown has written one that has tons of unique characters, a great plot, and the charm of the South.

The author has set up the potential for a great series. Someone gets killed and the main character gets pulled into the investigation for one reason or another. There seems to be no end to the number of possible suspects. The danger increases as Reagan gets closer and close
Paula Hrbacek
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Iced Chiffon by Duffy Brown

Cozy Mystery
Penguin Publishers
$7.99 paperback
Sex level: politely stated references, but no love scenes
Five stars

Reagan Summerside is in a fix. She married the wrong man, a real estate agent named Hollis, who left her for a beautiful blonde nicknamed Cupcake. Low on funds, she is selling anything of value that is left after the divorce. Her neighbor, who wants to win the home and garden tour of Savannah GA, offers to buy her birdbath fountain, an elaborate work with lil
Feb 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
For about half the book, I thoroughly enjoyed Iced Chiffon; it's amusing and littered with quirky characters, though I get the sense I'd understand the jokes and behaviour a lot better if I wasn't a complete stranger to the Southern setting. Unfortunately it goes downhill rather fast from the halfway mark, when characters start to make "quirky" the understatement of the year and Reagan's idiotic attempts at "investigating" wear out their welcome.

Starting with the good:
Aunt Kiki and Reagan make a
This was such a fun read. It had me laughing out loud during a lot of its telling. The two main characters, Reagan and Aunt KiKI, are hilarious when they are together. I think Aunt KiKi is my favorite character out of the book. She is wonderful. The banter between Reagan and Walker was amusing as well. I liked how they were able to annoy and push each others buttons so will.

I think the actual story plot was a little off though, I didn't buy the fact, Reagan had to pay for her ex's lawyer. With
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a funny southern cozy mystery. First in the Consignment series. I just loved it! Duffy Brown has created some amazing characters especially Aunt KiKi. She is a hoot! Reagan went through a messy divorce and all she was let with was the run down old Victorian home and some designer clothes. Now her ex is accused of murdering his girlfriend and wants to sell the house to pay for his defense. Reagan who is almost penniless and does not want to lose the house decides to find the murderer so s ...more
May 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
I love murder mysteries, and the idea of one set in a consignment store in a Victorian house sounded great. Unfortunately, the store comes together by accident and doesn't really make a lot of sense. There were a lot of instances of spelling and grammar mistakes, which makes me think less of the book.

The identity of the murderer was someone I had suspected for a while, though that could be because I'm really into this genre. The ending only made me angry and left a great deal to be desired. I wo
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
We meet Reagan Summerside. She is divorced and hanging by a financial thread. Her former husband, Hollis, is the kind of guy who could slide under a door without opening it. He and his lawyer, Boone, left Reagan with not much except a run down house she loves. And he has a girl friend who helped end the marriage, Janelle - the Cupcake.

Janelle is murdered, and Hollis is arrested and wants to sell the house in order to pay his attorney's fees.

As a form of self defense, Reagan decides she must find
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
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Connie N.
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very cute. I particularly liked the main characters--Reagan, Auntie Kiki, and Boone. All were fun and amusing and appealing in their own ways. Reagan is poor (because of her ex-husband's divorce lawyer and prenup) who offhandedly gets involved in a consignment business when some people stop by her elegant Savannah fixer-upper and find some of her left over fancy clothes and want to buy them. Auntie Kiki lives next door and is always ready for some excitement when she's not teaching salsa dancing ...more
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you like reading about the antics of "southern belles" than you will love Iced Chiffon. Reagan is recently divorced from Hollis and still fighting to keep her house when the ex-husbands new fiance is killed, leaving Hollis at the prime suspect.

What follows is a rollicking good time. Reagan decides she needs to clear Hollis because he hasn't yet signed her house over to her, and if he goes to trial the bills will have to be paid, using her house! Reagan is a bit of a chicken and a fairly visib
Westminster Library
This is the first book in the consignment shop mystery. It is a funny and adventurous story with a cast of eccentric Southern characters. To save her home Reagan Summerside has to solve the murder and free her ex-husband. The shenanigans Reagan goes through are the meat of the story.

A quote I enjoyed from the book: “I suppose it’s like Cher said: There is no such thing as bad publicity.” “Cher said that?” “She would have if she’d thought of it first.”

Find Iced Chiffon at the Westminster Public
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This is a really cute cozy, with a Southern feel to it!
It’s set in Savannah, Georgia with lots of Southern flair and personality! Reagan has just opened a Consignment store in her home…(she recently went through a divorce and she had some bills to pay,).. she loves her home and wants to continue living there.. But her challenges are getting more complex, when she helps to solve a Murder.
I find her Aunt Kiki really charming (Kiki’s quotes from Cher are so cute! ) If you like books about the So
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the first in the Consignment series- It is great- funny- so very southern- and I loved every word. I can't wait for the sequel next month
Linda Langford at Chatting About Cozies
I really enjoyed this cozy mystery!! All the characters were great!! Just downloaded the next book in the series...Killer in Crinolines.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a great first-in-series. There are so many wonderful - and quirky - characters. Reagan is feisty, Kiki is a hoot, BW is just so huggable... the list goes on. The mystery was great, with so many suspects and so many interesting things learned.
❂ Jennifer
Jul 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
In spite of several things being fundamentally wrong with this story, and the fact that I nailed the murderer almost from the start, I enjoyed this book.

First what I didn't like:
The story is about a woman just coming out of her divorce who gets nothing except her house. He ex has yet to sign over his half of the house to her, so when he's arrested for murder he claims he's going to force her to sell the house to pay his legal fees. Now, I've been divorced in Georgia and the agreement for house w
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Read for Fun/Book Club/Dewey's (Paperback)
Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.75

First Thought When Finished: This was just too much fun! :)

Story Thoughts: What a freaking romping good time! I seriously giggled for most of Iced Chiffon. This was a case of someone hitting rock bottom and saying I am not going to put up with anymore. If that means finding the real killer to get her ex-louse of a husband out of jail so she can keep her house (the one unresolved item from their
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I'm always excited when I find a great new cozy series, and this is just such a find. Setting of Savannah, Georgia is terrific, with real places and descriptions that I fondly remember from visits there myself. The characters are so typically southern that I feel I'm back there again. Our main character, Reagan Summerside, has just come out on the loosing side of a divorce. All she has left is the partially renovated old Victorian home that she loves, and a wardrobe full of lovely clothes she'll ...more
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: substance-books
Such a good read!! I'm ecstatically waiting for the second book in this series to come out. I loved the characters in this book - every last one of them even Cupcake. Savannah, Bruce Willis and Cherry House all came to life and brought their own personalities to the table. I was honestly guessing up until the last page and I was surprised more than once of the turn of events.
I loved Reagan. She was tenacious and snarky -- the perfect mix of sweet and sour. I took my time reading this book becau
Danielle Gonzalez
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I stumbled on this book in the library when I was looking for a Laura Childs mystery. This is the first book in this series. Reagan is recently divorced from her husband and left to fend for herself financially. She begins to sell her designer clothing out of her home. As news of her 'store' spreads like wildfire she turns her parlor into a consignment shop. Meanwhile, the floozy that her husband left her for ends up dead in the trunk of her husband's car. When Reagan is borrowing the car to del ...more
Apr 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies
I forgot I read this book and never rated it. There isn't much to say other than this is just a mediocre cozy mystery with some pretty major plot holes. This author must not know that infidelity makes a prenup void, so there's that. There is also the fact that lawyers do not investigate crimes, and they can't take payment by way of someone's house when it's the only thing they got in the divorce settlement, thanks to the lawyer himself. Why, if it has been two years as she states at some point, ...more
Apr 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I found Iced Chiffon to be an enjoyable read for the most part, but as often happens, the quirky behaviors and short-sighted, half-baked actions of the characters begin to wear thin.

The consignment shop setting is what caught my attention but it develops by accident and without any effort by the Reagan, the main character. It is actually a side-bar to the story since the action takes place everywhere but there!

As for the obligatory budding romance, it wasn't really there. There is however, inten
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good freshman effort. I enjoyed the characters and love the relationship between Reagan and her crazy aunt KiKi. I guessed the culprit early on. Sometimes that happens.

Some good points:
1. No love triangle!
2. Reagan is trying hard to pick up the pieces and move on after her divorce.
3. Reagan doesn't seem to have a bitter, hostile relationship with her ex.
4. Love the southern location (Savannah) and the way these locals talk.
5. Reagan took in a stray dog that took residence under
Yvonne Taylor
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was a lot of fun. Man can Reagan Summerside get into trouble. Throw in Walker Boone, Aunt Kiki
and a handful of suspects, and there are tons of laughs.
When Reagan's ex-husband is arrested for murder, he tells Reagan that they are going to have to sell her
loved house (the only thing she received in their divorce) in order to pay for his lawyer Walker Boone. She is mortified, so she decides she is going to find out who in Savannah, Georgia has murdered the blackmailing Cupcake, to keep fr
Oct 12, 2012 rated it liked it
The story was amusing and entertaining. If you're looking for something to read while sitting around waiting for your appointment, this will do.
I like consignment shops, old Victorian fixer-uppers, loving Aunties who bring over cups of good, hot coffee and though I've never visited Savannah, Georgia, I just know that I would love it. All those things and a few more are in this story. I can easily see this becoming a television series...Mary Jo from Designing Women meets Auntie Mame and the Baldw
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