Monday, April 13, 2015

Southern Sayings by Duffy Brown, Author of Demise in Denim, and a #Review & #Giveaway

Duffy Brown is here on Sapphyria's Book Reviews today!!

Please give a warm welcome to one of my favorite cozy mystery authors!!

Southern Sayings by Duffy Brown:

I do declare

I live in Cincy  but sort of moved to the South when I started to write the Consignment Shop Mysteries. With the books set in Savannah I had to suddenly start thinking and living like my characters. I guess I’m a bit of a method writer just like there are method actors. I have to live the part I’m writing about to make it real.

The first thing I did was acquire a taste for sweet tea. Sweet tea is big…huge…in the South and with Cincinnati being north of the Ohio River the only sweet tea we get is if you add your own sugar. Another Southern essential is fried okra. I got out my Southern Living cookbook and found the recipe. I don’t think I’ll win any prizes for the dish but it’s a start.

Other way I had to adjust are that I no longer carry Chapstick in the back pocket of my jeans but now wear lipstick every-single-day-of-my-life-no-matter-what-and-no-matter-where-I'm-going. And I have poof hair. Not more straight hair. Think Betty White with her finger in a socket

I’ve turned the thermostat to 80 and my thick wool sweaters are relegated to the back of my closet and I’ve  made room for light cottony cardigans. I have a front porch so I put a white rocking chair on it and as far as my speech goes my family thinks I’m crazy as a June bug.

Some of the Southern sayings I’ve tired out with limited success here in Ohio are…

Oh! Bless your heart..." My kids think this is sort of adorable but actually this expression is commonly used when Southerners need an excuse for speaking ill of someone. Example- "She's as ugly as a mud fence, bless her heart." Even though the line was an insult it is made better by showing that you, in a way, feel sorry for the person.

And of course there’s Well Butter my butt and call me a biscuit. The fam thought I’d hit the vodka when I tried this one.

She looked like she’d been ridden hard and put away wet. Actually I’ve used this one a lot all my life. That’s what I get from living so close to the Kentucky border.

He could sell a Popsicle to a lady wearing white gloves. Meaning the individual is so good at persuasion that he could talk his way into anything. The sales lady at Macy’s ran when I tried this one.

You can't get blood from a turnip. Meaning you can't get something from someone who doesn't have it. My accountant got this one right off the bat.

Madder than a wet hen and  He's like a bull in a china shop and Cute as a bug’s ear. I’ve used these for years too so the fam didn’t blink an eye when I started working them into the conversation.

We were just sittin' around chewin' the fat. The kids told me I needed more veggies and fruit and forget the fat

Don't count your chickens before they hatch. I used this one on my nextdoor neighbor and she was tickled pink she’d be getting fresh eggs

She was all over him like white on rice. I used this one on my other next door neighbor and  she smacked her husband upside the head.

You can't see the forest for the trees. Is another one I’ve used tons but my new favorite is Easy as sliding off a greasy log backwards.

So, now that you’re sittin’ here chewin' the fat with me what are some of you favorite sayings? You never know when they just might pop up in the Consignment Shop Mysteries. I’ll give away two  Demise in Denim lunch totes from the answers. Thanks for playing along.
Go whole hog today and have yourself a mighty fine time.

Hugs, Duffy Brown

Book Information:

Demise in Denim
A Consignment Shop Mystery, 4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425274705

About Demise in Denim:

It’s springtime in Savannah, Georgia, in the newest Consignment Shop Mystery from the national bestselling author of Pearls and Poison. The azaleas and magnolias are in bloom—and Walker Boone is on the run. . .

When Reagan Summerside turned the first floor of her old Victorian home into a consignment shop, she never imagined she’d be harboring a fugitive in her attic. But after a dead man is found in a bathtub and local lawyer Walker Boone is accused of doing the dirty deed, she suddenly has a new houseguest.

Having the lawyer who took her to the cleaners in her divorce settlement—and who has been getting under her skin ever since—in close proximity is enough to drive Reagan to distraction. For the sake of her sanity—and Walker’s freedom—they need to put their heads together to find out who is trying to get the lawyer out of the picture . . .

My Review:

My Review of Book 1, Iced Chiffon, can be found HERE!

My Review of Book 2, Killer in Crinolines, can be found HERE!

My Review of Book 3, Pearls and Poison, can be found HERE!

My Review of Book 3.5, Dead Man Walker, can be found HERE!

Just a note: Dead Man Walker, book 3.5 is only available as an e-version. It's pretty important to make sure you read this installment prior to starting Demise in Denim. Dead Man Walker sets the stage for book 4.

The murder of a prominent Savannah citizen in his own home has the residents on edge...especially when fingers get pointed toward hunky attorney, Walker Boone, as the killer. Very few people believe that a former gang member turned successful attorney is responsible. Everyone knows that he could orchestrate a hit on someone and walk away without as much as a piece of dust that could point toward him. The murder and it's setting smells of a set up but who did the deed and why blame Boone?

After leaving Reagan a dopey mess after giving her the toe curling kiss of a lifetime, Boone hits the bricks - and Reagan commandeers his Chevy and takes it for a joy ride. You know things are bad when Reagan is trusted behind the wheel of Boone's vintage beauty. Now Reagan and her sidekick du jour (sometimes Aunt Kiki, sometimes not) have to find the real murderer before Boone is found and convicted.

The laundry list of potential suspects continues to grow as Reagan begins meddling into the affairs of several people in town; residents or not. What is the reason behind setting up Boone to take the fall? Could it be the deceased man's son? The out-of-towner wanting to purchase historical buildings for nefarious goings on? The jealous member of the Plantation Club that's been wanting the Presidential position that has been held by the dead man? This is just the beginning and as Reagan continues her hunt for clues and killers, she may just get more than she bargained for.

Plus, the sneaky gold-digger twins are up to no good. Their geriatric husbands are suspiciously absent, causing Reagan to suspect foul play. And then the women do the if Reagan wasn't already struggling....

The Consignment Shop Mysteries by Duffy Brown are spectacular and always keep me anticipating the next book. Demise in Denim does not disappoint. The story lines are always well thought out and perfectly executed. There is humor tossed in for good measure - I love Reagan's one liners and Aunt Kiki's melodramatic episodes. She always has Reagan's back, however, and they make a great duo.   Reagan is snarky, funny, and very enjoyable. Her love/hate relationship with Walker Boone is written so well.  Their banter is witty, flirty, and in Demise in Denim, evolves into something else.

Duffy is an excellent writer and I've loved everything she's written.  Her cozy mystery novels (the Consignment Shop Mysteries and the Cycle Path Mysteries) are completely engaging from the first page.  The character development is well paced and really, by book 2 we get to know Boone and Blondie so well.  Reading about them is like being right there in Savannah with them.

I'm a big fan of cozy mysteries - they are one of my favorite genres, in fact - and all of Duffy's books fit into this genre quite nicely. No sex, no language issues, no gory details, very little violence.

Review copy courtesy of the publisher, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:

Purchase Links:

Amazon: Demise in Denim (A Consignment Shop Mystery)
Book Depository
Google Play

Additional Praise:

Demise in Denim
by Duffy Brown

This series is filled with eccentric characters that will make you laugh out loud and it is set in a great location, Savannah, Georgia. I cannot wait for more in the Consignment Shop Mysteries.

Meet Duffy:

While others girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, Duffy Brown longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. Today she conjures up who-done-it stories for Berkley Prime Crime and has two series, the national bestselling Consignment Shop mysteries set in Savannah and the Cycle Path Mysteries on Mackinac Island.

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Duffy Brown said...

Wow, Sapphyria, thanks so much for the terrific review. I truly appreciate it. I so love Savannah…the people, the food, the homes and buildings and did I mention the food? Thanks for having me as a gust post. Hugs, Duffy

Sapphyria said...

You're very welcome. The books you write are worth each and every star I give them, too :)