Author: Duffy Brown
Series: A Consignment Shop Mystery #5
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: March 13, 2018
Description: There are two social functions in Savannah guaranteed to get people talking: weddings and funerals. And just as consignment shop owner Reagan Summerside agrees to marry the hunky Walker Boone, her neighbors, sisters Annie Fritz and Elsie Abbot, step up their business as professional mourners. They are so successful that the Sleepy Pines Retirement Center has hired them as a part of their retirement package. But the celebration over good business is cut short when the residents at Pines suddenly begin dying at an alarming rate. And the sisters are the first suspects.
I will start out by saying I love this series and I am so happy to have a new installment. It has been awhile since the last book because the author changed publishers. When I opened the first page and began to read, it felt like coming home to visit old friends.
Opening a Consignment Shop mystery by Duffy Brown is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, brighten your day and keep you entertained. This series, in my opinion, has some of the best characters in the cozy mystery genre. The characters are all well written, have depth, wit and humor. Reagan, Aunt Kiki and the Judge just depict what I imagine of modern southern women - intelligence, wit, style, humor and charm. And as the cherry on top of the sundae, we get what I think most readers were hoping for - a wedding between Boone Walker and Reagan. Let's face it, Boone Walker is the perfect husband for Reagan; he has the patience for her sleuthing along with its trouble and has the skill to spring her from jail when/if needed. The perfect qualities in a husband for Reagan Summerside.
The mystery is well crafted with plenty of suspects to choose from as well as twists and turns that will keep you guessing. Even though Reagan has sworn off any more dead bodies now that she is engaged, the corpses didn't get the message and once again she sets out to save some beloved friends. There are plenty of suspects to choose from as well as potential new victims - especially once Aunt Kiki checks into Sleepy Pines. The story is fast paced and keeps the reader on their toes with a climatic ending that will cement Bruce Willis as the perfect dog for Reagan and Boone.
If you are a fan of this author and/or series, don't miss this book. You will not be disappointed. I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher, Crooked Lane Books, through Netgalley.