Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway: Demise in Denim by Duffy Brown

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 E-Book ASIN: B00LMGK5EM goodreads-badge-add-plus

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 

I love cozy mysteries and also love Savannah (I lived there as a child), so I was predisposed to enjoy Demise in Denim.

This book is the 4th in Duffy Brown's Consignment Shop Mystery series.  I have not read the earlier books in the series, and felt like I was missing some character background ... although I caught up and thoroughly enjoyed this read.

The story is fast-paced and told with lots of humor and sass.  Reagan is a fun protagonist, and I liked her relationship with Boone.  She even has a cute dog named Bruce Willis!

The details of the consignment shop were interesting, and the book made me a bit homesick for Savannah, with all the references to my favorite town.

The mystery moved quickly and kept me interested and engaged.  I look forward to reading the other books in this series, and would recommend Demise in Denim to cozy fans as well.

About This Author

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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Two lucky winners will win a Demise in Denim lunch tote.  This giveaway ends midnight on April 22.

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I received this book from Great Escapes Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. 

Book Blitz and Giveaway: The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman

The Truth About Jack
Release Date: 04/14/15
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Summary from Goodreads:
Dakota McCloud has just been accepted into a prestigious art school. Soon she'll leave behind the artists' colony where she grew up―hippie dad, tofu since birth, yurt―and join her boyfriend and best friend on the East Coast. It was the plan…until Dakota finds out her boyfriend and best friend hooked up behind her back.

Hurt and viciously betrayed, Dakota pours out her heart on a piece of paper, places it in a bottle, and hurls it into the ocean. But it doesn't quite go where she expects…

Jack Sauvage finds the bottle washed up on the shore and responds to Dakota's letter. Except what if his straight-laced life doesn’t jive with the free-spirited girl he’s only seen from afar? As Jack creates a persona he believes she’ll love, they slowly fall for each other with each new letter. Now Jack is trying to find a way to make this delicate, on-paper romance happen in real life…without revealing his deception.
About the Author
Jody Gehrman is a native of Northern California, where she can be found writing, teaching, reading, or obsessing over her three cats most days. She is also the author of ten novels and numerous award-winning plays. Her Young Adult novels include The Truth About Jack, Audrey's Guide to Black Magic, Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft, Babe in Boyland, Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty, and Triple Shot Bettys in Love. Babe in Boyland was optioned by the Disney Channel and won the International Reading Association's Teen Choice Award. Her adult novels are Bombshell, Notes from the Backseat, Tart, and Summer in the Land of Skin. Her plays have been produced in Ashland, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and L.A. She and her partner David Wolf won the New Generation Playwrights Award for their one-act, Jake Savage, Jungle P.I. She is a professor of English and Communication Studies at Mendocino College.
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