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 Victorian and a bunch of designer clothes. Strapped for cash, Reagan makes use of the two things she has left, turning the first floor of her home into a consignment shop and filling it with the remnants of her rich-wife wardrobe.
Thanks to his cunning lawyer Walker Boone, her ex got everything else, including the Lexus—not to mention a young blond cupcake. When Reagan finds the cupcake dead in the Lexus, she’s determined to beat Boone to finding the murderer. As it turns out, the gossip fiends flooding Reagan’s shop will give her a lot more than just their unwanted clothes—they have information more precious than a vintage Louis Vuitton…
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (October 2, 2012)
- ISBN: 9780425251607
- AMAZON US
Duffy Brown loves anything with a mystery. While others girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, Duffy longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. She has two cats, Spooky and Dr. Watson, and conjures up who-done-it stories of her very own for Berkley Prime Crime. Iced Chiffon, out October, 2012, is the first in the Consignment: Murder series. Killer in Crinolines is scheduled May, 2013. Duffy writes romance as Dianne Castell and is a USA Today bestselling author.
SPECIAL POST FROM DUFFY BROWN
Hi, Freda! Wonderful being here. Thanks for having me.
Anything to save a buck!
I don’t know about your house but money flies out of mine. I look at my checking account and think… You got to be kidding. How can life be so expensive? It doesn’t, I reasoned. There must be ways to save money. So I asked the one who knows all…Google.
Don’t throw those old candles out, Google declared. Reuse. If the wick is sunk down inside, no problem. You don’t have to buy expensive long matches but use spaghetti. Brilliant I thought...till the spaghetti turned black, curled up, fell apart and singed a hole in my new white tablecloth. Savings: $4 candle. Expense: $45 for a new tablecloth.
But I’m a persistent cuss and continued on. There was the drying off the razors suggestion so they’d last longer except I sliced straight though a new bath towel. I tried the five-minuet shower that only let me shave one leg per night. If wearing pants it was okay but come shorts season things got a little…hairy.
Running my washer with only full loads left me with pink bra and panties. Looking for the cheapest gas cost me more than paying the few extra cents per gallon to get to the cheap gas and using it made my car splutter, stall, and backfire. Entertainment for the neighborhood.
Hair is really expensive to take care of. I used cheap shampoo and till mine turned into a Brillo pad. For a year I even tried to cut my own hair resulting in a lot of wearing of hats and scarves. Do you know how hard it is to hold a mirror and cut the back of your hair? Then there was the time I highlighted my daughter’s hair golden-orange and paid two-hundred bucks to get it fixed.
I do coupons except mine are always for another size or type. I tried marked-down meat and wound up with a spoiled roast for my daughter’s birthday. Nothing says Happy Birthday like a smelly pork roast!
The one place I’ve been successful in saving a buck is consignment shopping. I visited the Snooty Fox so much they finally offered me a job! I even wrote a cozy mystery series based on a consignment shop. I’ve gotten some amazing deals at the Snooty Fox. Designer sweaters and pants for ten bucks. Leather boots for eight. I even splurged and got a mint-condition Gucci bag for sixty-five dollars. Like I could afford Gucci from the mall!
So what do you do to save a buck? What is the best deal you’ve ever scored? Where is your fav place to shop for deals? Or do you have a list of good-intention ideas that have gone bad like I do?
I have four Iced Chiffon totes and goodies to give away from the comments.
Thanks for chatting!