Thursday 15 March 2018

Lethal in Old Lace (Consignment Shop Mystery #5) by Duffy Brown

Lethal in Old Lace (Consignment Shop Mystery #5)
Reagan Summerside returns in national bestselling author Duffy Brown’s fifth Consignment Shop mystery, now for the first time in hardcover.

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.

Reagan has her doubts, however, and begins to look into the strange phenomenon. But then something even stranger happens: a body winds up in the sisters’ pink Caddy. The evidence begins to pile up and the suspicious case of Willie Fishbine, who swindled the sisters out of a fortune and coincidentally died prior to the Pines case, is reopened.

Not wanting Willie to be buried until they can find the killer responsible for the murders, Reagan must catch the culprit in time to walk down the aisle. Witty, fabulous, and full of charm, Lethal in Old Lace is perfect for fans of Ellery Adams and Jenn McKinlay.
   (Summary via Goodreads)

FUN !!!  Fun, Fun, and More Fun !!!!

Lethal in Old Lace is the fifth book in the Consignment Shop Mystery series by Duffy Brown and the best word to describe it is FUN !!  

I am new to the Consignment Shop Mystery series with Lethal in Old Lace being the first in the series that I have read.  However, that didn't matter.  As soon as I started reading Lethal in Old Lace, I felt right at home with Reagan and her crew in Savannah.  I had no problem keeping up with Reagan as she walked, ran or scootered around town following dead people......  It seems that Reagan is a magnet for dead people and it also seems that that is kind of the norm around town.  Even though she tries her hardest to stay clear of dead people and the problems that come with them, it doesn't matter.  She ends up in the middle of things and everyone is looking at her to resolve and solve the issues.

Even though in Lethal in Old Lace all Reagan wants to do is enjoy her engagement to her sexy, lawyer boyfriend, Boone Walker, she cannot turn away from her neighbors and friends, the Fritzs' sisters when they are arrested for murder !!  Everyone in town knows that the sisters are uncapable of hurting anyone but it's a hard case to prove when the body of Bonnie Sue McGrath is found poorly buried in the sisters' garden.  And this is just after the passing of another resident, Willie Fishbine, of Sleepy Pines Retirement Center.  

Things seem off with these two deaths so of course Reagan with the help of her Auntie KiKi does some investigating of her own.  As she runs around town looking into these two deaths, she finds herself promising eveyone from the bus driver to the local cop to the coroner a place in her wedding party..... All this so she can marry the man of her dreams ???  Well that and solve the two murders !!!

From Reagan naming her oversized purse and wedding dress when she finally finds the time to shop for one, to the relationship she has with Boone and her Auntie KiKi,  to the crazy way everyone acts and talks and back to Reagan running around all flows throughout the book and you cannot help but laugh and love this quirky little town......  I for one will be visiting whenever I get the chance.....

Review by Missi S.


  1. Thanks Cozy Mystery Book Reviews for this amazing review of Lethal In Old Lace!!!!!! So glad you had fun with Reagan, Auntie KiKi and the Savannah gang! Your enthusiasm and sure made my day!
    Hugs, Duffy