Thursday, April 9, 2015

Guest Post - Wrapped in Family - Review & Giveaway


Nothing better than friends and families and there are no families or friends closer than Southern families and friends. That’s especially true in Demise in Denim.

Mamma and KiKi were sisters. At birth the muses tangoed over auntie’s crib turning her into Savannah’s dance diva and they wrapped mamma in a blanket with little elephants resulting in this campaign and me getting the name Reagan.

Friendship means being there for each other when the chips are down, like when Walker Boone is wanted for murder.

            I looked at my ’57 red Chevy convertible parked at the curb. “Might as well put a target on my back trying to get away from the cops in this thing.”
           Reagan shoved her helmet at me. “Take Princess.”
          “A scooter? You want me to ride a pink scooter named Princess?”
            “Better than that being your nickname in the big house.”

And there are all kinds of friendships…friendships between guys…

                      Dawg,” Big Joey said to me as I slip onto a stool next to his, everyone in the place giving Joey space. “Know you’d show.”
          Big Joey was built like a Mac truck, muscles buffed to jet black, gold tooth, ponytail and main man of the Seventeenth Street gang...my former home and forever family. He was my brother in every sense of the word except parental commonality.

Friendships between girls…

                        Footsteps skittered across the floor over our heads and I tore up the steps, with Auntie KiKi right behind me. We turned the corner at the top and faced a big guy with alcohol-infused breath and wild-looking bloodshot eyes that I could make out even in the dark. The guy took a swing at me and missed. KiKi threw the rest of her martini in his face and I added an added a cocktail shaker uppercut to his jaw.
                       “I give up! I give up!” The guy stumbled back against the wall and slithered down to the floor as I switched on the hall lights.



So who’s always there for you? Who always has your back come hell or high water? Let me know and I’ll give away two Demise in Denim lunch totes from the answers.



Hugs, Duffy Brown



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Review 
Demise in Denim by Duffy Brown
The 5th Consignment Shop Mystery



I'm a stickler for reading book series in order. That being said, I don't always read the e-book only special editions that periodically pop up in a series. I did, however, read Dead Man Walker, an e-book short story released this February. (You can check out my review here.) I am so glad I did for the whole story of Demise in Denim started back in Dead Man Walker. We found our victim, got some suspects, learned some amazing truths, and found out why Boone is on the run! Plus we got the story from his point of view-a great way to discover what he's really thinking-especially about Reagan. So, although you can read Demise in Denim without reading Dead Man Walker, or indeed any of the previous books in the series, you'll really appreciate and get much more out of the book if you're up to date.

Now Duffy Brown really left me hanging at the end of Dead Man Walker and I was anxious to discover what would happen next. While I was, of course, interested in the mystery-who killed Conway Adkins-I was, and still am just as interested in the relationship between Reagan and Boone. The sparks between them, the will they/won't they combine to make one combustible book. To keep both police and killer, as well as the media away from Walker on the lam, Reagan pretends to hate him and wish him ill, which causes the ire of Walker's supporters, most of whom you'd rather not cross.

Demise in Denim is filled with Duffy's trademark humor and I laughed my way through Reagan's misadventures while rooting for Boone's name to be cleared so he can continue what he started at the end of Dead Man Walker.

Even though I am more focused on the relationship between Reagan and Boone, don't get the idea that there isn't a solid mystery here as well. Duffy Brown gives us a complex mystery with a multitude of suspects, all with great motive and some with evil intentions (aside from murder). There are red herrings and mysterious goings on all rolled up in a fast paced bundle of fun.

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Don't forget! Leave a comment on this post telling us who always has your back come hell or high water. along with your e-mail address no later than 11:59 pm Sunday, April 12, 2015 for a chance to at a lunch tote!

37 comments:

  1. I have a couple of friends (as well as my family) who have been great at supporting me. They are amazing! Thank you for a chance to win the cute lunch tote.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You are lucky to have such amazing friends. Thanks for stopping by. Hugs, Duffy

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  2. my husband would be that person, thanks for the chance
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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    1. You got a great guy there, Lisa. Lucky you. Thanks for chatting. Hugs, Duffy

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  3. I have a good friend who has been there since she and I were hired and waiting for our job assignments 34 years ago! We still talk often and meet for regular lunches, which turn into all day talks!
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  4. My oldest and best friend who has been like a sister to me when I was ill and through the years. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. What a fantastic friend. You are lucky indeed.

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  5. My sister whose support and devotion I know I can count on. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Great to have a sister like that. My kids are close too. Nothing better than family.

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  6. My husband absolutely has my back come hell or high water - we have been together since 1975 - I think that is a record for this day and age! kuzlin at aol.com

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    1. I was married for 36 years. Great to marry your best friend. :-)

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  7. My husband always has my back. rlepree(at)musfiber(dot)com Rachel

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  8. My hubby and my kids. Our youngest son and daughter held me up when my mom died and I had to bury her on my birthday they were there for me all the time. ourbutton@yahoo.com

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    1. I’m so sorry for your loss. Wonderful you have an amazing family to pull you through.

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  9. My hubby, kids and my sister in law who is also my best friend. They are all my rock.
    momzillasteel@gmail.com

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    1. A sister in law…lucky you!! Doesn’t al ways work that way. :-)

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  10. My husband, Pat and my kitty, Gunny. Lady.janel@hotmail.com

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    1. Oh, yes, the fur babies. Definitely a best friend.

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  11. Well that would be my DH who sometimes has a good laugh at my expense, and a friend. Once in a while, a complete stranger will step up for some small thing thats a big help.

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    1. We all have to laugh at live or we’d go nuts. And when a stranger lends a hand it’s fantastic…a little gift out of the blue.

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  12. My 85 year old dad would be first on the list then my husband and my son.
    MarshaMysteryreader@yahoo.com

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    1. Lucky you to still have your dad. Wonderful

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  13. My friend Krissy is always there when I need her!
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. Thanks for the review. Come hell or high water I know my daughter will always be there for me. She has always been one of the highest bright points in my life. robeader53@yahoo.com

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    1. Lucky you to have an amazing daughter

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  15. My family bonnijean(dot)marley(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. That would be my three best College Friends who I have gone through everything with for years now.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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    1. What fantasy college memories you must have. Wonderful that you are still friends.

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  17. My very best friend is my husband. He has my back thru good and bad. We have been together for 39 years.

    Bettyjo.English@gmail.com

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  18. I have a landlord, best friend, camping buddy, all around nice guy who has been in my life for 30 years

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  19. I have a landlord, best friend, camping buddy, all around nice guy who has been in my life for 30 years

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  20. My husband, best friend and camping pal always has my back!

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  21. My sister, my adult son, & at least one if nit two dear friends (friends more than 20 years). I'd have to call son for bail money becaus friends & sister would be in the pokey reliving the fun that landed us there!

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  22. I have 5 sisters. They've got my back.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  23. Congratulations BMJ and Anonymous! Random.org chose your comments to win the lunch totes. Be on the look out for an e-mail from me.

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