by Duffy Brown, author of Iced Chiffon
When Reagan Summerside is asked to make an emergency bowtie delivery to Magnolia Plantation for a wedding, she finds the groom face-down in five-tiers of icing and fondant, a cake knife in his back and her good friend and local UPS driver accused of the murder. Can Reagan find the real killer without winding up in the local swamp as alligator meat? Will Walker Boone, pain-in-the ass attorney and once-upon-a-time gang member, help her out or feed her to the alligators himself?
**Facedown in five-tiers of icing and fondant a dead groom leads to wedding chaos for the bride, the bff and the hotshot attorney.
Berkley Prime Crime
Consignment: Murder series
-Iced Chiffon Oct, '12
-Killer in Crinolines May '13
Thank you to Duffy for her fabulous giveaway of totebags to three lucky folks!
And here are some delightful words from the author herself....
I love Savannah, visited there a lot of times and did a ton of research on the place when I wrote Iced Chiffon. Things like what streets are one way, how many squares are there, and is the Pirate House really haunted?
One of the things I love researching the most is the food! Eating my way across Savannah is a delicious, lip-smacking, calorie-overload adventure. Is there anything more delicious than Southern cooking?
You can have your sushi and broiled skinless/boneless chicken breast but give me a good old pork something-or-other anytime. I read somewhere that there are two religions down South...Baptist and Barbecue. This is where the pork comes in, a cookout over a hardwood fire. Pulled, shredded, chopped, diced or sliced, it’s all pure heaven.
Then there’re the pies. Lord have mercy, pies! My Kentucky mother-in-law taught me to make crust that crumbles if you look at it sideways. And the filling… I have a pecan pie recipe that makes grown men cry, a peach cobbler recipe bequeathed to my eldest daughter and a sweet potato pie recipe that Paula Deen’s broken into my house twice now trying to swipe.
Some of my friends just don’t get it. North food, South food, what’s the difference? Lots! Here’s a list and you tell me if it’s on a Northern grocery list or a Southern one. First off there’s the grocery itself…just try and find a Winn Dixie or Piggly-Wiggly in New Jersey.
Bagels or hush puppies, granola bars or bread pudding, soft pretzels or jambalaya, baguette or grits, penne or grits, 12-inch Italian sausage or grits. You get the idea.
So what about you? What is your favorite Southern dish? Is there one passed down in the family or one you found in an old Southern Living magazine in your doctor’s office? Share the good food! I’ll give away three Iced Chiffon totes from the answers. Yummmmm!
Please leave your response AND e-mail address in the comments section. Giveaway is for readers in the U.S. and Canada. Names will be drawn on May 18, 2013.