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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Spotlight Saturday: Guest Post and Giveaway with Duffy Brown, author of Killer in Crinolines

Hi, everyone!

Welcome to another edition of Spotlight Saturday at Darlene's Book Nook, where we feature authors and their books!

We will be joined today by Duffy Brown.

About Duffy:

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, her license plate is Sherlock and she conjures up who-done-it stories of her very own for Berkley Prime Crime. Duffy’s Consignment Shop Mystery series is set in Savannah and the Cyclepath Mysteries are set on Mackinac Island. Duffy writes romance as Dianne Castell and is a USA Today bestselling author.

Welcome to Darlene's Book Nook, Duffy!

Duffy has written a guest post, so I will now turn the floor over to her!

North vs South…the best food-fight of all 
by Duffy Brown

I’m a foodie. Guess that’s why I’m on a forever diet. Didn’t say I kept it, just that I was on it.

I live in Cincinnati, where North meets South…or North is separated from South, depending on your point of view. If it’s fireworks over the Ohio River or rooting for the Cincinnati Reds, we meet. If it’s food…not so much. For example, in Cincy we get iced tea. If we cross the Ohio River, a whopping one-minute drive away, we get sweet tea. You can’t get sweet tea in Cincy. Ask for it at a restaurant and they hand you a packet of sugar.

In Cincy we grill. Over there, they have a cookout. Cincy does steaks and brats and this stuff called goetta (we’re just a little bit German, you see.) On the other side it’s barbecued pork that’s shredded, diced, sliced or pulled.

My mother used Crisco back-in-the-day; my husband’s mother had pan drippings on her stove. I ate pasta and Dave had grits. My vegetables were green beans and zucchini, Dave had fried green tomatoes, corn pudding and mint Julep (hey, that’s green, right).

I never did convince Dave that grits is not a food-group unto itself and praline pecan pie truly is not a breakfast food. When we married we always had hush puppies for Sunday dinner and Moon Pies are still in the snack drawer. Sushi is and always will be bait, granola is squirrel food, bone suckin’ sauce is what his daddy put on the ribs, and no, Dave, a spice rack is not my thirty-six Bs.

The Ohio River is not very wide, I mean people swim across the thing. My mother-in-law made the best fried chicken on earth and her sweet potato pie was to die for. My mom made a great spaghetti sauce and the only thing fried was an egg and that goetta stuff.

The first thing my mother asked me about Dave when she thought we were getting serious was How much does he make. The first thing my mother-in-law asked Dave was Who did you say her daddy was. My father followed the NFL, Dave’s daddy was NASCAR. I was taught to mind my own business, Dave was taught to mind his manners. You get the picture.

I’d like to think that our marriage is a blending of North and South. Our kids mind their manners and their own business but Moon Pies, peach cobbler and fried chicken are the foods of the gods. Pasta and granola never stood a chance.

So what about you? Where do you live? Are you Northern cuisine or Southern good-cooking? What’s your favorite dish and where did you get the recipe?

Thanks so much for joining us today, Duffy!

About the Book:

SERIES: Consignment Shop Mystery, Book #2
AUTHOR: Duffy Brown
FORMAT: Paperback, 320 pages
ISBN: 9780425252154


Reagan Summerside finds the groom face-down in five-tiers of icing and fondant, a cake knife in his back and her BFF and local UPS driver accused of the murder. Can Reagan nail the real killer without winding up in the local swamp as alligator meat? Will the pain-in-the ass attorney and once-upon-a-time gang member, help her out or feed her to the alligators himself?

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Two lucky winners will win Killer in Crinoline tote bags! Unfortunately, Duffy's beloved feline - Dr. Watson - is not included :(


To enter the giveaway, you must complete the Rafflecopter entry form below.

The giveaway is open to Canada/US mailing addresses only and will close at 12:00 AM CST on May 18, 2013.


  1. im from the south so love southern cooking. my favorite food is chicken and sausage gumbo and I use my dads recipe


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    2. A family recipe!! Is there anything better! I have a spaghetti sauce from my grandma and it is so delish. And cookie recipes from my mom. Cherish them all.

  2. When I was a child, it was a mix of GermanicEuropean food and basic American, when I hit my teens, my parents had incorporated food from everywhere, China, South America etc. I continue to eat and cook a wide variety of foods. Favorite dish is beef goulash from my grandfather's family recipe. It's kind of like Texas chili, all meat, no other veggies except onion.

    1. Texas chili is amazing. That your parents got you into so many new foods is terrific. I don't think I had anything Asian till I was an adult. Not fair!

  3. I have roots on both sides of the Mason Dixen line. I'm a fairly accomplished cook and can do anything from a Yankee Pot Roast to Southern Fried Chicken and Chicken fried steak with red eye gravy.

    1. Honey, you can cook for me anything!! :-)
      It all sounds terrific.

  4. I'm from Alberta Canada and I have grown up in a French commumnity. So i basically grew up with French cooking (lots of butter). Over the years my taste has grown and I definately consider myself a foodie now.
    Anyway my favorite recipe is a Meat sauce recipe that my mom has made for my my whole life. It is not your typical meat sauce. It only has meat and sauce lol. But it also has spices like allspice and cloves so its really unique and its definately an acquired taste if you didnt grow up on it but its my fave :D

    1. Oh, Meagan, that sounds soooo good. Your mom is one terrific cook. I don't think I appreciated how good a cook my mom was till I started doing it on my own. LOL

  5. Anyone wanting Killer in Crinoline goodies email and I'll send you along a packet.
    Thanks for chatting. Wonderful meeting you all.

  6. I am from Indiana. I love Southern cooking. My favorite dish is chicken rice casserole and I got the recipe from the internet.

  7. I am from Vancouver, BC, Canada. I grew up with Greek parents so the majority of dishes at home were Greek. My husband is from Jamaica and he is an amazing cook so I would say that my favorite dish is Stewed Chicken and Dumplings.

  8. I'm from Alberta, Canada. Both my parents were from Europe but since my mom was from Hungary and she did all the cooking we enjoyed a lot of Hungarian food. My favorite was Chicken Paprikash.


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