Bootleg, Babes and Bodies at Duffy’s Speakeasy

Barbara Vey -- June 5th, 2012


Hi, it’s joysann here.

When the Ravioli, Manicotti, Cannelloni and Pepperoni Families, et al, meet up for a Mystery Dinner at the hottest juice joint in town, it’s going to be murder. Sixty or so early attendees visiting Cincinnati, Ohio, for the Annual Reader & Author Get-Together were invited to author Duffy Brown‘s home on Thursday for a fun-filled evening, playing their roles and trying to figure out “whodunnit”.

Hoochie Coochie Cannelloni (author Keri Stevens) rouged her knees and danced to all that jazz



Gangsters and flappers and counterfeit money galore kept the action going while guys and dolls searched for clues and shared their secrets. It was great entertainment for everyone involved, even though the end of the outdoor party was a bit rushed when the thunder and rain blew in. Duffy and her family worked very hard to write a mystery and set it all up so everyone could have a good time, a good Italian food buffet, and bootleg hooch.








My Pepperoni Family: L-R: Joan Short, Kym Lucas, Alina Federspiel, Kathy Andrico, Rosie Murphy, Niny Negron, author Annette Blair


Author Duffy Brown

Speaking of writing mysteries, Duffy Brown’s new Consignment Shop Mystery series will be out this fall with Iced Chiffon.

Having worked for several years in one of the Snooty Fox Consignment Shops around Cincinnati, Duffy found interesting material there with which to work on her books. And since so many Get-Together attendees enjoy finding deals at consignment shops, she arranged a bus tour to those shops, providing beverages and box lunches through the few hours it took. It was delightful; I found the grandchild-sized girl clothes especially dangerous to my wallet. I wasn’t the only one who found treasures impossible to pass up, which wasn’t a bad thing at all, considering.



Consignment Shop Shoppers


Donna Speigel & The Snooty Fox

The owner of these shops, Donna Speigel, uses proceeds from sales to help fund the Conductive Learning Center of Greater Cincinnati, which she founded, a special school for children with disabilities like spina bifida and cerebral palsy. This brings us back around to the Annual Reader & Author Get-Together, from which a percentage of bookfair sales will be donated to the Conductive Learning Center.

More on that exceptional event to follow…

Bottom Line: It was Elorana-the Eliminator Pepperoni

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