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Dolled Up For Murder
     

Dolled Up For Murder

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by Deb Baker
 

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Caroline Birch. Put her away. The message was clutched in the fist of a destitute former doll collector found dead at the bottom of a cliff with a valuable French doll's parasol in her pocket. And the person seen fleeing the crime scene fits Caroline's description. But Gretchen Birch knows her mother is innocent. The problem is, Caroline has disappeared – and she's

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Caroline Birch. Put her away. The message was clutched in the fist of a destitute former doll collector found dead at the bottom of a cliff with a valuable French doll's parasol in her pocket. And the person seen fleeing the crime scene fits Caroline's description. But Gretchen Birch knows her mother is innocent. The problem is, Caroline has disappeared – and she's left an urgent warning that Gretchen is in danger, too.

"A trio of smart, independent women...the peek into this world is fascinating" ~ Romantic Times

"Quick-paced...engaging characters" ~ Armchair Interviews

"A puzzling mystery filled with charm as well as suspense" ~ Who Dunnit

"Sharp and entertaining" ~ Curled Up With a Good Book

"Fun, frantic and thoroughly engaging" ~ Sandra Balzo, author of Brewed Crude Tattooed

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013147034
Publisher:
D. B. Publishing
Publication date:
07/28/2011
Series:
A Gretchen Birch Murder Mystery , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
858,403
File size:
797 KB

Meet the Author

As Deb Baker, the author also writes an award-winning mystery series featuring Gertie Johnson. As Hannah Reed, she writes the Queen Bee series. Visit her at

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3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read several boks in the Gertie series, I decided to try another of Baker's books. I sure wish I hadn't spent the $$ on it. This book is unbelievably dull. The characters are dull. The plot is dull. The setting is dull. I forced myself to keep reading until I was half finished. Then I archived the thing in case I accidentally started reading it again.
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Gretchen Birch¿s mother, Caroline, is missing and suspected of murder. Gretchen¿s aunt Nina calls and convinces Gretchen she needs to come to Phoenix to help her find her mother and clear her name. Caroline is accused of murdering a homeless former doll collector found dead at the bottom of a cliff. Caroline is a part of the doll collecting community. She was seen fleeing the crime scene. And now she¿s missing and all the evidence points to her. Gretchen and Nina know Caroline is innocent, but without being able to contact her, they aren¿t sure how to clear her name. They start digging into the dead woman¿s life and the doll collecting community. Can they clear Caroline¿s name without putting the killer on their trail? This is the first in a new series. It is great. I can¿t wait to read the next one. Gretchen and Nina are wonderful characters. The theme doll collecting really added to the storyline. The Phoenix setting was great as well. I highly recommend this book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Gretchen Birch¿s family has some interesting occupations her mother collects and repairs dolls and her aunt Nina trains small dogs to stay in purses. When Nina calls to tell Gretchen that her mother is missing, she asks Gretchen to fly out to Phoenix. When she arrives there she learns that her mother¿s friend Marha, a ¿one time doll collector¿ who ended up as a homeless person fell off the cliff on Camelback Mountain. In her hand there was a note in her hand stating ¿Carolina Birch-put her away¿--------------------- --- Two hikers saw Caroline on the mountains shortly after Martha was murdered which makes her the prime suspect. It doesn¿t help that Caroline disappeared or that an inventory list contained a doll that belonged to Martha was found in Caroline¿s home. Caroline meanwhile is in Chicago looking at a doll and bidding on another doll on e-bay in the hopes of bringing down a villain and clearing her name. Gretchen and Nina work independently of the police but everything they unearth points to Caroline as a killer.---------------- Deb Baker has written a charming cozy that brings into the light the dark side of doll collecting. The support cast is so well drawn that readers understood their motivations, including the two homeless persons integral to the plot, and the heroine who is an everyday person who goes about investigating in a rational realistic manner. DIALED UP FOR MURDER is a great opening book to what feels like a charming new mystery series.----------- Harriet Klausner