Homicide and Old Lace

Homicide and Old Lace

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by Dolores Johnson
     
 

When a young bride visits Dyer's Cleaners asking for delicate alterations on a vintage wedding dress, owner Mandy Dyer quickly discovers a disturbing truth: The groom is Mandy's own womanizing ex-husband...and Mandy's troubles are just beginning. The dress alterations will turn out beautifully, but the bride will turn up--dead. Now Mandy must hunt for a killer and…  See more details below

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When a young bride visits Dyer's Cleaners asking for delicate alterations on a vintage wedding dress, owner Mandy Dyer quickly discovers a disturbing truth: The groom is Mandy's own womanizing ex-husband...and Mandy's troubles are just beginning. The dress alterations will turn out beautifully, but the bride will turn up--dead. Now Mandy must hunt for a killer and face the indelible stains that both hate and passion leave behind....

Editorial Reviews

Denver Post
Johnson [has] a quick wit.
Diane Mott Davidson
Dolores Johnson writes with wit and panache. I love her sense of humor.
Mystery Scene
Just the ticket for mystery lovers.
Poisoned Pen
Enjoyable.
The Midwest Book Review
A delightful series...droll and irreverent.
Internet Book Watch
She is a nice, wholesome looking person who owns Dyer's Cleaners in Denver. Somehow, in some unexplainable way her business seems to attract trouble like a giant magnet lures steel. More than once, Mandy Dyer has become embroiled in a homicide investigation. It starts when Olivia Torkelson enters the store to pick up an antique wedding dress serviced by Mandy. After Olivia's first fitting, Mandy learns her patron's fiance is Larry Landy, her philandering former spouse who dumped the cleaner for another woman. Mandy vows to avoid Larry, but fails when she is forced to deliver the dress on the day of the wedding. In the bridal suite, Mandy finds a dead Olivia with scissors stuck in her back. Larry stands over the corpse before he accuses Mandy of murder. Soon a second former lover of Larry dies. All the evidence points to Mandy as the killer, leaving the embattled cleaner working twice as hard as usual, which is one hell of a pace, to clear her name. All the previous Mandy Dyer amateur sleuth tales have been a delight to read, but the newest one, Homicde And Old Lace, is the best of the lot. The story contains a witty mystery that at times deliciously turns to the absurd due to two fascinating supporting cast members, an ex-bag lady and the heroine's pampered mother. That duo forms one of the oddest partnerships in the mystery world. Delores Johnson's "Fatal Attraction" plot works because readers will not know who the stealth stalker is until the climax.
—Internet Book Watch

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440235248
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/12/2000
Series:
Mandy Dyer Mystery Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
4.21(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.84(d)

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Homicide and Old Lace 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
She is a nice, wholesome looking person who owns Dyer¿s Cleaners in Denver. Somehow, in some unexplainable way her business seems to attract trouble like a giant magnet lures steel. More than once, Mandy Dyer has become embroiled in a homicide investigation.

It starts when Olivia Torkelson enters the store to pick up an antique wedding dress serviced by Mandy. After Olivia¿s first fitting, Mandy learns her patron¿s fiancé is Larry Landy, her philandering former spouse who dumped the cleaner for another woman. Mandy vows to avoid Larry, but fails when she is forced to deliver the dress on the day of the wedding. In the bridal suite, Mandy finds a dead Olivia with scissors stuck in her back. Larry stands over the corpse before he accuses Mandy of murder. Soon a second former lover of Larry dies. All the evidence points to Mandy as the killer, leaving the embattled cleaner working twice as hard as usual, which is one hell of a pace, to clear her name.

All the previous Mandy Dyer amateur sleuth tales have been a delight to read, but the newest one, HOMICDE AND OLD LACE, is the best of the lot. The story contains a witty mystery that at times deliciously turns to the absurd due to two fascinating supporting cast members, an ex-bag lady and the heroine¿s pampered mother. That duo forms one of the oddest partnerships in the mystery world. Delores Johnson¿s ¿Fatal Attraction¿ plot works because readers will not know who the stealth stalker is until the climax.

Harriet Klausner