Taken to the Cleanersby Dolores Johnson
When Betty the Bag Lady brings in a Dyer's Cleaners bag stuffed with a bloody suit, it doesn't take long for Mandy Dyer, the owner, to start wondering which of her clients may have been murdered, or worse, which of them may be a murderer. She soon learns it could be both when a high-priced lawyer is found bludgeoned to death in his office at a local law firm that Mandy handles for cleaning. Even though she turns the suit over to the police and finds herself smitten with the handsome (and single) detective in charge of the case, she can't help but start her own search for clues in the enormous catalogue of her customers' clothing.
Someone, however, wants to make sure there are no clues: Dyer's Cleaners is ransacked in the middle of the night, Mandy is suddenly receiving calls from a heavy breather, and someone is trying to track down Betty the Bag Lady. And everything takes a turn for the worse when Mandy finds Betty half dead from stab wounds in front of her store.
Now Many, along with her best stain remover, Mack, are going to scour through every detail to search for a murderer who is much closer to them than they think.
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This book was so funny and it had a lot of twists and turns. Dry cleaning seems to be the dullest job alive, but Johnson turns it into a spine-tingling mystery. Also, the character Mandy Dyer is so lighthearted and down to earth. Johnson writes about Mandy like she is a real person. I think that is what gives this book so much panache. I reccommend this to every mystery lover.
I never thought dry cleaning could be anything but, well -- dry. Johnson takes back behind that door where our clothes disappear and at the same time involves us in a murder. Good characters, good plot.