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In her seventh adventure, Denver's intrepid dry-cleaner/sleuth, Mandy Dyer, encounters a baffling case of mistaken identity—-or is it? After dining at a local mountaintop restaurant, Mandy's friend Laura discovers that someone has taken her coat and left another in its place. The only clue to the owner's identity is an unfamiliar dry-cleaning mark. Mandy's casual inquiries turn serious when a dead body is discovered dressed in Laura's missing coat. An investigation of the remote and forbidding crime scene puts ...

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Overview

In her seventh adventure, Denver's intrepid dry-cleaner/sleuth, Mandy Dyer, encounters a baffling case of mistaken identity—-or is it? After dining at a local mountaintop restaurant, Mandy's friend Laura discovers that someone has taken her coat and left another in its place. The only clue to the owner's identity is an unfamiliar dry-cleaning mark. Mandy's casual inquiries turn serious when a dead body is discovered dressed in Laura's missing coat. An investigation of the remote and forbidding crime scene puts Mandy right in the path of a mysterious mountain ambush and a very slippery foe.

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"[P]lenty of colorful suspects . . . . Johnson's ability to infuse comedy into the plot will keep readers chuckling. Good, clean fun."

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"The author's ability to leaven many situations with humor adds to this well-written and complicated mystery."

—Sue Reider, Mystery Scene magazine

"[A]n upbeat, often funny amateur sleuth mystery"

—Harriet Klausner

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  • ISBN-13: 9780312321154
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/6/2004
  • Series: Mandy Dyer Mysteries Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Dolores Johnson is a former newspaper journalist and freelance writer who interviewed many dry cleaners as a field reporter for American Dry Cleaner magazine. She is the author of six previous Mandy Dyer mysteries and lives in Aurora, Colorado, where she is at work on her next novel. Dolores enjoys hearing from readers at doloresdjohnson@cs.com.

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    upbeat, often funny amateur sleuth mystery

    While Laura was at the Rendezview Restaurant someone took her coat while she was taking photographs so she borrowed the last coat that was on the rack. In Laura¿s coat was a role of film she would like to get back and in the stranger¿s coat is a stamped envelope, a bottle of aspirin and a box of matches. Laura wants her friend Mandy, owner and proprietor of Dyer¿s Cleaning, to call other cleaners in the area to see if they have her coat. She figures they might be able to identify the other coat owner by tracing the laundry logs.--- When Laura leaves the cleaning store, a car deliberately hits her, breaking her le:, Mandy rushes her to the hospital. When Laura is released, Mandy goes over to her apartment with some Chinese food to cheer her up only someone in the apartment hits her from behind. Mandy thinks that her unknown assailant is looking for the photos or the coat and starts another one of her investigations that almost gets her killed.--- TAKING THE WRAP is an upbeat, often funny amateur sleuth mystery due to the heroine¿s mother¿s visit to take care of Laura and help Mandy in her investigation. All that does is make a bad situation worse when she tells people things they don¿t need to know. In between her botched matchmaking efforts, Mandy does the impossible and finds the coat that belonged to Laura¿s friend who no longer needs it because someone killed her. Two other people who were at the Rendezview also turn up murdered, leaving Mandy to connect the dots and find the perpetrator before Laura joins the morgue.--- Harriet Klausner

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