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A Dyeing Shame (A Myrtle Clover Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Spann Craig
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (575 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Beauty Box beautician Tammy Smith is discovered with a pair of hair shears in her back, there are suspects and secrets aplenty in her small Southern town.

Octogenarian Myrtle Clover, bored by bingo and bridge, is intrigued by the crime...and her neighbors' secrets. But discovering, and blabbing, secrets got Tammy killed and Myrtle soon learns her sleuthing isn't just dangerous...it's deadly.


Editorial Reviews

Review

The following are reviews for the first book in the series, "Pretty is as Pretty Dies:"

Publishers Weekly: "The amusing first in a new cozy series from Craig...Myrtle's wacky personality is a delight."

Mystery News: "Wonderful cozy mystery: solidly written, well-plotted and funny."

ForeWord: "The treat here is Myrtle's eccentricity, brought to life with rich humor and executed ...with breezy skill."

About the Author

Elizabeth writes the Memphis Barbeque series for Penguin/Berkley (as Riley Adams), the Southern Quilting mysteries (2012) for Penguin/NAL, and the Myrtle Clover series for Midnight Ink. She blogs daily at Mystery Writing is Murder, which was named by Writer's Digest as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers for 2010.

As the mother of two, Elizabeth writes on the run as she juggles duties as Girl Scout leader, referees play dates, drives carpools, and is dragged along as a hostage/chaperone on field trips.

Find Elizabeth on Twitter (@elizabethscraig), her blog (mysterywritingismurder.blogspot.com/), Facebook (Elizabeth Spann Craig Author), and Google Plus (Elizabeth S. Craig).

Product Details

  • File Size: 757 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1933678089
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Elizabeth Spann Craig (November 30, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006GRNYFE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,478 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, fast and fabulous January 3, 2012
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I have become a huge fan of Myrtle Clover and was happy to find A Dyeing Shame. This senior sleuth is one that never fails to tickle my funny bone, in all the right ways. I think of her sort of as a sleuthing Miss Julia. You have to know that she gives her son Red a real headache. After all, he is the long arm of the law--not his 80-something-year-old mother with a little too much time on her hands.

The book is well written and flows at a brisk pace. The characters are warm and developed well enough that you feel you know them, especially if you're from the south. You will cringe at Tammy and cheer for Myrtle and her sidekick Miles. You know from the beginning that Myrtle is going to get to the bottom of just who really killed bad Tammy--and she does. Her manner of doing so had me smiling and laughing out loud at times. The southern setting of Bradley, NC just adds spice to the whole book.

Overall, I found A Dyeing Shame to be a great, fast read that made me laugh. I would recommend it to cozy mystery lovers who enjoy seeing a senior sleuth win the day. Fans of the Southern Sisters mysteries and/or Rita Lakin will probably also find this a fun read. Perfect book for an afternoon or evening in front of the fireplace or by the beach. I am hoping there's a new Myrtle Clover adventure coming to my Kindle soon. I highly recommend the whole series!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my new favorite characters! May 1, 2012
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Goodreads Description- When Beauty Box beautician Tammy Smith is discovered with a pair of hair shears in her back, there are suspects and secrets aplenty in her small Southern town.

Octogenarian Myrtle Clover, bored by bingo and bridge, is intrigued by the crime...and her neighbors' secrets. But discovering, and blabbing, secrets got Tammy killed and Myrtle soon learns her sleuthing isn't just dangerous...it's deadly.

Just like the description says, Myrtle Clover is a bored octogenerian who likes to snoop around when a murder happens in her small town in North Carolina. She tries to get some kind of scoop from her police chief son, Red, but he knows that her snooping will only get her into big trouble. However, Myrtle is no dummy. She goes on many hilarious adventures with the help of her neighbor Miles, her friend Agnes, and her daughter-in-law Elaine. Myrtle does get her clues and her son is right, it does get her in some hot water. From the painting swapping to Myrtle's sense of humor, I think Miss Clover is one of my new favorite characters in fiction. This is the first I have read of this author and I definitely like her writing style. She is a good storyteller and is pretty funny. As a soap opera fan, I love how Craig weaves Myrtle's theories with those she sees on her favorite soap opera, Today's Tomorrow. I will definitely be checking out her other books, both the Myrtle Clover Series as well as her Southern Barbeque series. 4 stars!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You gotta love Myrtle Clover! March 4, 2012
By Lois
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I have read all 3 Myrtle Clover books and really enjoy the characters, plots, and Southern charm. Myrtle is a kick in the pants--Go Octogenarians!! Hope I'm as feisty when I get to be that age--heck, I'd like to be that feisty now!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading December 24, 2012
By shevie
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Light reading, easy entertainment .No gory descriptive violence or sex. Nor any foul words. I do like a more intense story but now days you can't get that without the disturbing language o
r too discriptive violence and sex scenes
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this series! December 24, 2012
By Larkin
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Myrtle Clover is a feisty octogenarian amateur sleuth. This is the third book I have read in this series, and all have been fun romps. Myrtle refuses to be defeated while solving a mystery, and we readers have to admit that she has a flair for it. :)

Some of the characters: her beleaguered neighbor Miles, her cleaning lady Puddin', her son (and neighbor) Red, and his wife Elaine. Myrtle also has a toddler grandson, Jack, son of Red and Elaine.

As others have mentioned, Red and Myrtle don't have a typical son/mother relationship, and it's fun to read their dialogues.

The author excels at character development and keeping the plot moving at a good pace. The characters never seem flat, which I'm sure must be difficult to do. The author also keeps a good balance between too much description, and too little. The author is able to create a logical "villain" without it being too obvious.

I didn't notice any obscenities, nor is there any explicit (or implied) sex.

I "cut my teeth" on Agatha Christie mysteries, so it's difficult (in my mind) for any mystery author to measure up to her. Thus, the four stars rather than five.

I highly recommend this series! Fellow reviewers, please skip the next section. The following is just a note in case the author or her editor is reading, and has no bearing on my review. :)

Elizabeth (or editor) - - "mantel" is spelled this way as the finish around a fireplace. "Mantle" is a literal or figurative cloak. "Discrete" means "separate or distinct". "Discreet" is the word you want to use in your books.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A shame is right! March 27, 2013
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Basic formula for light (and I do mean light) reading. I usually enjoy these types of books but it really showed little if any imagination. Little old lady in small town aggravates police and killer but manages to solve the crime. But with all the mistakes (quotation marked where none needed, no spacing between sentences and missing words) I really don't think that the author (If there was an author) shouldn't of thanked the formatter nor the editor for their work!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Geriatric sleuth
This was a very enjoyable reading experience. The sleuthing by Myrtle is a little unconventional but thoroughly enjoyable reading...got to give the book a good review.. Read more
Published 7 hours ago by P. Cantu
5.0 out of 5 stars Mrytle vs Marple
This series is a wonderful treat from the dark pages of other mysteries. I was so happy to find a book that made me laugh with excitement. Good story line and marvelous plot. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Ingrid Parker
2.0 out of 5 stars missed the mark
This book is like many others that try to bring him our to murder mystery stories unfortunately for me this one missed the mark. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner!
I love that old lady and her sidekick Miles. I hope when I reach that age I challenge boredom as well as she does. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Pamela Olthaus
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fun read!
Quick read just for fun. Keeps you wondering how each murder will be solved and how Red will deal with his wonderful mother.
Published 5 days ago by judi
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dyeing Shame
It was a fun enjoyable read. I always get a laugh at Myrtle. She never is a boring character. She lines up her suspects without giving any true hint away.
Published 6 days ago by Gloria J. Christman
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining mystery
I like the Myrtle Clover "octogenarian" series. It is set in the south, and Myrtle is a funny, fiercely independent eighty something woman who loves solving crimes. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Katherine Joyce
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
I think it is a good book especially for someone who has experienced life and understands the pitfalls of being older, but has good intuitions that have served her well.
Published 9 days ago by bettyboop
4.0 out of 5 stars A fluffy piece of fun
A Dyeing Shame is a fluffiest of the fluffy type piece of fun. A cozy mystery with an 80 year old sleuth-heroine set in a small town with the murder in the town beauty parlor? Read more
Published 10 days ago by Randee Baty
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a great book. It is definitely a fun to read. It keeps you in suspense to the very end. It is a humorous mystery story with a twist or two. Read more
Published 12 days ago by DEPCHF
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More About the Author

Elizabeth writes the Memphis Barbeque mystery series for Penguin/Berkley (as Riley Adams), the Southern Quilting mysteries for Penguin/NAL, and the Myrtle Clover series for Midnight Ink and independently. She blogs at Mystery Writing is Murder, which was named by Writer's Digest as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers for 2010--2013.

A lifelong resident of the South, she enjoys finding inspiration for her mysteries in the beautiful states of North and South Carolina.


Elizabeth Spann Craig (Riley Adams)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com
http://mysterywritingismurder.blogspot.com
Twitter: @elizabethscraig

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