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French Polished Murder (A Daring Finds Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – May 4, 2010

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Product Details

  • Series: A Daring Finds Mystery
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; First Edition edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425233464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425233467
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,203,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Tom on May 4, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
French Polished Murder (A Daring Finds Mystery)
Funny, fast paced and delightful! Dyce Daring is a character I can't read enough about. I literally burst out in laughter reading this book. (Note: people *will* look at you if you're giggling and break out in a belly laugh in a doctor's waiting room) I had the great good luck to be reading this a week after having the same thing happen, in the same office, while reading the first book in the series, "Dipped, Stripped and Dead." Now I have a reputation, too :-) If anything, "French Polished Murder" is even funnier *and* more of a nail biter. The interactions among Dyce, her toddler son, her boy friend and her (male) bff from high school are fun an touching and true to life -- for at least some definitions of 'true.' I wish I could find Goldport, Colorado, because it sure sounds like a town I'd love to visit. I *want* to browse Dyce's parents' bookstore, and have her father talk me *out* of buying one of his books. I'd volunteer to do a 'ride along' with these policemen any day or night of the week! The main problem I have with "French Polished Murder" is that I want the *next* book in the series, *now*! However, I most certainly have the gifts picked out for mother's day, my sisters'-in-law birthdays, and my bff, just for being my bff. Thank you, Elise Hyatt, for two (so far!) of the most pleasurable reading experiences I've had in years!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paula Fulp on July 12, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just finished "French Polish Murder" and I'm ready for the 3rd book in this series. These stories are just that good. While I didn't LOL with this one like I did the first in the series, I still found the book pretty amusing. The thing I like about the main character, Dyce, is that she is 'real.' She's a struggling single mom who is just a bit mouthy, has a toddler son that is cute but not too sacharine. You get the idea. And I adore her bff, Ben.

*** SPOILER *** My only complaint with this book was all the time spent on the rats. While I can appreciate that Dyce didn't want to kill the baby rodents (I'm sure I'd feel the same way), rats/mice skeeve me out so I couldn't really appreciate their cuteness factor. But the rest of the story was top-notch. I loved the premise of the 100-year-old murder case and I didn't guess the killer's identity until just before the reveal. So all-in-all, a great summer read. Take it to the beach with you. You won't be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tbrpro on June 3, 2010
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Elise Hyatt's Daring Finds Mystery series is off to a great start. The first book (Dripped Stripped and Dead) was terrific and the second book French Polished Murder is even better. This book is at times laugh out loud funny and the main characters are people one would enjoy spending time with--especially the heroine Dyce. I also love that her son is a bit of a brat, to often children act like perfect angels in books rather then the mixed bag most kids are.

I love Cas--who would have guessed a hero named Castor could be so appealing? Her childhood friend Ben is both funny and loveable and doesn't come across as a stereotyped gay--although the 'beige' modelling was a bit over the top.

But, Dyce is the glue that holds this series together and she is a fine glue indeed. Her snarkiness to her ex (All-ex) and his fashion victim wife are amusing, but she loves her son and so buries some of her choicest comments in order for her son to continue seeing his father. I admired her saving the baby rats that fell out of the piano, I don't think I would have done anything more then screamed and ran off leaving them to their fate!

Dyce is a complicated but very likable heroine and I look forward to more adventures of Cas and Dyce and I think this is one couple that will not get boring when they marry. Same could be said of Cas's cousin Nick and Ben--they can reunite the 'rat pack'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynxwoman on June 12, 2010
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Thankfully, previous reviewers "warned " about laughing out loud in public so,I spent an entire day with housework ignored ,curled up on my favorite reading chair engrossed in this delightful second book of the series. I did indeed find myself giggling or guffawing (behaviors undoubtedly considered unladylike by All-ex). But since only my cats heard me, no humans were harmed or annoyed. While I thoroughly enjoyed the first book,this plot allowed the reader to get better acquainted with Dyce, E, Ben and the hunky Cas, and to share the insanely delightful misadventures of their lives. The introduction of "PeeGrass" (you have to read the book to appreciate) added an even more interesting dimension as well as enlarging E's character and involvement. The mystery was a unique approach weaving historical events (some of which are sadly true) to modern day forensics and just plain determination to find the truth. Dyce becomes even more personable and the romantic ending...well...sigh. As a part-time-Coloradan, I suspect I know where Dyce's home town may be...but if Elise Hyatt promises to continue the series, I won't tell.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sonya Lenzo on March 31, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read a lot of books and a lot of genres. Mysteries are my favorites, all kinds of them. But this series is truly unique. The writer is wacky, inventive and still spins a good mystery. I, too, as other reviewers have mentioned, found my self laughing out loud, from the first pages all the way through the last few (on how to french polish). Perhaps because I have done furniture refinishing and I have also had cats, the heroines trials with both struck me as particularly amusing.Her young son E reminds of one of dear boys I used to babysit. I can't wait for this authors next book!!!!!
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