- Series: The Daring Finds Mystery (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime; 1st 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: #1,176,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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French Polished Murder Mass Market Paperback – May 4, 2010
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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!
There is this old, and yellowed letter from a prominent family of Goldport, Colorado that Dyce finds within the piano project. What is the letter really saying? Did a couple run off together or did something sinister happen? Why has Dyce and her detective boyfriend been 'warned' off trying to find 80+yr old police records? Who is trying to kill Dyce and her best friend, Ben? Aren't all persons connected to the old family passed? What are they trying to hide.
This was a remarkable book and I'm so eager and hopeful to read the next installment.
*** 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!
The mystery is not particularly strong, but the writing style more than makes up for this.
I am writing this review for one purpose and one only: as a plea for someone who can punctuate correctly to become the copy editor for this author (unless, of course, the copy editor is responsible for the myriad errors, in which case I apologize to the author). The punctuation in this book was truly appalling. Whoever is responsible for the punctuation, especially the commas, should immediately purchase a copy of Eats, Shoots, and Leaves and READ IT CAREFULLY. When they go back and reread this book, they will be embarrassed, as well they should be.
In any event, the punctuation cost this book one star. I would otherwise have given it five--it was a truly enjoyable cosy, and I very much look forward to reading Ms Hyatt's additional book and more in the series. I cannot promise to keep reading, however, if the punctuation does not improve, as its flaws distracted me from the very entertaining content.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'd swear that I know some of the characters-- and I think I share the author's sense of humor. Delightful light read.Published on June 17, 2013 by A. Hicks
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I loved this book. The heroine, Dyce, is great, with an off-beat and often snarky sense of humor. And the cat, Peagrass (or more formally Pythagoras) is a stitch (and should... Read morePublished on January 26, 2012 by RDC
This book surpasses the first in the series. I loved the characters, and laughed often at Dyce's insights and comments. Write the third one fast!Published on April 28, 2011 by Thea
I thought this second book in the series was stronger than the first, which I also enjoyed. My only complaint is that the author is very "wordy," with some sentences running six... Read morePublished on July 18, 2010 by MidwestMom
Hyatt tightened up her writing with this second book of the series. Some of her joke setups are priceless. Enjoyed it. Thanks.Published on July 17, 2010 by Kindle Customer
I read a lot of authors, so it was great to find a new character to read. Georgianna Neverall is a sharp, funny character, and I like her relationships with her mother, best... Read morePublished on July 10, 2010 by topper
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... Read morePublished on June 12, 2010 by Lynxwoman