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Dyce Dare is on a mission. What mission she doesn't know but she's getting there and nothing is going to stop her. Unfortunately, running as fast as you can with your eyes shut is not the way to end up unscathed. In this latest entry in the Daring Finds Mysteries she discovers mysterious letters in an old piano and like a rocket heads straight into trouble. This is a fast and engaging read. Dyce, Cas, and Ben are all fun characters that we would love to know in real life. By the end of the book we are convinced that Dyce is a true innocent (or at least not genre savvy) because she is one for missing the signals one and all. Rather than being annoying she is adorable and this yields just enough tension for a satisfying third act. Read this. Read the first book, and read the rest of Sara Hoyt's books because she's a great writer..
If you're looking for deep philosophy, look elsewhere. If you're looking for dark and moody, this isn't for you. This is lighthearted fare that's just plain fun to read. Dyce Dare can be a little...impulsive...and that gets her into trouble but both her good friends and her own wits and attention to detail, along with fast thinking in the clutch gets her out of it again.
This time, it's a hundred year old mystery involving two disappearances. Or was it murder? Wait, this is a mystery. Of course it was murder. And the murders of the past become the perils of today.
I am not usually a reader of mysteries, but this book (and the one before it) are FUN. Dyce Dare is a bit crazy, but she comes by it honestly (read the book to learn how). She is a single mom trying to make ends meet by refinishing furniture. Her best friend is a gay guy who her mother is constantly trying to set her up with. She might be a bit crazy, but she has spunk. No way is she going to let life get her down no matter what her son, her friends, and the fates throw at her. Enjoy!
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'.
I truly love laughing out loud as I read the mystery unearthed by our furniture refinisher, Dyce as she muddles efficiently through finding out the real story behind a nearly hundred-year letter found in a piano she is French Polishing for her boyfriend, Cas. Now, I realize saying muddles efficiently is contra-intuitive, however, that is what makes this book so enjoyable. Dyce appears all over the place but she is actually quite organized and focused as life keeps throwing surprises her way, such as opening the piano front and finding a family of 7 newborn...I think I will let you find out for yourself, just know she copes and comes out ahead.
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.
I'm so glad to find this online - I tried for awhile to find another paperback, but alas, no luck. The mystery is intriguing, although I found the solution a little outrageous - but then, that goes well with Dyce, who herself is rather outrageous! The main reason to read this is the comedy, which is 22-carat GOLD. Dyce is one of the funniest, yet most appealing, narrators I've ever been lucky enough to come across, with a droll, wisecracking 'voice' that does nothing to hide how left-of-centre she is, and makes no apologies for it. Her toddler son, the gifted in mayhem and just plain gifted "E" is very obviously his mother's son, though Dyce has learned how to tone down her mayhem... so it isn't quite as obvious.
I really enjoyed this book. The narrator is charming, and the writing style is wonderful. Like another of the reviewers, I laughed out loud.
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.
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.
I liked this even better than book two, and some of the opening scenes of domestic mayhem were laugh-out loud funny. The mystery itself wasn't too hard to figure out, but even knowing "whodunit" before the characters figured it out didn't offset the growing sense of dread for them as the plot unfurled. I'm looking forward to spending more time with these characters in their world. The only thing better in book one was getting more of the details of Dyce's furniture rehab business within the tale. I really enjoyed exploring it with her.
Another really fun light mystery story that is great easy reading, Follow up to Dipped, Stripped and Dead. There are some character crossover's from Sarah Hoyt's Shifter series which are also great stories when you don't want to read something heavy and all consuming. They are "grown up" stories but the content is such that they can be safely recommended for readers of all ages.