Dolled Up For Murder

Dolled Up For Murder For Gretchen Birch her mother Caroline and her aunt Nina doll collecting is a family affair They may disagree on other things but when it comes to dolls they share a passion for the most exquisit

  • Title: Dolled Up For Murder
  • Author: Deb Baker
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • For Gretchen Birch, her mother Caroline, and her aunt Nina, doll collecting is a family affair They may disagree on other things, but when it comes to dolls, they share a passion for the most exquisite and expensive creations in history But they have never imagined that doll collecting could inspire foul play.

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    1. I liked the characters and look forward to reading more of this author. You have to laugh in some parts. You have Gretchen who is called to Arizona by her aunt Nina because her mother is missing after a vagrant fell off a mountain. Nina trains purse dogs, Gretchen at the moment is between jobs and Caroline (Gretchen's mom) repairs dolls.

    2. Gretchen Birch mystery # 1 has Gretchen summoned to Phoenix by her Aunt Nina. A homeless former doll-collector has been found dead at the base of a cliff, an antique French doll’s parasol in her pocket, and a note clutched in her hand implicating Gretchen’s mother, Caroline, in her death. Now Caroline is missing and Aunt Nina insists that Gretchen come immediately to help solve the murder and clear her mother’s name. I found the information on the dolls – given at the beginning of each c [...]

    3. This was a very good debut of a new mystery series. Gretchen Birch comes from a family of very lively women. All of them are crazy, wildly impulsive and very disorganized. Gretchen puts this down to a “renegade gene passed down through generations of Birch women”. Gretchen gets a call from her Aunt Nina in the wee hours of the morning telling her she has to come home to Phoenix because her Mom is missing. She even went so far as to book her a flight at 7am. Caroline Birch is a doll collector [...]

    4. Not only was this a well-written mystery, the author must either be a doll-colector herself or really did her homework well. My mother and I used to be collectors of the types of dolls mentioned in the book, but the market has gone down hill dramatically the past 5 years or so as the the people who remember those types of dolls are either very up in age, or have passed on. These days, the dolls from about the 1940's onward are now the most collectable types. While there are some well-known (i. e [...]

    5. Gretchen is Related to Gertie from The Gertie Johnson Murder Mysteries With that said Deb Baker is a Great Storyteller I was running around once again in circles trying to figure out who is involved who is The MurdererAll characters are so far fully developed till I read the the next book in the Series Glad I found Deb Bakers booksShe does know her characters so well And Yes the Moments that are quirky and funny Are much needed for me and hopefully you as well

    6. Goodthe way this murder and the mystery surrounding the doll collectors continues to breing more supsion off peoplee ending was a surprise.

    7. Oh boy I love it when I really like the first in a series. It had everything that I love in a cozy- kooks-animals-a good looking man and a mystery. I also love it when I do not know who done it.

    8. I was skeptical about dolls being the focus of the story; it is a unique premise but I was not sure how engaging it would be. I enjoyed this very much. Steve, a divorce attorney being commitment shy and a cheater was a bit cliche. I was glad when Gretchen finally decided to not go back to him. Not sure how I feel about Matty, he was presented as more of a nuisance than anything so I don't really have any way to gage the possible relationship. I was surprised and upset that Larry was the bad guy. [...]

    9. Gretchen BirchI have thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one in the series which I have purchased.

    10. Gretchen Birch receives a frantic phone call in the early hours of the morning from her aunt in Arizona. She is told that her mother, Caroline, has gone missing and one of the neighbours has been found dead on the hill behind her mother's house. Thinking that her aunt Nina's tendency to exaggerate and be dramatic might be at the bottom of this "crisis" she heads to Arizona anyway, to find out why her aunt is so worried. When she gets to her mother's house, Gretchen soon realises something is rea [...]

    11. Love the authentic Phoenix setting in this cozy mystery that features the doll collecting industry. I bought all 4 books in the series and can't wait for the next. I'm sure I will quickly read through all of them as they are a bit addictive.

    12. Gretchen lives in Boston, she has just lost her job and her boyfriend of 7 years has a list of priorities that do not necessarily include Gretchen. When her aunt Nina calls to tell her she must come to Phoenix immediately, there is a murder and her mother, Caroline, is missing, after a small amount of resistance, Gretchen flies to an adventure.This is a good mystery. The police think Gretchen's mother is the murderer. Gretchen and Nina know that is simply not possible.We meet some homeless peopl [...]

    13. Dolled Up for Murder offers an engrossing puzzle, a clever and balanced use of the world of doll collection to create the plot, parallel action juxtaposed between Gretchen Birch and her mother – all set in the extreme heat and monsoons of Arizona. I recommend this book to those who love cozy mysteries. The author advances the mystery chapter by chapter, and provides a series of clues that could enable us to guess whodunnit. As a mystery aficionado, I pride myself on my ability to identify the [...]

    14. I enjoyed reading this book, and the author kept me guessing through to the very end as to who did the murder, but I must admit I found the sheer number of characters involved a little difficult to keep straight in my head. It didn't help that I was reading over the space of a few weeks, with reasonable size gaps between picking up the book due to other commitments, but I still tend to think that the sheer number of characters (the majority of whom are members of a doll collector group) meant th [...]

    15. This is the first book in the Gretchen Birch mysteries by Deb Baker, and sees Gretchen return to Phoenix after her Aunt Nina calls her and advises that her mom is missing. She lands in Phoenix and discovers more than just the mystery of her mother's disappearance. Someone has killed homeless Martha, and her mother is the prime suspect.Being a doll collector I was really interested in seeing what this series was all about. I loved the mention of all the different kinds of dolls, and life as a dol [...]

    16. Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books1 star This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.2 stars This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.3 stars This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.4 stars I really [...]

    17. I will admit when I first started reading this book I didn't like it and had a hard time getting into it. I put it aside and decided to revist the book and I am glad I did. I thought the story was well written with very interesting and likable characters. I was kept guessing until the end who the culprit was. I enjoyed the author's attention to detail with the information about doll collecting, I didn't feel it was too much or not enough. I also enjoyed how she brought in the characters from her [...]

    18. With no idea what to expect on a Doll Murder Mystery, I started with this book.Gretchen rushes to Arizona because Martha, a friend of her mother, is murdered and her mother is the main suspect. Nina, Gretchen's aunt and Purse Dog trainer, helps Gretchen in the search for what happened to Martha and prove her mothers innocence.The book was funny, well written and had a good plot. I sort of had the real murderer in mind, but wasn't 100% sure. I also liked the skipping from Gretchen to her mother's [...]

    19. What a treat! I received the four books in Deb Baker's Gretchen Birch series for Christmas, and I thoroughly enjoyed this first one. There were interesting characters and relationships (human, canine and feline), a great setting so wonderfully described (the metro Phoenix area), and an intriguing mystery. Tidbits about the world of doll collecting were a delicious icing on an already tasty cake. I can't wait to move on to the next book in the series, "Good-bye Dolly".For folks like me who have a [...]

    20. Book #1 in Gretchen Birch Mysteries.You knowis is a pretty decent cozy mystery. Maybe because it was of a different kind of crime than what it per usual with cozys, but actually found myself really enjoying this book. It read fast, had pretty decent characters, and the plot was unique. The relationship between the three women in involved was nice too. I liked the blurb of information at the top of each chapter. That was maybe kitsch, but unique.I can't believe I'm saying this, but 4 stars.

    21. When Gretchen Birch's Aunt Nina calls her to tell her that her Mother has gone missing. After the body of a destitue doll collector was found at the bottom of a cliff behind Caroline's home. Clutching a note in her hand and a french dolls parasol in her pocket. Which is veery valuable. Gretchen her Mom Caroline and her Aunt Nina share a love of Doll collecting. It is up to Gretchen and Nina to help Caroline prove her innocence. Fast paced, fun, and frantic set in the fascinating world of Doll co [...]

    22. Gretchen Birch is called to Phoenix, Arizona when her mother goes missing. Caroline Birch is a restoration expert in the Phoenix doll collecting arena. A former doll collector is found at the bottom of a cliff behind Caroline's home and the police suspect her of the murder. Gretchen comes to try and find her and to help solve the mystery. This was an OK book. It was very obvious from about page 5 who the murderer was so there wasn't much of a mystery. The doll collecting information was interest [...]

    23. Gretchen Birch gets a 3am call from her Aunt Nina; a family friend named Martha is dead and Gretchen's mother, Caroline, is missing. Was Martha killed over an antique doll? Was Caroline involved? Gretchen flies from her Boston home to her mother's Phoenix home and lands in the cut-throat world of doll collectors. Everyone and no one seems guilty. The killer is not revealed until the end - worth the wait.

    24. This is another series by Deb Baker. I really liked her other series but had a lot of trouble getting into this one. As the title says DOLLS are a big part of this series. Way, way to much information on dolls. The story was ok. What I liked was when little parts of her other series were mentioned because they are all relatives. I'll try the next one later. Time to move on to something different.

    25. It's a pleasant enough mystery but there were fact problems with regards to dolls throughout, the most egregious being the circle/dot Bru marking which appeared on one model of child Bru doll and NEVER on a French fashion. The protagonist is whiny and childish (which may improve in later books) and I was able to figure out the killer in the first few pages. Still it's a quick read, a good beach book.

    26. Gretchen flees a failing relationship in Boston to reconnect with her Mom in Phoenix and the world of elite doll collectors. From visits to the local Curves, a climb to the top of Camelback and a few stops on skid row, the book moves along quickly while introducing quirky characters we want to know more about.

    27. This was a cute little mystery story. I am not one for dolls but it was funny how people get so caught up in the owning of dolls and how expensive that some dolls can be for collectors. I would recommend this book to those that like a faster read and don't mind a story about doll collecting. The writing was very easy to read and flowed smoothly.

    28. As always, Deb Bakers mysteries do not disappoint the reader. I love any book that has interesting and unique characters and the characters in this book fit that description for me. I kept wobbling with indecision when trying to decide the motive and the murderer. It kept me reading, kept me interested and kept me wanting to read more by this author.

    29. It was a great story with an end I didn’t expect! I really considered someone else, who has done this, but then ending was a big surprise. And despite of the glitches – first few chapters with underlined sentences, missing at some dialogs “/”, I liked this one.For 100%, I will recommend to anyone, who likes old fashioned dolls, too. Not like I do, but it was a great mystery to solve!

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