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Dolly Departed (A Gretchen Birch Murder Mystery Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Deb Baker
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Book Description

When Gretchen Birch finds Charlie Maize, owner of a dollhouse shop, on the floor – dead and covered with toppled miniature room boxes – she fears that Charlie’s death wasn’t an accident. One of the room boxes (displays that depict real-life scenes with furniture and miniature dolls) is the set for a murder, complete with a tiny bloody axe and red splatters on its tiny walls.

What The Critics Are Saying

"A trio of smart, independent women...the peek into this world is fascinating" ~ Romantic Times

"Quick-paced...engaging characters" ~ Armchair Interviews

"A puzzling mystery filled with charm as well as suspense" ~ Who Dunnit

"Sharp and entertaining" ~ Curled Up With a Good Book

“Fun, frantic and thoroughly engaging” ~ Sandra Balzo, author of Brewed Crude Tattooed

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 342 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003Y5HCW2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #203,424 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Deb Baker was born in the wilds of the Michigan Upper Peninsula, which is the setting for her award-winning humorous Gertie Johnson mystery series. No animals are ever harmed in her stories (she can't promise the same for humans).

She also is the author of the Gretchen Birch series and the Queen Bee mystery series under her pen name, Hannah Reed. An all new Scottish Highlands mystery titled Off Kilter releases in 2014

For more information about Deb and her books, visit and

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 22 Aug. 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Mystery 3 Aug. 2010
By Cindy Chow - Published on
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A Scottsdale western parade is off to a rocky start for doll restoration artist Gretchen Birch when she's startled by a rude clown, must chase after her runaway teacup poodle, and discovers the body of dollhouse store owner Charlene "Charlie" Maize. Even creepier is that one of the miniature room boxes that Charlie designed contains a bloody axe that is left scattered across the floor of her store. As upset as she is by Charlie's sudden death by an allergic reaction, Gretchen would probably have left things alone had she not been specifically ordered away by the very interested (in Gretchen) detective Matt Albright. As handsome as he is though, Matt comes with a psychotic estranged wife, a busybody gossiping mother, and a paralyzing fear of dolls. So as much to annoy Matt as to discover who murdered her friend Gretchen and her Curves-workout crew investigate Charlie's life to uncover her drug addict son, an embezzling dollhouse builder, and a sister whom Charlie believed was murdered.

Riding the wave of crafty/collecting mysteries, Baker stands out with her entertaining and very funny doll-centered cozy. Quirky and likable characters serve as the center for this series, and readers will read just to spend time with them as much as they will to learn about the mystery. While the solution to the murder is handed to Gretchen (but not to reader, who may have already spotted the culprit) a little too easily, it's the path to the answer that makes this novel so much fun. In what other mystery do the characters debrief and plan their investigation while changing workout stations at Curve? This is a fun cozy that doesn't rely on gimmicks to make it unique.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dolly Departed: A Gretchen Birch Mystery 21 Jun. 2011
By Stephanie Nygren - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Love this book! Was a little apprehensive about the doll collecting theme, but Deb Baker made it a fun read. Even my 14 year old loved it. I also loved how she made the dogs an intricate part of the characters lives. Perfect for an animal lover. I would reccomend this series to anyone who loves a good mystery and a good laugh.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable. 23 Jun. 2014
By lef - Published on
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This series just keeps getting better with each book. The end of this book has me really looking forward to the next one.
5.0 out of 5 stars good book and author 14 Jun. 2014
By Ronald C. Logan - Published on
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Well written. Good mixture of comedy,mystery, and suspense. I will not write another review. I will not be told how many words I have to write.
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 20 April 2014
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enjoyed this book very much. characters are real and interesting. Just had to go and get the next one in the series.
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