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Goodbye Dolly (Wheeler Cozy Mystery) Paperback – Large Print, 12 Dec 2007

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  • Paperback: 429 pages
  • Publisher: Wheeler Publishing; Lrg edition (12 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597226564
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597226561
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 15.3 x 1.6 cm

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
No good deed goes unpunished, it seems 5 Mar. 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What could possibly go wrong? Gretchen Birch is supposed to bid on the list of dolls her mother wants at the doll auction and then run the doll repair table at the doll show. Simple, right? Yeah, up until Gretchen lost the list, bid too much on Ginny Dolls and opened the box to find Kewpies, finds out her ex-boyfriend is in town to win her back (6 months after she left him in Boston), and her Aunt Nina is insisting she learn to read auras. Then there was the fatal car accident at the auction, the strange package deliveries, and mysterious messages inside mended dolls. Nothing more could go wrong, could it?

In this the second doll mystery from Deb Baker, we're back in Phoenix with Gretchen Birch, doll repairer. Gretchen is settling in to her mother's doll repair business having moved from Boston when she finally realized her relationship with Steve was never going to work -- not after he cheated. Now six months after she left him, he's in Phoenix determined to get her to return to Boston with him. A problem, but she's handling it by ignoring all his calls, deleting the answering machine messages, and not answering the door. Her real problem is that her mother's out on a book tour and Gretchen needs to attend the doll auction and run their table at the Phoenix Doll Show by herself. Now that's cause to hyperventilate.

Baker has set up the cast in the first scene and then she starts the action which doesn't let up until the final page. Gretchen is always just that bit behind the eight ball so that she has to act without all the facts, jumping to conclusions without logically examining the evidence. This time though, she's learned to be a bit more cautious, but caution just doesn't last when Aunt Nina decides to help out or when the Phoenix Dollars Club members have your best interests at heart. In other words, Gretchen has to sink or swim because backup is sadly lacking when she most needs it.

Goodbye, Dolly is definitely a page turner. You also learn a lot about dolls: their history and culture. Entertainment and education in one package.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Doll Mystery 30 Jan. 2010
By Dawn Dowdle - Published on
Format: Paperback
Gretchen attends her first auction while her mother is on her big book tour. She wins the bid on a box of Ginny dolls but packages are somehow mixed up and she leaves with a box of Kewpie dolls. Reporter Ronnie Bean is discovered dead with one of Gretchen's tools with her ex-boyfriend Steve's fingerprints on it. Even though Steve is a rat, she doesn't believe he is a killer. She sets off to uncover the real killer. I love this series with its quirky characters and doll collecting theme. I always get a chuckle out of it and highly recommend it!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Has Some Good Moments 14 May 2008
By drebbles - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Recently relocated to Phoenix from Boston, doll restorer Gretchen Birch is a bit nervous about attending her first major doll show without her mother - she doesn't want to mess anything up. So when she bids and wins a box of Ginny dolls but ends up with Kewpie dolls instead, she is understandably upset. She is even more upset when someone is hit and killed by a car during the auction. But what is really upsetting is when a sleazy reporter is murdered and Gretchen's ex-boyfriend is one of the suspects. Gretchen has many questions, including who is following her around and who is sending cryptic notes inside of Kewpie dolls. Gretchen hopes to figure this all out before she herself becomes a victim.

"Goodbye, Dolly" was an okay cozy mystery. The strong point is the characters in the book, especially Gretchen. Devastated after her boyfriend cheated on her, she is determined to make a new life for herself in Phoenix. Her aunt Nina, who claims to be psychic and see auras, is also well written if a bit stereotypical. The addition of homeless people, Daisy especially, adds a lot to the story. The doll collecting and restoration aspects are well done and interesting. Where the book didn't work for me is the mystery elements. The mystery isn't all that well plotted. Author Deb Baker tries to throw in a red herring as to the killer's identity throughout the book, but it just makes it obvious who the killer is not. And, near the end of the book, she has one minor character give a major clue in an obvious and poorly written way. The identity of who was following Gretchen around was a nice twist, but Baker cheats on who the killer is. Part of the fun of reading cozy mysteries is trying to figure out who the murderer is. It's pretty easy to figure out here, but Baker takes the easy and lazy way of picking the killer.

"Goodbye Dolly" has some good moments, but could have been better plotted.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Nice easy read 20 Oct. 2007
By Danielle Herman - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Nice book to read after reading something intense. Good story. I learned some interesting things about doll collecting.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
engaging exciting amateur sleuth 4 Sept. 2007
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After discovering her boyfriend of seven years Steve Kuchen cheated on her, Gretchen Birch dumps him and returns to her hometown to move back in with her mother and also becomes part of mom's doll restoration business. When her mother goes on a publicity tour for her new book, Gretchen attends her first auction where she wins the bidding on a box of Ginny dolls. However, her package and that of someone else gets mixed up and she leaves with a box of kewpie dolls instead. Reporter Ronnie Bean covered the event, but while working on a big exposé story is killed. The weapon is one of Gretchen's tools which has Steve's fingerprints on them because he took it from her. The police arrest Steve, but Gretchen does not believe the rat is a killer. She begins receiving kewpies dolls with threatening messages inside the boxes containing them. When two more people are murdered who know about the kewpie doll mix-up, Gretchen decides she is on the list unless she exposes the identity of the culprit.

Readers will enjoy this engaging exciting amateur sleuth tale filled with quirky characters that provide comic relief when the tension seems ready to explode. Gretchen is a delight as she never makes up her mind but stumbles about trying to uncover a killer before he or she adds her onto the collector's dead list. Deb Baker provides a fun tale starring a likable living doll.

Harriet Klausner
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