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A Dyeing Shame: A Myrtle Clover Mystery, Book 2  By  cover art

A Dyeing Shame: A Myrtle Clover Mystery, Book 2

By: Elizabeth Spann Craig
Narrated by: Jean Ruda Habrukowich
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When Beauty Box beautician Tammy Smith is discovered with a pair of hair shears in her back, there are suspects and secrets aplenty in her small Southern town.

Octogenarian Myrtle Clover, bored by bingo and bridge, is intrigued by the crime...and her neighbors' secrets. But discovering, and blabbing, secrets got Tammy killed and Myrtle soon learns her sleuthing isn't just dangerous...it's deadly.

©2011 Elizabeth Spann Craig (P)2013 Elizabeth Spann Craig

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Gossip in the Beauty Box? Dead Salon Owner

Another book in the Myrtle Clover Mysteries Series, and it is just as fun as the first two. I really love this series, and I’m glad there are so many books already written about Myrtle and Miles and Red and Elaine. The great writing and realistic dialogue really draws me in, and I love how many secrets are in this small town.

In this third book, things get interesting for Myrtle during a routine trip to the beauty salon. Owner Tammy has fallen off the wagon, and she is guzzling alcohol even on the job. That’s unfortunate because half the town has disclosed their deepest, darkest secrets to Tammy, and though she has kept them for a long time, the booze is loosening her tongue. After insulting almost everybody in the shop and teasing about secrets from several prominent members of the community, Tammy is found dead the next day. And the police say that the evidence points toward a premeditated crime. But with most of the town of Bradley ready to kill Tammy, how can Myrtle and Miles figure out who is to blame before more bodies pile up? And are they next?

This book was a fun addition to the series. We are introduced to even more interesting characters, and they all have secrets. The mystery was intriguing, and there was no shortage of suspects. Myrtle goes around and tries to find out the secrets that Tammy teased about on that fateful day, and some are truly shocking. But which is the true motive for the murder? The one whose sneaking around behind her husband’s back, or the church lady with some steamy books under a pseudonym?

If you love Myrtle, add this case to your collection. With her usual wit and bite (as well as terrible cooking), Myrtle is just as entertaining as her previous adventures. And there is just something so fascinating about her relationship to her son (and the garden gnomes that usually speak for her). There are decades of knowing each other, and I love learning more about Bradley and the secrets embedded in the fabric of the town’s society. A good mystery with plenty of appeal and no cursing, this is one I loved.

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