Reviewer: Wendy Rucci
Title: French Polished Murder - 2nd in the Daring Finds Mystery series
Author: Elise Hyatt
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: May 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Washington D.C.
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Elise's Website/Blog: daringfinds.sarahahoyt.com
French Polished Murder is the second book in the Daring Finds Mystery Series after Dipped, Stripped and Dead. In this book, divorced mom Candyce ("Dyce") Dare, the owner of a furniture refinishing business is hard at work fixing up a piano for her boyfriend, police officer Cas Wolfe.
However, when she starts to work on this job, Candyce discovers old letters (as well as some baby mice) inside the piano. Not one to back down from a challenge, "Dyce" as she likes to be called, takes it upon herself to investigate the mystery behind the letter.
Unfortunately for her, she steps on some toes along the way when the letters are linked to the disappearance of a man and woman from a powerful family. Not only is "Dyce" soon in trouble, but so is her good friend Ben.
French Polished Murder is an interesting, enjoyable cozy mystery that is well written with good characters who work well together. In addition to "Dyce", Cas and Ben, the book includes "Dyce’s son "E" and Dyce’s ex-husband Alex’s new wife. My main complaint with this book is the use of nicknames for the characters which can be a little annoying. Other than that, it is a fun book with a little romance and enough mystery to keep you interested.
If you read the first book in the series, Dipped, Stripped and Dead, you should find this second book more interesting and enjoyable than the first.
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