Dipped, Stripped, and Dead (A Daring Finds Mystery)
by Elise Hyatt
Cover Artist: Jennifer Gennari
Review by Mel Jacob
Berkley Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425230787
Date: 06 October 2009 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Elsie Hyatt's debut mystery, Dipped, Stripped, and Dead, features furniture salvager and refinisher, Dyce Dare. When she tries to retrieve an old tea table from a college dumpster, she discovers a gelatinous corpse. She manages to free the table and hide it in the trunk of her vehicle before calling the police. Dyce believes the victim is a woman from the hair on the corpse's head. From official release/information:
From back of book: Dyce (short for Candyce) Dare never thought she'd end up twenty-nine and divorced, with a toddler to raise, an ex who "forgets" his child support, and a diet consisting mostly of pancakes.
To make ends meet, Dyce takes a chance and starts up Daring Finds, a furniture refinishing business. But finding things to refinish is tough--especially when Dyce goes Dumpster diving for discarded furniture and uncovers a gelatinous-looking corpse. Turns out the body was immersed in a vat of lye--a technique used for refinishing furniture--making Dyce a prime suspect.
Now, in order to clear her good--and thanks to her parents, slightly absurd--name, Dyce has to play private eye. But solving a murder isn't child's play, especially when the next victim just might be her...