A Dyeing Shame (A Myrtle Clover Mystery #2)
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A Dyeing Shame (A Myrtle Clover Mystery #2)

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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 d...more
Kindle Edition, 216 pages
Published August 2011 (first published January 1st 2006)
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A cosy mystery of the very best kind, and extremely funny in places.

What I love most is the fact that Myrtle Clover is a terrible pain in the butt without really knowing it herself.
I feel kind of bad rating this book the same as the last book I read, Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan, since Sweet Tooth was obviously a much more well-written book. However, my policy is to rate based on the genre and purpose of any given book, so I'm not actually saying that the two are comparable.

This book is a cozy mystery and a very easy read. I enjoyed the story line (beauty salon owner in a small town is stabbed in the back). Cue the bored old woman (protagonist), Myrtle, whose son is the polic...more
First of all, I give any author who manages to actually complete a novel a customary 2 stars. Writing a novel is a daunting task and deserves credit regardless of the quality.

Sencondly, I am an avid reader of mystery novels, so I assign an additional star if an author can keep me guessing as to the identity of the main culprit for more than 50% of the book. In this case, I knew 65% of the way through.

Beyond that, stars 4 and 5 are based solidly on the execution of content and overall enjoyabilit...more
Randee Baty
A Dyeing Shame is a fluffiest of the fluffy type piece of fun. A cozy mystery with an 80 year old sleuth-heroine set in a small town with the murder in the town beauty parlor? Can't get much fluffier!

Myrtle Clover is a retired English teacher with a Chief-of-Police son. She writes a helpful tips column for the local paper but that isn't enough to keep her mind busy and when a dead body shows up in her local beauty parlor, she can't help herself. She has to find out what happened. Over the protes...more
Jeanne Jenkins
Myrtle, a nice old lady, maybe with too much time on her hands, likes to 'get involved' in things in her home town in North Carolina. As sometimes the case in small towns, everything of importance takes place in the beauty salon. Tammy Smith owns The Beauty Box. She has started drinking, on and off the job, and everyone hates her. She hears all the secrets that ladies share while getting their hair done, and has started telling what she knows. When she was found dead in the shop, with shears stu...more
Listened to this on audio as I went about my day. Not a literary classic but I didn't expect one! Octogenarian Myrtle is quite a sleuth, cane and all. The local beauty shop owner has been murdered, and Myrtle, along with her "Watson" (neighbor Miles), is out to solve the whodunit. Myrtle's air conditioning is broke and she has to move in with her son Red (the local head of police) while it is being repaired. This affords her a better opportunity to snoop. So, off she goes to solve the crime and...more
Cathy Cole
Myrtle Clover is just the type of crafty, snoopy little old lady that you have to laugh at... and give thanks that she doesn't belong to you. Even though her son Red has told all of his police officers not to say a word about this murder investigation to his mother, Myrtle still finds out bits and pieces of information that spur her on. This woman is sharp-- and she's not above playing the age card when she thinks it will get her what she wants. There always seems to be someone who falls for the...more
Everyone knows everyone in eighty something,Myrtle Clover's small southern town. Myrtle finds her excitement a little lacking these days. She has already inserted herself in her policeman son, Red's, last murder case. He worries about his mom and would like to see her in a safe assisted living home.

Unfortunately, there's another murder, the owner of the local beauty salon as become verbally abusive in her too frequently drunken states. So when she's found stabbed with her hairdressing sheers,...more
Judith Cranswick
A great story spoilt by poor formatting.
I enjoyed this undemanding, easy-to-read cosy very much. Great characters and a good page-turner. So it isn't great literature and not always realistic, but it doesn't set out to be so to criticise on those grounds indicates readers didn't bother to read the blub and opening first!
What irritated me was the formatting. A line space between every paragraph I might of coped with, but, because of this, there were no obvious scene breaks. Having to go to the ve...more
A DYEING SHAME is one of a series of soft mysteries featuring Myrtle Clover, an 80-something living in North Carolina. This one revolves around a hair salon. Most of the women characters meet there where they interact with the three staff members. Gossiping seems to be the main draw.
Tammy, the owner, has been acting strangely because of her close relationship with alcohol. As the story opens, she is at work, messing up a customer’s hair, and abusing almost everyone else in the shop. Within a fe...more
Goodreads Description- 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.

Just like the description says, Myrtle Clover is a bored octogenerian who like...more
This is the first Myrtle Clover book I have read. She is quite a character. She lives in a small North Carolina town and is a busy body who is very busy.

When her hair dresser is murdered, she jumps into action to find the murderer. Her son is the Sheriff who worries about her. With his wife and toddler son living right across the street from Myrtle, Red tries to keep his mother from putting herself in danger.

Myrtle really seems to make light of her son's abilities and she apparently has no confi...more
Another cute story with Mytle and her friends and family work to solve yet another crime in their neighborhood. This time, the killer strikes at a beauty salon, killing the owner of the salon, "Tammy", who's drunken behavior and mean words have driven someone to take a pair of scissors and stab her in the back. There are several people who could be the killer, as Tammy had recently made a lot of enemies in town. Short read, but sometimes a short read is just perfect when you don't have too much...more
If you like cozies, you will probably enjoy this quick little read. The protagonist is an octogenarian who loves crossword puzzles, her grandson, and solving murders. She's a terrible cook, a matchmaker, a good friend and a nosy busybody. In short, Myrtle Clover is a fascinating individual. And, that her son, Red, wants to send her to an assisted living facility.

When an alcoholic beauty operator is murdered, Myrtle is determined to discover who did it and why. After all, it's her beauty salon....more
Myrtle is at it again in this installment of the Myrtle Clover Mysteries. She is wonderfully snoopy, witty, and clever. From beginning to end, Myrtle is doing her best to solve whatever murder mystery that is afoot, all the while getting into and out of mischief. Not something you expect from an octogenarian. I highly recommend these 'sleuthing/Ms. Marple-type' books for light fun reads.
I was impressed with this mystery. Craig crafts an intriguing plot that keeps the reader interested and doesn't give the mystery away too early in the book. And as a North Carolina resident, I can really relate to the small town life that she weaves into the story.

Myrtle Clover is the typical elderly busy-body that keeps up with the gossip around town by hanging out at the beauty salon. Craig goes even further and makes her incredibly perceptive and tenacious when she has a problem to solve. In...more
Candice Mckinney
A Dyeing Shame is a enjoyable light mystery. It is set in a small town in North Carolina. Myrtle Clover is the sheriff's Mom. She lives across the street from her son, his wife and small child. When Tammy, the owner of the Beauty Box is found murdered, Myrtle is anxious to solve the murder.
A Dyeing Shame is a book in a series of Myrtle Clover mysteries. Myrtle is in her 80's and loves to get involved in solving crime. The book is entertaining, easy to read and flows along quickly. It is well written with fun characters. I enjoyed it.
Ginny Yancey
Great light read

Great light read for a weekend. Second book I have read in this series and am delighted each time. Myrtle the elderly hero is sassy and oh so entertaining. Can't wait to catch the next tale in this line.
Kristin Howell
This was a great cozy mystery. I enjoyed reading it, both suspenseful and humorous. Myrtle Clover will definitely be in my future reads.

The book was well-written, overall, but the ending felt a little quick. You're reading and trying to piece together the clues and before you know it, the whole thing's solved. It was still fun to read, though.

I hadn't read the previous books (Amazon says this is book 3 of 5 in the series) because I was able to download this book for free on Amazon Kindle, but I...more
Another fun, Myrtle Clover cozy mystery. Myrtle is such a feisty old lady who sometimes drives her son, the policeman, a bit crazy getting involved in solving murders. I enjoyed it very much.
Worst read ever

I forced myself to finish this book!! not able to run prints off a letter? pointless ?? her son is police chief and acts like a toddler learning a new skill
This was a pleasant mystery. Not too hard to read, just something fun.

I enjoy that Myrtle, the protagonist, is a woman in her 80's. A lot of cozy mysteries feel the need to throw in a love interest, and I like that Myrtle is not out there looking for love, or dating a local detective. In this story, her son is the Chief of Police, so that takes care of the police connection. I like her relationship with her son, Red, and his wife, Elaine. I like that she is not super physically fit, and struggl...more
Ingrid Parker
Myrtle Clover is a scream, this book is masterly written and cleverly plotted. I read it in one day, could not put it down. It's good to read an entertaining mystery with witty banter.
I'm reading a free Kindle version of this book, second in the Myrtle Clover series. Unfortunately, the first book was not available as a freebie. This is an easy, short, throw-away read, entertaining but vapid. Good grief, Myrtle's son, police chief in the little Southern town, is named "Red Clover"! Give me a break.

Note that author Elizabeth Spann Craig also writes the "Memphis Barbeque" series as Riley Adams, and the "Southern Quilting" series, in addition to the Myrtle Clover series, plus she...more
Light and Cozy...Lots of Fun Moments... Sometimes it's what we need...Fortunately Elizabeth Craig is a Very Good Writer....
Another Amazon freebie, read during a flight. The story and characters were meh. I figured out the whodonit very early on.
Myrtle Clover knows that only trouble will come when the local beauty parlor operator starts to drink too much. Tammy should realize that she's antagonizing her customers, who've confided in her over the years, and also her employees, whom she criticizes and disparages. Sure enough, Tammy is found dead in her shop. Myrtle's son Red, the chief of police, would like to keep her out of the case, but Myrtle can always wangle her way in where she doesn't belong. Just to carp a little, I wish writers...more
Petula Darling
I have a soft spot for cozy mysteries with senior citizen sleuths. Unfortunately, my enjoyment of this audiobook was hindered by the terrible narration. The strange breaks, lack of intonation and bizarre pronunciations made it seem almost like it was being read by a text-to-speech program.
I light boo to read but drags on a bit
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Elizabeth’s latest book is "Rubbed Out": book four of the Memphis Barbeque mysteries (written as Riley Adams). Her next book, "Quilt Trip" (written as Elizabeth Craig) releases December 2013. Elizabeth writes the Memphis Barbeque series for Penguin/Berkley (as Riley Adams), the Southern Quilting mysteries for Penguin/Signet, and the Myrtle Clover series for Midnight Ink and independently. Find out...more
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