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Goodbye, Dolly (Gretchen Birch #2)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  148 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Gretchen Birch is at her first major doll show (and only her flighty Aunt Nina there to "help"), praying she doesn't botch any repair job. But glue-gun glitches turn out to be the least of her worries when a sleazy reporter is found dead with Gretchen's craft knife stuck in his back. Then someone begins sending her boxes of Kewpie dolls with cryptic, threatening messages h ...more
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Published October 7th 2010 by Deb Baker (first published September 4th 2007)
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May 24, 2013 Drebbles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
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 sus ...more
Jun 11, 2009 Margaret rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like the mystery portion of the story but here character descriptions leave something to be desired. She seems obsessed with body images rather than personalities and such. I'm still working through this but I'm losing my interest in the story because of her poor description of the characters. I'm not sure how many times you have to say someone is fat, skinny, athletic or whatever to make your point. I hope the other two books are better descriptive wise or I just won't bother reading them.

May 18, 2014 Nicole rated it it was amazing
I read the first book a while back and decided to add this one to my Spring Challenge read. I must say I liked it more than the first book! The mystery is amazingly worked out! I had no idea how everything fitted together.

It all happens as Gretchen has to do her first auction alone without her mother present. She buys a box of Ginny dolls but accidentally gets a box of Kewpie dolls. At the auction the first murder happens. Yes, the first because there is more to come. To make matters even worse,
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Oct 18, 2014 Sarah Adamson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A fun and gentle cozy about a doll repair lady. A fascinating insight into the world of collectible dolls. Good with nice twists.
I enjoyed all the kewpie doll information. I notice that the ones on the cover are the later ones without wings, the ones we used to be able to get at the exhibition and that's the only part they didn't explain, the connection between the two. I got a little mixed up over the diamonds, but it made sense. I lost track of the guilty party somewhere along the line and would have to go back and trace him, but I don't care enough to bother. I've never heard of the Ginny dolls but will look them up. I ...more
Jan 13, 2010 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-arizona
Gretchen is supposed to bid at a doll auction, but when she does, she gets a box of worthless Kewpie doll imitations instead of the valuable dolls she purchased. Then the auctioneer's assistant is killed in a road accident. An obnoxious journalist is murdered at a doll show that takes place soon afterward, but Gretchen is too busy trying to get rid of her visiting ex-boyfriend to pay much attention--until she learns that her knife was used in the killing.
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This was a very interesting book from the standpoint of the mystery/murders to the world of doll collecting. The information regarding a certain type of doll was very interesting. I never knew there were several 'types' of this doll. Also, I learned alot about Doll repairing. Very interesting.

The mystery was tight and well written. I highly recommend reading the series.
Oct 25, 2008 Debbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I gave up on this one several months ago... (murder-mysteries are really not my favorites). I did want to resume reading it to find out the identity of Ronnie's murderer, but I just couldn't force myself to complete it. Ronnie was such a sleaze ball and his murder seemed ... well, justified (?)
Jul 10, 2011 Mascanlon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Gretchen Birch attending at her first big Doll Show on her own, well if you don't count the dog in her purse and the quirky cast of characters all with a passion for doll collecting and Curves! Quirky characters and laughs makes for an enjoyable cozy read.
Apr 17, 2009 Marseille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, doll-fiction
I'm an avid doll collector/researcher, and was quite pleased that the doll information in the book was correct and in the proper spirit......
Jan 08, 2009 Karol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, read-in-2009
Very entertaining mystery . . . I also enjoyed how the author gave real faces and personalities to the homeless.
Oct 31, 2013 Lynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't figure the motive in this one. It was pretty fun and easy to read. Not sure who to trust.
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Feb 27, 2012 Lynn Demsky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly enjoyable cozy series - and, I'm not reading in order and not having problems following along!
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I'm the author of two mystery series. The Gertie Johnson backwoods series set in the Michigan Upper Peninsula. It's a fun romp through the pines. And a doll collecting mystery featuring Gretchen Birch and set in Phoenix.

My latest adventure, under my pen name, Hannah Reed, is a mystery series about a Wisconsin beekeeper. Buzz Off, Mind Your Own Beeswax, Plan Bee, and look for Beeline to Trouble on
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