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Goodbye, Dolly (Gretchen Birch #2)

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A sleazy reporter has been found dead with doll restoration artist Gretchen Birch's craft knife stuck in his back. And when someone begins sending her boxes of Kewpie dolls with threatening messages inside, she knows she must watch her step.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Berkley
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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
May 24, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Luanne Castle
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Just as satisfying as book #1 in the series, and it was fun to see so many of the same characters reappear. I can't wait for book #3!
Feb 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
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.

Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
Jan 13, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Mar 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 10, 2011 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.
Oct 25, 2008 rated it it was ok
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 (?)
Apr 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 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......
Lynn Demsky
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly enjoyable cozy series - and, I'm not reading in order and not having problems following along!
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I didn't figure the motive in this one. It was pretty fun and easy to read. Not sure who to trust.
Sarah Adamson
Oct 14, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Sep 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, read-in-2009
Very entertaining mystery . . . I also enjoyed how the author gave real faces and personalities to the homeless.
Jan 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Enjoy the Gertie series better.
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