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Dealing in Murder (Molly Doyle #1)

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Elizabeth Porter was a top-of-the-line Manhattan antiques dealer until her ex-husband and his lover's flagrantly criminal scam left her reputation in tatters. Now, using a new name, Molly Doyle, she's starting over a continent away in a rundown antiques shop in cozy Carmel, California. Molly is determined to make the best of it. But the early antiques bird sometimes gets m ...more
Kindle Edition, 388 pages
Published (first published October 28th 2003)
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Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first started reading this book I wasn't sure I was going to like it. First off it was 388 pages which is long for a cozy mystery plus I thought the main character was going to be too rough for me. It turns out I loved Molly, the main character, and I could not put the book down. Great mystery, some surprises and of course it takes place in Carmel. Molly was a top notch antique dealer in Manhattan until her husband and his lover decided to cheat people. Luckily Molly was innocent but her ...more
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
this book was so bad... so many cliches, so much hiding evidence from the reader (how are we supposed to feel like we're part of it all if all we know is the main character picked up some damning evidence and she can't wait to share it with the cop character. what is it???) the characters are beyond flawed - they're irredeemable. and the editing was so lax that I'm of half a mind to avoid this editor's work in the future. every few pages I found myself screaming in frustration for one reason or ...more
Jun 05, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i'd give this a 3 1/2 if that were possible. i did enjoy the story and learned about the antique/art biz. the only real issue i had was the fact that molly was so quick to get furious. she was always throwing up her arms and even when she was holding back, she was seething inside. most of the time, i'd imagine a feeling of frustration or mild irritation would have sufficed, but she seemed to go from 0 to 60 in no time flat. she had mellowed by the end, and amusingly, she even commented that she ...more
Feb 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-writer
This is the debut of a series. Molly is a spunky and fun heroine, down on her luck after her ex-husband's antiques fraud is exposed. Given the opportunity to start again at the bottom of the trade, she rolls up her sleeves and starts wheeling and dealing "merch" and exploring garage and estate sales for the inventory she'll need to rebuild her reputation. Stumbling into a murder, she meets an abrasive police chief, who will surely become constant in the next books.
Jun 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised with this novel. I just picked it up at random at the library. The characters were strong and realistic. The antique business was interesting but not overwhelming. Kind of a turn around at end because Molly's first impression of several people didn't pan out. Kept my interest. The love interest between the heroine and the chief of police was full of sparks and conflicts.
Gloria Mccracken
I've accidentally been reading this series backwards. This, the third I've read is actually the first in the series. Even though I knew that some of the suspicious characters were, in fact, part of the protagonists eventual circle of good friends, it was still very enjoyable and entertaining, as all of them have been. They are not easy to find and I suspect there aren't very many of them, but I've found all of them interesting and enjoyable.
#1 Molly Doyle book. Carmel, antique dealer, goes to house to find key to desk she bought and woman dies in her arms. Police Chief Randall, DA Lucero, restauranteur Daria. Works for Max. Molly was accused in NY of selling fakes but was not guilty. Her husband and his lover were gulty.
We read for the Mystery Book club. I'd actually give it more of a 3-1/2, but the stars don't allow for it. I thought it was a good read, just a little too long for my taste.
Jodi Reeves
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. Picked it up at a thrift store, and had to get the rest of the titles for the series. I enjoyed it, it kept me guessing, and looks like we might get a romance in the next book.
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
This was an interesting read. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at the antiques trade the most. The characters were fairly well-drawn.
May 23, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
RATING: 3.25
Awesome series
Imogene (Gene)
Learned somethings about antique dealers
Apr 16, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-cozy
This is another good Molly Dolly cozy mystery dealing with antiques. The second out of 4 I believe. Good drama and suspense.
Alaina Sloo
Fun, light murder mystery, part of a series set in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, and following the sleuthing of a local antique dealer. Good window on local culture and the community.
Joyce McKune
A nice quick read. Didn't always know who were the good guys and who were the bad guys. A good first book. Will try to find the next.
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Elaine Flinn, a former Bay Area antiques dealer, created Molly Doyle, a Carmel, CA, antiques dealer in Dealing in Murder, her 2003 debut novel that was nominated for an Agatha, Gumshoe, Barry and Anthony (2003). Tagged for Murder (2004) won the Barry Award. Two more Molly Doyle novels--Deadly Collection and Deadly Vintage followed.

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