French Polished Murder by Elise Hyatt is the second book in the “Daring Finds” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), May 2010

Going Against the Grain

Divorced mom Candyce “Dyce” Dare, sole employee and owner of the furniture refinishing business she calls Daring Finds, is absolutely giddy about her latest project: giving an antique (and potentially very valuable) piano a facelift. But then Dyce finds something inside the piano—an old letter from a woman who’s been missing for decades.

Dyce, being Dyce, can’t help but engage in a little amateur investigating despite the protests of her still-new boyfriend, local cop Cas Wolfe.

But the more questions she asks, the more complicated things become. Everything starts to rapidly spin out of control, and Dyce finds herself at odds with a very rich and powerful local family. They most definitely do not want old scandals rehashed—and one of them may be ready to resort to murder to stop her.

Dyce finds a long-lost letter and what turned out to be a simple task leads to all sorts of intrigue. This was a good read and I look forward to reading the next one in this series. My rating: 3.5 stars

Elise Hyatt is a pseudonym for Sarah A Hoyt

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