A drycleaner loses her cool over a serial killer who’s picking off her patrons before they can pick up their clothes.
When bank-teller Ardith Brewster confides that she met her new beau at Dyer’s Cleaners’ open house, Mandy Dyer (Taking the Wrap, not reviewed, etc.) couldn’t be more pleased—for about a minute and a half. The first danger signal comes when Ardith begins to change her clothes and hairstyle to suit her new man, who straitlaced Ardith admits is anything but her usual type. The second comes when the police find Ardith strangled in her South Denver bedroom. Mandy suspects there’s a link between Ardith’s romance and her death—a suspicion that deepens when police connect her murder to that of Lorraine Lovell, another of Mandy’s customers. With the help of her staff—hardworking Julia, ditsy Ann Marie and her presser, Mack, who also serves as her voice of reason—she compiles a list of men who were in the shop the same day as both Ardith and Lorraine. But when Julia tells her that her boyfriend, private eye Travis Kincaid, was also near the shop during open house, Mandy has to decide whether to seek his expert help or go it alone, putting distance between herself and a potential killer.
Johnson’s format is as serviceable as a gray pinstripe suit, and about as exciting.