Series: Johnson Johnson Mysteries

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Dolly and the Singing Bird by Dorothy Dunnettbook 1
Dolly and the Cookie Bird by Dorothy Dunnettbook 2
Dolly and the Doctor Bird by Dorothy Dunnettbook 3
Dolly and the Starry Bird by Dorothy Dunnettbook 4
Dolly and the Nanny Bird by Dorothy Dunnettbook 5
Dolly and the Bird of Paradise by Dorothy Dunnettbook 6
Moroccan Traffic by Dorothy Dunnettbook 7

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Series description

A series of detective novels -- also known as the Dolly series (after the hero's yacht). Each book is told from the point of view of a different young woman, who usually underestimates the deceptively ordinary-looking Johnson Johnson, a portrait painter who dabbles in intelligence work. Each narrator's voice is fresh and distinct, and the overall tone is clever and amusing. Some readers may find the series rather dated by the wealth of popular details, since the publication dates range from 1968 to 1991.


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