Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Review & #Giveaway ~ Silk Stalkings (A Material Witness Mystery, Book 3) by Diane Vallere #CozyMystery

Silk Stalkings
by Diane Vallere

Silk Stalkings (A Material Witness Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Berkley (August 2, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425270592
E-Book ASIN: B01839Q47C

About the Book:

Fabric shop owner Polyester Monroe can get tangled up in textiles, but it’s murder that really throws her for a loop in the latest mystery from the national bestselling author of Crushed Velvet.

The time has come for San Ladrón, California’s annual Miss Tangorli beauty pageant, and Poly has agreed to use Material Girl’s inventory of shimmery silks to create embellished gowns fit for a crown. But when millionaire Harvey Halliwell—the man who revived the city’s citrus trade with his imported tangorli tree—is found dead days before the pageant contestants are announced, something sour takes over the town.

To make matters worse, her friend, mechanic Charlie Brooks, is soon caught up in the crime, having been seen in the company of the case’s prime suspect. Now Poly’s on a mission to squeeze out the truth. But as she searches for a pattern, the killer seems intent on cutting up the evidence…

My Reviews of Previous Books:

Book 1, Suede to Rest ~

Book 2, Crushed Velvet ~ 

My Review:

Diane Vallere's Polyester Monroe is such a wonderful character. Her ability to take a fabric store that sat idle for many years and transform it into the next best thing in San Ladrón, California is aspiring. Poly's newest mission with her store is to clothe contestants in the town's annual beauty pageant. When the founder, Harvey Halliwell, is assaulted in front of Poly and Vaughn then found dead later, Poly finds herself caught up not only in silk and thread, but the murder, too. Who had nothing to lose and everything to gain with Harvey's death?

As the murder investigation progresses, the reader will think they've figured out who was involved in the death only to have the suspect or suspects cleared of any wrong doing. You will go on a wild ride trying to figure out who the bad guy(s)/gal(s) are and who are innocent. I loved the twists and turns this cozy mystery takes you on as you try to figure out who was involved and why they committed this horrible act.

I really enjoyed Poly as a main character. Even though she finds herself embroiled in another murder mystery and plays amateur sleuth, Poly is so believable and realistically written. The interactions between Poly and Charlie, along with Poly and Vaughn give this series the perfect combination of cozy mystery antics and real-life relationships. Not everything is happy all the time - there are several bumps in the road in terms of relationships and friendships. This is what draws me to Diane Vallere's books. Her characters are lifelike, imperfections and all.

I found this cozy mystery to be well thought out, pleasantly paced, and engaging.

ARC review copy provided by the publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Meet the Author:

I’m a former fashion buyer turned mystery writer, trading fashion accessories for accessories to murder. I was bit by the mystery bug as a kid reading Trixie Belden, Connie Blair, and The Three Investigators. Now I’m writing three series: the Style & Error Mysteries, the Mad for Mod Mysteries, Material Witness Mysteries, and the new Costume Shop Cozy Mysteries!

The Material Witness mysteries feature Polyester Monroe, who inherits the fabric shop where she was born. Books include SUEDE TO REST and CRUSHED VELVET . The third, SILK STALKINGS, will be out in August 2016.

The Style & Error Series features former fashion buyer turned amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd. Books in that series include DESIGNER DIRTY LAUNDRY ; BUYER, BEWARE ; THE BRIM REAPER ; and SOME LIKE IT HAUTE . (A short story, “Just Kidding ,” tells the story of how Samantha first met shoe designer Nick Taylor). Book 5, GRAND THEFT RETRO, will be out in 2016.

The Madison Night Mysteries feature a modern day interior decorator who specializes in midcentury design (studying Doris Day movies to get the look right). Books are PILLOW STALK,THAT TOUCH OF INK , and WITH VICS YOU GET EGGROLL . A prequel novella, “Midnight Ice,” can be found in OTHER PEOPLE’S BAGGAGE .

The new Costume Shop Cozy Mysteries feature former magician’s assistant Margo Tamblyn who has come home to run her family’s costume chop. A Disguise to Die For was released February 2, 2016 and Masking for Trouble will be released October 4.

Author Links:

Webpage: http://www.dianevallere.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/DianeVallereAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dianevallere

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4739022.Diane_Vallere

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Dianne Casey said...

This is a great series. I'm looking forward to reading "Silk Stalkings".

Sapphyria said...

You won't be disappointed! :)

CentralEast2 said...

This looks like a great book.