Masking for Trouble

Masking for Trouble
  • Author: Diane Vallere
  • Series: A Costume Shop Mystery (Book 2)
  • Publisher:  Berkley
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Release Date: October 4th, 2016
  • I Rate it:    
  • GenreCozy
  • Purchase on Amazon

Book Summary

Halloween brings more tricks than treats for costume shop owner Margo Tamblyn in the second in a new cozy series from the national bestselling author of the Material Witness Mysteries.

Halloween conjures up big business for Margo Tamblyn’s costume shop, Disguise DeLimit, but this year, the holiday comes knocking with serious trouble. Venture capitalist Paul Haverford plans to rezone historic downtown into a glitzy commercial area which would push out local business. Margo is set on saving her family’s store, especially after a nasty run-in with the chain-store tycoon, but after Haverford’s body is discovered during a spooky party at the derelict Alexandria Hotel, Margo finds herself dressed as the police’s prime suspect.

Anxious to clear her name, Margo begins hunting down anyone who might have wanted Haverford dead. Between all of his malicious maneuverings, the murdered mogul had buckets of people anxious to see him gone. Now, Margo will have to use every trick in the book to find a cloaked killer—before someone else winds up wearing a death shroud…

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About The Author

Diane Vallere is a former fashion buyer turned mystery writer, trading fashion accessories for accessories to murder. She writes the Samantha Kidd, Madison Night, Material Witness, and Costume Shop Cozy Mysteries. She started her own detective agency at age 10 and has maintained a passion for shoes, clues, and clothes ever since.

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

The Madison Night Mysteries feature a modern day interior decorator who specializes in mid-century 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 Material Witness mysteries feature Polyester Monroe, who inherits the fabric shop where she was born. Books include SUEDE TO REST, CRUSHED VELVET, and SILK STALKINGS.

The Costume Shop mysteries debuted with A DISGUISE TO DIE FOR, which introduces Margo Tamblyn, costume shop owner, who helps solve a murder after one of her clients is found dead at his own costume party (dressed as Sherlock!). MASKING FOR TROUBLE, the second in the series, will be out in October 2016, just in time for Halloween.

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Book Review by Bree Herron

Margo is one of my favorite “oops” sleuths, I call sleuths this when  they really aren’t wanting the attention of a dead body, but are always finding a dead body. As a former magician assistant and now expert of all things costume, Margo is quickly becoming a well know character to the cozy reader world.   And this book didn’t fail to have my attention or curiosity. As the second in the series, it didn’t disappoint. Proper City, Nevada has a great new sleuth and I personally hopes she sticks around.

I think that readers will find this book to delight for the Halloween season, it is spooktastic! Click To Tweet

I love how Diane Vallere writes, there is wit, humor and a great thrill in each book. I felt that reading Masking for Trouble, was like revisiting an old friend and helping her keep the town in one piece. I truly, though was eager to read this book and have had my mourning time of finishing it.

I think that readers will find this book to hit home for the Halloween season. And I hope you find yourselves in a the thick of this new investigation, and hopefully help Margo clear her name!

I Rate it

The book releases tomorrow, October 4th, 2016. I highly suggest checking out this book for your Halloween pleasure. Do you read holiday themed books all year around?

**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.


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