Wednesday, February 3, 2016
A Disguise to Die For - Blog Tour Review + Giveaway
A Disguise to Die For: A Costume Shop Mystery by Diane Vallere
Rating: Very Good
Source: Blog Tour/Publisher
Description: Someone is dressed to kill in the debut Costume Shop Mystery from the national bestselling author of the Material Witness mysteries. No sooner does former magician's assistant Margo Tamblyn return home to Proper City, Nevada, to run Disguise DeLimit, the family-owned costume shop, than she gets her first big order. Wealthy nuisance Blitz Manners needs forty costumes for a detective-themed birthday bash. As for Blitz himself, his Sherlock Holmes is to-die-for - literally 0 when, in the middle of the festivities, Margo's friend and party planner Ebony Welles is caught brandishing a bloody carving knife over a very dead Blitz.
For Margo, clearing Ebony's name is anything but elementary, especially after Ebony flees town. Now Margo is left to play real-life detective in a town full of masked motives, cloaked secrets, and veiled vendettas. But as she soon learns, even a killer disguise can't hide a murderer in plain sight for long. (from Goodreads)
Why I Picked This Book: I have read 2 other books by Vallere and really enjoyed them both. I couldn't wait to see what she could do with a costume shop!
My Impression: Vallere is becoming my go-to author for a fun and crazy -without being over the top -read. This is my 3rd book by her and it might just be the most fun. The costume store was fascinating and I could have read an entire book about the store itself. The town of Proper City is an interesting little town with storybook street names and a mania for costume parties.
With all the time spent on Piglet Drive and time spent in go go boots and gangster costumes, the mystery itself doesn't get lost. Margo is a likable and intelligent main character. Her reasons for investigating make sense and I liked that the primary detective is portrayed as an idiot. With the evidence that the detective has it makes perfect sense that Ebony is the primary suspect but she still listens to Margo without letting Margo take over the investigation. I had some ideas as to the solution but I wasn't completely sure of anything until the final reveal and I enjoyed looking for clues and answers along with Margo.
This is a series I'm very much looking forward to continuing. Vallere has set up a fantastic series with likable characters and an incredibly fun setting. I can't wait to see what costumes Margo and Jerry come up with next and see more of Tak, Kirby, and the rest of the Proper City residents.
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Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Absolutely! I looking forward to the next one of these and reading more of her earlier books
Would I Recommend this Book?: If you enjoy cozies with a little bit of humor this is a series (and an author) you don't want to miss.