Friday, August 12, 2016


Silk Stalkings
by Diane Vallere

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.

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

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…

The fantastic storyline makes for a fast and entertaining read. I didn’t want to put it down.
~Lisa K’s Book Reviews

With fun characters and a captivating story line, this book brings twist and turns along the way and a murder that will have you guessing until the very end.
~Shelley’s Book Case
This has become a favorite series.
~Storeybook Reviews


The show must go on! Well, beauty pageants are a form of entertainment, at least to those not directly involved. The cost of involvement keeps rising, and not only the financial cost. Along the same lines, anywhere money becomes the main focus, too important, tensions become ragged and disagreements snag relationships. 

Secrets are revealed in this latest Material Witness mystery installment. 

If you have near you or have regularly visited a tourist-centered town, I bet you recognize some of the colorful local characters -- certain shop and small business owners, those set in their ways, those who insist on being on all the town boards and involved in any well publicized event.
I always find it interesting to learn more about those characters, their motivations and especially their secrets. This book does not disappoint in ANY of those areas. Bolts of backstabbing and suspicious behaviors plus a satisfying ending that will make you feel you want to read each of the other books in this series.

About 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. 

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1 comment:

  1. Really looking forward to reading "Silk Stalkings". Can't wait to see what Poly is up to.


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