Thursday, June 8, 2017


To Celebrate the 5 Year Anniversary of Samantha Kidd Humorous Mystery Series by Diane Vallere Great Escapes Book Tours is hosting #Samanthapalooza!

Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 
Polyester Press (June 5, 2012) 
Paperback: 274 pages ISBN-13: 978-0984965304 

    Meet Samantha Kidd.
Ex-buyer turned trend specialist turns amateur sleuth! She designed her future with couture precision, but finding the fashion director's corpse on day one leaves her hanging by a thread. And when the killer fabricates evidence that puts the cops on her hemline, even a chance run-in with hot shoe designer Nick Taylor can't keep her life from unraveling. She trades high fashion for dirty laundry and reveals a cast of designers out for blood. Now her job, her love life, and her future are put on hold as she tries to expose a diabolical designer before getting marked down for murder.

Samantha Kidd is trying to leave the rat race and go home again. She ends up almost homeless, without a confirmable job and meeting a couple of men from her past who become quite necessary to her future. This leaves plenty of time for her to investigate a murder and figure out the dirty details about a killer fashion competition.
This is a fast paced cozy. Something is ALWAYS happening, often to Samantha Kidd.
She has no way of knowing who to trust, why Patrick offered her a job without anyone else in the store knowing about her, and what brings Nick Taylor to her community.
Any wrong move could prove deadly to Samantha and what is left of her dreams.

Buyer, Beware: A Samantha Kidd Humorous Mystery
Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series
Polyester Press (March 5, 2013)
Paperback: 258 pages ISBN-13: 978-1939197016
E-Book ASIN: B00BPD587G

    Samantha Kidd: Bag Lady?
Out-of-work fashion expert turned amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd is strapped. But when the buyer of handbags for a hot new retailer turns up dead and Samantha is recruited for the job, the opportunity comes with a caveat: she's expected to find some answers. With shoe designer Nick Taylor off in Italy, she turns to a sexy stranger for help (with humorous results!). But as the walls close around her like a snug satin lining, 
Samantha must get a handle on the mystery or risk being caught in the killer's clutches.

I read the previous book in the series before this one, so I was familiar with Samantha Kidd's troubles. I appreciated how she developed in this second novel. Her relationship with shoe designer Nick Taylor is still on a bumpy path, with him being out of the country making it more difficult. Add in a "bad boy" who is oh-so-attractive as well as being a shoulder for Sam to literally cry on, and she isn't sure how she should be feeling. She is trying so hard to straighten out both her career and her personal life. At least she has Logan.
The book starts with Samantha and her only local friend, Eddie, planning a robbery, a heist. How legal or ill chosen this caper is, we can not be sure. You know something has to go wrong. Eddie is certain it will take more than two to pull it off. The brother-sister duo he chooses would not be Samantha's first choice.
Who knew the fashion industry was so cut throat on so many levels! From fake merchandise to the administrative offices of two top stores, to the factories in Italy, there is deception and corruption everywhere! When the top buyer for a new store is murdered, there are so many motives to sort through.
A well written cozy with characters you care about and worry about and so many twists and turns that you won't see who is coming until you are hit over the head with the solution.

Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series 
Polyester Press (December 3, 2013) 
Paperback: 266 pages ISBN-13: 978-0984965342 
E-Book ASIN: B00H03A1MW

    Former fashion buyer Samantha Kidd is in over her head
With no job prospects on the horizon, former fashion buyer Samantha Kidd convinces boyfriend and shoe designer Nick Taylor to give her a job in his showroom, but when a collection of vintage Hollywood costumes comes to town, it brings a hat box full of hype. Close friend Eddie is in charge of the exhibit and calls on Samantha for help, but all too soon hype turns to homicide. Brimming with good intentions, she loops in the cops, but after one too many cloche calls, she's knee-deep in mystery. If she can tear the lid off the investigation, it might mean a feather in her fedora. And if she can't? She might get capped.

  Some Like It Haute: A Samantha Kidd Humorous Mystery
Cozy Mystery 4th in Series
Polyester Press (January 6, 2015)
Paperback: 248 pages ISBN-13: 978-1939197108

    If you can't stand the heat, get off the runway.
Fashion expert turned amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd is in the hot seat. After agreeing to help her ex-boyfriend’s former girlfriend with a runway show, her post-break-up life turns explosive. She recruits Dante, a smokin’ hot photographer, to turn up the heat on the investigation (and help her get over Nick), but even the third degree won’t expose an angry arsonist. With a crash course in sizzle, Samantha’s curiosity leads her into another inferno, and this time she either faces the fire or gets burned.

  Grand Theft Retro: A Samantha Kidd Humorous Mystery
Cozy Mystery 5th in Series
Polyester Press (May 17, 2016)
Paperback: 228 pages ISBN-13: 978-1939197269

    Samantha Kidd is about to go retro.
When Samantha Kidd's job at Retrofit Magazine leads her into the fashionable archives of seventies style, she's prepared to report on patchwork velvet and platform shoes, but she never expected to uncover the theft of a major collection of samples from runway shows that took place before disco died. When the guilty party threatens Samantha's family and friends, her priority shift into protection mode. The investigation heats up faster than fondue over sterno, and all too soon Samantha learns that while beat goes on, there's no guarantee that she'll go on with it.

  Pearls Gone Wild: A Samantha Kidd Humorous Mystery
Cozy Mystery 6th in Series
Polyester Press; 6 edition (December 31, 2016)
Paperback: 218 pages ISBN-13: 978-1939197283

Amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd’s life is finally on track. It’s her normally cultured friend Cat whose life has lost its luster: eight months pregnant and abandoned by her husband the week before Christmas. She ropes Samantha into helping at her boutique, but a string of jewelry thefts threatens her business. And when Cat’s husband is found strangled with pearls inside the shop, the last thing she’s concerned with is profit. Samantha tries to get a bead on the killer, but when the suspects all clam up, she’s left tangled in knots. Add in an unexpected proposal, a flirtatious friend, and a brand new detective, and this is bound to be Samantha’s wildest adventure yet.

Cement Stilettos: A Samantha Kidd Humorous Mystery Cozy Mystery 7th in Series Polyester Press (June 13, 2017) Print Length: 255 pages ASIN: B06ZY1B1TR
    Forget the cannoli. Take the shoes!

When newly engaged amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd discovers the body of a mafia princess dead in fiancĂ© and shoe designer Nick Taylor’s showroom, her questions are so numerous she’d need a bookie to keep track. The victim’s ties to local organized crime are unexpected. Nick’s apparent vow of silence makes Samantha question the vows in their future, and despite past promises, all bets are off. Wise guys and leopard ladies keep her busier than a consigliere during tax season, and if she can’t keep her head above water, she’ll end up sleeping with the fishes.

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, and the Material Witness Mysteries.
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 2017.
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,  was just released.
The Style & Error Series features former fashion buyer turned amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd. Books in that series include DESIGNER DIRTY LAUNDRYBUYER, BEWARETHE BRIM REAPER ; SOME LIKE IT HAUTEGRAND THEFT RETRO, and Pearls Gone Wild.
(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 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 .
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