Thursday, January 28, 2016

A DISGUISE TO DIE FOR by Diane Vallere
A FAMILIAR TAIL by Delia James 

Book 1 in the Costume Shop Mysteries 
by Diane Vallere 

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, her family’s 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—when, in the middle of the festivities, Margo’s friend and party planner Ebony Welles is caught brandishing a 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.



There is no disguising the fact that author Diane Vallere has penned a winner of a mystery!

I was introduced to Diane Vallere’s writing through her Material Witness Mystery series. I really enjoy the flow of that series, so I was delighted when I heard about her new costume Shop Mysteries. She didn’t disappoint.

It was a lot of fun getting to know series lead, Margo Tamblyn, and the other characters in A DISGUISE TO DIE FOR. I found the costume shop, Disguise DeLimit to be a unique setting, and I can see where it will lend itself to many entertaining books to come. And you’ll love the way Margo dresses!

A cleverly written whodunit, I read this book very quickly. I didn’t want to put it done until I had all the answers. I never would have guessed the culprit in this one. Very well done.

If you’re looking to start a new series, pick up A DISGUSIE TO DIE FOR. And if this will be your first book by author Vallere, I recommend you also pick up her books, SUEDE TO REST and CRUSHED VELVET, the first to books in her Material Witness Mystery series.

Fun recipes, mystery costume ideas, and the excerpt for MASKING FOR TROUBLE, book two in the Costume Shop Mysteries, can all be found at the back of the book!


Book 1 in the Witch's Cat Mysteries 
by Delia James 

Magic and meows meet in the first enchanting Witch’s Cat mystery!
Unlucky-in-love artist Annabelle Britton decides that a visit to the seaside town of  Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is the perfect way to get over her problems. But when she stumbles upon a smoky gray cat named Alastair, and follows him into a charming cottage, Annabelle finds herself in a whole spellbook full of trouble.
Suddenly saddled with a witch's wand and a furry familiar, Annabelle soon meets a friendly group of women who use their spells, charms, and potions to keep the people of Portsmouth safe. But despite their gifts, the witches can’t prevent every wicked deed in town....
Soon, the mystery surrounding Alistair’s former owner, who died under unusual circumstances, grows when another local turns up dead. Armed with magic, friends, and the charmed cat who adopted her more than the other way around, Annabelle sets out to paw through the evidence and uncover a killer.


Something witchy this way comes in this magical first installment of the para-cozy series, the Witch’s Cat Mysteries

When I first started reading cozy mysteries, there weren’t very many “para-cozies” out there. When I did start running across them, I didn’t think they’d be my kind of reading. Having been asked to review a few, my opinion has slowly been changing about them, thanks going to talented authors such as, Delia James.

In A FAMILIAR TAIL, readers get to meet Annabelle Britton and follow her on a life changing journey of enchantment . . . and murder.

I flew through the pages of this book. A wonderful story with so many twists and turns, I was constantly surprised with each new chapter. A suspenseful reveal led to an excellent ending, promising more mystical fun to come.

If you like your mysteries with a touch of magic, and a feisty feline companion, you’re going to want to add A FAMILIAR TAIL to your to-be-read list!

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  1. I finished A Disguise to Die For yesterday, and I loved it as well! Can't wait for book 2.

  2. I can't wait to read A Disguise to Die for ...I too love her Material Witness Mystery series...A Familiar Tale is new to me as is the author - I'll have to add that to my list. Thanks for the reviews

  3. Thanks, Lisa. I'm looking forward to reading both of these.

  4. The books look good! (Bear Vallere should be on the cover of Diane's book...) I love your graphic about snow. I miss snow since my husband hates winter and we are down south. Your graphic is so true!

  5. I already love Diane Vallere but Delia James is a new author for me. Both books sound great. I enjoy paranormal cozies and am glad more people are recognizing them as cozy mysteries. Thanks for sharing.