Thursday, February 11, 2016

A Disguise to Die For - Review & Giveaway


A Disguise to Die For by Diane Vallere
The First Costume Shop Mystery

Margo Tamblyn, upon hearing of her dad's recent heart attack, has returned home to Proper, Nevada to take care of her father and the family costume shop while he recovers. She'll have some help from Ebony, who's been a mom to her, and Kirby, the high school store employee, but will that be enough? Dealing with her grumpy dad is one thing, but dealing with the town's spoiled rich kid is another. Blitz Manners (really a spoiled adult) comes to the store flashing money and unreasonable time frames for a themed birthday party. When said rich kid is found dead at his own party with Ebony standing over his body with a knife, Margo gets thrust into the investigation. Margo will do whatever it takes to prove Ebony's innocence. Can she trust the mysterious Tak Hoshiyama? Will she be able to tie things up and get back to her job is Las Vegas?

A Disguise to Die For is filled with some of the most unique characters in cozies today. Margo dresses in costumes. Not for special occasions, every day. Ebony generally wears clothing from the 1970s. Margo's dad is probably the most main stream character, and he heads out with a buddie to scope out alien costumes from a man in Area 51! These not so average characters bring vibrancy and life to this new series. Despite the quirkiness, perhaps, in part because of it, the characters are very real. They've faced some difficult challenges and vow to view the world in their own way.

A Disguise to Die For is a book about disguise, not just what the victim and killer were wearing, or indeed the costume shop itself. But just about every character is wearing a mask, if not a straight up costume. The trick is finding the real person behind the facade.

Diane Vallere has created a wonderful new world inhabited by quirky characters with substance. There is meaning in her mystery; a fun facade covers some series subjects and I can't wait to uncover more layers.

Recipes and Costume Tips included.

For a chance to have your own copy of A Disguise to Die For, simply leave a comment on this blog post tell us your favorite costume. Be sure to include your e-mail address and post the comment no later than 11:50pm EST Friday, February 12, 2016. Make sure you enter the Rafflecopter as well!

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  1. A Disguise to Die For sounds like a fun read. My favorite costume is a Mrs. Clause dress.

  2. My favourite was a court jester costume I wore. This book is on my wish list! Thank you.

  3. My son's DIY Woody costume back in 2009!

  4. I couldn't come up with an idea for my brother's Halloween party so I bought a cheezy beard and went as the Carnival Bearded Lady. LOL

  5. My favorite costume was when I dressed as Dolly Parton, blonde wig, well-endowed bosom, and cowboy hat too. It was a real hoot.

  6. Amazon still won't let me follow on her page, makes no difference that I am signed in. As a teenager, I dressed like a gypsy.

  7. I had fun the year I dressed as a pirate from Davy Jones locker. The only problem I had is that I kept leaving a trail of seaweed behind,LOL.

  8. What a great review! I dressed as a gypsy one year and loved all the bracelets.

  9. Hi Kathy! My favorite costume was a belly dancer...that was a lot of years ago when I didn't have so much belly to dance! LOL
    Thanks for a chance to win this book!

  10. My favorite costume was the year,as a family,my husband,2 sons and I got dressed up with our homemade anything goes contestumes. Jill Broussard;

  11. All of Diane's books are fabulous, and this one is getting such great reviews I can't wait to read it.

  12. Congratulations Robin! Or should we call you Dolly?! You are the winner-keep an eye out for an e-mail from me!