Title: A Disguise to Die For (Costume Shop Mystery #1)
Author: Diane Vallere
Published Date: Feb. 2nd 2016
Genre: Cozy Mystery
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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—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.
This is the first book I have read by new to me author Diane Vallere but it won’t be the last because if nothing else I will be reading the next in this series.
I am really enjoying cozy mysteries at the moment and this was certainly a fun one to read with several actual laugh out loud moments which is always a winner for me.
With the main setting being a costume shop and a protagonist picking a theme to wear each day the backdrop is a winning combination to start with. Throw in a little death, a lot of mystery, several VERY clever red herrings, and you end up with a story that fans of this genre will love.
A couple of very minor (picky) things held back from me giving this a rip roaring 5 stars (just a couple of what I felt were inconsistencies but others may disagree – reading is after all subjective) but overall this was a fun, easy read and I am pleased to see it is the start of a series. A solid 4 stars from me!
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