The Decorator Who Knew Too Much (A Madison Night Mystery Book 4) by Diane Vallere (Review by Melanie V””V #NerdGirlVamp)

Title: The Decorator Who Knew Too Much (A Madison Night Mystery Book 4)

Author: Diane Vallere  

Published Date: April 17th 2017

Genre: Mystery / Thriller


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When Interior Decorator Madison Night accepts an assignment in Palm Springs with handyman Hudson James, she expects designing days and romantic nights. But after spotting a body in the river by the job site, she causes a rift in the team. Add in the strain of recurring nightmares and a growing dependency on sleeping pills, and Madison seeks professional help to deal with her demons.

She learns more about the crime than she’d like thanks to girl talk with friends, pillow talk with Hudson, and smack talk with the local bad boys. And after the victim is identified as the very doctor she’s been advised to see, she wonders if what she knows can help catch a killer. An unlikely ally helps navigate the murky waters before her knowledge destroys her, and this time, what she doesn’t know might be the one thing that saves her life.

“If you love Doris Day, you’ll love Madison Night, decorator extraordinaire. She specializes in restoring mid-century homes and designs, and her latest project involves abductions, murder and vengeance.” – Books for Avid Readers

“Diane Vallere…has a wonderful touch, bringing in the design elements and influences of the ’50s and ’60s era many of us hold dear while keeping a strong focus on what it means in modern times to be a woman in business for herself, starting over.” – Fresh Fiction

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), humorous murder mysteries, book club recommendations, amateur sleuth books, southern humor, Doris Day, chick lit.


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***Melanie -#NerdGirlVamp’s  Review***
This is not the first book by  Diane Vallere  that I have read but it was the first one in this series, and I think that was a mistake.  I felt like I was missing out on a lot of the information that probably would have made the personal side of this make a lot more sense had I read the other three.  Sometimes the books work as stand-alones, especially in a genre like this, and sometimes they don’t.  This time for me, it didn’t.

That being said this author can certainly weave a mystery.  That side of the story was definitely well put together.  I am not sure if this is the last book in this series but it definitely reads to a sold conclusion.

If you like the mystery genre then I would say grab yourself book 1 and start from there – and you might really enjoy it!



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