Masking for Trouble is a perfect read for this time a year. While I haven’t read the first book, A Disguise to Die For, there was enough information that reading out of order was no problem. I don’t feel like I was missing out or lagging behind yet there wasn’t a play-by-play that kills any plan to read the first.
There were some minor issues for me, but it was a really fun, quick, enjoyable read. A must for any mystery fan and a series I plan on continuing. I'm excited to see what happens next with Margo and hopeful there will be less information dumps as the series continues.
Masking for Trouble
by Diane Vallere
Berkley (October 4, 2016)
E-Book ASIN: B01AHKXIHY
Series: A Costume Shop Mystery #2
Genre: Cozy, Mystery, Contemporary,
Format: Ebook, 304 pgs.
Source: BT Review copy
Rating: 4 Stars
Halloween brings more tricks than treats for costume shop owner Margo Tamblyn in the second in a new cozy series from the national bestselling author of the Material Witness Mysteries.
Halloween conjures up big business for Margo Tamblyn’s costume shop, Disguise DeLimit, but this year, the holiday comes knocking with serious trouble. Venture capitalist Paul Haverford plans to rezone historic downtown into a glitzy commercial area which would push out local business. Margo is set on saving her family’s store, especially after a nasty run-in with the chain-store tycoon, but after Haverford’s body is discovered during a spooky party at the derelict Alexandria Hotel, Margo finds herself dressed as the police’s prime suspect.
Anxious to clear her name, Margo begins hunting down anyone who might have wanted Haverford dead. Between all of his malicious maneuverings, the murdered mogul had buckets of people anxious to see him gone. Now, Margo will have to use every trick in the book to find a cloaked killer—before someone else winds up wearing a death shroud…
I was surprised by the reveal of the murderer. Great book for the Halloween season and for cozy mystery fans.
This book is so great and reminds me of a good Jessica Fletcher type novel if Jessica was younger and more feisty in her searching. …If you love Halloween and cozy mysteries you will definitely love this one and the ending will definitely keep you guessing!
The book has depth and the plot is solid. The dialogue between the characters is fluid and the story is fast paced.
~Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
What a perfect book to read for this month…I think it is a good mystery when the identity of the real killer is kept until the end and that is what this author has done.
~A. Holland Reads
I love how Diane Vallere writes, there is wit, humor and a great thrill in each book. I felt that reading Masking for Trouble, was like revisiting an old friend and helping her keep the town in one piece.
Masking for Trouble by Diane Vallere is a fast-paced, quirky mystery that will have you turning pages quicker than Margo Tamblyn changes costumes.
The reveal was suspenseful and kept me reading a bit past my bedtime! It definitely got me in the Halloween spirit!
~I Wish I Lived In a Library
Masking for Trouble is a fun, quick read that I didn’t want to put down…
The mystery itself threw me for a loop and my jaw dropped when the killer was revealed. Totally did not see that one coming. I don’t even think I had a clue as to who to even suspect.
Theatre buff that I am, a cozy set in a costume shop, and at Halloween time, is going to interest me from the start. Diane Vallere has done just that in Masking for Trouble.
|The Good||The Bad & The Other|
|+Liked Margo, her pathology||=Lots of em dashes mid-sentence to clarify who Margo was talking about, e.g., “I waited until she left—the waitress, not Bobbie—before resuming the conversation.”|
|+Positive therapy rep||-Info dumps sprinkled throughout for details on the relationships, businesses, and city|
|+Didn’t see the culprit or ending coming||- “Didn’t realize we were going for a couple’s costume” MY FAT ASS! Makes 0 sense.|
|+Liked the details & intricacies of the relationships, town,||-Ebony and Tak feel like stereotypes|
|+Unique protag and setting||There is a loose end...|
|+Plan to continue the series|
As you can see, I agree with the all the praise listed above and don’t have much to add besides the less than stellar aspects.
It’s exactly what I look for in a cozy mystery. It’s all about the people, the relationships surrounding the crime and Margo’s an amateur snooping around. It doesn’t take over her life since she has to run her shop and there’s reasons why law enforcement isn’t getting it done.
My favorite thing about Margo is her pathology. She has issues and reasons for those issues. It’s a life-long problem that she’s aware of and dealing with. I adore the fact she takes about coping mechanisms and therapy is a positive experience.
Her and her dad are so cute. Hell, cute is a great way to describe most of her relationships. Though her romantic life is messy. And I cannot forget her adorbs kitty, Soot.
I can’t say much about the mystery besides the fact I didn’t see that coming. The villainous exposition was a requirement because of the oh what factor. Unfortunately, there is a loose end that I’d love the answer to. I’m not quite sure how they would’ve pulled it off, TBH.
Minor imperfections but if you’re a mystery fan or want a light seasonal read, you should definitely pick up this series.
About The Author
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 2016, just in time for Halloween.
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 LAUNDRY ; BUYER, BEWARE ; THE BRIM REAPER ; and SOME LIKE IT HAUTE . (A short story, “Just Kidding ,” tells the story of how Samantha first met shoe designer Nick Taylor). Book 5, GRAND THEFT RETRO, will be out in 2016.
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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