Book Review: A Disguise to Die For (Costume Shop Mystery #1) by Diane Vallere

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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.

Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
A young woman, Margo, comes home in a small town to help her father after having a heart attack. He runs a costume shop and she practically grows up there. No wonder she dresses in costumes her entire life. A rich client comes to the shop to order a costume-themed birthday party. Famous detectives, that’s the theme. But the birthday party goes all wrong. The birthday kid is found dead, and Margo’s dear friend and the closest thing to a mother is standing next to him with a knife. She is absolutely sure and believes in her innocence, but the thing is, who dun it? Is it Miss Marple, or Veronica Mars, or maybe the Great Sherlock Holmes? That’s the problem with the costumed parties, everyone wears a costume. But the question is, who killed the rich kid, and who is trying to frame an innocent person?
Margo takes the things in her own hands. The costumes are hers and it is her friend convicted of murder!

I really like Margo as a character. A real example not to judge the book by the cover. She seems little immature dressing in costumes even when cleaning the wardrobe or walking down the street, like someone still not being able to find herself in the world of grownups. She dresses like cowgirl one day, and Indian another day. But in real life, she knows what she wants. She trusts the people she loves and she would do anything to protect them, no matter what. She inherits her wild spirit from her father who isn’t staying at home after a heart attack but chasing alien costumes in the desert. She sticks to the people close to her, like Ebony who is there for her when she needs a mother because her own died when she was a baby.
Costumes? Checked!
Mystery? Checked!
Murder? Checked!
Funny characters? Checked!
Adorable characters? Checked!
Bad guys? Checked!
This Costume Shop Mystery has it all!
Don’t miss it! Just find your favorite costume (pj-s would be fine) and lurk into the adventures of the costume girl of Proper City. You would enjoy, I know I did.

My opinion: 4 / 5.

About the author:

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Author Bio:

Diane Vallere is the nationally bestselling and Lefty Award-nominated author of the Style & ErrorMad for ModMaterial Witness and Costume Shop Mysteries. A former fashion industry professional, Diane now writes fiction for women who like shoes, clues and clothes. She serves as the current vice president of Sisters in Crime and resides in Los Angeles, California.

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