Guest Post with Giveaway ~ A Disguise To Die For by Diane Vallere


Growing Up With Costumes

My parents gave me a long brown wig for my seventh birthday. It’s unclear how they knew that this would be an awesome present for a second grader, but I remember being delighted beyond my wildest dreams. One summer day, while my mom and dad were lounging out back of our house, I dressed up in my yellow dance leotard, a yellow, pink, and light blue maxi skirt, the long wig, and my mom’s oversized sunglasses and then went out back to join them.

I was surprised by how hard they laughed.

Throughout my growing-up years, costumes came and went. Sometimes they were in the form of inherited clothes from a great grandparent that were inappropriate for every day but possible for Halloween (a long, full black skirt with layers of netting underneath—perfect for a witch costume, a pair of baggy men’s pants from the forties—perfect for a hobo). Sometimes they were styles that went out of fashion but were relegated to the box of paint clothes (a pair of denim bell bottoms that were printed with seashells). Sometimes they were items made by my mom (a blue and white checkered dress inspired by Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz). I didn’t play dress up to be someone else, I played dress up because I was figuring out who I was.

As I got older, I started to develop my own sense of style. In the eighties, that meant neon, fishnet, and a punk-meets-preppy vibe. Clothes that others would have thought of as costumey felt completely normal to me. Thrift shop purchases mixed with sweaters worn backwards, two different colored shoes, men’s vintage tuxedo jackets and my mom’s bowling shoes became “me.” I went from being a quiet wallflower to having an identity.

Fast forward to today. Many of my outfits have names: there’s the Amelia Earhart (sage green leather dress with cargo pockets), the Coco Chanel (black boatneck sweater, wide leg pants, tons of pearls and a white camellia), my Chinatown suit (ivory pants and blazer). My black crocheted poncho makes me feel like Batman and I have no less than five dresses to choose from if invited to a luau. Like Margo in A DISGUISE TO DIE FOR, to me, costumes are clothes—or should I say clothes are costumes? Either way, I love getting dressed in the morning!

post-divider rightdisguiseSeries: A Costume Shop Mystery (Book 1)
Publisher: Berkley (February 2, 2016)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 042527828X
ISBN-13: 978-0425278284
ASIN: B00X5936W2
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


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, her family’s 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 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.


post-divider leftThanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of A Disguise to Die For to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on March 5th

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Winner will have 48 hours, from the time of notification to confirm their win or another winner will be chosen.

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dianaI am a textbook Capricorn, I write mysteries, and I love fashion. I launched my own detective agency at ten years old and have maintained a passion for shoes, clues, and clothes ever since.

I'm the daughter of a seamstress and a scientist, so naturally I like fashion, fabric, and figuring things out (though at times it feels like I'm the love child of Edith Head and Spock). In my spare time I daydream about owning a time capsule midcentury modern ranch. I spent over twenty years in the fashion industry, where I was lucky enough to travel the world for runway shows, shoe markets, and lingerie fairs. Now I'm lucky enough to stay home and write!

I'm a Pennsylvanian at heart, but currently live in Southern California, where I've set my Material Witness Mystery Series. The first, SUEDE TO REST.

My other series include the Style & Error Mysteries, featuring crime solving fashionista Samantha Kidd, (set in my childhood hometown of Reading, PA), and the Mad for Mod Mysteries, featuring Doris Day-loving interior decorator Madison Night (set in Dallas, TX).

I am represented by agent Jessica Faust of Bookends Literary Agency, and when I'm not working on a manuscript, I'm blogging with my fellow Mysteristas. I belong to a whole bunch of awesome organizations (Sisters in Crime, MWA, ITW, IBPA, and, of course, the Guppies!), though my favorite is the Sisters in Crime chapter I'm the president of: SinC Los Angeles.

I dig Moon Boots, midcentury modern anything, and Trixie Belden. I don't own a pair of jeans, think Benihana is the happiest place on earth, and believe that the right pair of shoes can change your life.

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  1. Sally Schmidt says:

    What a fun post.  My daughter, one granddaugher and one great-granddaughter all loves costumes from an early age.  What fashion statements they have made.  I am not quite so adventurous but I do have the Johnny Cash Black Sweater outfit and the Jailhouse Rock striped PJ pants.  Love these series.

  2. Cynthia E. Blain says:

    Diane is an excellent writer; I would be honored to win a book from her.  Have had to slow down my reading due being guardians for our 17 year old great nephew, but now I am getting back into full swing again with my reading.   Thank you for the chance to win this.  The book sounds great and I know it will be.


  3. I love Diane's Material Witness series & I'd love to win this debut of her Costume Shop mysteries!  Thank you Lori & Diane!

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