Guest Post with Giveaway ~ Masking For Trouble by Diane Vallere


Costume Love

When I was in first grade, my mom made me a black cat costume for Halloween. It involved sewing a hood with cat ears and a tail onto one of my black leotards from dance class and a cat mask with a thin piece of elastic that ran went around the back of my head. I loved that costume. If memory serves, I wanted to wear the costume post-Halloween, because everybody wants to be a cat. Right?

Since then there were gypsies and hobos and Indians. In college there was Marilyn Monroe, Cher, and the 80s-specific year I dressed as my Swatch Watch. I enjoy coming up with costume ideas as much as I enjoy wearing them which brings up a lot of questions about my identity.

I’ve discovered that, when it comes to costumes, people fall into two camps: those who love them and those who don’t. There isn’t a lot of gray area. Being the former, I’ve wondered about the latter. Is it the trouble of putting together a specific look? Or have they only experienced uncomfortable costumes? Is the silliness of dressing as someone else off-putting? Or did they just not care about getting candy on Halloween?

When I first started writing the Costume Shop mysteries, I knew one of the three books would center around Halloween. Even in a town where residents throw costume parties for every occasion, Halloween would be a special event. For all of the characters who dress up for poker games and birthdays and annual festivals, there are those who think costumes are odd. But in Proper City, everybody dresses up for Halloween. That’s just how it is!

Guest post provided by the publisher.

post-divider rightmaskingSeries: A Costume Shop Mystery (Book 2)
Publisher: Berkley (October 4, 2016)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0425278298
ISBN-13: 978-0425278291
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


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…

post-divider leftThanks to the publisher I have one (1) copy of Masking for Trouble to give away.

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Giveaway ends on October 16th

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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. Della Williamson says:

    Great post! Brought back so many memories. My sisters and I were always making 'get ups' of one sort or another. We still refer to those costurmes as 'get ups'. We were ladies of King Arthurs court. One, Carol, was sir galahad. Or lone ranger, etc. what ever happened to be popular with us at the time. I look forward to reading books from this series and hope this will be an early start

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