Guest Post with Giveaway ~ Dressed To Confess by Diane Vallere

The Domino Divas

When I started writing Dressed to Confess, I knew the mystery would surround a dance troupe made famous for their performances from a previous decade. My inspiration was The Go-Gogos, who are probably my favorite band. At the time, I was only looking for a way to incorporate a group I loved into a story I was writing, but when I looked them up to see if there was any interesting backstory that I didn’t know about, I was shocked. Turns out when I wasn’t looking, a rift had formed within the group and one of the members had been ousted.

Here’s the part I love about research. You never know what you’re going to find, and you never know what you’re going to use. At least that’s what I told myself when I accessed the forty pages of legal documents I uncovered from “The Hollywood Reporter.” That’s right, I said forty pages!

You know that feeling when you’re in a public place and someone near you is discussing their dirty laundry and you can hear every single thing? And you know you’re not technically supposed to be hearing it, but you can’t stop listening, because DRAMA!

That’s how I felt while reading those documents. And two things became obvious: I wouldn’t be able to use the five women from the band as inspiration for my five-woman dance troupe, but in my story, one of those women (Ronnie Cass) was going to be the victim.

Reading those documents provided me with a sense of the kind of power struggle that builds up in that sort of group dynamic. And just like when I sat through a civil court case while writing the second book in this series, I realized this sort of drama exists all around us. The motive for murder didn’t come from the court documents (whew!), but vague idea for The Domino Divas did—as did the idea for the domino-inspired costumes that Margo makes for the Divas’ performance.

As for the other sources of drama that link back to Ronnie Cass and lead to possible motives for murder, well, you’ll just have to read the book to find out what else she did to get herself on somebody’s bad list!

(Oh. You mean you wanted to read the forty pages too? Here you go. Have fun!

Guest post provided by the publisher.

Series: A Costume Shop Mystery (Book 3)
Publisher: Berkley (August 1, 2017)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0425278301
ISBN-13: 978-0425278307
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


Costume shop owner Margo Tamblyn faces a deadly conspiracy when a small-town festival turns into big-time trouble.

It’s no secret around Proper City, Nevada, that the Sagebrush Festival, the town’s annual family-friendly event, is the place to be. This year’s theme of board games has everything from Conspiracy to Clue. Margo Tamblyn’s costume shop, Disguise DeLimit, has been tasked with providing costumes for the festival headliner, the Domino Divas. But on the night of the performance, one fallen Domino threatens to bring down the whole show when head dancer Ronnie Cass is found in her dressing room, unmasked, unprepared, and very, very dead.
As the police investigate, Margo learns that Don Digby, her father's best friend, is the prime suspect, tied to the victim by an unsolved robbery connected to Proper City’s past. As conspiracies abound and theories are debunked, Margo seeks to unmask the real killer before her dad's buddy winds up in a costume made with prison stripes.


Thanks to the publisher I have one (1) copy of Dressed to Confess (A Costume Shop Mystery) to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on September 2nd

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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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