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Crushed Velvet
A Material Witness Mystery #2
Diane Vallere

Berkley Prime Crime
August 4, 2015 / ISBN 978-0-425-27058-5
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Poly Monroe is anxious to reopen the fabric shop she recently inherited. She's named it "Material Girl" and has ordered custom fabric designed to bring in maximum sales and profits. Her friend, and nearby business owner, Genevieve Girard, comes by with sandwiches for the crew taking town the old sign to get ready to put up the Material Girl sign, when the van pulls up with the delivery of the custom fabric.

Genevieve's husband, Phil, was supposed to have picked up the fabric and be delivering it, but a stranger has the van and the fabric. He has something else, too...Phil's body, crushed under the bolts of velvet fabric! While Genevieve worries that the catnip tea she'd prepared for her husband may have killed him, Poly is more concerned that whoever killed Phil may have it in for his wife, too! Keeping Genevieve safe and away from the police who have some serious questions for her becomes a priority for Poly while she sets her mind to figuring out who killed Phil and why.

This is the second book in the series, and I'm happy to say that I enjoyed it just as much as the debut, "Suede to Rest." Its fun to get to know Poly (full first name is indeed Polyester!), and her friends and cohorts in San Ladron. It helps that Poly has adorable cats, a handsome wealthy pseudo-boyfriend, and loyal female friends.

The story is a good one, and I enjoyed reading the book a lot. The cover is sweet, with two dear kitty faces, and an assortment of fabric that appeals to my crafty-self, and there is even a fabric placemat project in the back of the book.

I highly recommend this delightful cozy mystery as a relaxing summer read that will keep you guessing and turning pages to find out whodunit!

Reviewed 2015