Proper City, Nevada,
is hosting the small town’s annual Sagebrush Festival,
and Margo Tamblyn’s costume shop, Disguise DeLimit will
be providing the costumes for the festival headliners, the
There is often trouble brewing under the surface
in a small town, and sometimes those problems go back into
decades of history. The Domino Divas were popular in the ‘60s
and have come together again for this big event. Things are
rocky when one of their members, Ronnie Cass, is late for
rehearsal. Tensions simmer when another Diva slaps her across
the face. Then Ronnie doesn’t show up for their big
appearance, and Margo is dispatched to Ronnie’s trailer
to find her.
Margo finds her, all right, but she’s
dead. Murdered! The police investigation leads to Don Digby
being the prime suspect. Don is Margo’s father’s
best friend, and Margo knows he is innocent. With the police
focus on Don, Margo makes it her mission to find out who the
real killer is before anyone else gets hurt.
I love that the mysteries in this book run
deep, and that conspiracy theories fly far and wide. Margo’s
thoughts take a lot of twists and turns as she tries to get
a handle on the truth.
There is a nice balance of small-town rivalries
and friendship, murder and mayhem, romance and humor, and
a unique costume themed subplot. Each time I thought I knew
whodunnit, a new clue gave me pause for thought.
With plenty of motives and suspects, this
is a book you’ll not want to put down until you get
to the very end. I hope that this will be a long-lived series
as I want to watch the characters continue to grow and relationships
to evolve. I see endless possibilities for new stories with
this rich cast of characters and the author’s delightful
imagination and sense of humor. Highly recommended.
Reviewers Note: Diane Vallere also writes the Material Witness