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Dressed to Confess
A Costume Shop #3
Diane Vallere

August 1, 2017/ ISBN 978-0-425-27830-7
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds  


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 Domino Divas.

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 Mysteries

Reviewed 2017