Great Escapes Tour: Crushed Velvet by Diane Vallere

10 Aug


Crushed Velvet
by Diane Vallere

If I had material like CRUSHED VELVET to read all the time, I could zip through books faster than running my nylons or snagging my cotton blends.
~Lisa K’s Book Reviews

The mystery in Crushed Velvet is interesting. There are bunches of red herrings and lots of new discoveries and the mystery goes along.
~I Wish I Lived In a Library

With the twists, action and humor you can not go wrong with this book. The delightful character Polyester Monroe will have to wishing you were in the town with her.
~Babs Book Bistro

crushed velvetCrushed Velvet (A Material Witness Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
Series: A Material Witness Mystery (Book 2)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (August 4, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0425270585
E-Book ASIN: B00QH832E0

“Diane Vallere has stitched up an engaging new series.”—Sofie Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of the Magical Cats Mysteries

Fabric shop owner Polyester Monroe is back in business—this time getting wrapped up in a diabolical but crafty case of murder.

With opening day of Material Girl approaching, Poly is stocking up on lush fabrics, colorful notions, and best of all, a proprietary weave of velvet. But upon delivery, it’s not quite the blend she expected, being ninety-percent silk and ten-percent corpse. Crushed under a dozen bolts of fabric is Phil Girard. His wife, Genevieve, local tea shop owner and close friend of Poly, is the prime suspect.

Granted, Phil may not have been the perfect husband, but surely Genevieve had no reason to kill him! There’s just the small matter of Genevieve’s own incriminating confession: I’m afraid I killed my husband. Now, as Material Girl’s grand opening looms, Poly is torn between a friendship pulling apart at the seams—and finding a smooth killer with a velvet touch…


DianeVallereAuthorPhoto_color_croppedAbout the Author 

After two decades working for a top luxury retailer, Diane Vallere traded fashion accessories for accessories to murder. SUEDE TO REST, the first book in the bestselling Material Witness Cozy Mystery Series, was a Lefty/ Best Humorous Mystery nominee. CRUSHED VELVET, book two, comes out August 4. Diane is the current president of Sisters in Crime Los Angeles, and was co-chair of the 2015 California Crime Writers Conference. She also writes the Madison Night and Style & Error Mystery Series. Diane started her own detective agency at age ten and has maintained a passion for shoes, clues, and clothes ever since.

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FTC: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My thoughts:  Crushed Velvet is the second installment in the Material Girl mysteries series. It reads well as a stand alone, but I’ve read the first book (Suede to Rest) and it’s a good read, too. What makes Crushed Velvet such a good read is the main character Polyester “Poly” Monroe.  She’s a creative young designer with a heart of gold. You can’t help be like her. Diane has created an interesting community with strong, likable characters that readers want to visit again and again. Crushed Velvet has plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged all the way to the end.

There are lots of cozy mysteries out there with almost any thing you can think of, but if you want an exciting, entertaining read with characters you will want to know more about, I highly recommend you add Crushed Velvet to the top of your reading list.

The author is offering an exciting giveaway on the tour page. Two yards of custom made fabric based on the covers of Suede to Rest and Crushed Velvet. For your chance to win check out the tour page at Great Escape Tours.

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