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Silk Stalkings – Book #3 in the Material Witness Mystery series
Fabric shop owner Polyester Monroe can get tangled up in textiles, but it’s murder that really throws her for a loop in the latest mystery from the national bestselling author of Crushed Velvet.
The time has come for San Ladrón, California’s annual Miss Tangorli beauty pageant, and Poly has agreed to use Material Girl’s inventory of shimmery silks to create embellished gowns fit for a crown. But when millionaire Harvey Halliwell—the man who revived the city’s citrus trade with his imported tangorli tree—is found dead days before the pageant contestants are announced, something sour takes over the town.
To make matters worse, her friend, mechanic Charlie Brooks, is soon caught up in the crime, having been seen in the company of the case’s prime suspect. Now Poly’s on a mission to squeeze out the truth. But as she searches for a pattern, the killer seems intent on cutting up the evidence…
Silk Stalkings has all of the small-town charm you expect from a cozy mystery, but with some refreshingly unique characters thrown in. There’s plenty of personal crisis to keep you interested (and maybe a bit distracted), but nothing so melodramatic that you feel like you’re reading a soap opera rather than a mystery novel. I was sucked right into the story and finished this in 2 sittings. I really enjoyed this one, and highly recommend it for cozy fans.
If you haven’t started this series yet, I’d suggest starting with #1. It won’t take long to catch up, and you’ll have a better understanding of the personal relationships between several of the characters.
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About the Author
I’m a former fashion buyer turned mystery writer, trading fashion accessories for accessories to murder. I was bit by the mystery bug as a kid reading Trixie Belden, Connie Blair, and The Three Investigators. Now I’m writing three series: the Style & Error Mysteries, the Mad for Mod Mysteries, and the Material Witness Mysteries. Coming in Feb 2016: The new Costume Shop Cozy Mysteries!
The Material Witness mysteries feature Polyester Monroe, who inherits the fabric shop where she was born. Books include SUEDE TO REST and CRUSHED VELVET. The third, SILK STALKINGS, will be out in August 2016.
The Style & Error Series features former fashion buyer turned amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd. Books in that series include DESIGNER DIRTY LAUNDRY; BUYER, BEWARE; THE BRIM REAPER; and SOME LIKE IT HAUTE. (A short story, “Just Kidding,” tells the story of how Samantha first met shoe designer Nick Taylor). Book 5, GRAND THEFT RETRO, will be out in 2016.
The Madison Night Mysteries feature a modern day interior decorator who specializes in midcentury design (studying Doris Day movies to get the look right). Books are PILLOW STALK,THAT TOUCH OF INK, and WITH VICS YOU GET EGGROLL. A prequel novella, “Midnight Ice,” can be found in OTHER PEOPLE’S BAGGAGE.
Tour Participants – be sure to visit the other stops on this blog tour to read more about Silk Stalkings
August 1 – Booklady’s Booknotes – REVIEW
August 1 – Sleuth Cafe – REVIEW
August 2 – A Holland Reads – REVIEW
August 2 – Kaisy Daisy’s Corner – REVIEW
August 3 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – REVIEW
August 3 – Pulp and Mystery Shelf – SPOTLIGHT
August 4 – Jane Reads – REVIEW
August 4 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT
August 5 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW
August 5 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT
August 6 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW
August 7 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW
August 8 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW
August 8 – Carole’s Book Corner – SPOTLIGHT
August 9 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW
August 9 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – REVIEW
August 10 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW
August 10 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
August 11 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW
August 11 – The Girl with Book Lungs – SPOTLIGHT
August 12 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
August 12 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
NOTE: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All comments and opinions are my own.