A Disguise to Die For (Costume Shop Mystery #1) by Diane Vallere (review)

March 6, 2016 All Reviews, Mystery 4 ★★★★

I received this book for free from Berkley Prime Crime in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A Disguise to Die For (Costume Shop Mystery #1) by Diane Vallere (review)A Disguise to Die For (Costume Shop Mystery #1) by Diane Vallere
Series: Costume Shop Mystery #1
Published by Berkley on February 2nd 2016
Number of Pages: 304
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Source: Berkley Prime Crime
Format: Paperback
Purchase: At Amazon

No sooner does former magician’s assistant Margo Tamblyn return home to Proper City, Nevada, to run Disguise DeLimit, the family-owned costume shop, than she gets her first big order. Wealthy nuisance Blitz Manners needs forty costumes for a detective-themed birthday bash. As for Blitz himself, his Sherlock Holmes is to-die-for—literally—when, in the middle of the festivities, Margo’s friend and party planner Ebony Welles is caught brandishing a bloody carving knife over a very dead Blitz.

For Margo, clearing Ebony’s name is anything but elementary, especially after Ebony flees town. Now Margo is left to play real-life detective in a town full of masked motives, cloaked secrets, and veiled vendettas. But as she soon learns, even a killer disguise can't hide a murderer in plain sight for long.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Margo. A woman who chooses to dress in costumes even when not working at a costume shop? I thought it would be too silly. But it actually worked fairly well. It fit her character, and was believable, even when some of the costumes were a trifle more on the exotic side.

I loved the twists and turns in the book. And getting to know the characters in the town. I was pretty sure I knew who the killer was by somewhere around the half-way mark, but that didn’t detract at all from my enjoyment of the rest of the book.

I really liked how Margo interacted with her father, as well as Ebony. You could tell they were all close, and not just because Margo said they were. Which she did, but there was a lot of showing it as well as telling it. I also really liked Tak. He was mysterious, smart, and had a really strong set of ethics.

This was a great first book, and I can’t wait to see what the next book has in store. If you haven’t read this one yet, you need to!


Recipes Included: Hoshiyama Fried Rice, Cach-22 Salvadorian Shrimp Salad, Fresh Salsa Roja Dressing, Margo’s Easy Fruity Pebbles Dinner.

There’s also costume ideas, and a sneak peek at the next book in the series.


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4 Responses to “A Disguise to Die For (Costume Shop Mystery #1) by Diane Vallere (review)”

  1. Lola

    I am so happy to hear you enjoyed this book. I bought a copy of this book as it sounded so good and I hope I can get around to reading it soon. It does sound a bit quirky how Margo dresses in costume always, but I am glad it worked out well. It sounds like a great start of the series and it sounds well written with how you still enjoyed the book even though you knew who the murderer was. Great review!
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I’ve been trying to only keep cozies that were 5 stars for me, or in a series that I’m already keeping. And even though this one didn’t hit the 5 star mark, I liked it too much to donate to the library! *laughs*

      I hope you like this one as well!

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