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.Masking for Trouble (Costume Shop Mystery #2) by Diane Vallere
Series: Costume Shop Mystery #2
Published by Berkley on October 4th 2016
Number of Pages: 304
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Source: Berkley Prime Crime
Purchase: At Amazon
Halloween conjures up big business for Margo Tamblyn’s costume shop, Disguise DeLimit, but this year, the holiday comes knocking with serious trouble. Venture capitalist Paul Haverford plans to rezone historic downtown into a glitzy commercial area which would push out local business. Margo is set on saving her family’s store, especially after a nasty run-in with the chain-store tycoon, but after Haverford’s body is discovered during a spooky party at the derelict Alexandria Hotel, Margo finds herself dressed as the police’s prime suspect.
Anxious to clear her name, Margo begins hunting down anyone who might have wanted Haverford dead. Between all of his malicious maneuverings, the murdered mogul had buckets of people anxious to see him gone. Now, Margo will have to use every trick in the book to find a cloaked killer—before someone else winds up wearing a death shroud...
I really liked Tak in the first book. But for a lot of this one I wanted to smack him. His and Margo’s relationship was a fairly big plot point in the book, and all of it seemed like it was heading towards bad news. I guess it was fairly realistic in some ways, that neither one really talked to the other about the issues until towards the end of the book. But it didn’t add anything to the main mystery for me, it just annoyed me.
I had no idea who the killer was, until a chapter or so before the reveal. It made sense, but I never would have figured it out on my own. There were a few other people I was suspecting, but they didn’t end up linked in the plot.
I liked getting to know the secondary characters from the first book better, and a few of the new characters were interesting as well. I especially liked Margo’s interactions with her father. It was both believable, as well as funny at times. All the characters are developed enough that they feel real, and each one has their own distinct quirks.
I think I liked the first book better, but not by much. If you’re looking for a fun and unique setting for a cozy mystery series, you need to give this a try!
Recipes Included: Margo’s Gangster Blueberry Smoothie, Mummy Dogs, Halloween-Themed Tortilla Chips, Halloween Pico De Gallo.
Costume Ideas & Instructions Included: Eggs Sunny Side Up Costume, Easy (and Inexpensive) Mummy Costume, Group Costume Idea: M&M’s.