No sooner does former magician’s assistant Margo Tamblyn return home to Proper City, Nevada, to run Disguise DeLimit, her family’s 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 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.
Bubby: A Disguise to Die For checked several boxes for me right off the bat. First of all, it’s by our perennial favorite Diane Vallere – you know, the author who writes those books about the Doris Day look-a-like interior designer? Secondly, it’s set in and around a costume shop named “Disguise DeLimit”. How clever is that? And lastly, there are recipes in the back of the book. You know how I love my recipes!
Sissy: There are many things that are clever about the writing in this new series. Diane Vallere uses several interesting devices, some pretty tongue in cheek, and it made me chuckle throughout my reading of A Disguise to Die For. Another reason I love Diane Vallere is that her characters are so weird and quirky, just enough so that you know that they could actually appear in real life. Margo, for example, dresses up in a different costume every day – one day she was a 60’s hippie, one day a cute sailor, another day an Indian princess–you see what I mean.
Bubby: I wish that I could get away with that. I think it’d be fun! Besides, my witch costume that I wear every Halloween is quite comfortable…
Sissy: Mine too! And my wig of long and luscious gray and black locks is FABULOUS! I wish my real hair was that long and thick.
Bubby: There are a few tasty twists and turns that pop up during the story that really added a little something special, but I have to agree with Sissy that Diane Vallere’s characters are what make this book a treat. I especially loved Margo’s dad. We sure miss our own curmudgeon around here and it’s nice to read something that reminds me of him. It’s the same reason I watch “Pawn Stars” on the history channel – if you’ve ever watched it, the grandpa, the Old Man, is so much like our dad. And the dad on”The Goldbergs” too – not the grandpa, but the dad.
Sissy: Margo’s dad for me was more protective and sweet and affectionate with a hint of independent old man stuck in there. Ebony, Margo’s substitute mom, is also a strong and glamboyant character.
Bubby: Glamboyant? Is this our newly coined word of the day?
Sissy: Yes. It means glamorous plus flamboyant, obviously, and you’re the one who said it first. I’m just stealing it! Ebony is just the perfect amount of loving and caring mixed with firm and authoritative, which seems to be just what Margo always needs from her. What do you think about Tak, Miss Bubby? He is clearly the potential love interest for Margo but is it going to work out? Is he going to be the only one? Will he ever kiss her?
Bubby: Hmmm. I’m not sure about Tak. He has some issues of his own to work out and I’m not sure what all of his motives are. And I don’t think his ex-girlfriend is ready to let him go, even though he keeps saying it’s over. We’ll just have to see how it goes. You should know, readers, that Sissy is searching “hot asian actors” on Google to find you all a visual aid. At least that’s why she claims she’s doing it…
Sissy: Don’t be ridiculous, Bubby! It’s purely for our readers! And the winner for hot Asian actor who gets to play the part of love interest Tak? Ji-Ho Oh. Here’s his picture. Wipe the drool off your keyboard.
Bubby: Look how pretty! Ok, enough ogling. Back to business. We have not one but TWO contests running in conjunction with the Great Escapes Blog Tour. Would you like to win a FREE copy of A Disguise to Die For? Just leave a comment on this post by midnight February 8th and you’re entered!
Sissy: There is also this awesome Rafflecopter giveaway:
Bubby: I’m already loving the Costume Shop Mysteries series after this first book. It’s witty, funny, fresh and kept my interest. I can’t wait for book two.
Sissy: I felt the same way. Can’t wait to see what’s next for Margo, Ebony, Tak and the whole gang.
We received this title as part of the Great Escapes Blog Tour in return for a fair and honest review.