A Disguise to Die For

A Costume Shop Mystery, #1

In this new series by Diane Vallere, Margo Tamblyn has given up her job as a magician’s assistant to help her invalid father run the family business – a costume shop in Proper City, Nevada appropriately named Disguise DeLimit. She’s no sooner behind the register than she gets her first big order: forty costumes for a spoiled rich kid’s birthday bash. Things turn deadly, though, when Margo’s friend Ebony is caught at the party wielding a knife over the birthday boy’s dead body.

A costume shop is a unique setting for a mystery series and Vallere does an excellent job of painting the picture. The characters are interesting and quirky, and a dash of romance is provided via a hunky City Planner. I look forward to more in this series – Four Stars – ROCCO LOTEMPIO

Book Blurb for A Disguise to Die For

Someone is dressed to kill in the debut Costume Shop Mystery from the national bestselling author of the Material Witness mysteries.


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.




From the Paperback edition.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2016 4.00