Sunday, October 2, 2016

Review: Masking For Trouble by: Diane Vallere


Title: Masking For Trouble
Author: Diane Vallere
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Costume Shop Mystery #2
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Source: GEBT

Description:


Halloween brings more tricks than treats for costume shop owner Margo Tamblyn in the second in a new cozy series from the national bestselling author of the Material Witness Mysteries.

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...

My Thoughts:

This book follows Margo Tamblyn whose running the costume shop Disguise DeLimit at the busiest time of the year Halloween, with business booming Margo was unaware that Business man Paul Haverford has gotten the town to vote that DeLimit costumes won't win contests at a pre-Halloween party.  When she does find out her temper gets ahead of her and she confronts the business man little did she know that tearing up a letter from him and leaving it in piles on his desk would come back to haunt her!

At the Pre-Party Margo dresses up as a spider including silly string for cobweb affects looks to find water instead she finds a dead body of Paul Haverford and a creepy Spiderman outside.  Who killed Paul Haverford and why?

In this book we see Margo's family and friends and Margo tries to find out who killed Paul and why? Was it a local shop owner? Or his disgruntle silent partner Bill Perth? Or was it a woman from the geology department Francine Wheeler who seems determined to keep Haverford from turning the derelict Alexandria Hotel into something else?   This book is so great and reminds me of a good Jessica Fletcher type novel if Jessica was younger and more feisty in her searching.  In typical fashion of Jessica, Margo finds herself being told to stay out of it and let the police do their job, of course Margo keeps hunting looking for her killer.  If you love Halloween and cozy mysteries you will definitely love this one and the ending will definitely keep you guessing!



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