Tuesday, June 6, 2017

SAMANTHAPALOOZA: Review of Buyer Beware (Samantha Kidd Mystery #2) by Diane Vallere

To Celebrate the 5 Year Anniversary of Samantha Kidd Humorous Mystery Series by Diane Vallere Great Escapes Book Tours is hosting #Samanthapalooza!

Buyer, Beware: A Samantha Kidd Humorous Mystery 
Cozy Mystery 
2nd in Series 
Polyester Press (March 5, 2013) 
Paperback: 258 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1939197016 
E-Book ASIN: B00BPD587G

    Samantha Kidd: Bag Lady?
Out-of-work fashion expert turned amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd is strapped. But when the buyer of handbags for a hot new retailer turns up dead and Samantha is recruited for the job, the opportunity comes with a caveat: she's expected to find some answers. With shoe designer Nick Taylor off in Italy, she turns to a sexy stranger for help (with humorous results!). But as the walls close around her like a snug satin lining, Samantha must get a handle on the mystery or risk being caught in the killer's clutches.
Review: This is the second story featuring Samantha Kidd.  The fashion expert is out of work, and in order to keep her head above water, she and a group of friends enter a contest sponsored by a new store in town called Heist--a contest which involves stealing a statue from the local fashion institute and bringing it to the opening night party at Heist. The robbery goes off without a hitch, but at the party, Samantha discovers a dead body--the handbag buyer for Heist. She is then recruited by the store's owner to take the job and try to solve the murder. She works with the cops, as well as with her friend's very sexy brother, while trying to keep her almost boyfriend, Nick, from worrying about her while he's half the world away in Italy. Will Samantha solve the case, or wind up the next victim?

Samantha is such a fun character. She bases most of her sleuthing on what she's seen in old movies or on television shows, which of course results in her getting into a few tight spots here and there. Based on her interactions with both Nick and Dante in this book, I have a definite favorite when it comes to resolving the love triangle. I also enjoyed her interactions with Detective Loncar--they definitely know how to push each other's buttons.

I would recommend this book (in fact, the entire series) to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries.

Rating: Four stars 

About The Author

I’m a former fashion buyer turned mystery writer, trading fashion accessories for accessories to murder. I was bit by the mystery bug as a kid reading Trixie Belden, Connie Blair, and The Three Investigators. Now I’m writing three series: the Style & Error Mysteries, the Mad for Mod Mysteries, and the Material Witness Mysteries.

The Costume Shop mysteries debuted with A DISGUISE TO DIE FORhttps://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?source=bk&t=dollycsthoug-20&bm-id=default&l=ktl&linkId=0fa5b3d5e123e1a541cbc9ff5bd877e9&_cb=1471800631937, which introduces Margo Tamblyn, costume shop owner, who helps solve a murder after one of her clients is found dead at his own costume party (dressed as Sherlock!). MASKING FOR TROUBLEhttps://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?source=bk&t=dollycsthoug-20&bm-id=default&l=ktl&linkId=e0e4049d84328baacd85651142746fd5&_cb=1471800642276, the second in the series was released last October and Dressed to Confesshttps://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?source=bk&t=dollycsthoug-20&bm-id=default&l=ktl&linkId=beb42f15a4e0eabc1ed68f89c32aaa05&_cb=1496439181303 will be out in August 2017.

The Material Witness mysteries feature Polyester Monroe, who inherits the fabric shop where she was born. Books include SUEDE TO REST  and CRUSHED VELVET . The third, SILK STALKINGS,  was just released.

The Style & Error Series features former fashion buyer turned amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd. Books in that series include DESIGNER DIRTY LAUNDRYBUYER, BEWARETHE BRIM REAPER ; SOME LIKE IT HAUTEGRAND THEFT RETRO, and Pearls Gone Wild. (A short story, “Just Kidding ,” tells the story of how Samantha first met shoe designer Nick Taylor).

The Madison Night Mysteries feature a modern day interior decorator who specializes in midcentury design (studying Doris Day movies to get the look right). Books are PILLOW STALK ,THAT TOUCH OF INK , and WITH VICS YOU GET EGGROLL . A prequel novella, “Midnight Ice,” can be found in OTHER PEOPLE’S BAGGAGE .

Author Links 
Webpage: http://www.dianevallere.com/ 
FB: https://www.facebook.com/DianeVallereAuthor 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dianevallere GoodReads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4739022.Diane_Vallere 

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