Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Masking for Trouble by Diane Vallere #Halloween #CozyMystery
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 was interested in this book for a two-fold reason. The first of which it was marked as a Halloween book which the title being a play on word. Secondly, it was a mystery book minus all of the gore that I so hate.
I enjoyed the character, Margo, who was quirky with her daily costume changes. This was not only because she owned a costume shop but because it was her mere personality. She was in essence a part of Halloween and Halloween was a part of her. This made her very likable in my mind. As the story moved along though, I felt she should have been in a detective outfit most of the story. She would have passed for one much more than the actual detective in the story.
I liked the ending but was a bit bogged down to get there. Her so-called romance with one of the characters seemed to stretch out too far for me and I was a bit disappointed it did not speed up. However, her ignorance of the matter did not make sense to the rest of her investigative style. Maybe the term, "love is blind" fit in this case.
Getting back to the ending, I personally would have liked to see a little bit more hint to whom it was but then, it might have ruined the story.
At the end of the book were Halloween recipes and costume ideas that could be found throughout the book. This was a nice addition!
Overall, I give this a 4 star and look forward to reading more from this author.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author for free. The review here is 100% my own opinion and may differ from yours.
This review is also part of the Great Escapes Book Tours.
~M.M. aka Naila Moon
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