Crushed Velvet by Diane Vallere (Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway!)

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Crushed Velvet
by Diane Vallere

If I had material like CRUSHED VELVET to read all the time, I could zip through books faster than running my nylons or snagging my cotton blends.
~Lisa K’s Book Reviews

The mystery in Crushed Velvet is interesting. There are bunches of red herrings and lots of new discoveries and the mystery goes along.
~I Wish I Lived In a Library

With the twists, action and humor you can not go wrong with this book. The delightful character Polyester Monroe will have to wishing you were in the town with her.
~Babs Book Bistro

This story had me hooked from the first page, I couldn’t put it down. It ‘s a cozy mystery fun, engaging, full of twists, the plot and the mystery are well developed and the characters are really cute.

There are lots of cozy mysteries out there with almost any thing you can think of, but if you want an exciting, entertaining read with characters you will want to know more about, I highly recommend you add Crushed Velvet to the top of your reading list.
~Booklady’s Booknotes

crushed velvetCrushed Velvet (A Material Witness Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
Series: A Material Witness Mystery (Book 2)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (August 4, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0425270585
E-Book ASIN: B00QH832E0

“Diane Vallere has stitched up an engaging new series.”—Sofie Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of the Magical Cats Mysteries

Fabric shop owner Polyester Monroe is back in business—this time getting wrapped up in a diabolical but crafty case of murder.

With opening day of Material Girl approaching, Poly is stocking up on lush fabrics, colorful notions, and best of all, a proprietary weave of velvet. But upon delivery, it’s not quite the blend she expected, being ninety-percent silk and ten-percent corpse. Crushed under a dozen bolts of fabric is Phil Girard. His wife, Genevieve, local tea shop owner and close friend of Poly, is the prime suspect.

Granted, Phil may not have been the perfect husband, but surely Genevieve had no reason to kill him! There’s just the small matter of Genevieve’s own incriminating confession: I’m afraid I killed my husband. Now, as Material Girl’s grand opening looms, Poly is torn between a friendship pulling apart at the seams—and finding a smooth killer with a velvet touch…


DianeVallereAuthorPhoto_color_croppedAbout the Author

After two decades working for a top luxury retailer, Diane Vallere traded fashion accessories for accessories to murder. SUEDE TO REST, the first book in the bestselling Material Witness Cozy Mystery Series, was a Lefty/ Best Humorous Mystery nominee. CRUSHED VELVET, book two, comes out August 4. Diane is the current president of Sisters in Crime Los Angeles, and was co-chair of the 2015 California Crime Writers Conference. She also writes the Madison Night and Style & Error Mystery Series. Diane started her own detective agency at age ten and has maintained a passion for shoes, clues, and clothes ever since.

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My Thoughts

Sewing, creating something crafty with fabric, is something I’ve always wanted to learn. I can do the basics – sewing on a button or fixing a tear or  hem – but not much beyond that. Reading about Poly and her talents in Crushed Velvet was a true treat.

Just a few days before her fabric story, Material Girl, is going to open, the body of Phil Girard, husband of Poly’s friend Genevive, is found buried underneath rolls of custom velvet in the back of a delivery truck. Crushed Velvet is the story of how Poly helps to prove her friend’s innocence and pin down the real killer. Along the way, Poly shares tips about making over rooms with fabric and, I suspect, starts to fall for a handsome friend.

I really enjoyed the story and the crafting tips. The shops along Diane Vallere’s fictional Bonita Avenue are creatively named – Material Girl, Tea Totalers, Flowers in the Attic – I wish we had such “punny” shops around here for real! Crushed Velvet was a catchy and quick read, and Poly is the perfect protagonist – sharp as a pin with more tricks up her sleeve than a fabric store has notions.

2 yards of custom fabric printed with the covers of SUEDE TO REST and CRUSHED VELVET (see images below)

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August 5 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – Review

August 6 – I Wish I Lived in a Library – Review

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August 8 – Babs Book Bistro – Review

August 9 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review

August 10 – >Booklady’s Booknotes – Review

August 11 – Kimberly’s Bookshelf – Review

August 12 – Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf – Guest Post

August 13 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview

August 14 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review

August 15 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Guest Post

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