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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Suede to Rest by Diane Vallere, Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway

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SuedeToRest_final coverSuede to Rest
(A Material Witness Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
Brand New Series
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (November 4, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-0425270578
E-Book ASIN: B00JJXV198

When Poly Monroe was little, she loved playing in her family’s textile store. But after a fatal family tragedy, Land of A Thousand Fabrics was boarded up and Poly never expected to see the inside again. Now, as inheritor of the long-shuttered shop, she’s ready to restore the family business. However her two new kittens, Pins and Needles, aren’t the ones causing a snag in her plans…
Not everyone wants Poly back in San LadrĂ³n, especially a powerful local developer pressuring her to sell—and leave town fast. But even when the threats turn deadly, she’s not ready to bolt. Because Poly is beginning to suspect that the murder behind the shop is tied to a mystery in her family’s unsettled past that she’s determined to solve…before her own life is left hanging by a thread.
My Review:
This was a cozy that kept my attention from the time I picked it up until I finally put it down.  This was a story filled with lots of characters and Diane did a very good job of keeping me guessing.  I had no idea who was behind everything that had happened and was happening to Poly.  To me that is what makes a great cozy.  I definitely want to visit San Ladron again and Poly and all of her new friends.  This was a great start to a new series, and one that won't disappoint you if you pick it up.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
About This Author
After close to two decades working for a top luxury retailer, Diane Vallere traded fashion accessories for accessories to murder. SUEDE TO REST, the first in her new Material Witness Mystery Series, comes out November 4. In addition, she writes the Style & Error Mystery Series, featuring former fashion buyer Samantha Kidd, and the Mad for Mod Mystery Series, featuring Doris Day-loving interior decorator Madison Night. Diane started her own detective agency at age ten and has maintained a passion for shoes, clues, and clothes ever since. Find her at

Author Links
Twitter: @dianevallere
FB: dianevallereauthor
GR: Diane Vallere
Purchase Links
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Guest Post:

Once Upon A Time
I guess it’s strange for a mystery writer to claim that fairy tales influence her stories, but that’s exactly what I’m going to do. Those four little words, “Once Upon a Time,” send me off into another world and put me in mind for a bit of escapism.
But aren’t most fairy tales also mysteries? “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” one of my favorites, could just as easily been called The Mystery of the Worn Out Shoes. And “Rumpelstiltskin” is a suspense story with a ticking clock: an imp-like creature bestows superhuman talents on a young girl in exchange for her first born. Now she must find his identity or else risk losing her first child.
The thing that I love about fairy tales that influences my stories isn’t the mystery, but the hopefulness. It’s the knowledge that, in the future, everything is going to work out. No matter how bad things get—and things can get pretty bad, even in a cozy!—the character pushes forward because she believes that ultimately, the bad guy will be exposed, the innocent will be safe, and justice will be served.
But does everything work out in the end? Not for the victim. And not for the bad guy. In most cases, there’s a whole cast of characters whose lives will never be the same. Even Polyester Monroe, who comes face to face with some dark times in SUEDE TO REST, is a different person at the end than she is at the beginning.
Ah, yes, the ending. In a fairy tale, that’s supposed to be “Happily Ever After.” Does that fit for a cozy? Does it apply to Poly? Who’s to say? Oh, yes, I guess I am to say, but—wink, wink—I’m not telling.



  1. This sounds like such a great book what with a textile store and old family history.

  2. Those kittens on the cover just demand that I read this book. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  3. Loved her other books, so I am sure to enjoy this one. bobbipad at

  4. I love the origin of Poly's name. Can she find a boyfriend with another material name?? Ronnalord(at)msn(dot)com

  5. I love cozies and I love suede!


  6. What a delightful and intriguing cozy. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. I love a good cozy and this one's on my book list. The author caught my attention with the characters name. Too fun!

  8. This sounds like the beginning of a good series.


  9. I love the cover with the 2 cute kittens---it just screams cozy mystery. Thanks for the contest.

  10. I love the bottom part about fairy tales. I keep thinking of the tv show Once Upon a Time. I love cozies because they are predictable in that there is a happy ending. Maybe not a perfect ending.. but things get worked out. Too bad life isn't like that. lol
    Thanks for the chance to read this beautiful book.