Dressed to Confess By Diane Vallere: Review/Giveaway

Sep 23, 2017 | 2017 Articles, Cynthia Chow, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Dressed to Confess, and a link to purchase it from Amazon, and an indie bookstore where a portion of the sale goes to help support KRL.

As a town that reinvented itself throughout the decades, it only makes sense that Proper City, Nevada, would celebrate extended holidays through ever-changing costumes. For the annual Spring Sagebrush Festival the town is hosting a family friendly week of board game-themed events, a counter to the more lascivious Las Vegas casinos. Having taken over her family’s costume shop Disguise DeLimit, Margo Tamblyn is commissioned with providing the appropriate costumes for the working volunteers along with the headlining act. It’s been nearly fifty years since the Domino Divas last performed, and while the six dancers have their fans, there’s a reason they broke up in the first place. The cracks immediately appear with a dress rehearsal between Jayne Lemming and troupe organizer Ronnie Cass, whom Margo discovers murdered in the star’s trailer.

bookThe show must go on, especially when the mayor is obsessed with promoting Proper City on his ambitious path towards the White House. Before Margo can be talked into substituting as a “Double D,” she must prove the innocence of her father’s best friend and fellow conspiracist, Don Digby. He and Ronnie shared a past together, one that extended back to a notorious bank robbery at the same time of the Domino Divas’ last performance in 1968. While Detective Nancy Nichols is exasperated with Margo’s repeated involvement in police matters, she’s not about to let the detective ignore other avenues of investigation. The completely self-involved, attention-hungry Ronnie alienated more than her share of Proper City residents, who include her own daughter, the dance troupe she cheated out of profits, and the hearts she broke and left behind. Vandalized teddy bears offer more clues to the crimes, and it will take Margo’s unique costume and sewing skills to lead her to the murderer.

There is so much to love about this series that it’s difficult to know where to begin. Margo having grown up in a costume store means that she wears costumes unselfconsciously and almost unknowingly, with the rest of the town accepting it with barely a second glance. After all, who wouldn’t want to create a new identity every day? Margo is in a tentative relationship with a Japanese-American Hawaiian, and it’s not their cultural differences but his job search that could be the greatest stumbling block. As entertainingly and very funny the mysteries become, the humor never makes light of serious topics or death.

Diane Vallere continues to showcase herself as one of the emerging authors to watch, one whose writing grows stronger with each new novel. By avoiding both clichés and characters who are Too Stupid to Live, she delivers a completely unexpected and yet logical conclusion. Murder has never been so creative or as much fun as in any of these fashion-themed mysteries.

To enter to win a copy of Dressed to Confess, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “confess,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen September 30, 2017. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases using those links. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.


  1. This book sounds great! And I LOVE the cover! rockergoddess2002 at yahoo dot com

  2. Sounds like a fun read.
    kckendler at gmail dot com

  3. Thank you for the chance.

  4. Love the cover and does sound good!

  5. I love this author! Thanks for this chance!

  6. The versatile Vallere is at it again. My current. fave fashionista has come up with another winner. Count me in.

  7. Thanks for the chance! Sounds like a good read!

  8. Would love to read this!!! Thanks for the chance
    jmhinton at psci dot net

  9. The cover is really neat and the book sounds great!

  10. Knowing how great Diana’s other books were, I am sure this will be no exception. I would be very pleased to be considered for this book. Thank you so much. Cynthia B.

  11. I might even try to get my husband interested in this series.

  12. Thanks for the chance to win this great book.

  13. Sounds so good thank you for the chance to read a print book and post reviews. ptclayton2@aol.com

  14. I have not read this series but I do love her other books. Thanks for a chance to win.

  15. This is a great series. Looking forward to reading “Dressed to Confess”.

  16. This is a new to me author and series. I enjoyed the review and can’t wait to read.

  17. We have a winner!


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