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National bestselling author Diane Vallere writes smart, funny and fashionable character-based mysteries. After two decades working for a top luxury retailer, she traded fashion accessories for accessories to murder. A past president of Sisters in Crime, Diane started her own detective agency at age ten and has maintained a passion for shoes, clues, and clothes ever since.
Diane-Fans describe “her vintage Vallere goodness,” and say she is a “great storyteller” with “a way with creating strong female characters and intrigue” who is “a superb and very humorous writer.” Her gift of creating “spunky sleuths in fun settings” take readers to Dallas, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Pennsylvania, and outer space.
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DIANE'S VARIOUS SERIES:
Samantha Kidd Mysteries (funny, fashion-y mysteries with many mentions of pretzels)
Designer Dirty Laundry
The Brim Reaper
Some Like It Haute
Grand Theft Retro
Pearls Gone Wild
Stark Raving Mod
Madison Night Mad for Mod Mysteries (cozy/traditional mysteries winking at Doris Day movies)
That Touch of Ink
With Vics you get Eggroll
The Decorator Who Knew Too Much
The Pajama Frame
Lover Come Hack
Apprehend Me No Flowers
The Kill of It All
Love Me or Grieve Me
Please Don't Push Up the Daisies
Sylvia Stryker Space Case Cozy Mysteries (cozy mystery in outer space)
Fly Me to the Moon
I'm Your Venus
Saturn Night Fever
Spiders from Mars
Material Witness Mysteries (cozy)
Suede to Rest
Tulle Death Do Us Part
Costume Shop Mysteries (cozy)
A Disguise to Die For
Masking for Trouble
Dressed to Confess
Tails from the Deep: A novel in stories (Mermaids!)
Bonbons for your Brain
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National bestselling author Diane Vallere delivers your new favorite fashionable amateur sleuth! Join Samantha Kidd as she trades high fashion for dirty laundry and learns a great wardrobe isn't enough to turn her life around, let alone catch a killer.
She expected the fashion industry to be ruthless. She wasn't prepared for it to turn deadly.
Ready to redesign her life, style expert Samantha Kidd accepts a job in her Pennsylvania hometown as a trend specialist. But her first day goes completely A-line when she stumbles across her legendary boss dead in the elevator. And after the body disappears, she can't help but pull on the mystery's thread and unravel an entire wardrobe of suspects.
Supervising her deceased employer's vogue competition, Samantha tries to hem in a sexy shoe designer and countless ego-driven creatives to stitch together the clues. But when her own name appears on the police's suspect list, the sleuthing fashionista's days on the catwalk could be numbered.
Can Samantha put a killer in the spotlight before she's sewn up for a crime she didn't commit?
"Designer Dirty Laundry is well-written, engaging and just a great read. Start the series and continue on. You’ll be glad you did." ~Sally, Reviewer
"Designer Dirty Laundry is amazing. I was hooked from the first sentence and had to read Designer Dirty Laundry in one day, because I couldn't put it down. It's that good!" ~Jane Reads
Designer Dirty Laundry is the first book in the feel-good Samantha Kidd Killer Fashion mystery series. If you like witty protagonists, clever dialogue, and fashion-forward drama, then you'll love Diane Vallere's chic story.
"Love these characters and the fashion background they are in. They are fun, wacky and very real. The fashion background will keep you laughing as you see what Samantha goes thru for her love of it and the murder plots are uniquely twisted. A joy to read!" ~Doward, Reviewer
"This book is unbelievably humorous." ~Lady, Reviewer
Buy Designer Dirty Laundry for this season's murder couture today!
Set phasers to cozy!
Sylvia Stryker has no business being on the next Moon Unit Cruise Line, unless you count aspirations and dreams. The career that once felt within her reach—Intergalactic Cruise Ship Security—disappeared the day her dad was arrested for collusion with space pirates. Since then she’s begrudgingly been running the ice mine for her aging mother, the two of them social pariahs amongst their fellow Plunians. Everything changes when the uniform lieutenant position on Moon Unit 6 opens up days before departure. Sylvia immediately puts her hacking skills to use, uploading bogus credentials onto the crew manifest. Now to just lay low, do her job, and impress the new boss.
Her plan goes off without a hitch until a non-celestial body falls from the uniform inventory closet after departure. Reporting it means drawing attention, the very opposite of laying low. When the head of security shows up to investigate and throws her into the spaceship holding cell, her onboard status shifts from staff to prisoner. If Sylvia can’t expose the killer herself, she’ll be bunking with her dad at the local space prison.
Murder on a Moon Trek* is the quirky first novel featuring uniform lieutenant Sylvia Stryker. If you like unique characters, delightful plots, and cool futuristic fashion, you'll love Diane Vallere's entertaining interstellar series.
*Previously published as FLY ME TO THE MOON.
"This is where Diane Vallere shines -- giving you the unexpected and yet exactly what you didn't even know you wanted. A galaxy of stars to the author!” -- Barbara, Goodreads
Read the whole Sylvia Stryker series today!
- Murder on a Moon Trek
- Scandal on a Moon Trek
- Hijacked on a Moon Trek
- Framed on a Moon Trek
I loved how Vallere combined science fiction, mystery, drama, and humor making this book very enjoyable and hard to put down. – Susan, Goodreads
“I gave it a try simply because the author was Diane Vallere….I'm so glad I did….Just as you would expect, this is a totally FUN murder mystery that doesn't disappoint!” – Judy, Goodreads
“I can't recommend this book enough to readers of any age or sex. It is a murder mystery. It is a spy story. It is a futuristic science fiction story. It is pure genius and entertaining from start to finish.” - Barbara, Goodreads
Ice, ice, baby!
She has a broken heart. He has a secret. Can a jilted decorator outsmart a suspected jewel thief?
When Doris Day-loving decorator Madison Night crosses the country to distance herself from a breakup, she learns it’s harder to escape her past than she thought. The man who broke her heart turns up in the unlikeliest place -- the hotel lobby. His presence is unnerving; winning her back does not seem to be on his agenda.
Questions about his motivation keep Madison from fleeing the hotel, but a recent knee injury hinders her mobility. She adopts a temporary disguise thanks to a luggage mix-up, but when threatening thugs, FBI agents, and a shipment of rare diamonds thrust her into danger, anonymity is the least of her concerns.
Can Madison keep her cool while spying on her ex, or will her curiosity put her on ice?
MIDNIGHT ICE is the prequel to the unique Madison Night Mystery Series. If you like resourceful sleuths, unusual crimes, and forty-something protagonists, you’ll love this action-packed novella.
But after spotting a body in the river by the job site, she causes a rift in the team. Add in the strain of recurring nightmares and a growing dependency on sleeping pills, and Madison seeks professional help to deal with her demons.
She learns more about the crime than she’d like thanks to girl talk with friends, pillow talk with Hudson, and smack talk with the local bad boys.
And after the victim is identified as the very doctor she’s been advised to see, she wonders if what she knows can help catch a killer.
An unlikely ally helps navigate the murky waters before her knowledge destroys her, and this time, what she doesn’t know might be the one thing that saves her life.
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THE DECORATOR WHO KNEW TOO MUCH by Diane Vallere | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you'll probably like them all.
When Samantha Kidd's jewel of a husband, shoe designer Nick Taylor, is named a finalist for at an industry function, Samantha sponsors a banquet table and invites close friends and family to the celebration. But by the time the night arrives, most of them aren't on speaking terms. Even romance with Nick suffers thanks to his dad's move into the couple's bedroom.
Before the cash bar closes, the toastmaster's body is found with a gilded knife in her chest. What should have been a golden evening becomes a 24-karat disaster, and brutal weather conditions keep the cops at bay. Locked in a ballroom with two hundred suspects and seven angry tablemates, Samantha's got just four hours to take a stab at solving the murder...before the murderer stabs again.
Publishing a book can be scary. Figuring out how to promote it can be straight-up frightening. When the seas of book promo make you feel adrift in unfriendly tides, keeping your head above water can be difficult. Enter PROMOPHOBIA, a collection of essays that just might save the life of your book.
SINK OR SWIM
Divided into categories: Identifying Your Niche, Book Community, Social Media, Online Promo, Publicity, Connecting With Readers, Going On Your Own or Participating with a Group, Events, and Thinking Outside the Box, PROMOPHOBIA will open your eyes to the opportunities around you. The contributing authors share their personal experiences about what’s worked for them (and in a few humorous cases, what didn’t) to provide a beacon. You’re no longer in the dark. You’re not swimming alone.
If you’ve ever wondered if you could have done more for your latest book launch, then this book is for you. If you’re tired of relying on the same old strategies release after release, then this book is for you. If you want to readjust your sails and angle for a fresh gust of wind to carry you farther on your writing journey, then this book is for you.
A RISING TIDE LIFTS ALL BOATS
This is not a how-to book. It's an anecdotal anthology of essays about seeing possibilities, building connections, believing in our work, making mistakes, totally f*ing up, and trying something new. It is a collection of stories told over smoothies at the gym or drinks at the bar, shared with the same spirit of community that infuses Sisters in Crime.
The next time you find yourself swimming in dark promotional waters, read an essay or two from PROMOPHOBIA. Instead of drowning in fear, you'll find yourself saying, "I'm going to need a bigger book."
ABOUT SISTERS IN CRIME:
Sisters in Crime is the premier crime writing association focused on equity and inclusion in our community and in publishing. Founded in 1986 to represent and advocate for women crime writers, we celebrate and honor this history with our name while we continue to work for all who share our commitment to and love for a vibrant, inclusive community. Our 4,500+ members enjoy access to tools to help them learn, grow, improve, thrive, and reinvent if necessary. They also gain a community of supportive fellow writers and readers, both peers to share the peaks and valleys of writing, and mentors to model the way forward.
"Vallere weaves a tapestry of finely knit characters, luxurious fabrics, and...murder." -Janet Bolin, national bestselling author of the Threadville Mysteries
Fabric shop owner Polyester Monroe can get tangled up in textiles, but it's murder that really throws her for a loop in the third Material Witness mystery...
The time has come for the annual Miss Tangorli beauty pageant, and Poly Monroe has agreed to use her fabric store's inventory of shimmery silks to create gowns fir for a crown. But when the man who revived the city's citrus trade with his imported Tangorli tree is found dead days before the pageant contestants are announced, something sour takes over the town.
To make matters worse, Poly's closest friend is caught up in the crime, having been seen in the company of the case's prime suspect. Juicy secrets come to light, creating tension in the small California town. Now while Poly juggles seamstresses and a gaggle of pageant contestants, the killer seems intent to put the squeeze on someone she loves.
“With delightfully engaging characters and riveting mystery, it is a series I am looking to see more of!”—Open Book Society
Unraveling family secrets can be murder...
When Polyester Monroe was young, she loved playing in her family's textile store. But after a fatal tragedy, Land of a Thousand Fabrics was boarded up and Poly never expected to see the inside again. These days her time is spent designing prom dresses from cheap fabrics and covering the flaws with a glue gun.
When her great uncle passes away and leaves her the fabric store, she sees it as a sign to change her life. But when a man connected to her family's tragedy is found dead in the parking lot behind the store the day after she moves in, her illusions of reopening the glamorous fabric store are shredded. Poly pulls at threads to unravel the truth, but can she keep herself out of the fray?
Suede to Rest is the first charming Material Witness cozy mystery. If you like small-town settings, killer textiles, and crafty killers, then you'll love Diane Vallere's fun, fabric-themed series.
Fabric shop owner Polyester Monroe is back in business--this time getting wrapped up in a diabolical but crafty case of murder.
With the reopening of her fabric shop rapidly approaching, Polyester Monroe 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 corpscozy e. Crushed under a dozen bolts of fabric is local business owner 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 the grand opening looms, Poly is torn between a friendship pulling apart at the seams—and finding a smooth killer with a velvet touch…
"This entertaining series that began with “Suede to Rest,” continues with yet another fantastic read. In fact, this one may be even better." --Suspense Magazine