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A Disguise to Die For

(Costume Shop Mystery #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  566 ratings  ·  160 reviews
Someone is dressed to kill in the debut Costume Shop Mystery from the national bestselling author of the Material Witness mysteries.
No sooner does former magician’s assistant Margo Tamblyn return home to Proper City, Nevada, to run Disguise DeLimit, the family-owned costume shop, than she gets her first big order. Wealthy nuisance Blitz Manners needs forty costumes for a
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Berkley
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Margo Tamblyn is returning home to Proper City, Nevada, to help out at Disguise DeLimit after her father had a heart attack. She has hardly arrived back before they get a big order. Wealthy Blitz Manners needs forty costumes for a detective-themed birthday party. Unfortunately, Blitz manage to get himself killed on his own party and Margo’s friend and mother figure Ebony Welles is the cops nr 1 suspect. Now Margo must do whatever it takes to find the real killer.

This is the first Diane Vallere I
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Disguise is the limit!! This is a soaring debut!

Margo Tamblyn had a very interesting upbringing. She lost her mother at birth and grew up with her father running their costume shop, Disguise DeLimit. From an early age and still today Margo wears costumes or parts of costumes as her everyday attire. She marches to her own drummer and is stronger than she knows. She has been working in Las Vegas as a magician’s assistant, but after her father suffers a heart attack she quickly f
Mark Baker
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2016
Margo Tamblyn returns home to help her father with the family costume shop, Disguise DeLimit, in time to put together a bunch of detective costumes for a birthday party. But when the guest of honor is murdered in the kitchen and Margo’s good friend Ebony is the prime suspect, Margo has to put her own detective costume on to find the killer.

This was a fantastic start to a new series. The plot was great with many twists and surprises before we reached the logical conclusion. The characters were st
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
There is no disguising the fact that author Diane Vallere has penned a winner of a mystery!

I was introduced to Diane Vallere’s writing through her Material Witness Mystery series. I really enjoy the flow of that series, so I was delighted when I heard about her new costume Shop Mysteries. She didn’t disappoint.

It was a lot of fun getting to know series lead, Margo Tamblyn, and the other characters in A DISGUISE TO DIE FOR. I found the costume shop, Disguise DeLimit to be a unique setting, and
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Margo Tamblyn leaves her magician's assistant job in Las Vegas, NV, to return home and help her aging dad run the family's custom costume shop, Disguise DeLimit. Jerry had a heart attack and is in a wheelchair while he slowly recuperates. Family friend, Ebony Welles is the only woman Margo's ever known as a mother figure. She's an independently minded African American woman who dresses 70's glam, has a huge Afro, and a cute little dog named, Ivory. Ebony also owns a party planning business, and ...more
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Once I first heard about this book I knew I wanted to read it. A cozy mystery set in a costume shop sounded just way too much fun. And this book was all that I hoped for and more. From the first pages I easily got sucked into the story and the cozy small town and the costume shop that Diane Vallere had created. There was a bit of an introduction and we meet the victim and learn about the party before the murder actually takes place. I thought this approach worked really well in this book.

The mys
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, cozy-mystery
Diane Vallere is one of my favorite mystery authors, and this might be my favorite series of hers yet. Before I began reading I already loved the idea of a costume shop mystery, and Margo and the rest of the characters quickly won me over. I feel very lucky to have been able to read an advance copy.
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad one of my online book clubs picked this for their April book because this is yet another one of the series I've been wanting to start for awhile. I loved the whole idea of running a costume shop and the fact that our main sleuth, Margo, grew up with the business and now she's in a position to help out her dad when he needs the help.

Margo Tamblyn was a magician's assistant by trade in Las Vegas but she was from small town Proper City, NV. She was still at the point of finding herself
Teresa Kander
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This is the first in a new series, and my first book by this author. I am already looking forward to the next book in this series, and to exploring other of her series as well.

I really loved that the first book in a mystery series about a costume shop featured a detective-themed birthday party (be sure to check the list at the back of the book for all of the detectives represented!). And the whole idea of a costume shop as the main location in the series will provide a huge variety of party them
Lisa Morin
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exciting series

I just finished this new cozy mystery. I've been wanting to read it for a while and I finally found the time.
Margo is a colorful, unique character. I love the fact that she dresses in costume. Owning the family costume shop provides a wide variety of outfits.
Margo returns home to help her dad who is recovering from a heart attack.
When rich boy Blitz Manners makes a drunken visit to her shop, Margo has no idea what will happen next.
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This was my first book by Diane Vallere but sure won't be the last. I loved her writing! The book flowed great, had great characters, and storyline. Even had some great humor that had me chuckling. The Costume Shop Mystery was a lot of fun. ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Not good, not bad. Good for passing the time, but I liked her Material Witness series better. I have another of these that's Halloween themed, so I'll read it but probably no further in the series unless that one knocks my socks off. ...more
Rachel Welty
Mar 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. I gave it three stars because I liked it and I don't want to make my expectations too high for each book afterwards. It was well written, moved through the story well, good character development and endless possibilities.
I enjoyed meeting this small town of characters. Proper, Nevada sounds like an interesting place to live. And by being a town known for it's costume parties, there is a potential for many books of murder and mayhem. Th
Brooke Blogs
A Disguise to Die For by Diane Vallere is the first book in the Costume Shop Mystery series. I always get so excited reading the first book in a series. Anyhow...Margo Tamblyn lives in Las Vegas, not too far from her hometown of Prosper City, Nevada. She works as a magician's assistant. She is called back home to help with her dad's costume shop, Disguise DeLimit (see what she did there?!), after his heart attack.

Her first day back has her and her father, Jerry, putting together 40 costumes for
I loved this book, once I got started I had a hard time putting it down and that was because of work issues not that the book was slow to start, I was grabbed pretty quickly. Margo comes home to help at the family costume store when her father has a heart attack and is recovering. When a body is discovered with a woman that Margo considers to be a second mother is found standing over the body the twists and turns begin. I cannot begin to say enough good about the characters in this book. Each is ...more
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Diane Vallere has pulled out all the stops with this new book/series and I can't wait to read more! The owner of Disguise DeLimit (love the name!) has had a heart attack and so his daughter heads back home to help him recuperate and run the shop, leading to a local trust fund "baby" wanting costumes for his birthday party in a few days time, the theme ends up being classic detectives and that is so far so good, only at the party the poor, little rich boy ends up well and truly dead and Margo's s ...more
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a fun book! I really enjoyed the quirky theme, costumes. The plot was tight and the characters were a hoot! I would like for the main character to have more self confidence than Margo (the main character) in that I want someone who knows who they are and what they want in life. Perhaps as the series progresses, Margo will become more of a stable, confident character and not live vicariously through her costumes. I always enjoy small town charm and this book had that aspect. This book had me ...more
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Margo Tamblyn is a magician's assistant in Las Vegas Nevada. After her father had a heart attack, Margo took a temporary leave of absence and returned to her home town of Proper City, Nevada to take care of her dad and help him run their family's costume shop Disguise DeLimit. She and her father get a huge order on costumes for a detective themed birthday party for a wealthy client. When a murder happens at the party and someone close to Margo is accused, she does everything she can to make sure ...more
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, usa-nevada
My first mystery by Diane Vallere was Suede to Rest in the Material Witness mystery series and I love the series. So naturally I couldn't wait to get my hands on this new book and series. I enjoyed the mystery A LOT but somewhere in the middle it was dragging out a bit and even though I wanted to find out more I couldn't get 100% back into the story. I am definitely looking forward to the next installment. ...more
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a very good book! A very good start to a new series. I really like Margo and her quirkiness with her costume clothes. I really enjoyed her relationship with her dad and Ebony. As far as the mystery of who did it, I didn't have that figured out. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

I received a free copy of this book for a fair and honest review.
Paula Berinstein
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fun and breezy cozy reminiscent of Charlaine Harris's Lily Bard and Aurora Teagarden series. ...more
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-copy
This was a fun story. I loved seeing what outfits she picked out each day to get dressed up in.

This was a contemporary story, taking place in Nevada outside of Las Vegas.

There was a lot of asking questions of the local residents and no sex or gore.

A brain teaser.

I borrowed a copy from the public library.
Review to come later
Sylvia McIvers
Since Silk Stalkings was just that good, I decided to try Diane Vallere's new series, and it was lots of fun.
Now I need to stock up on costumes. ;)
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jeanie

A Disguise to Die For
Costume Shop Mystery #1
By Diane Vallere
ISBN: 9780425278284
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Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie


No sooner does former magician’s assistant Margo Tamblyn return home to Proper City, Nevada, to run Disguise DeLimit, the family-owned costume shop, than she gets her first big order. Wealthy nuisance Blitz Manners needs forty costumes for a detective-themed birthday bash. As for Blitz himself, his
A Disguise to Die For is the inaugural book in the Costume Shop Mystery series by the talented Diane Vallere. I am a fan of Diane Vallere's Style & Error mystery series. I really enjoy the creativity and flow of that series, so I was delighted when I heard about her new Costume Shop Mysteries (and drawn in by the cover). The small desert town of Prosper City, Nevada with streets named for storybook characters and an affinity for themed costume parties is the perfect location for the costume shop ...more
K.A. Davis
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A DISGUISE TO DIE FOR is the just released first book in a brand new series and Diane Vallere takes the reader on a fun, entertaining read! Plus she includes some delicious recipes, like the Salvadorian Shrimp Salad, and ideas for creating your own costumed detective party at the back of the book.

Margo Tamblyn has been living in Las Vegas working as a magician’s assistant. She enjoys the job, except for getting cut in half, but when her father has a heart attack, she rushes home for a few days
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
A DISGUISE TO DIE FOR by Diane Vallere
The First Costume Shop Mystery

Margo Tamblyn, upon hearing of her dad's recent heart attack, has returned home to Proper, Nevada to take care of her father and the family costume shop while he recovers. She'll have some help from Ebony, who's been a mom to her, and Kirby, the high school store employee, but will that be enough? Dealing with her grumpy dad is one thing, but dealing with the town's spoiled rich kid is another. Blitz Manners (really a spoiled ad
Cathy Cole
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of Vallere's Material Witness cozy series, so I was eager to read this first Costume Shop mystery. This, too, has the earmarks of another enjoyable series. First of all, the name of the shop-- Disguise DeLimit-- is a stroke of genius. Second of all, even if you're not a fan of "dressing up" (like me) I dare you not to be wildly impressed by all the detective-themed costumes Margo puts together. I almost wanted to drive up to Proper City and demand one for myself.

Margo is a caring
Missi Martin (Stockwell)
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing

OMG !!!! I could not wait to finish this that I could tell you about it !!! This book was blow me out of the water, shoot me to the moon and back AWESOME !!!

A Disguise to Die For is the first book in the new Costume Shop Mystery series by Diane Vallere and WOW does she know how to get the party started !!! 5 stars is not enough, 10 stars doesn't even do it....

Not only was there a murder which we all read cozy mysteries for, there was also the small town enviroment, there was even a
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I grew up reading both Trixie Belden mysteries and Vogue magazine and learned how to spot a counterfeiting ring and accessorize a wardrobe. Now I use that knowledge to dream up plots for the humorous mysteries I write. I still love accessories, only now some of them are accessories to murder.

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