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Silk Stalkings

(A Material Witness Mystery #3)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  216 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
Fabric shop owner Polyester Monroe can get tangled up in textiles, but it’s murder that really throws her for a loop in the latest mystery from the national bestselling author of Crushed Velvet.

The time has come for San Ladrón, California’s annual Miss Tangorli beauty pageant, and Poly has agreed to use Material Girl’s inventory of shimmery silks to create embellished gow
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published August 2nd 2016 by Berkley
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Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who thinks polyester is out of style has never met Polyester Monroe!

I had so much fun reading the first two books in the Material Witness Mysteries, so I was really looking forward to book three, SILK STALKINGS. It was totally worth the wait!

It’s hard to not have a great time with characters like series lead, Polyester “Poly” Monroe, and her BFF Charlie Brooks. Charlie is such a fun and unique character. I always laugh at the things she says and does.

SILK STALKINGS is 275 pages (if you r
Mark Baker
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, mystery
Every June, San Ladron hosts the Miss Tangorli beauty pageant, and this year, Poly and her store are providing the silk to make gowns for all the contestants. But just hours after getting the job, Poly finds Harvey, the millionaire behind the pageant, murdered. Can she use her position working with the pageant to find out who killed him?

I had not realized just how much I have come to love these characters until I started this book. Truly, it was wonderful to spend time with them again. The new c
Jill Tool
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book, from the cover which is a perfect fit to the story, to the colors that are blinding, but really makes this a pretty cover, to the story, then the mystery, even the main character’s real name will make you smile, Polyester Monroe, to the author, all are really good.

Silk Stalkings is the third book in the Material Witness Mysteries. If you haven’t read the first two, you won’t have any problems reading this one first and then going back and reading the other two in
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: challenge
This was a good story that made for a good read on a long flight home. I really like Poly and the other characters in this series. The story was good and the mystery kept me guessing. Lots of characters to keep track of.
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Silk Stalkings is a truly delightful book. This is the third book in the Material Witness Mysteries, but the first one that I have read. It can definitely stand alone because Ms. Vallere provides brief back stories of the characters, and I did not feel as if I was missing anything as I got into the story. Poly Monroe is a charming protagonist who finds herself involved with the San Ladron Miss Tangorli Beauty Pageant through her fabric shop, Material Girl. When the event sponsor is murdered just ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This has become a favorite series. I may not know much about fabric or sewing, but I love learning tidbits from Polyester. I'm sure growing up she didn't like her name, but it definitely fits now.

This time the mystery revolves about the main sponsor of a beauty pageant murdered days before it was to start. I loved how quirky the murder victim was - he wore orange because of a fruit he grew that was a tangerine/orange/lime combo. It sound interesting that is for sure. The author does a great job
K.A. Davis
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have thoroughly enjoyed every book I’ve read by Diane Vallere! She writes witty dialog and even though there’s murder, concocts humorous situations. Her protagonist’s name alone, Polyester Monroe, named so because she was born on a pile of polyester, showcases from the very beginning the creativity of the author in her Material Witness Mystery series. Poly’s two cats are appropriately named Pins and Needles as they live in Poly’s Material Girl fabric shop. And even though I don’t sew much I wo ...more
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diane Vallere's new book Silk Stalkings is the third book in the material witness mystery series that stars her main character Polyester Monroe. The story centers around a beauty pageant and dead millionaire Harvey Halliwell--the man who revived the city's citrus trade with his imported tangor trees.
The story has multiple plots and characters that are well developed and believable. The only problem I had was that I felt it was too descriptive in parts. Over the years I have less time to read so
Abby Fabian
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third in the series, but the first one that I have read. I thought it was great!!!! I learned a lot about fabrics. I have been slowly teaching myself ( and I mean slowly! ) how to use a sewing machine, and what materials are good for what, and this really helped. Now it's obviously not a how to book so it's not jam packed with materials and stuff like that. But I could definitely feel the theme. I didn't have any trouble figuring out who was who. It was explained very well. The myste ...more
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

I really like this series! And this third book in the series doesn't disappoint. Poly continues to get her business going and things are looking up. She is asked to help with the annual pageant. She really tries hard to get the community to work together.

I really like how we are getting to know the characters more. We are finding out things from their pasts that give the characters more depth. Even Giovanni gets involved, i
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Silk Stalkings by Diane Vallere is the third book in a Material Witness Mystery series. Polyester Monroe (aka Poly) owns Material Girl in San Ladron, California. The town is getting ready for the Miss Tangorli pageant. It is an annual beauty pageant sponsored by Harvey Halliwell and his company, Halliwell Industries. Poly has agreed to help the twenty finalist design and create their gowns (level the playing field). Poly has contacted her former boss, Giovanni for assistance with the sewing. He ...more
Donald Scott
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it
The third in Vallere's popular "Material Witness" series finds heroine Polyester Monroe finally feeling as if she's settling into her new home and business. She's helped decorate her friend Genevieve's tea shop with a "Midnight in Paris" theme that catches up the entire town of San Ladron, California and helps to put Poly's store on the radar. But later that night, on the luscious grounds of nearby Waverly House, Poly and her potential beau Vaughn spot local billionaire Harvey Halliwell - the ma ...more
This is the third book in the Material Witness Mystery series and they just keep getting better. The main character, Poly, is really enjoyable and it has been fun to get to know her and see her friendships with the other characters. The author keeps a good flow through the book with plenty of spots where I changed my mind as to “who done it”. I tend to lean towards authors that really paint the picture of the scene for me, this author did a wonderful job letting me visualize her story. If you wa ...more
Diane Vallere's Polyester Monroe is such a wonderful character. Her ability to take a fabric store that sat idle for many years and transform it into the next best thing in San Ladrón, California is aspiring. Poly's newest mission with her store is to clothe contestants in the town's annual beauty pageant. When the founder, Harvey Halliwell, is assaulted in front of Poly and Vaughn then found dead later, Poly finds herself caught up not only in silk and thread, but the murder, too. Who had nothi ...more
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

This was the best in the series so far. When I reviewed Suede to Rest, I admitted that at first I didn't care for Polyester Monroe, but she's wormed her way into my heart.

In this installment, Poly is finally settled in and has given her shop as well as her friend Genevieve's tea shop a "shot in the arm" with Poly's idea of "Midnight in Paris". The entire main street of town is closed for traffic as townspeople and visitors alike enjoy the shops
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Welcome to San Ladron, California, the beautiful town that stars in Diane Vallere's delightful new mystery book, Silk Stalkings. Our heroine, Polyester Monroe (isn't that a wonderful name?) is the owner of the fabric shop, Material Girl, that is nestled beside a charming collection of small businesses that attract all kinds of interesting characters. As the town gets ready to host the annual Miss Tangorli beauty pageant, the pageants' millionaire benefactor, Harvey Halliwell, is found stabbed to ...more
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I dove right in to this new mystery by Vallere. The Miss Tangorli pageant has a long history in San Ladron, California. Named for the tangerine/orange/lime hybrid that made Harvey Halliwell very rich, the pageant boasts twenty young women, all vying for the top prize. Poly Monroe, owner of the local fabric store, is personally asked by Halliwell to provide dress fabric and design guidance for all of the contestants. I enjoyed learning more about the history of San Ladron, the cultivating of the ...more
Rosemary K
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Polyester Monroe loves running the material shop that she inherited from her great-uncle. She's happy living in San Ladron and wants to make a success of Material Girl. When Harvey Halliwell offers her the opportunity to help make the gowns for the Miss Tangorli pageant, she accepts. Little does she know that she'll be trying to solve his murder. So much for a peaceful life in a small town? Poly is an intelligent and feisty woman. I liked that she wants to investigate who killed Harvey. Her frie ...more
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite series. I liked Poly from the first few chapters in the first book: Suede to Rest. I really enjoyed the first two installments in this series and was looking forward to this new book. I believe I mentioned before that this series is one of my go to reads for an engaging read. Silk Stalkings enforces that feeling.

The characters are well developed and make the story interesting even without the mystery. The budding romances between Poly and Vaughn and Charlie and Clark
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies-mysteries
Ms. Vallere comes close to designing the perfect murder.

Polyester Monroe is certainly busy these days, between helping transform Genevieve's tea shop into a Paris nightclub for the town's Midnight in Paris party to helping the young ladies competing in the local Miss Tangorli pageant design their own dresses. Oh, and finding the dead body of the pageant's founder makes her even busier!

I really like Poly, she's a take charge kind of gal, who cares about her friends and even complete strangers. It
Kendrea Parsons
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by this author, even though it's the third one in this particular series. I usually don't like craft-related mysteries, but I enjoyed this one. One good thing is the author revealed plenty of details from the previous books to get the reader up to speed about what had happened to Poly and the other characters already. I was kept guessing about who the killer was on up to the big reveal - which is good because I do tend to correctly guess the killer in murder mysteries thes ...more
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the series, but definitely can be read as a stand alone.

Polyester Monroe, owner of Material Girl gets involved in a local beauty pageant, and agrees to help the contestants design and make their own dresses, so everyone is on a level playing field.

After the local business man in charge of the pageant turns up dead, Poly tries to track down the killer and figure out why anyone would want him dead. With several suspects pulling her movements in different directions, Pol
Vicki May
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of Silk Stalkings in exchange for an honest review. I love the Material Witness Series and Silk Stalkings is yet another winner. Poly's latest adventure starts with a night in Paris themed party culminating in a foray into the world of beauty pageants with murder, romance and a botany lesson along the way. As the fabric store business begins to take shape, her relationship with Vaughn gets more complicated and Charlie's family relationship continue to twist and turn, Poly ...more
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Silk Stalkings by Diane Vallere is third book in the Material Witness series. This is the first book I have read in this series. Once again Poly becomes involved in solving a murder that occurred in San Ladron, California. Poly has become involved with the town’s annual Miss Tangorli beauty pageant by offering beautiful silks from her inventory to create pageant gowns for the contestants. Although many of the characters from the first two books appear in this story, this is a stand alone book.

A Holland Reads
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in this series that I have read and I was able to read it as a stand alone book without being lost. I have since went back and purchased books one and two and hope to get them read in the near future. I liked getting to know Polyester and thought her name was fitting for what she does for a living. I also enjoyed it when Poly and Charlie got together it was like being around old friends. This would be a fun town to live in with all the cute names of the stores - Material G ...more
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cozy, e-books, cats
Harvey Halliwell, the millionaire who brought citrus trees back to San Labron was impressed with Polys display of fabrics at the Tea Totalers' annual Midnight Party that starts Miss Tangorli Beauty Pageant. Poly agrees to be in charged of dresses for the twenty contestants. Before the names of winning girls are released, Harvey Halliwell is murdered. I like the characters that the are well developed.There's mystery, romance, disappearance of suspects, missing money, chemicals and fire as the sto ...more
Carly Budzynski
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I loved this cozy!!! I read the first two books in the series, and was enthralled with Poly Monroe and the cast of characters in San Ladron, California. Poly is firmly in her shop now, and a member of the community after moving there full time in book two. I've always been intrigued by pageants, and after watching a ton of Miss Congeniality back in the day, I was excited about the idea of Poly making pageant dresses. This book was a quick read, and kept my attention. 5 Stars for Miss Vallere. I ...more
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received Silk Stalkings in exchange for an honest review.

At first, it was very hard for me to get into. I had not read any of Diane Vallere's previous books in this series so it was difficult for me to picture the main characters, particularly Poly, and that was bothersome to me. It's quite possible that had I read previous stories in the series it would have been a non issue.

Once I got through the first couple of chapters, however, I was completely hooked. There was plenty of mystery, great b
Jennifer Fulton
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Once started, Silk Stalkings, was a book that was hard to put down. Polyester Monroe "poly" was a delight to follow about the small town of San Landron, California. She has recently inherited a fabric store from her decease uncle and is reinventing the store with her own flair (makes me dream of owning my own). I did feel a bit behind in certain parts due to having not read the previous book, but it was minor information that the author does answer as the book progresses. As a fan of general fan ...more
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
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