Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Dressed to Confess (Costume Shop Mystery, #3)” as Want to Read:
Dressed to Confess (Costume Shop Mystery, #3)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Dressed to Confess

(Costume Shop Mystery #3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  179 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Costume shop owner Margo Tamblyn faces a deadly conspiracy when a small-town festival turns into big-time trouble.

It’s no secret around Proper City, Nevada, that the Sagebrush Festival, the town’s annual family-friendly event, is the place to be. This year’s theme of board games has everything from Conspiracy to Clue. Margo Tamblyn’s costume shop, Disguise DeLimit, has
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Berkley Books
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.05  · 
Rating details
 ·  179 ratings  ·  61 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Dressed to Confess (Costume Shop Mystery, #3)
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts
It’s time for the Sagebrush Festival in Proper City, Nevada. The theme this year is board games and Ebony has planned the perfect event. The headlining act is a “Blast from the Past”, the Domino Divas, a group that has not performed together for 50 years. Margo has been tasked with making their costumes and helps Ebony out by watching the final rehearsal and handling any dust ups between the Divas.

The festival opens with a standing room only crowd to see the Domino Divas but
Mark Baker
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2017
It’s time for the annual Sagebrush Festival, and this year, the theme is board games, inspired by the opening act, the Domino Divas. This local group is reuniting after something broke them up 50 years ago. But the reunion isn’t going that well. After a bad rehearsal, group member Ronnie Cass doesn’t show up for their first performance. That’s when costume shop owner Margo Tamblyn finds Ronnie dead in her trailer. Did her murder have anything to do with what broke the group up 50 years ago?

Soot, the cat is the confidant of Margo Tamblyn.
Margo is the co-owner of Disguise DeLimit costume
shop with her father. She lives above the shop in
Proper City, Nevada.
It is Proper City's Sagebrush Festival time. Margo
is helping both Ebony, the festival Manager and
Bobbie, who is her best friend, running a booth
both selling and giving away Teddy Bears.
Margo has made costumes for the big attraction
of the Festival....the Domino Divas. This dance
group broke up 50 some years ago because of then
Kristine (A Cozy Booknook)
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery, 2017
I'm wondering why I haven't read the other books in this series yet, I loved this book! I thought this was a fun story, with an interesting idea and great characters. I was quickly drawn into the story and couldn't put it down. The mystery kept me guessing, especially when there were a few twists thrown in. The town of Proper City, Nevada sound like a great place to visit, I look forward to reading more in this series - particularly the previous two books in this series.

I received a copy of
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nothing can disguise just how fantastic the Costume Shop Mysteries are!

This was a series I was looking forward to for a couple of reasons. 1) I’ve always enjoyed dressing up in costume for Halloween. It’s fun to get to be someone else for a while. 2) Author Diane Vallere. I adore the way this lady writes. She truly makes reading an adventure. She has a fun, quirky side that always adds something extra to her stories.

The Costume Shop Mystery series has a fabulous cast of characters. They range
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kayt

Dressed to Confess
Costume Shop Mystery, Book #3
By Diane Vallere
ISBN13: 97804255278307
Author website:
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt


Costume shop owner Margo Tamblyn faces a deadly conspiracy when a small-town festival turns into big-time trouble.

It’s no secret around Proper City, Nevada, that the Sagebrush Festival, the town s annual family-friendly event, is the place to be. This year’s theme of board games has
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-provided
Welcome back to Proper City, Nevada, where folks like to dress up in costumes and go to parties! It is fun to visit Disguise DeLimit, the costume shop now run by third generation family member Margo Tamblyn. Margo returned to Proper City when her father had a heart attack and realized she missed being part of the shop. Since her return, she keeps running into murders and trying to keep herself or her loved ones out of prison.

Margo’s father and his best friend Don are conspiracy theorists, Don
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
DRESSED TO CONFESS, the third book in the delightful Costume Shop Mystery series, is a fun whodunit with a heavy dose of whimsy. And costumes…lots and lots of costumes.

It is time for the town’s annual Sagebrush Festival, and this year’s theme is board games, inspired by the headlining group, The Domino Divas. The group has not performed in fifty years, and they disbanded when the local bank was robbed during one of their performances. Rumor has it that a member of the DD pulled off the theft.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable novel filled with eccentric but likable characters, but one of the nice folks of family friendly Proper City, Nevada is a murderer! The chief suspect is Don, an elderly conspiracy theorist and best friend to our heroine Margo Tamblyn's father, Jerry. Dead is Domino Diva Ronnie, who just might have been involved in an unsolved robbery 50 years ago. The Divas were a girl group during the sixties. It's up to Margo to prove Don's innocence, find the real killer, help a love struck ...more
3 no 7
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Dressed to Confess” is the latest installment in Diane Vallere’s Costume Shop Mysteries series. It is NOT necessary to have read the other books before enjoying this one. There are quick summaries of events from previous books embedded when needed to advance the plot, but pages and pages are not wasted summarizing what happened previously. However, if you have not read the previous books, after you read this one you may want to go back and catch the others in the series.

Proper City, Nevada lies
Michelle Fidler
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the costume shop and teddy bear theme. I thought that made it unique. A nice enjoyable cozy. Spicy Acorn (conspiracy) was clever and fun. I liked the characters and would read more books in the series. There was even a costume idea at the end!
Richard Goodman
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, mystery
I had a day off and decided to start reading “Dressed To Confess”, the new book in Diane Vallere’s “Costume Shop” series. I was sitting in a comfy chair, beside a window overlooking the green outdoors, while music was playing in the background, and I just started reading. Before I knew it, I was halfway through the book. Rather than do some errands I had played for the day, I kept reading because I was really enjoying myself.

Two hours later I was done with the book and was quite pleased with
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
And the Costume Shop series just keeps getting better...welcome to small town Proper City, situated a short drive from Nevada's Sin City, but trying to stay family friendly and free of the big city gambling casinos. A town who wants to be known as the little city who loves costumes and "dressing up" for every occasion.

Conspiracy abounds in this fun mystery, and not just the ones printed up in the new X-Files/Lone Gunmen inspired newspaper "Spicy Acorns" written by Don and Margo's father.

As the
The annual Sagebrush Festival is gearing up and everyone in Proper City, NV is involved. This year's theme is Family Game Night and inspired by boardgames from Candy Land to Monopoly. A local group from back in the day, the Domino Divas, have reunited for the event and Margo from Disguise DeLimit has been contracted to making their costumes.

The Festival is off to a decent start when tragedy strikes - Margo finds one of the Dominoes dead in her trailer. When clues start piling up, Margo tries to
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
“Dressed to Confess” earns 5/5 Dancing Diva Drama!

The town of Proper City, Nevada, is dressing up for the Sagebrush Festival, and everyone is getting into the game-themed festivities. Margo Tamblyn, co-owner of the local shop Disguise DeLimit, has been busy providing delightful costumes for the volunteers and the top act the “Domino Divas,” a dance troupe once the talk of the town. The group hadn’t performed since 1968, and their break-up curiously coincided with a local bank robbery. No one had
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dressed to Confess is the first book that I have read in Vallere's costume shop series, but it definitely won't be the last. Despite being book three in the series, I was able to jump right into the thick of things making this an excellent stand alone read for a newbie like myself or another great adventure for a previous reader. Margo is helping out with costumes for Proper City's Sagebrush Festival and ends up finding the body of a member of the Festival's headlining act. When her dad's best ...more
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, reviewed
The main characters I encounter in cozy mysteries tend to work with food (e.g. in a bakery, a pie shop, or a small town cafe). This series is not your garden-variety mystery. Vallere's sleuth runs a costume store and makes some pretty cool costumes. How refreshing!

There's a huge turn-out at this year's Sagebrush Festival. The town's hoping to see the Domino Divas dance for their much anticipated and highly publicized reunion. The crowd expects six dancers, but only five will
Barbara Hackel
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Proper City, Nevada is a dream come true to anyone who likes to dress up in costumes. I have to confess I am one of those people and my children have inherited the desire! Lucky Margo Tamblyn is running the family business, Disguise DeLimit, and every day she dresses in stock from the store. As much fun as the story line is learning what she is wearing each day!
This book is about the town Sagebrush Festival which is in Proper City Park (PCP) and is a family oriented festival. The theme is board
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-read
Dressed to Confess is the third entry in author Diane Vallere’s Costume Shop Mystery series. Margo Tamblyn is back. Her costume shop, Disguise DeLimit, is to provide a set of costumes for the Proper City Sagebrush Festival's Board Game theme headliner act, the Domino Divas. Sounds pretty simple. But once you meet this quirky cast of characters you’ll realize nothing is simple and you’ll be on a non-stop ride involving scandal, secrecy, an old bank robbery and murder. Nobody is who they seem to ...more
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, fiction, mystery
This is story of MARGO’s adventure.
She is owner of a costume shop in one of cities in Nevada. It is the season or time for Sagebrush Festival. While searching to know more about “Sagebrush Festival” I found out that it really exist, it is a festival for music, art and film as well. What I love in reading books is learning new informations.
Margo plans to help the festival manager; Ebony and her best friend; Bobbie who are giving away Teddy Bears. She has designed special costumes for big
Once Upon a Romance Reviews
Reviewed by Wendy

Sexual Content: None

Language Content: Mild

Violent Content: Minimal

Margo Tamblyn runs a costume shop called Disguise the Limit. She has been hired to provide costumes for a group of women known as the Domino Divas, a group performing at a local festival. On the night of the big performance, one of the divas fails to show up and is later found dead in
her trailer by Margo. The police investigation ties the murder to a long ago, unsolved robbery believed to be attached to the
Christine Lowe
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Margo Helps Solve Another Mystery

There are always surprises when reading one of Diane Vallere's mysteries. She writes her characters like a loving mother who wants to rescue those who need saving. It feels like the protagonist, Margot Tamblyn, is the adventurous child who gets in over her head while trying to do the right thing. She's a great character who has room to grow in the Costume Shop Mysteries.

The citizens of Proper are preparing for a citywide festival. This little town has a love
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Started a bit slow but ended up satisfactorily. While the author creatively incorporates various games into costumes as part of the background story of the city festival, the story was a bit messy at times. For example, the teddy bear costume first has eye holes in the mouth but then later we are told they are near the bear's actual eyes. A good editor could have helped with things like that.

The solution to the murder that occurs was fairly obvious and there were times I found myself yelling at
Liz Caldwell
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
I love this series! This is the third book in the Costume Shop Mysteries, and can be read as a stand-alone as the author has included enough background that the reader is never lost.
Proper City, Nevada is celebrating its Sagebrush Festival. Costume Shop owner Margo Tamblyn is helping festival manager Ebony, as well as BFF Bobbie. Asked to find one of the Domino Divas, the headining act with a past, Margo finds the unpleasant woman in a trailer just off the festival grounds - dead. And her
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This the third book in the Costume Shop Mystery series. And it's just as great as the first two. I enjoy reading about Margo, her Dad, Tak and the rest of the residents from Proper City, Nevada. The story is full of quirkiness, and the twists and turns in the plot keep you guessing until the very end. I didn't figure it out until the end. There were more than a few times I found myself chuckling as I wound my way through the book. I love how Margo dresses in costumes from the shop, can just ...more
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have-read, own-it
Margo, the co-owner of Disguise DeLimit . She is also goes around and investigates things around Proper City, which doesn't make the police exactly big fans of hers. When the annual Sagebrush Festival brings back the Domino Divas, a dance group, things get messed up really fast! Ronnie Cass, the leader of the Divas is found dead in her trailer,just before the first show! Who would want to kill an aging 60 plus dancer? The more Margo looks into this murder, the more things from the past come out, ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well once again author Diane Vallere has proven she can pull of the impossible. In "Dressed to Confess" she once again made me believe that it is normal to have a costume shop as the center of a series. Who would have thought there were that many feasible reasons to dress up? I love the main characters, the setting, the interaction, the mystery, all of it. I have only one problem with this book, now I have to wait for the next in this series. If you have not read the other books in the Costume ...more
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The latest has Margo counting dominoes and it isn’t looking good. Though her dad are certainly a laugh relief for the book with the Spicy Acorn it is a book filled with great twists, turns and cast of characters. Margo is certainly on top of the event in Proper City and she is bringing new ventures to Disguise DeLimit (isn’t this the coolest name?!). Margo is fashionable to say the least, she has really embraced being a costume shop owner. I loved each outfit that she donned on and was thrilled ...more
Carol Lee
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would very much like to visit Proper City, Nevada where dressing up is the norm for the town festivals. I think that the costumes that Margo helps to provide would really lend to the small town atmosphere, and it would make for a great visit, except for the murder. I really enjoy the characters and think that running across them in real life would make a trip very memorable. I liked trying to figure out what would happen next and what Margo would find out next. Sometimes I beat her to ...more
Judy Johnson
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dressed to Confess is probably one of the most fun books that I've read lately! The characters are very entertaining and you can actually visualize them as you read the story. Although this is the 3rd book in the series, it can certainly be read as a stand alone, I have not read the previous two and had no trouble at following along. It is laugh out loud good, has a great plot with twists and surprises and a great unpredictable ending. Diane has a certain winner here and I can't wait to visit ...more
« previous 1 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Goodreads Librari...: Add book cover 2 8 Nov 24, 2016 07:03AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Hark the Herald Angels Slay (A Year-Round Christmas Mystery, #3)
  • Death on Tap (A Sloan Krause Mystery #1)
  • Nightshade for Warning (Enchanted Garden Mystery, #2)
  • Pudding Up With Murder
  • Leave No Scone Unturned (Chef-to-Go Mystery #2)
  • French Fried (Ethnic Eats Mystery #2)
  • Fudge Bites (A Candy-coated Mystery #7)
  • Death in Dark Blue (A Writer's Apprentice Mystery, #2)
  • Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen (A Year-Round Christmas Mystery #1)
  • A Cajun Christmas Killing (Cajun Country Mystery #3)
  • A Dark and Twisting Path (A Writer's Apprentice Mystery, #3)
  • Toxic Toffee (Amish Candy Shop Mystery #4)
  • Better Homes and Corpses (Hamptons Home & Garden Mystery #1)
  • Cookies and Clairvoyance (Magical Bakery Mystery #8)
  • Assault and Buttery (A Popcorn Shop Mystery, #3)
  • Oh, Fudge! (Candy-Coated, #5)
  • A Crime of Poison (Silver Six Crafting Mystery #3)
  • Familiar Motives (Witch's Cat Mystery, #3)
See similar books…
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.

Other books in the series

Costume Shop Mystery (3 books)
  • A Disguise to Die For (Costume Shop Mystery, #1)
  • Masking for Trouble (Costume Shop Mystery, #2)