Monday, June 12, 2017

Cement Stilettos by Diane Vallere | #Samanthapalooza! Tour w/ Review & Giveaway

The Blurb

Forget the cannoli. Take the shoes!

When newly engaged amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd discovers the body of a mafia princess dead in fiancĂ© and shoe designer Nick Taylor’s showroom, her questions are so numerous she’d need a bookie to keep track. The victim’s ties to local organized crime are unexpected. Nick’s apparent vow of silence makes Samantha question the vows in their future, and despite past promises, all bets are off. Wise guys and leopard ladies keep her busier than a consigliere during tax season, and if she can’t keep her head above water, she’ll end up sleeping with the fishes.

Cement Stilettos by Diane Vallere
Series: A Samantha Kidd Mystery, #7
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Polyester Press
Publication Date: June 13, 2017
Paperback: 212 pages
ISBN-10: 1939197325
ISBN-13: 978-1939197320
eBook File Size: 502 KB


The Review

I just read an amazing book, y'all — Cement Stilettos, the seventh and latest book in the Samantha Kidd Style & Error Mystery series by Diane Vallere. Let me tell you a little about it.

Cement Stilettos is such a fun book! Even the cover is fun. What an unexpected and out of character look for Samantha! But it is in character for "Nicky's girl," as she's known by the leopard ladies. 

I really enjoyed reading about the zany, hysterical antics of Samantha, Nick, Eddie (the Painter!), the leopard ladies, and the others in Cement Stilettos. I think you'll enjoy reading it also. You'll find thrills, spills, fist fights, factories, fashions, trends, benefits, misfortune, lasagna, spaghetti, pizza, and pretzels. The series takes a major plot twist in Cement Stilettos, one that I never would have predicted. 

I recommend Cement Stilettos to all cozy mystery fans, especially those who like madcap caper cozies. If you're a fan of Gretchen Archer's Davis Way Crime Caper series or Diane Vallere's other series (Madison Night Mad for Mod Mysteries, Polyester Monroe Material Witness Mysteries, and Margo Tamblyn Costume Shop Mysteries), I think you will particularly enjoy reading about Samantha Kidd in Cement Stilettos

I absolutely love Cement Stilettos, which has earned our highest rating of Five Kitties! 

Five out of five kitties
 Note:  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of Cement Stilettos
All opinions shared are 100% my own.

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The Author

About Diane Vallere

I’m a former fashion buyer turned mystery writer, trading fashion accessories for accessories to murder. I was bit by the mystery bug as a kid reading Trixie Belden, Connie Blair, and The Three Investigators. Now I’m writing four series: the Samantha Kidd Mysteries, the Madison Night Mysteries, the Material Witness Mysteries, and the Costume Shop Mysteries.

The Margo Tamblyn Costume Shop Mysteries debuted with A DISGUISE TO DIE FOR, which introduces Margo Tamblyn, costume shop owner, who helps solve a murder after one of her clients is found dead at his own costume party (dressed as Sherlock!). MASKING FOR TROUBLE, the second in the series, was released in October 2016, just in time for Halloween. DRESSED TO CONFESS, book three, is expected to be released on August 01, 2017.

The Polyester Monroe Material Witness Mysteries feature Polyester Monroe, who inherits the fabric shop where she was born. Books include SUEDE TO REST, CRUSHED VELVET, and SILK STALKINGS. Each one contains a craft project.

The Madison Night Mad for Mod Mysteries feature a modern day interior decorator who specializes in mid-century design (studying Doris Day movies to get the look right). Books are PILLOW STALK, THAT TOUCH OF INK, and WITH VICS YOU GET EGGROLL. The fourth, THE DECORATOR WHO KNEW TOO MUCH,  was just released in April 2017. A prequel novella, Midnight Ice, can be found in OTHER PEOPLE’S BAGGAGE.

The Samantha Kidd Style & Error Mysteries feature former fashion buyer turned amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd. Books in that series include DESIGNER DIRTY LAUNDRY; BUYER, BEWARE; THE BRIM REAPER; SOME LIKE IT HAUTE; GRAND THEFT RETRO; and PEARLS GONE WILDThe seventh, CEMENT STILETTOS,  will be released in June 2017. (A short story, JUST KIDDING [free download at Amazon, Kobo, and iTunes], tells the story of how Samantha first met shoe designer Nick Taylor.)

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The Giveaway

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