To Celebrate the 5 Year Anniversary of Samantha Kidd Humorous Mystery Series by Diane Vallere Great Escapes Book Tours is hosting #Samanthapalooza!
Designer Dirty Laundry (Samantha Kidd Mystery Series)
1st in Series
Polyester Press (June 5, 2012)
Paperback: 274 pages
E-Book ASIN: B0088IEQPQ
Meet Samantha Kidd.
Ex-buyer turned trend specialist turns amateur sleuth! She designed her future with couture precision, but finding the fashion director’s corpse on day one leaves her hanging by a thread. And when the killer fabricates evidence that puts the cops on her hemline, even a chance run-in with hot shoe designer Nick Taylor can’t keep her life from unraveling. She trades high fashion for dirty laundry and reveals a cast of designers out for blood. Now her job, her love life, and her future are put on hold as she tries to expose a diabolical designer before getting marked down for murder.
Praise for Designer Dirty Laundry
This story will put a smile on you face and maybe even have you laughing out loud!
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book
The writing was smooth and conversational. The world the author created was described well and I could play the story out in my head right down to the outfits and shoes.
~Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
This is a fast paced cozy. Something is ALWAYS happening, often to Samantha Kidd.
Author Diane Vallere has made Designer Dirty Laundry LOL funny with her humorous dialogue and narrative…
Join quirky Samantha Kidd on a fun, fast paced, twisty turning ride on the way to a Gala…Designer Dirty Laundry was a great start for a new series.
~My Reading Journey
Samantha, you are a dear. I loved her sense of fashion and design in this book. Yes, it is a mystery and well things certainly start off with a quick death, but the book holds some pretty cool style.
This book is perfect to enjoy a quick mystery book and it will leave you wanting more…
Between some of what happens and Samantha herself, you’ll be smiling if not laughing as you read this book.
Buyer, Beware: A Samantha Kidd Humorous Mystery
2nd in Series
Polyester Press (March 5, 2013)
Paperback: 258 pages
E-Book ASIN: B00BPD587G
Samantha Kidd: Bag Lady?
Out-of-work fashion expert turned amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd is strapped. But when the buyer of handbags for a hot new retailer turns up dead and Samantha is recruited for the job, the opportunity comes with a caveat: she’s expected to find some answers. With shoe designer Nick Taylor off in Italy, she turns to a sexy stranger for help (with humorous results!). But as the walls close around her like a snug satin lining, Samantha must get a handle on the mystery or risk being caught in the killer’s clutches.
Praise for Buyer Beware
Samantha is such a fun character. She bases most of her sleuthing on what she’s seen in old movies or on television shows, which of course results in her getting into a few tight spots here and there.
The story was fast-paced and engaging. The road taken to find the culprit was paved with red herrings, questions, and a surprise twist. I thoroughly enjoyed Buyer, Beware and look forward to book 3.
~Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
I recommend Buyer, Beware to all cozy mystery fans, especially those who like madcap caper cozies.
A well written cozy with characters you care about and worry about and so many twists and turns that you won’t see who is coming until you are hit over the head with the solution.
Samantha is back and this time with a hot, hot, Dante! Now, I know you want to know what is or who is a Dante? I am going to share my thoughts on him and this delightful full belly laugh book.
The Brim Reaper: A Samantha Kidd Humorous Mystery
3rd in Series
Polyester Press (December 3, 2013)
Paperback: 266 pages
E-Book ASIN: B00H03A1MW
Former fashion buyer Samantha Kidd is in over her head
With no job prospects on the horizon, former fashion buyer Samantha Kidd convinces boyfriend and shoe designer Nick Taylor to give her a job in his showroom, but when a collection of vintage Hollywood costumes comes to town, it brings a hat box full of hype. Close friend Eddie is in charge of the exhibit and calls on Samantha for help, but all too soon hype turns to homicide. Brimming with good intentions, she loops in the cops, but after one too many cloche calls, she’s knee-deep in mystery. If she can tear the lid off the investigation, it might mean a feather in her fedora. And if she can’t? She might get capped.
Praise for The Brim Reaper
…her good intentions to stay away from the investigations at the museum are all for naught. [You’re not surprised, are you?]. What ensues is a fun and funny conglomeration of fashion, mischief, mayhem, mishaps, shenanigans, clues, red herrings, sleuthing, and hats.
Some Like It Haute: A Samantha Kidd Humorous Mystery
4th in Series
Polyester Press (January 6, 2015)
Paperback: 248 pages
E-Book ASIN: B00RME4N6O
If you can’t stand the heat, get off the runway.
Fashion expert turned amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd is in the hot seat. After agreeing to help her ex-boyfriend’s former girlfriend with a runway show, her post-break-up life turns explosive. She recruits Dante, a smokin’ hot photographer, to turn up the heat on the investigation (and help her get over Nick), but even the third degree won’t expose an angry arsonist. With a crash course in sizzle, Samantha’s curiosity leads her into another inferno, and this time she either faces the fire or gets burned.
Praise for Some Like it Haute
Several of Samantha’s relationships change in Some Like It Haute — some for the better, some for the worse. Samantha undergoes more personal growth in Some Like It Haute than in the previous books.
Grand Theft Retro: A Samantha Kidd Humorous Mystery
5th in Series
Polyester Press (May 17, 2016)
Paperback: 228 pages
E-Book ASIN: B01E1UHPV6
Samantha Kidd is about to go retro.
When Samantha Kidd’s job at Retrofit Magazine leads her into the fashionable archives of seventies style, she’s prepared to report on patchwork velvet and platform shoes, but she never expected to uncover the theft of a major collection of samples from runway shows that took place before disco died. When the guilty party threatens Samantha’s family and friends, her priority shift into protection mode. The investigation heats up faster than fondue over sterno, and all too soon Samantha learns that while beat goes on, there’s no guarantee that she’ll go on with it.
Praise for Grand Theft Retro
Grand Theft Retro is exciting, with suspense, thrills, and danger, in addition to a very good mystery.
Pearls Gone Wild: A Samantha Kidd Humorous Mystery
6th in Series
Polyester Press; 6 edition (December 31, 2016)
Paperback: 218 pages
E-Book ASIN: B01MD0U8XS
Amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd’s life is finally on track. It’s her normally cultured friend Cat whose life has lost its luster: eight months pregnant and abandoned by her husband the week before Christmas. She ropes Samantha into helping at her boutique, but a string of jewelry thefts threatens her business. And when Cat’s husband is found strangled with pearls inside the shop, the last thing she’s concerned with is profit. Samantha tries to get a bead on the killer, but when the suspects all clam up, she’s left tangled in knots. Add in an unexpected proposal, a flirtatious friend, and a brand new detective, and this is bound to be Samantha’s wildest adventure yet.
Praise for Pearls Gone Wild
The romance heats up in the romantic parts of Pearls Gone Wild. The mysteries are nicely mysterious. There are plenty of suspects to be suspicious of. I was surprised by whodunit in this fun, fast-paced cozy.
Cement Stilettos: A Samantha Kidd Humorous Mystery
7th in Series
Polyester Press (June 13, 2017)
Print Length: 255 pages
Forget the cannoli. Take the shoes!
When newly engaged amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd discovers the body of a mafia princess dead in fiancé 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.
Praise for Cement Stilettos
In typical Samantha Kidd fashion, she dives in with both feet and has to change direction on a dime.
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’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 three series: the Style & Error Mysteries, the Mad for Mod Mysteries, and the Material Witness Mysteries.
The 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 last October and Dressed to Confess will be out in August 2017.
The Material Witness mysteries feature Polyester Monroe, who inherits the fabric shop where she was born. Books include SUEDE TO REST and CRUSHED VELVET . The third, SILK STALKINGS, was just released.
The Style & Error Series features 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 Wild. (A short story, “Just Kidding ,” tells the story of how Samantha first met shoe designer Nick Taylor).
The Madison Night Mysteries feature a modern day interior decorator who specializes in midcentury design (studying Doris Day movies to get the look right). Books are PILLOW STALK ,THAT TOUCH OF INK , and WITH VICS YOU GET EGGROLL . A prequel novella, “Midnight Ice,” can be found in OTHER PEOPLE’S BAGGAGE .
(A short story, “Just Kidding ,” tells the story of how Samantha first met shoe designer Nick Taylor).
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