Saturday, February 6, 2016

Bad Manners


by Ebony Welles from the Costume Shop Mysteries by Diane Vallere
GIVEAWAY BELOW!
I can’t believe I said yes to this job. Coordinate Blitz Manners’ birthday party on short notice. Sure, I own Shindig! the most happening party planning business in Proper City, but Blitz is the most spoiled kid in town. I would have liked nothing more than to turn away his business and set a good example for Margo.
But Blitz had to go and bring up the past.  When the time comes for me to talk about that, I will, but not a minute sooner. Let me tell you, that little punk better watch his step. I’m older than him and a whole lot wiser too. I don’t make decisions because of money. You got that? Ebony Welles is her own woman and nobody’s gonna change that.

But girl, that was a long time ago. I was knee high to a grasshopper and didn’t know there were people I was supposed to talk to and people I wasn’t. I was raised to think that everybody was equal. I don’t have kids of my own, but when I met that little girl Margo Tamblyn twenty-seven years ago, raised by her dad in a costume shop of all places, I knew I had to pass that lesson along to her. Jerry Tamblyn didn’t raise Margo to judge people based on skin color and I like to think I had a part in that. She’s grown up to be a fine woman (though a little too independent if you ask me). It wouldn’t kill her to settle down right here in Proper City.


When Blitz brought up something he’s too young to know anything about, I had to take his job to prove a point. There's another reason I said yes to Blitz. No way can Jerry make forty detective costumes for Blitz’s party, not while he’s recovering from his heart attack. That means Margo will stick around for more than a couple of days.  And if she comes to Blitz’s party to help me out, she might even meet a nice young man.
In the meantime, I better get to work. I gotta plan the menu and decorations for a Blitz Manners-sized party. I’m a professional so I’ll do the job I was hired to do, but one of these days, that cocky attitude of his is gonna get him into trouble. Wonder if I’ll be around to see it?
Diane, the author here. You can find all about Ebony's past (plus Margo Tamblyn and Disguise DeLimit)  in A DISGUISE TO DIE FOR that just came out this week! Didn't get your copy? Leave a comment below and be entered to win one.
No sooner does former magician’s assistant Margo Tamblyn return home to Proper City, Nevada, to run Disguise DeLimit, her family’s 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 Sherlock Holmes is to die for—literally—when, in the middle of the festivities, Margo’s friend and party planner Ebony Welles is caught brandishing a carving knife over a very dead Blitz. 
  
For Margo, clearing Ebony’s name is anything but elementary, especially after Ebony flees town. Now Margo is left to play real-life detective in a town full of masked motives, cloaked secrets, and veiled vendettas. But as she soon learns, even a killer disguise can’t hide a murderer in plain sight for long.
 
INCLUDES RECIPES AND COSTUME IDEAS!


62 comments:

  1. Looks like another fun story, and who can pass up costume ideas?? Thanks for the giveaway.
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  2. Looks like a fun great start to a new series. Thanks for the chance to win. poohwine1217@gmail.com

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  3. Sounds like a fun series with some awesome costumes. Count me in! :)
    Thank you for the chance to win.
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  4. Oh! I think there are going to be a lot of fun characters at the party!! (please don't enter me in the contest)

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  5. This looks like a fun read. thanks for the chance.
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  6. Love the chance to read this one. Sounds awesome. firelily001(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. That's one of the great things about cozies. The punnys. Disguise DeLimit. It does look like a fun read. Would like to see how she gets Ebony out of this one. Thank you for a chance to get this most intriguing book.
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  8. Love the name of the shop and love the start of a new series!
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  9. Sounds like a fun series! Thanks for the giveaway! Kkcochran@hotmail.com

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  10. This sounds like a fun & amazing read. Thanks for this chance. Linda May lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  11. Looking forward to starting this series. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    Elaine
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  12. I would love to read this book—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  13. Can't wait to read this!!
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  14. I have this on my wish list.
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  15. Sounds great! Looking forward to reading this book. Thankyou for the opportunity! Jill Broussard; minishoes@msn.com

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  16. Sounds like a great read! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  17. This sounds like an intriguing series can't wait to read it mama2bulls@gmail.com

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  18. Can't wait to read more about Ebony and Margo! Thanks so much for the chance to win.
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  19. I would like to see into a party planner's mind.....I never used one...or know much about them....they came WAY after my time!!! LOL!!
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  20. A costume shop should have many stories in it. Should make for "cozy" reading for a long time!
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  21. A great new series for me to check out. Thanks for offering the giveaway.
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  22. Looks like the start of a great series. Can't wait to get started. Costumes and recipes as well? It just gets better. I might have to drag out a costume or two of my own.

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  23. Sounds like a great series! Can't wait to read it!

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  24. What a novel (!) combination: food and costumes.
    I'd love to read it.
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  25. This sounds like a great series, recipes and a party! Thanks for the chance to win.
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  26. Can't wait to read this book. A costume shop is such an interesting setting.
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  27. I love reading First Book in New Series's (?) lol It a new road, new adventure. Can't wait!!!
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  28. This should be a fun read! What great names for the characters.
    Thanks for the contest.
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  29. I've been looking forward to this book coming out ever since I first heard about it. I've enjoyed Diane's work before and am always looking forward to getting to know new characters. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  30. Sounds like a good one. prentissg@gmail.com

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  31. I love the book cover, and the story sounds fun! Thanks for the post! Happy Saturday! Nicole nicolev.girldetective@gmail.com

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  32. Take my word for it people. Any book by this author is a good read.

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  33. Yes, I would love to win! How's Bear?

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  34. Looking forward to a great read.

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  35. I love the setting for this series. The cover is eye catching and would make stop and take a look at it. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  36. I love 'costumes' and wearing them to themed parties. But, a murder? Oh, how fun! kat8762@aol.com

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    2. Congratulations Kathleen! Jill Broussard; minishoes@msn.com

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  37. thank you for the giveaway, this book looks so good. Not only the cover is great but to know there is at least one recipe , maybe more. Well I have to have this book however I get it. Georgia
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  38. Sounds like another fun book from Diane. Bobbipad@gmail.com

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  39. This sounds like a fun read. Thank you for the chance.
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  40. Sounds like a fun tiem with the costumes. i enjoy reading cozy mysteries. thanks for the giveaway
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  41. Love your books and can't wait to start this series. Thank you for the chance to win. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  42. Thank you for the chance! This is one I want to read!
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  43. This sounds like a fun beginning to a good series.

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  44. I have been wanting to read this for a while now. It sounds great and I love the cover. Thank you for the chance.
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  45. I love your other series looking forword to this new one.

    Congrats

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  46. Sounds like such a fun cozy! seascapelife at gmail dot com

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  47. Sounds like a fun read!
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  48. I would love to read this series! It sounds really good! Thank you!
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  49. Love the character's name! Not often I meet another! Cheers@MarjimManor.com

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  50. Love the Sherlock outfit on the cover!! Raquel36m(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. Sounds like a great cozy read! ptclayton2@aol.com

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  52. Sounds really fun. Thanks for this opportunity.

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  53. Love the philosophy and here is to more people being raised in quirky environments...I would love to read this. Please enter me.
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  54. This sounds like loads of fun. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  55. Delightful and special feature and giveaway. Thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  56. This cozy is unique and lovely. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  57. Looks like a great new book series
    Diane Rivera
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  58. Winner has been drawn. Congrats, Kathleen Costa!

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