Thursday, August 6, 2015

Introducing Polyester Monroe

Hi! I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Polyester Monroe, owner of the fabric shop Material Girl. Yes, you read that right. I was born in my family’s fabric shop on a bed of, you guessed it. When fabric is in your family's blood like mine, you're not surprised by stories like these. (A little annoyed, maybe, but not surprised.)

Fast forward from then to now. I inherited the store about eight months ago. It had been closed for ten years, though my great uncle had kept up with the utilities so the fabrics inside had been remarkably preserved. At first I planned to sell it, but something happened when I was back inside. I didn't want it to give it up.
Pins & Needles!
A lot can happen in eight months. Since learning of the inheritance, I broke up with the investment banker I’d been dating since college, quit my job, moved from Los Angeles to San Ladrón, adopted two kittens, and obtained the necessary loans to reopen the store. In a couple of weeks, it’ll be open for business!
It’s pretty exciting, you know? To go from being senior designer of tacky pageant dresses made out of synthetic fabrics in a rundown workroom in downtown Los Angeles to being one hundred percent in charge of the future success of my family’s business. And, for the first time in a long time, I believe I can do it. It feels right, being in San Ladrón. Like instead of clocking off time, I’m building a life. I’ve made good friends already: Charlie, the auto mechanic, who is equal parts tomboy and pin-up girl, and Genevieve, owner of the local tea shop. There’s Vaughn McMichael, too, son of the local developer who tried to force me to sell the fabric shop. I’m not sure how much I can trust him based on who his father is, but he might surprise me. (He’s sure different than Carson, the boyfriend I left behind in Los Angeles!)

There’s one thing I have learned about San Ladrón, though, something I wasn’t expecting. People want to know your business. As soon as I decided to stick around and reopen the store, word spread like wildfire. I became the town curiosity, especially since the reason the store had been closed for ten years was because there’d been a murder inside (almost two when I ended up face to face with my great aunt’s killer, but that’s a story for another time).
I’ll do my best to become part of the town, but a part of me wonders, will there be people who always see me as an outsider? Especially since I’d uncovered a couple of town secrets since the inheritance. I guess the best thing to do is mind my own business. I mean, what are the odds that something bad is going to happen and I’m going to have to start digging around in people’s private lives a second time? 

Poly's second adventure, that happened shortly after she wrote this blog post, can be found in CRUSHED VELVET, book #2 in the Material Witness Mystery Series. Out this month!
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Diane Vallere | @dianevallere


  1. We both welcome you to Killer Characters, Poly!
    --Rory, from the Superstition Mysteries, and Carrie, from the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries

  2. I loved the first book in this series. I can't wait to read this new one.

  3. I haven't read the first book in your series yet, but it sounds like something I'd really enjoy… I just added both of your books to my "to be read" list! :-)

  4. Looking forward to reading this book!