Thursday, November 20, 2014

Suede to Rest {+ Giveaway}

Suede to Rest coverI’m happy to be participating in author Diane Vallere’s virtual book tour for her debut release, SUEDE TO REST.

As part of the tour I’m sharing my thoughts on this charming book and thanks to the lovely Danielle at Penguin Group, I have a copy to giveaway. Please see the end of the book for more giveaway details.

Now for my thoughts …..

Combining family secrets, unanswered questions and new beginnings, author Diane Vallere has crafted a new series that is sure to keep readers guessing for a long time.

SUEDE TO REST, the first installment in Vallere’s Material Witness Mystery series, has the protagonist Poly Monroe returning to her hometown of San Ladron. Poly has inherited Land of a Thousand Fabrics, a fabric store once owned and operated by her late aunt and uncle.

Poly isn’t sure what to do with the store as she receives pressure from a local developer to sell. When a dead body is found behind the shop, Poly is determined to find who the killer is as she believes it’s tied to long buried family secrets she wants answered.

Vallere’s cast of characters are likable and well-developed. The story flows at a steady pace and smoothly drawing you in quickly. The charming setting adds depth to the story as the twists and turns keeps you wondering who until the end.

An added bonus to the story is a craft project included at the end. While readers don’t have to be especially interested in fabrics to enjoy this story, those who are will find an extra treat in the setting.

A fun protagonist and an intriguing cast of characters makes this a new series to follow for hours of delightful reading enjoyment.

Suede to Rest by Diane Vallere, Material Witness Mystery series Book #1, Berkley Prime Crime, @2014, ISBN: 978-0425270578, Paperback, 304 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.


Diane Vallere is a former fashion buyer turned mystery writer, trading fashion accessories for accessories to murder. She was bit by the mystery bug as a kid reading Trixie Belden, Connie Blair, and The Three Investigators. Now she is writing three series: the Style & Error Mysteries, the Mad for Mod Mysteries, and the upcoming Material Witness Mysteries

For more on Diane and her writing, visit her website.


This giveaway is for one print copy of SUEDE TO REST. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end Friday, Nov. 28.

To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and following the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load, so please be patient. The winner from this giveaway will have 72 hours to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected. The email will have ‘Thoughts in Progress Diane Vallere’s Tour’ in the subject line, just so you know what to watch for (in case it goes into your spam folder).

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope I’ve enticed you to check out this entertaining cozy. Did you notice the two cute kittens on the cover? 

*This post contains affiliate links. a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Mystery titles are so clever.
    And two cats on this one.
    Congratulations on the new series, Diane.

  2. Material witnesses - sounds fascinating - will lead to many story lines. I know Poly's name is Polyester - I must read this!

  3. The MC sounds great, as well as the rest of the story. I'll enter the giveaway.

  4. I love first in a series, it looks great and I hope to get a chance to read it.

  5. Mason - So many possibilities with a fabric store as the main setting. Thanks for sharing this.

  6. I would love to read this book—thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  7. Very clever title!

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  8. This sounds like an awesome read. I would LOVE to be a fashion buyer!!!!

  9. What a delightful and intriguing book. Looks wonderful. thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. I have this on my tbr list, thanks for the chance to win.

  11. What a fun series this is to enjoy. Thank you for the chance to win.

  12. Whenever I read that there are family secrets in a book, I smile. I remember one Christmas when my aunt let out one. My mother and I had wondered about for years. As she said something, I could see on her face that she wanted to pull the words back in. However, I will never tell the family secret! Would love to read this one!

  13. I think this is going to be a wonderful new series!

  14. I really enjoy crafts and seeing. Used to make all my kids clothes till I took up other needlework crafts. Then I taught these crafts part time when the kids went to school. Love to read and review this book!!

  15. I always enjoy starting a series from the beginning and this looks like an interesting one.


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