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Designer Dirty Laundry: A Humorous Fashion Mystery (Style & Error Mystery Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Diane Vallere
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Book Description

In the seamy world of designer clothing, you're bound to find dirty laundry...

Samantha Kidd, ex-buyer turned trend specialist, designed her future with couture precision, but finding the fashion director's corpse on day one leaves her hanging by a thread. When the killer fabricates evidence that puts the cops on her hemline, her new life begins to unravel. She trades high fashion for dirty laundry and reveals a cast of designers out for blood. Now this flatfoot in heels must keep pace with a diabolical designer before she gets marked down for murder.

Praise for the STYLE & ERROR MYSTERY SERIES

"...the book is enriched by the author's cleverly phrased prose and convincing characterization. The surprise ending will satisfy and delight many mystery fans. A diverting mystery that offers laughs and chills." -Kirkus Reviews

"Overall, an impressive cozy mystery from a promising author." -Mystery Tribune

"...even the toughest crime is no match for a sleuth in fishnet stockings who knows her way around the designer department. A delightful debut." -Kris Neri, Lefty Award-Nominated Author of REVENGE FOR OLD TIMES’ SAKE

"DESIGNER DIRTY LAUNDRY is a sleek and stylish read." -Ellen Byerrum, Author of the Crime of Fashion Mysteries

"In DESIGNER DIRTY LAUNDRY, author Diane Vallere stitches together a seamless mystery. The story will have you on pins and needles." -Avery Aames, Agatha Award Winner of Nationally Bestselling A Cheese Shop Mystery Series and the new Cookbook Nook Mysteries

"A captivating new mystery voice, Vallere has stitched together haute couture and murder in a stylish mystery. Dirty Laundry has never been so engrossing!" -Krista Davis, Author of The Domestic Diva Mysteries

“Designer Dirty Laundry is a light, cozy-style mystery written in a breezy manner. The murder plot is nicely set up, the suspects all credibly drawn, and Samantha Kidd an engaging amateur sleuth."-Mysterious Reviews

"Diane Vallere takes the reader through this cozy mystery with her signature wit and humor."-Mary Marks, NY Journal of Books

"Samantha is such a fun heroine, a woman who stumbles upon a mystery when all she is trying to do is make a few  changes in her life." -ChickLit Plus

"There is lots of fun in this series and it was a very enjoyable read. Samantha “The Kidd” is a funny character that keeps the book moving along at a fast pace." -Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

FIRST PAGE

When you wear fishnet stockings to the grocery store, people tend to stare. Women look at you like you’re affiliated with the sex trade. Men pretend they’re not staring, doing so all the while. It’s probably because they’re thinking the same thing.

The last time I wore fishnets to the grocery store was weeks ago. It was then I met the man who changed the course of my life. Because of him I’d traded in the title senior buyer of ladies designer shoes at Bentley’s New York to become the trend specialist at Tradava, the family-owned retailer in Ribbon, Pennsylvania. I’d given up an apartment in Manhattan to buy the house where I grew up. And now, because of him, I sat in a police station explaining my actions to a homicide detective.

I still couldn’t pinpoint exactly when it all started to go wrong.

BOOKS IN THE HUMOROUS STYLE & ERROR MYSTERY SERIES:

  • JUST KIDDING (e-Short Story)
  • DESIGNER DIRTY LAUNDRY
  • BUYER, BEWARE
  • THE BRIM REAPER (coming December 18, 2013)

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Editorial Reviews

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"Designer Dirty Laundry is a light, cozy-style mystery written in a breezy manner. The murder plot is nicely set up, the suspects all credibly drawn, and Samantha Kidd an engaging amateur sleuth."-Mysterious Reviews

"The way the story unravels isn't exactly what you might expect and there are some interesting twists to how the end finally pans out. It keeps you at the edge of your seat. I love the description of clothes in this book, like I said to begin with, if you love fashion, pick this up!"-Los Angeles Mamma Blog

"There is a lot of fashion talk in the book, as this is an area in which the author has significant expertise, and...the reader gets to know about the big buckets of activity in the fashion value chain and some industry trends. Overall, an impressive cozy mystery from a promising author."
-Mystery Tribune

...the book is enriched by the author's cleverly phrased prose and convincing characterization. The surprise ending will satisfy and delight many mystery fans. A diverting mystery that offers laughs and chills --Kirkus Reviews

There is a lot of fashion talk in the book, as this is an area in which the author has significant expertise, and...the reader gets to know about the big buckets of activity in the fashion value chain and some industry trends. Overall, an impressive cozy mystery from a promising author. --Mystery Tribune

About the Author

Diane Vallere is a fashion industry veteran with a taste for murder. She started her own detective agency at age ten and has maintained a passion for shoes, clues, and clothes ever since. Although she's a Pennsylvanian at heart, she currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Product Details

  • File Size: 459 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Polyester Press (January 20, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088IEQPQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,386 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun for a lazy day April 19, 2013
By Kicks
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Enjoyable albeit silly mystery with a heroine who can't make a good decision to save her life. If you like strong, resourceful, smart women, this isn't her!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun June 13, 2012
By gmt
Format:Paperback
Diane Vallere takes us into the world of designer clothes, department store life, and murder. And it isn't the murder of being the first in line for the biggest department store sale of the year. When Samantha Kidd reports for work at her new job as a trend specialist at an upscale department store, she expects her new job could be a challenge. She didn't expect the challenge would be to prove she didn't murder her new boss. Some employees might be tempted to slay their bosses, but on their first day? "Designer Dirty Laundry" is a fast-paced, enjoyable read with great characters and lots of humor. Set aside some time to read this uninterrupted--you won't want to put it down.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read July 11, 2012
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This novel grabbed my attention in the first chapter. Samantha Kidd stumbles upon a dead body and ends up the prime suspect for his murder. This designer turns detective to clear her name but the more she investigates, the more involved she seems to become. With all the twists and turns you will quickly finish this book. I hope Diane Vallere brings fun, quirky Samantha Kidd back to life in another novel soon.

Pillow StalkI've already pre-ordered Ms Vallere's next novel Pillow Stalk.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Light-Hearted Mystery August 11, 2012
Format:Paperback
This is a really fun mystery with a chick lit feel. I loved it. The fashion aspects of the novel feel very real--you can tell the author has spent time in the fashion industry. Samantha Kidd is a character you want to see succeed. Something about this novel evoked nostalgia in me. In some ways it felt like a read of a script for an old Doris Day comedy--and I mean that in the best way. This book was like comfort food for me.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book August 29, 2013
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Cute story. Some parts dragged on but overall a fun read. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Designed to Satisfy July 16, 2012
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Diane Vallere's debut novel, Designer Dirty Laundry, hit the runway recently and is a total trendsetter. Her style alone is worth the read, but there is a terrific plot stitched together with subtle clues that kept this reviewer guessing until the mask was finally stripped away from the real killer at the end.

Vallere's fashion sense makes this book visually appealing as she sets up the story of Samantha Kidd, a fashion buyer working in New York City who moves back to her hometown to find herself. She has been offered a job at the trendiest store in town by one of the top designers in the country. The grand old man of design approached her outside of the store and all of their meetings were slightly sub-rosa, so when she goes to work the first day, nobody is expecting her. And when she sees her new boss's body slumped in the elevator, Samantha and Nick Taylor, a high-ticket shoe designer, are the only witnesses. This fashionista has a quick wit like when she finds herself in the local police station and she comments on how "the morning had left me more vice squad than fashion police." This is a fun gal.

But there is no body and the police start thinking Samantha is just a nut, because she has seen a body that nobody can find, an emergency technician who wasn't there, a laptop that's missing, and has a job nobody can verify was ever offered. Samantha starts thinking, "Nobody had warned me that crimes of fashion were to be a part of my job."

She meets a young guy at work who seems to take an interest in her story. She had actually helped him out back in their high school days and he never forgot, but his help might not be the kind she needs.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Style and Error Mystery Series May 25, 2013
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I love the Style and Error Mystery Series. They start with a zip and continue through the whole book. If you love clothes, like humor, and the reality of life on the lighter side, you'll want to read these.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Designer Dirty Laundry...funny, fast-paced read March 24, 2013
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New beginnings...that's all Samantha Kidd wanted when she moved back to her home town of Ribbon, PA where she meets a top executive of a new retail store who offers her a job as a trend specialist.
Sam, former shoe buyer in NYC, wants to make an impression on her first day at her new job, but instead she finds her boss murdered in an elevator.
Now Sam puts her life in danger and sets out to find the killer with clues and notes left from her murdered boss. While gathering information Sam gets assistance from Nick, a shoe vendor she knew from her days in NYC and an old high school classmate, Eddie.
Lots of fun in this series and very enjoyable. Samantha "The Kidd" is a funny character that keeps the book moving along at a fast pace. Looking forward to reading Buyer Beware the 2nd book in the "Style and Error" series by Diane Vallere.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read.
This book was perfect for a cold Sunday Afternoon read. The mystery kicked in right away and led the readers down a path of intrigue in the fashion world. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Julie Seedorf
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars mindless fun!
Fast reading book ... mindless fun!
Published 2 months ago by Marcy Kuehnle
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful
I was surprised that I'd like this book. It entertained me, and also had me enthralled in the story, and kept me wondering who the murderer was. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrea Ballian
2.0 out of 5 stars Obviously not memorable
I must have started this book and deleted it or it made such a feeble impression that I don't remember it because I can't remember a thing about it except that it's gone--and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by ST
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull, Slow, Arduous
Very slow moving story with lots of long dull descriptions of what people are wearing. The plot picks up at the very end but by then it's too late. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rickles
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Loved the book, had a lot of twist and turns until the ending, kept me guessing.
Published 5 months ago by Deanna Littlefield
3.0 out of 5 stars Designer Dirty Laundry (Style and Error Mystery Series)
An okay story, but would have been better if it was a little shorter. If you are interested in the fashion industry than this is a book for for you. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted reading!
This book is some lighthearted reading. Occasionally funny, it does keep you turning the pages!
Published 5 months ago by DJ
2.0 out of 5 stars typical
Ok read, but nothing really outstanding.the plucky heroine causes herself a lot of grieg, evidently, and there is the cliche "Team Edward or Team Whosit" confusion.
Published 5 months ago by lin
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More About the Author

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 new Material Witness Mysteries.

SUEDE TO REST features Polyester Monroe, a concept designer for a tacky pageant dress shop. The book opens as she inherits the fabric shop that she was born in. It's been closed for ten years, since her great aunt was killed inside. A new murder seems to be connected, and even though Poly is being pressured to sell, she wants to find some answers. Watch for more in the Material Witness Mystery Series in 2015.

The Style & Error Series features former fashion buyer turned amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd. Books in that series include DESIGNER DIRTY LAUNDRY; BUYER, BEWARE; and THE BRIM REAPER. (A short story, "Just Kidding," tells the story of how Samantha first met shoe designer Nick Taylor). Book 4, SOME LIKE IT HAUTE, will be out in early 2015.

The Mad for Mod Mystery Series features Doris Day-loving, Mid-century Modern interior decorator Madison Night and her faithful Shih Tzu Rock. Books are PILLOW STALK and THAT TOUCH OF INK. A prequel novella, "Midnight Ice," can be found in OTHER PEOPLE'S BAGGAGE. Look for the third book in this series, WITH VICS YOU GET EGGROLL, in April 2015.

I love to hear from readers! You can connect with me on twitter (@dianevallere), or say hi on facebook. Telepathy works, too. Sometimes.

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