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Frosted Shadow, a Toni Diamond Mystery: Toni Diamond Mysteries [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Warren
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Book Description

There's nothing pretty about murder.
Meet Toni Diamond, make up artist to middle America. She's got a nose for trouble and a passion for solving mysteries. Imagine Columbo in a lavender suit. She never met a woman who wouldn't look better with a little help from the Lady Bianca line of cosmetics. But don't be fooled by appearances. Underneath the fake diamonds and the big hair is a sharp brain and a keen eye that sees the details as well as the funny side of life. When a Lady Bianca sales rep is murdered at the annual convention in Dallas, Toni is the one who notices things that some people, like sexy Detective Luke Marciano, might easily miss. Only someone who understands as much about how to make appearances deceiving could see into the mind of this killer -- a murderer who wants to give Toni a permanent makeover. Into a dead woman.

At the sales convention, Toni has to deal with her arch rival Nicole Freedman, a woman who would stab Toni in the back if it would get her the coveted top sales award. She's got her own beauty consultants to encourage, her mother who's taken Dolly Parton as her pattern and her patron saint, her daughter Tiffany, who, at sixteen, is mortified by everything her mother does. Including breathing.

In this humorous, cozy mystery, complete with a wily and entertaining amateur female sleuth, a sexy police officer, a murder or two, and a little comedy, a suburban cosmetics sales woman matches wits with a fiendish murderer.

New York Times Bestselling author Lori Foster calls Nancy Warren's writing 'sexy and wonderfully witty.'

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  • Editorial Reviews


    In Frosted Shadow Nancy Warren delivers a rollicking, fun mystery ride filled with murder, mayhem and makeup! -- Wendy Roberts, author of the Ghost Dusters mystery series

    Ultimate Concealer, Toni Diamond Mysteries, Book 2: A touch of romance. A large dose of mystery. An even larger dose of fashion sense. And at least one character that you just want to hit on the head in hopes it would knock some sense into him. I've enjoyed both of these books and look forward to more. Jutzie, Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer
    Midnight Shimmer, Toni Diamond Mysteries, Book 3  One of the funnest little mysteries that I've read in awhile. Toni is a lot like Jessica Fletcher when she investigates. You can follow the mystery, but it doesn't get explained until the end. There were a lot of angles to this mystery that lead you in several directions. There is no end to the 'possible suspects'. I was unable to guess who did it and was surprised at the outcome. There is a lot of humor and plenty of fun characters to keep you turning the pages until the end. You won't be disappointed with this one. Huntress, Amazon Reviewer

    From the Author

    Great news! Midnight Shimmer, Toni Diamond Mysteries Book 3 is now out!

    I confess to having two loves when it comes to books. Mystery and romance. I decided to combine the two and see what would happen.

    But wait, I have to go back... to a romance writers' conference I attended in Dallas a few years ago. As you can imagine, romance conferences tend to attract a lot of women and very few men. As luck would have it, also booked into this same hotel was a huge make-up organization. And, yep, you guessed it, 99% of them were women also. You could have cut the estrogen in that hotel with a pen, or an eyebrow brush, depending on which conference you were with. As you can imagine, there were hilarious stories of mistaken identity. Makeup ladies trying to give us writers makeovers, writers trying to talk about romance with women who had eye shadow on their minds. I don't know when I thought how much fun I could  have turning this conference into a fictional murder mystery, but the idea took and I finally sat down and wrote Frosted Shadow.

    Oddly, back in another career, also in Texas, I met a couple of homicide detectives and, knowing I was a writer, they invited me to go with them to a murder scene. It was one of the coolest experiences I've ever had. The body was gone, but everything else was intact.

    People often ask writers where we get our ideas. Any self-respecting scribe will tell you that we create worlds and stories in our heads, but there is often an event, a comment overheard, an incident in real life, that begins the wheels of creativity turning. In my case, I suspect those two unrelated experiences -- the conference and the murder scene -- combined to bring about the idea for this book. Which is, of course, entirely fictional. I hope you enjoy it!

    In Ultimate Concealer, Toni goes to Vegas, like Vegas needed more glitter! And in Midnight Shimmer, Toni wins a cruise and takes her mom and daughter along for a week of fun in the Caribbean. Naturally, there is nothing relaxing about this cruise.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 486 KB
    • Print Length: 225 pages
    • Publisher: Ambleside Publishing (December 2, 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B006HCTWVS
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,057 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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    28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Murder and makeup, what a pair! January 27, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Grab your lipstick and slide into your stillettos and get ready to join Lady Bianca star salesrep Toni Diamond, makeup adviser turned part time sleuth, in a fun filled, murder prone annual sales convention for the Lady Bianca line of cosmetics in Frosted Shadow. It looks like beauty isn't only skin deep, it can be deadly! But don't get the wrong idea, this is no piece of fluff. Frosted Shadow author Nancy Warren has written a smart, tech savvy, astute character in Toni Diamond! Toni's no simpering southern belle. She's an inquisitive corporate executive who just happens to sell cosmetics, seems that her only problem is that she keeps finding herself around dead bodies. But their makeup is stunning!

    This is one of the most fun books I've read in a long time. Pure escapism in the highest form!! Warren knows how to tell a tale and smartly keeps the characters to a minimum, while getting the most "bang" for the buck. OK, I had to say that. I'm happy to say that Frosted Shadow looks to be the first in a series for the well groomed, and whip smart character Toni Diamond! Toni's the hard working, single mom of a teen aged goth-loving daughter who's tendency towards black frustrates the pastel loving Toni. I really enjoyed Toni's Dolly Parton loving mother, she's a fun loving good-old-gal who provides support for Toni and a bit of distraction for the reader. You HAVE to love her.

    And then there's the cute and sexy police detective, Luke Marciano who can't quite figure out Toni. Her Lady Bianca sales tactics throw him for a loop, but not for long, He realizes there's a brain behind Toni's perfectly made up face and a heart under her lavender suit. He even acquiesces to trying the cuticle and hand creme Toni gives him. Even if it is in a lavender tube.
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    25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and charming December 28, 2011
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    As a longtime fan of Nancy Warren's books, I wondered what to expect with a contemporary mystery featuring a makeup-selling sleuth. I needn't have worried--with a Warren novel you're always in good hands. I loved Toni Diamond--her smarts, her powers of observation, and her compassion. I liked how the mystery played out, and was entertained by her characters. Can't wait for the next one!
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    26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! June 27, 2014
    By Dorothy
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    This book has the right mix of everything. It has mystery, romance, family and more.

    The book is well written, flows smoothly, and it is easy to read. I have to say that yu have to start this book with enough time to finish it. You just will be grabbed from page one to the end and not want to put it down. I was up until 2 a.m. finishing this. I just couldn't stop until I hit the end.

    The characters are a wonderful mix of many people you would find in real life. The author has a knack of describing them so you understand who they are and where in life they are coming from. . The main character, Toni, is utilized to bring all the characters to light in kindness and compassion.

    Toni Diamond is the makeup artist to middle America. She has a nose for trouble and a passion for solving mysteries. Toni has had a hard climb up as a single mother, but she has made it to a high position in Lady Bianca Cosmetics. Toni is smart and has a good eye for details and the funny side of life. When a sales rep is murdered at a convention in Dallas, it is Toni who notices things that others, like sexy Detective Luke Marciano, might miss.

    Only someone who understands how appearances might be deceiving can have an eye into this killer. Toni starts snooping and eventually gets death threats from this killer.

    The attraction Luke feels for Toni happens almost at the very beginning. He originally thought she was an airhead I think. When he finds out she had a good mind and is actually very wise, his feelings begin to grow.

    This is a really great first of the series. I do recommend it highly.

    For those who do not like sex scenes, there are 2. I personally did not find them bad. There was not all the step by step type descriptions that some authors put. I don't remember any cuss words either.

    I recommend this book for age 18 on up.
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    23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Engaging, Fast- Paced December 6, 2011
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    I wasn't sure what to expect but kept turning the pages. After a while, I couldn't put it down. I loved the way the characters were presented. The story rolled quickly and I laughed aloud a couple of times. Looking forward to the next Toni Diamond novel. A good, fast read.
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    17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars BORING July 8, 2014
    By Katie
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    No thanks, this book just wasn't for me. The book went in to more detail about the beauty products/business then it did the actual characters. There were large portions of the book I felt I was being lectured to on how to sell them or wear them etc etc. I've met Avon and Mary Kay women in the past, I don't need the business all spelled out in boring detail. After awhile it's like okay I get it already. I did want to know who committed the murders but I felt no connection to any of the characters, and only read this book when I had absolutely nothing better to the web, clean, anything else LOL. I always try to finish a book once I start it. If you want every detail about how to sell makeup, and tons of beauty details constantly then you will probably like this. Personally I was hoping there would be more story in the story.
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars So bored... July 5, 2014
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    This book has no flow, and is very badly written. There is a paragraph where every sentence starts with "She." Parts ramble on and on about make up so I ended up skipping a lot. It's not always clear who is talking and because of that it is confusing. I didn't even like the heroine. Thank goodness it was free.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    Cute story and was an easy read.
    Published 3 days ago by Lynda Wolf
    5.0 out of 5 stars Frosted shadow
    A new obsession series loved mystery series mixed with makeup...interesting take on nosyness becoming a crime solver with a hunky detective.
    Published 5 days ago by Aissa
    4.0 out of 5 stars Light easy mystery
    My reading choices depend on what I'm doing. For a quick, easy beach/pool read I enjoyed this book. In fact I went back and purchased the next two in the series. Read more
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    A light reading, but very Intriging novel which will keep your interest throughout. You will not regret reading this who dun it book. Read more
    Published 16 days ago by Sue Schmucker
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read!!!
    Really enjoyed this "who dun it" book - couldn't figure out who the murderer was! I'm looking forward to Ms. Warren's next book.....
    Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
    I really enjoyed this book. The Mystery is a good one and the characters were quite real.
    Published 19 days ago by Christine Rose
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and engaging. . .
    A fun, humorous mystery that's hard to put down! If you enjoy this type of genre, I definitely recommend this book!
    Published 20 days ago by Lisa Cox
    3.0 out of 5 stars An OK beach read
    Not the best I've read but not the worst. It would benefit from some better editing.
    Published 23 days ago by ConBrio
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    Funny lighthearted story
    Published 23 days ago by Pollyanna Reedy
    3.0 out of 5 stars This was a good book but the first one I have read from ...
    This was a good book but the first one I have read from this author. I may "up" my star rating after I read more of her work.
    Published 23 days ago by Cynthia Daily
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    Nancy Warren has always loved to read books by funny, daring women. Bonus if the books are also about funny, daring women. Her influences are: Jane Austen, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jenny Crusie, Susan Isaacs and Jennifer Weiner to name a few. Naturally, when she began writing, she chose romantic comedy featuring -- you guessed it - funny, daring women and the men who eventually win them. She believes in happy endings, the antidepressant effects of good chocolate and that if you want to enjoy the view from the top, you have to hike up the mountain. She has two amazing kids and the unconditional love of her Border Collie, Max.

    Nancy's a USA today bestselling author of more than 60 novels. When she's not writing, she's hiking, skiing, traveling or sipping wine. She's appeared on the front page of the New York Times (when her book, Speed Dating launched Harlequin's NASCAR series), has been a clue in a crossword puzzle (National Post, Canada) and she's been a double finalist for the RITA award, won a Romantic Times award and often shares her love of writing in her popular workshops. In 2013 The Christmas Grandma Ran Away from Home was a Kindle Book Review Indie Award finalist. Her novel, Blueprint for a Kiss, Take a Chance, book 3 is a finalist in the short contemporary category of the RITA awards for 2015.

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