Pillow Stalk [NOOK Book]

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HUMOR AND DANGER MELD PERFECTLY…

"A multifaceted story...plenty of surprises...And what an ending!" – New York Journal of Books

Interior Decorator Madison Night has modeled her life after a character in a Doris Day movie, but when a killer targets women dressed like the bubbly actress, Madison's signature...
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Pillow Stalk

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Overview

HUMOR AND DANGER MELD PERFECTLY…

"A multifaceted story...plenty of surprises...And what an ending!" – New York Journal of Books

Interior Decorator Madison Night has modeled her life after a character in a Doris Day movie, but when a killer targets women dressed like the bubbly actress, Madison's signature sixties style places her in the middle of a homicide investigation.

The local detective connects the new crimes to a twenty-year old cold case, and Madison's long-trusted contractor emerges as the leading suspect. As the body count piles up like a stack of plush pillows, Madison uncovers a Soviet spy, a campaign to destroy all Doris Day movies, and six minutes of film that will change her life forever.

Praise for PILLOW STALK:

"Make room for Vallere’s tremendously fun homage. Imbuing her story with plenty of mid-century modern decorating and fashion tips, not to mention a steady patter of Doris Day trivia, Vallere debuts a well-paced cozy series. Her disarmingly honest lead and two hunky sidekicks will appeal to all fashionistas and antiques types and have romance crossover appeal." – Library Journal

"If you are looking for an unconventional mystery with a snarky, no-nonsense main character, this is it. Madison is a strong leading lady who lands in lots of quirky situations. Instead of clashing, humor and danger meld perfectly, and there’s a cliffhanger that will make your jaw drop. You’ll look forward to the second Mad for Mod mystery." – RT Book Reviews

"A charming modern tribute to Doris Day movies and the retro era of the 50s, including murders, escalating danger, romance... and a puppy!" – Linda O. Johnston, Author of the Pet Rescue Mysteries

"Pillow Stalk is an intricately plotted and well-written book, I really enjoyed the story. I can't imagine decorating a house in the style from Doris Day's movies but it makes fine reading." – Leanne Davis, Fresh Fiction

"It was fast and furious, had a lot of info, characters, suspects, and even a few tangled romances. I love mysteries where I can’t figure out who the real killer is until the end, and this was one of those. The novel was well written, moved at a smooth pace, and Madison’s character was a riot." – ChickLit Plus

"This was a delightful read for me. I particularly enjoy and like Doris Day and was so surprised that Pillow Talk was mentioned in the book along with Doris Day. It's nice having a cute, cozy mystery to read, I look forward to more in the series!" – Lynn Demsky, bookreporter.com

"If you love the Technicolor movies of Doris Day and Rock Hudson and watch Mad Men for fashion tips, author Diane Vallere has written a mystery that will appeal to the mid-century modern heart." – Joanne Hamilton-Selway, ReaderToReader.com

Books in the Mad for Mod Humorous Mystery Series:

MIDNIGHT INK (prequel novella in OTHER PEOPLE’S BAGGAGE)

PILLOW STALK (#1)
THAT TOUCH OF INK (#2) (April 1, 2014)
WITH VICS YOU GET EGGROLL (#3) (April 2015)

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
"Make room for Vallere’s tremendously fun homage. Imbuing her story with plenty of mid-century modern decorating and fashion tips, not to mention a steady patter of Doris Day trivia, Vallere debuts a well-paced cozy series. Her disarmingly honest lead and two hunky sidekicks will appeal to all fashionistas and antiques types and have romance crossover appeal."
Fresh Fiction - Leanne Davis
"Pillow Stalk is an intricately plotted and well-written book, I really enjoyed the story. I can't imagine decorating a house in the style from Doris Day's movies but it makes fine reading."
New York Journal of Books - Mary Marks
"A multifaceted story...plenty of surprises...And what an ending!"
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149274185
  • Publisher: Henery Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2014
  • Series: A Mad for Mod Mystery , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 270
  • Sales rank: 58,365
  • File size: 427 KB

Meet the Author

Diane Vallere lives in a world where popcorn is a breakfast food and Doris Day movies are revered for their cultural significance. After over twenty years in the fashion industry, she now writes full time, juggling the Mad for Mod series, the Style & Error series, and the upcoming Material Witness series. She launched her own detective agency at age ten and has maintained a passion for shoes, clues, and clothes ever since.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted March 18, 2014

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    Madison (Mad) Night has got to be the most obsessed fan of Doris

    Madison (Mad) Night has got to be the most obsessed fan of Doris Day. She even goes so far as to dress like her. Mad is the owner/decorator of a 60s inspired store and devotes her spare time to hunting for 50-60 furniture and anything else that might interest Mad, but once she finds herself in the midst of a mix of murders, one being a cold case and also recent ones. The connection being that all of the women dress like Doris Day. Come along with Mad and meet the 2 hunky men in her life, along with several people who keep Mad on her toes.
    There is never a dull moment in the humorous 1st book in the Mad for Mod series. Book 2, That Touch Of Ink, will be released later this year.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2014

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    Dollycas¿s Thoughts As a Doris Day fan myself I really enjoye



    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    As a Doris Day fan myself I really enjoyed this story. My mom and I loved watching her movies. There are many nods to the films throughout the book. The character names especially.

    A classic cozy mystery with a protag that loves the 60′s era in everything from clothes to furniture and she she even looks a bit like Doris Day. She is an independent woman with a terrific sense of humor that shines throughout the story. I feel like we have just scratched the surface with this character.

    The story starts out simply with Mod Interior Decorator Madison trying to acquire the estate of a recently deceased woman but from there the story is set on its ear as a new murder connects to a 20 year old cold case. The plot twists and turns until I was totally confused. The author then gets me back on track and the clues all come together at what seemed a very rapid pace.

    I am very interested in the next book in this series,THAT TOUCH OF INK coming out next month. I am glad Henery Press has acquired these books and is re-releasing them because I missed them the first time around.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Took a little bit to get into, but over all was a very good book

    Took a little bit to get into, but over all was a very good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    The mystery plot was very good and it kept you guessing until th

    The mystery plot was very good and it kept you guessing until the very end. But, there were some unbelievable situations that kept from me giving it more stars. For instance, Madison swam on a regular basis, but one time she got in the pool and thought it was unusually cold, but she swam anyway. She finally turned blue and had to be helped out of the pool. Who would keep swimming like that? She couldn't tell it was 25 degrees colder than normal? Wouldn't you have enough sense to get out at the beginning of your swim? And I felt sorry for her puppy. It was either passed on to someone, put in his cage or shaking because he was scared. She also closed a cat in her closet for long periods and never once mention feeding it or giving it water or having a littler box. Common sense was just often missing in the book.

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