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Pillow Stalk

Pillow Stalk

3.7 15
by Diane Vallere

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"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



"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:


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

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Meet the Author

Diane Vallere is a fashion-industry veteran with a taste for murder. She writes the Style & Error Mystery Series and the Mad for Mod Mystery series, and has short stories in several anthologies. She started her own detective agency at age ten and has maintained a passion for shoes, clues, and clothes ever since.

Susie Berneis is a versatile voice over artist with numerous narration credits to her name. She has an ear for dialect and a love for the process of developing characters, cultivated in her 20-plus years of experience as a community and regional stage actress. Based in Ann Arbor, (home of the University of Michigan, where she received her BA in English and Theatre) Susie now takes great joy in playing all the characters she encounters in her narration.

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Pillow Stalk: A Night and Day Mystery 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
TessT More than 1 year ago
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.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Pillow Stalk - Mad For Mod Mystery 1 Author: Diane Vallere Published: 3-4-14 Publisher: Henery Press Pages: 287 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers and Suspense Sub Genre: Cozy Mystery ISBN: 9781940976069 ASIN: B00IPSZJP0 Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . Using her love of all things Doris Day as well as the designs from the 60's, Madison Night has built her business around her idol. When someone begins killing Doris Day lookalikes using Madison's own vintage throw pillows she begins to investigate on her own. When she goes and checks out the contents of an Estate sale she finds a link between a twenty ear old cold case and the recent murders. Diane Vallere has written a mystery filled with humor and wit. It has a lively plot with fully developed characters that draw you into the story and make you want to stay awhile. Madison's quirky imitation of her idol Doris Day both in her style and what she acts makes me wish she were real so that I could get to know her better and become her friend have some fun together. The only thing I found off about the story itself was after laying the plot out so well was that when it came to the final reveal to be exposed it seemed a little rush. Other than wishing Ms. Vallere had taken a few more pages to polish it up a touch more I loved this story. I will still look forward to any new Madison Night's Mysteries offerings in the future. I give Pillow Stalk a 4 1/2 stars out of 5.
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Took a little bit to get into, but over all was a very good book.
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i don't know why one person reviewed this so negatively. The dog in this book is left in its kennel a couple times during the day otherwise the neighbor takes care of it. she takes the dog with her a lot. The crazy cat gets left in the closet once. The end of the book she is taking care of the cat and feeding it. Anyway enough of that! The book is good and i enjoyed it. Has a good mystery with likable people. I hope she develops them as the series goes along.
RandeeBaty More than 1 year ago
I'm actually a huge fan of Doris Day. I have my DVR set to auto-record her movies. What fun to find a cozy mystery series that celebrates her! I'm sure that sounds pretty cheesy but this series is not. I had already read the second one in the series so I knew a little about where some of this was going but that did not change my enjoyment of the book. It's a just a really fun concept and series. Madison Night is an interior decorator specializing in mid-century modern which happens to be my favorite style of furniture and architecture also. Yes, this series seems custom-written for me. Madison has moved to Dallas to get away from a failed relationship and her decorating business is doing well. She has a trick knee but she's coping with it and she has her dog Rocky. Life seems fine until a string of murders involving Doris Day look-alikes brings her world crashing down. Her very competent and very attractive handyman seems to be involved somehow and the very competent and very attractive police lieutenant investigating her involvement seems to know more than he is saying. It's a clever mystery with an ending I wasn't expecting but which did have clues sprinkled throughout. There is good character building without it feeling it's all exposition. A talented author creating a fun new series. If there are flaws, they are the ones most mysteries have to have to play out. A few too many coincidences. Some times Madison keeps too much to herself and makes herself look foolish for not going to the police immediately. The seeming beginning of a love triangle. These things seem to come up in most cozies. Even with these, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys cozies. I read them for fun and relaxation and this book and this series brings both. Provided by Netgalley in return for an honest review.
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