Samantha Kidd is about to go retro.
When Samantha Kidd's job at Retrofit Magazine leads her into the fashionable archives of seventies style, she's prepared to report on patchwork velvet and platform shoes, but she never expected to uncover the theft of a major collection of samples from runway shows that took place before disco died. When the guilty party threatens Samantha's family and friends, her priorities shift into protection mode. The investigation heats up faster than fondue over sterno, and all too soon Samantha learns that while beat goes on, there's no guarantee that she'll go on with it.
Books in the Humorous Samantha Kidd Mystery Series:
"Just Kidding" (short story)
#1 DESIGNER DIRTY LAUNDRY
#2 BUYER, BEWARE
#3 THE BRIM REAPER
#4 SOME LIKE IT HAUTE
#5 GRAND THEFT RETRO
#6 PEARLS GONE WILD
#7 CEMENT STILETTOS
Perfect for the beach, the bath, or the line outside of the fitting room.
(and way more fun than shopping for bathing suits under fluorescent lights.)
Let the good times roll. Pick up GRAND THEFT RETRO today!
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Grand Theft Retro, the fifth book in the Samantha Kidd Style & Error Mystery series, is amazing. Grand Theft Retro begins with Samantha in peril (as did Some Like It Haute), then backtracks to ONE DAY EARLIER. Samantha learns about a new major project at Retrofit magazine, and meets her new coworker — Pritchard Smith. Samantha quickly learns that Pritchard is very competitive, and does not play well with others. To discover what Pritchard is up to, and what he may be concealing, Samantha resorts to "spying on my coworker," even though she knows "There were seven and a half reasons why it was a bad idea." Unlike previous Samantha Kidd Mysteries, Grand Theft Retro is not a whodunit. Samantha realizes that Pritchard has committed the theft, but she has no proof. He's after her for some reason. He knows an awful lot about her, and stays one step ahead — but how? Pritchard uses his knowledge to threaten Samantha and everyone she cares about. Grand Theft Retro is exciting, with suspense, thrills, and danger, in addition to a very good mystery. Samantha's escapades and scrapes make the book especially fun. Her friend Eddie, plus new characters Nick Taylor Sr and Mo the taxi driver, also add a lot to this romp. I recommend Grand Theft Retro to all cozy mystery fans, especially those who like madcap caper cozies. If you're a fan of Gretchen Archer's Davis Way Crime Caper series or Diane Vallere's other series (Madison Night Mad for Mod Mysteries, Polyester Monroe Material Witness Mysteries, and Margo Tamblyn Costume Shop Mysteries), I think you will particularly enjoy reading about Samantha Kidd in Grand Theft Retro. I absolutely love Grand Theft Retro, which has earned my highest rating of Five Stars! Note: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of Grand Theft Retro. All opinions shared are 100% my own. Originally published on my blog Jane Reads.
This was a comical mysterious enjoyable mystery to read! The mess that Samantha Kidd manages to get into just trying to do her job his honestly incredible ! It was such fun to read that I’m looking up all of Diane Vallere’s books and placing them on my TBR pile! What was even greater is that this is the first I’ve read in this series and even though it was #5, didn’t do anything to make the book not good! Fun reads are always welcome in my house!
This is book #5 in Diane Vallere’s Style and Error Series. Just like previous books Ms. Vallere has a knack for getting her readers, well me at least, to laugh out loud. She paints such a clear picture of her characters, I feel as if I know them. Having a bad day? Pick up a book in this series or one of her other series and as she has 4 and several stand alones I’m pretty confident that you’ll find one to read. Ms. Vallere has dedicated this book to Valerie Harper, our old friend Rhoda Morgenstern, from the Mary Tyler Moore show. As I turned page after page, I saw Valerie or Rhoda peeking around the corner. The main character Samantha Kidd is so like the Valerie/Rhoda that I remembered it was a great pleasure to be able to read this book. 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.
Samantha Kidd is back in GRAND THEFT RETRO, the fifth book in the Style & Error Fashion Mystery series. She’s smart and talented and witty, maybe a bit reckless and foolhardy at times, but loyal and honest and caring. And boy oh boy, does she have style. Whatever the job or assignment or occasion, she fully immerses herself in the part, right down to the smallest accessory. It’s a trip down memory lane when Samantha gets dressed. This time it’s the 70’s for her assignment at Retrofit Magazine. The descriptions of her outfits are so detailed and accurate that you feel you have been transported in time, with all the cultural references to go with the clothes. This part of the series is really special. Diane Vallere weaves the fashion into the story, making it as interesting and important as the mystery. And in addition to being smart and talented and drawn to trouble, Samantha is just plain funny, with a bit of slapstick thrown in. The situations she is in, while often dangerous and frightening, are frequently ridiculous at the same time. She has an odd assortment of friends and coworkers. The things she thinks and says range from subtle to clever to deadpan to laugh out loud funny. In what is shaping up as a very tender moment with Nick, she suddenly wonders if she remembered to shave her legs that morning. Samantha’s job at Retrofit Magazine seems like a dream come true. She’s well paid, well liked, loves her job and feels like she’s on the cutting edge. After the excitement (read close calls) of her recent past, she feels like she’s finally on a good track. But sometimes it seems like Samantha just can’t catch a break. What starts out as simply trying to stay in the loop where a new, mysterious employee is concerned soon turns into the discovery of a theft. As soon as she begins to investigate she is threatened, and those near her are put in danger. Serious danger – bullets, kidnapping – so Samantha does whatever she needs to do to protect her family and friends, including leaving her home. She is determined to solve this mystery and go home. As always, Nick is just on the edge of things. Well, this time he’s a little more to the center than the edge. This makes Samantha excited but a little wary at the same time. He moves forward and she moves back a bit. We see a Samantha that is more introspective than in the past, and that’s a good thing. She’s forced to consider what she really knows and what she really wants. The story was fast paced, with enough clues and excitement for Samantha to hold my interest and make me not want to put it down. There is enough detail in each story for it to work well as a stand alone, but if you haven’t already read the previous books, you really need to go back and do so. Mo is a delightful character in Grand Theft Retro, but you don’t want to miss her initial meeting with Nick, or learning how her relationship with Detective Loncar developed, or how long she’s been friends with Eddie, or even getting to know her cat Logan better or finding out why she goes to Cat’s store. These are fun stories that I highly recommend. They keep getting better and I can’t wait to see what turns Samantha’s life takes next time out. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.