The Pajama Frame

The Pajama Frame

by Diane Vallere

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BN ID: 2940158951558
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Series: A Madison Night Myster , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 170,222
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

After two decades working for a top luxury retailer, Diane Vallere traded fashion accessories for accessories to murder. The Pajama Frame, #5 in her Madison Night Mad for Mod Mystery Series, came out February 2018. She also writes the Samantha Kidd, Lefty Award-nominated Material Witness and Costume Shop, and Sylvia Stryker Outer Space mysteries. She started her own detective agency at age ten and has maintained a passion for shoes, clues, and clothes ever since.

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The Pajama Frame 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
pennyNJ More than 1 year ago
Framed by Pajamas (Disclaimer: I was provided a Net Galley advanced copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.) I Loved, Loved, Loved The Pajama Frame by Diane Vallare. The author Diane Vallare demonstrates a great ability at character and world building that allows the reader to become engrossed in the book and feel as if they are in the whodunit solving the crime. The main character, Madison Night, is the epitome of quirky which brings an interesting personality element to the story. From the beginning, she is reluctantly drawn into a murder investigation triggered by an inheritance left to her by a friend. The secondary character is the captain of the Lakewood Police Department, Tex who is leading the murder investigation. He is also a self- imposed thorn in Madison Night’s side. During the read, there are along the way other characters introduced to broaden and deepen and keep on balance the storyline as appropriate. During the sleuthing, as you follow the leads to solve the initial murder, which leads to another murder and think you have the logical killer that person turns up dead. Frustrated, Night and Tex continue the quest. It will only be at the end when the murderer reveals itself that totally shocks you the reader. I was in shock as to who the killer turns out to be because it went against relationships made, people who were killed, conversations had, and essentially who the person was. The author wrote an awesome, 360-degree surprise ending that I did not see coming. I am Impressed. MY RECOMMEND: read The Pajama Frame and enjoy. –Tex.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The Pajama Frame by Diane Vallere is the fifth tale in A Madison Night Mystery series. Madison Night has inherited a building from Alice Sweet that used to house Sweet Dreams Pajama Factory. The factory was abandoned sixty years ago after a pajama model died in rare equipment accident (or was it). Madison is unprepared for the people wanting to get inside the building and the mystery surrounding it. Madison decides to investigate the sixty-year-old case in the hopes of getting answers and putting the rumors to rest. After persuading Captain Tex Allen to unseal the building, they enter to find that someone has managed to get in before them. They find bullet casings, the body of John Sweet (Alice’s grandson) and a large supply of new vintage pajamas (Madison can wear a new pair every night). After leaving the factory, Madison goes by Stanley and Abbott where John worked only to discover Mr. Stanley dead in office chair. What is going on? Madison is determined to uncover the truth. Is there a connection between the old case and the current two deaths? Madison needs to expose the killer, or she could be the next victim. The Pajama Frame is well-written and a nice, steady pace. Madison Night is a great main character. She is smart and strong willed. I love her vintage design aesthetic, fashion sense and her dog, Rocky (Shih Tzu). The author provides delightful and vivid descriptions of Madison’s clothing and mid-century furniture. Captain Tex Allen is the perfect counterpart for Madison. They work well together and have good chemistry. I am hoping they will have a closer relationship in future books (they are cute together). I do not like Donna Nast, and I keep hoping that Donna will become a murder victim in a future book. The mystery is multifaceted which I found appealing. I enjoy a complex mystery and it was clever how the author tied in the retro angle with the vintage pajamas. Unfortunately, I did find it easy to pick out the guilty party. There were some loose ends at the end of the book that I wish the author had cleared up (I would clarify but one is a spoiler). I am giving The Pajama Frame 4 out of 5 stars. The Pajama Frame can be read alone. Madison’s background is provided for new readers. This was my favorite book in A Madison Night Mystery series, and I am looking forward to finding out what trouble will befall Madison next time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is fantastic. I read these books too quickly, i wish there were more. I hot lost in the stories, time flew by.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
The Pajama Frame is an well written mystery with likeable characters and a touch of romance that left me wanting more. I liked Madison Night. Her character is smart and feisty. She's definitely her own woman. Her love of all things Doris Day brought back memories and made me smile. Captain Tex Allen is the opposite of Madison, but these two have chemistry. Their attraction was swoon worthy. I hope they get together. The secret of the closed pajama factory was interesting. The two murders and the attempted frame up pulled me. I couldn't put down this book. There were so many suspects that I wasn't sure until the end who committed the crimes and why. Diane Vallere did an excellent job. I like her writing style. The plot is filled with suspense and unexpected surprises. I can't wait for the next book in the Madison Night Mystery series. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed. My comments are my honest opinions.
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading Pajama Frame by Diane Vallere, the fifth book in her Madison Night Mysteries series. Madison unexpectedly inherited a pajama factory that had been closed for close to sixty years, after the death of one of the models. All is not as it seems with Madison’s inheritance of the factory and the contents of the house owned by her deceased friend Alice. Suddenly, dead bodies are appearing whenever she looks for information or clues. With her boyfriend Hudson working in Palm Springs, Madison teams up with her nemesis Police Captain Tex Allen and her dog Rocky to figure out what is going on, how does this connect to her inheritance, and who is killing these people. In addition, Madison is interrupted by picketers at the factory, an ex-police office, an actress trying out for a role in the movie based on Hudson’s life, and a stray dog. This doesn’t include the strange guns being used and left at scenes of the killings. I loved the way Ms. Vallere mixed humor within the mystery leading this reader on an emotional roller coaster as I tried to figure out who was the killer. I genuinely enjoyed reading this funny, sweet and intriguing book and had trouble putting this book down. Ms Vallere kept me on my toes guessing who the killer was, until I turned the last page. Her writing had me feeling as if I was there, watching the events unfold. I highly recommend this book to other readers and hope to read additional books in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! I love the Madison Night series. This is the 5th in the series and it just keeps getting better. The great plot had me hooked from the beginning and held my interest right through the end. I really didn't quite figure it out. I hated to put it down. Well done! I also enjoy Diane's description of the clothes Madison wears along with the mid-century furniture, etc. she has in her shop. She's a unique individual. The romance angle is really getting interesting. I can't wait to see what is in store for Madison in the next book.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
Fifth in the Madison Night Mystery series, this is the first one I’ve read; I now have to read the rest! With her classic humor and familiarity with fabrics and élan, Diane Vallere has penned a mystery with more plot twists than Mad has Keds. From the very likable Madison “Mad” Night to the very unlikable Detective “Nasty” Nast, the characters are best exemplified by their clever dialog and behavior. This is a delightful cozy mystery, and those who like to laugh out loud between spine-tingling creepy moments will love this. Especially if one loves the 50’s and 60’s and Doris Day. Madison Night is an interior designer with a focus on 50’s and 60’s décor. She dresses in the style of that era, especially in Doris Day-type outfits. One way she gets inventory for her business is by reading obituaries, contacting family members, and offering to purchase the whole lot. Other items she might find at the sidewalk awaiting garbage pickup. She hired her friend Connie so she can seek out new clients. One of the worst things you can find in the obits is one for a friend. Alice Sweet was an 86-year old who swam almost every day where Mad goes. Two things they talked about was what it was like for Alice to be an extra for the movie Pillow Talk, and the décor in her beautiful home. Alice’s husband died in 1989 and she had not redecorated since. They owned Sweet Dreams, a pajama factory that employed many women while husbands or fathers were fighting in WWII. Mr. Sweet closed it after a freak accident in the 50’s that cost a beautiful young pajama model her life. It was rumored that Alice’s hubby had an affair with the model, or that it was really murder instead of an accident. What does one do with a pajama factory sealed shut since the 50’s? Everybody has an opinion, until family members pop up out of nowhere and dead bodies appear. Tex, her friend who is now the police captain in their part of Dallas, is on the case, but when it comes to the players involved, it is a big task. Her boyfriend, Hudson, has been working in Palm Springs, too far away to help. Madison is my kind of girl. Few people I know would talk about Doris Day. I like how Mad tries to put herself in other people’s ballet flats with an active imagination, thinking about what it might have been like for women going to work at that time, including at the pajama factory. Her raw introspection shows how multifaceted she is. Mad is very well defined, as are the rest of the characters as suiting their roles. Detective Nasty brings out the inner mean person in me. Other than Nasty, and a couple of protestors, other folks seem very likable. This is an interesting, unique mystery, beginning with Madison herself. While others who enjoy vintage clothing, I’m unaware of other sleuths who specialize in “mod” décor. This is a fast-paced story that immediately pulled me in and held my attention throughout. The way the author uses the specific neighborhoods of Dallas, it is almost like small town living. Each time I thought I had an idea of who the bad guy/ gal was, along came another plot twist. Some seemed more like twisters! I was quite surprised to learn who the real bad guy was, and in a way, even a bit sad. I highly recommend this to anyone who appreciates tightly-written cozy mysteries, fabulous female sleuths, and proudly living out one’s own style, whether vintage or contemporary. From a grateful heart: I received a copy of this from the author and NetGalley, and here is my review.
gmcootie More than 1 year ago
Madison Night is at it again in The Pajama Frame, author Diane Vallere's 5th entry in the Mad for Mod Mystery Series. Madison is a successful 49-year old interior decorator and businesswoman. She's settled in Dallas with her precious Shih Tzu, Rocky, friends, and volunteer work, and her temporarily long-distance relationship with boyfriend Hudson seems to be going smoothly, even if her life does seem to have come to somewhat of a standstill while everyone else moves forward. She's had a lot of stressful, dangerous experiences in her life, but is it time for her to move on, too? And, oh yeah, don't forget that Madison is just a bit quirky: she loves all things mid-century modern, and looks and dresses like Doris Day. When The Pajama Frame opens, Madison has just inherited a pajama factory from her octogenarian swim club friend, Alice. Sweet Dreams closed decades ago after a tragic accident took the life of a young model. There have always been rumors that there was a cover up, and as soon as it becomes known that Madison has inherited the factory the story takes off. She's bombarded with requests and demands and surrounded by people who may be lying to her. You know she won't stop trying to find the truth, but how dangerous will it get for her and Rocky? This is a fun series, and it gets better with every book. The titles remind me of all those great old Doris Day movies and the covers are marvelous. Madison's outfits and accessories are terrific, as are the descriptions of everything in her house and shop. She takes obsession to another level, and I love it. It really is a trip down memory lane. When Madison and Connie decorated her shop window I felt like I was with The Jetsons. Madison is quirky, but warm and funny and her character continues to grow. Things with Hudson seem good, but he's in Palm Springs and she's not. Newly-promoted Police Captain Tex Allen is back and investigating the murders. Is there a hint of something there with Tex? Could there be? Should there be? Mostly he annoys her with his womanizing ways, but what's really going on? I enjoyed The Pajama Frame. The mystery was good and kept me guessing. The characters have depth and surprise you. Madison is a real woman with a real life and is much more than her quirky Doris-Day persona. Her dog Rocky is her biggest love, but there are a few clues to keep you guessing where her heart may end up. The mystery is satisfactorily resolved, but with enough what-if to make you ready for the next book. I highly recommend The Pajama Frame. I received an advance copy from the publisher Henery Press and the author via NetGalley.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
The Pajama Frame by Diane Vallere is a fun cozy mystery. Channeling her inner Doris Day, Madison Night lives for vintage. Her clothing and her taste in mid century furnishings match her quirky personality. When Madison inherits a pajama factory, things begin to go awry in her life. Faced with death, secrets and so much more, Madison never loses her charm. Fans will not be disappointed with this fun story. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
MariWatson1 More than 1 year ago
Madison Night, who bears a close resemblance to Doris Day, and loves all things mid-century, is left Sweet Dreams Pajama Factory, which produced sixties pajama and peignoir sets. I drooled over the buttery yellow and mint green designs. That is one of my favorite Era for clothes. One of the fun parts of this book is that you are descriptively indulged with wonderful house designers and cute clothes. Madison runs her own shop, Mad for Mod, that specializes in getting these wonderful items first. To that end she cultivates Estate Planners and those in the know. But Alice Sweet leaving her a deserted building and a six decades old mystery has the historical society, and a group of protesters after Madison. The Factory, where a woman died sixty years ago -in suspicious circumstances, yields another dead body. That's only the beginning. Not too many people can deal with murder and a shih tzu,who has gotten skunked all in one day. But Madison had help in the form of a hunky Captain she had met on other cases. Keys, mysterious letters, storage units and Mrs. Sweet's family are hard to deal with but Madison is as worried about her boyfriend in California as she is being set up. What about the gun? I liked the wise cracking and the flow in this newest mystery of Diane Vallere. There is a continuation of build-up between the characters and I loved the retro angle. I have a soft spot for vintage and movies from that Era, so, I really enjoyed visiting with these characters. A good little mystery and now I need to go back to the first one and read Book One. Like me- I am sure you will enjoy this series. My thanks to Netgalley and Henery Press