When Interior Decorator Madison Night accepts an assignment in Palm Springs with handyman Hudson James, she expects designing days and romantic nights. But after spotting a body in the river by the job site, she causes a rift in the team. Add in the strain of recurring nightmares and a growing dependency on sleeping pills, and Madison seeks professional help to deal with her demons.
She learns more about the crime than she’d like thanks to girl talk with friends, pillow talk with Hudson, and smack talk with the local bad boys. And after the victim is identified as the very doctor she’s been advised to see, she wonders if what she knows can help catch a killer. An unlikely ally helps navigate the murky waters before her knowledge destroys her, and this time, what she doesn’t know might be the one thing that saves her life.
“If you love Doris Day, you’ll love Madison Night, decorator extraordinaire. She specializes in restoring mid-century homes and designs, and her latest project involves abductions, murder and vengeance.” – Books for Avid Readers
“Diane Vallere…has a wonderful touch, bringing in the design elements and influences of the ’50s and ’60s era many of us hold dear while keeping a strong focus on what it means in modern times to be a woman in business for herself, starting over.” – Fresh Fiction
Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), humorous murder mysteries, book club recommendations, amateur sleuth books, southern humor, Doris Day, chick lit.
Books in the Madison Night Humorous Mystery Series:
• MIDNIGHT INK (prequel novella in OTHER PEOPLE’S BAGGAGE)
• PILLOW STALK (#1)
• THAT TOUCH OF INK (#2)
• WITH VICS YOU GET EGGROLL (#3)
• THE DECORATOR WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (#4)
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all... (Summary via Goodreads)
The Decorator Who Knew Too Much by Diane Vallere, the 4th book in her Madison Night HUMOROUS Mystery Series.....is quite entertaining !!!
You cannot help but fall in love with Madison, the main character. She is quite querky in her obsession with Doris Day and anything relating to that timeframe. Her business is centered around the 50's and 60's and keeping that era alive.
However in The Decorator Who Knew Too Much she takes a vacation from her work and travels with Hudson to help his brother-in-law with a strip mall construction idea. Unfortunately on the first day at the site, Madison sees a dead body in the water at the river. But once the police arrive and search there is no body to be found and she has put herself in a bad situation with Hudson's brother-in-law, Jimmy.
From that moment on the visit is nothing like what it was planned out to be.....especially after a body is found floating in the river a few days after Madison saw it.
While Madison and Hudson try to enjoy their time away and to strengthen their new relationship, it becomes clear that Madison has placed every one in danger....or so it seems. Upon further investigating and hard thinking, things begin to come clear to Madison but how to prove it becomes a different story. And wil she be able to do that before anyone else gets hurt or killed ?
Vallere has a way of engulfing you up into the story from the moment you begin until the second you close the book. The connections within the book are shocking but in the end they all make sense. It is a very entertaining, funny and mind-blowing story.....
Review by Missi S.