Intro: The Material Witness Mystery Series

Yesterday sister Mysterista Kristi Belcamino talked about her countdown: three weeks until her book, BLESSED ARE THE DEAD, is live. That got me to thinking about the countdown to my next book: five and a half months. Five and a half months? Already? Yep, that’s how it feels.

SUEDE TO REST, the first in the Material Witness Mystery Series, is set in, you guessed it, a fabric store. The book features Polyester Monroe, inheritor of the fabric store. Here’s the back cover copy:

With her career as a dress designer in shreds, Polyester Monroe is looking forward to a fresh start. But as it all unfolds, the pattern to a new beginning looks a lot like murder. When Poly Monroe was little, she loved playing in her family’s textile store. But after a fatal family tragedy, Land of A Thousand Fabrics was boarded up and Poly never expected to see the inside again. Now, as inheritor of the long-shuttered shop, she’s ready to restore the family business. However her two new kittens, Pins and Needles, aren’t the ones causing a snag in her plans… Not everyone wants Poly back in San Ladrón, especially a powerful local developer pressuring her to sell—and leave town fast. But even when the threats turn deadly, she’s not ready to bolt. Because Poly is beginning to suspect that the murder behind the shop is tied to a mystery in her family’s unsettled past that she’s determined to solve…before her own life is left hanging by a thread.

(and the all important:) INCLUDES A CRAFT PROJECT!

Over the next few months I’ll be introducing you to characters from the Material Witness series, but in the meantime, how about a contest? Suggest a series catchphrase—something that I can use in newsletters, press releases, signature lines, and such—and enter to win a copy of ONE YARD WONDERS: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects; Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric!. That’s right, you don’t even have to make the winning suggestion, you just have to make a suggestion. It’s like getting 200 points on your SATs just for signing your name.

Current suggestions are:

Are you living in a material world?/ Live in a Material World

Got Silk?

Don’t be a-Frayed of the Dark

Join the Fray

Murder with a Velvet Touch

Skirt the issue

Uncommon Threads

A Tye Die Mystery

What are your suggestions?


Author: Diane Vallere

Diane is the author of four mystery series. Like her character Samantha Kidd, she is a former fashion buyer; like her character Madison Night, she loves Doris Day movies, like her character Polyester Monroe, she lives in California; and like her character Margo Tamblyn, she has a thing for costumes. Find out more at

9 thoughts on “Intro: The Material Witness Mystery Series”

  1. I’m terrible at tag lines – really awful. I like “Murder with a velvet touch.” Does a vote count? LOL Good luck with the series – I’ll be ready to celebrate with you in five months!


  2. I’m with Mary–awful at taglines! And I can’t sew, so I’m not familiar with much terminology. But I love this post, and I can’t wait to read the book. The back cover copy definitely grabbed my attention. (I think I like Uncommon Threads, all though I feel like hemming should have something to offer somehow. . .)


  3. How about “A Mystery of Tangles” — I can’t wait to see your book! Sewing is one of my passions, especially for my grandbabies.


  4. Hum, Shear death, A cut above murder, Wrongly basted. Pinned in error. A Bolt from the Crime. Oh, I am the pits at this,but it is fun. The book sounds great and I love the puns in the blub.


  5. Congratulations, Diane! I can’t wait to read your newest series. Honestly, your ability to think along different storylines and series at once is AMAZING.

    But okay, here are some phrasey things. 🙂

    A Stitch in Crime
    Patterns of Crime
    Textile Trouble
    Fatal Fabrication


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