In Diane Vallere’s Pillow StalkMadison Night, owner of the 1960s-era decorating agency Mad for Mod, spends each morning at the local pool, swimming and dodging the pinches of the dirty old man of the pool. Then one morning, she lends her robe to a fellow swimmer to wear over her swimsuit in order to help her avoid the pinches too. But when Madison goes out to her car to go home, there lies her own robe, with the young woman inside and murdered.
Soon it becomes apparent that this murder may be connected to a 20-year-old unsolved case in which Madison’s colleague was suspected of having committed. With more individuals getting murdered, the pressure to solve the murders builds up. And Madison’s vintage materials seem connected to the murders, but why? Further, there seems to be a connection to Doris Day, the favorite actress of Madison, who has used the actress’s movies as a role model in her life.
The police lieutenant, Tex, seems interested in Madison and insists on following her around at times, but something seems strange about the whole situation. Is he friend, or is he a hidden foe? The pair have a lot of tension between them, both professional and sexual, though the author does not allow the scenes to get sexual.
This book was very entertaining and kept my interest. I enjoyed the details from Madison’s vintage business relating to the 1960s. It added great flavor to the story. The element of connecting Doris Day to the book came across very creatively.
The audio version of this book is narrated by Susie Berneis. I thought she did a great job in her performance, especially developing an effective voice for Lt. Tex, such that even when the author has yet to identify the speaker, I could clearly recognize him, which made the book great to listen to.
I really enjoyed Pillow Stalk and appreciate the details. It did get a little tiresome at points when Tex gets obsessed with his focus on a particular person. It also contains a dramatic cliffhanger to make you feel you must read read the next book. I think those are both annoying and unfair to the reader. We should be allowed to choose whether to read the next book based upon the quality of the book itself, not based upon the last five minutes of the book. But overall, I thought this book well-written. I give it four stars.
DISCLAIMER: I was given a free copy of the book by the publisher. It in no way affected my review of this book.
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