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  • Everyone is Acting Out!

    This book is the best of the series, but I say that each time I read a new release. Most of the action happens at business college. But there is more happening here than wanting to 'Bring Home a Diploma for Mama'. There are many suspects, several motives, and scams. And then there is Madison's business issues and her surprising solution. Ahhh, what a fine book to savor.

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  • Great addition to the series

    Madison Night is at a crossroads in her life. She is starting over from scratch and can't get anyone in the banking community to believe in her, so she decides to go back to college to get an MBA even though the semester started two weeks ago. I loved the college campus setting for this book, and all of the new characters that Madison was able to meet and the inspiration that she got from her professor. When the professor is killed, Madison is involved in another mystery. So many things are happening in Madison's life and I love how the author explores them throughout the book. I also enjoyed all of the descriptions of Madison's clothing. Her closet is endless! This is another great addition to the Mad for Mod series that you won't be able to put down. I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the author. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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  • Oh Madison, what next?

    Madison Knight has been going through a bit of a rough patch. While her mid-century fashion sense is still sound, her confidence is flagging. She still hasn’t gotten her business back up and running after her legal troubles, and she seems to be spinning in circles trying to figure out what to do. She needs inventory but for that she needs money, and the banks don’t think her unorthodox approach and business history – even though it was profitable from the start - meet their criteria for a loan, so she gets turned down again and again and again. She decides to go to night school and get an MBA – that will show those banks! They’ll realize she’s serious and educated, staying within the box, following the rules. We realize long before she does that she already pretty much knows everything in these classes, although watching her get dressed for class and gather her accessories is as much fun as any adventure with Madison always is. The comments about how old she is to be a student never stop, and she’s mistaken for an assistant to the professor. Her fellow students aren’t exactly welcoming, and the professor for her Risk class is especially aggressive, using Madison’s business as the case study, humiliating her and goading her into angry retorts to his comments. However, the anger and introspection this Madison feels might be what’s needed to get the other Madison back, the one that created and ran that wildly successful business all on her own. You know it can’t be that simple, though. When the professor dies practically right before her eyes she’s in the middle again. Her relationship with Tex has just started to come out in the open, but her refusal to back down and stop her amateur investigating puts a wedge between them. And watch out when Tex goes undercover and shows up in class. Madison is the same, comfortable, familiar Madison we’ve come to know and love. But – she continues to surprise us with her growth, her self-discovery, her insistence on always taking the path she thinks is best, whether it’s the easiest way or not. Her relationship with Tex has continued to grow as well and there are some especially sweet moments between them. And some pretty funny ones, too. Like when she sets up a fake business for the Tex/Rex of Risk class so the students can take a field trip. We see Madison in her element. While it is fun to be transported to mid-century Doris Day Land by Madison’s clothes, accessories and furniture, we realize that while, yes, this mid-century approach is a great hook for her niche business, it is also really the essence of her; this is the real Madison. So of course we have fingers crossed and are chanting little prayers that she’ll get back on track and be happy, confident and her crazy self soon. Thanks once again to author Diane Vallere for taking me on a wonderful, satisfying journey with Madison Knight. She really is such a likeable, well-developed character (as are all of Vallere’s in all her books) that she pulls me right into her world. The descriptions of her clothes are so vivid you can picture the outfits, and green Banlon top or white Orlon cardigan trimmed with a green leaf motif were looks I hadn’t pictured in years. I think I may have had some of those clothes! The plot moves quickly, dialogue is witty, danger feels real, and every once in a while a sentence like, “Nasty was self-interested in a way that would have made Ayn Rand proud,” makes me smiles and say oh, yes. I received an advance copy of Teacher’s Threat in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it without hesitation.

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  • After School ... Murder

    I just finished “Back To School” with Rodney Dangerfield. Wait, I mean I finished reading “Teacher’s Threat” featuring Madison Night of the cozy book series written by Diane Vallere. You can understand my confusion because in both instances, the lead character is a person of a certain age who goes back to college to fill some need in their life while hijinks and mayhem ensue as they express their real self around much younger classmates. For Madison Night, that need is to get an MBA so she can prove to the banks in town that she deserves a loan for her business plan. See, Madison lost her previous business in a legal dispute and needs some serious capital to kick-start her new idea and get her new business started. So, a business degree is step one, a loan is step two, and a successful business launch is step three. There is just one problem on that first step, which is when the mayhem ensues. Her most challenging professor gets murdered and Madison is involved since she was the last one to see him alive and may even have accidentally helped kill him. The hijinks involve her romantic partner- local sheriff Tex Allen goes undercover as a student in Madison’s class to investigate the suspects and keep an eye on Madison since she might be the next target. As Madison plays co-ed and Tex plays B.M.O.C., suspects present themselves, leads are followed, and Madison’s friends pitch in to help her get re-centered after the blow of losing her business. In the end, the murderer reveals himself and the right people recognize Madison’s potential. Since I started by referring to a movie, I’ll finish the same way. If this installment in Madison Night’s journey was a movie, I would say it is a reboot. Many of the normal elements from previous installments were wiped aside and all that is left is the framework of the series- Madison’s grit and spirit, her love of design, her thirst to innovate, and her ability to make friends and bring people to together. And, of course, her ability to stumble upon a murder and find the culprit when no one else can, all while looking fabulous in her mid-century attire. (In exchange for an advanced reading copy, I am giving this honest opinion about the book.)

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  • Another entertaing Mad for Mod adventure!

    Teacher's Threat is another exciting installment in Vallere's Mad for Mod cozy mystery series. This book finds Madison trying to save her beloved business after a mistake she foolishly made in the previous book. Madison tries to get a loan to help save her business, and when that fails, she decides to go to business school to prove she is a good investment. Becoming a student is hard, but Madison is determined to make it work. When the professor who challenges her is murdered, Madison finds herself drawn into the case. Vallere sets up a compelling story. I really liked how this murder mystery fit right in with how Madison is questioning her business decisions and what she wants to do now. This mystery really creates a complex situation for Madison as she tries to see what path she wants to go on next. I also really like this new dynamic between Madison and Nasty. I also really enjoyed seeing a new side of the Madison and Tex relationship as Tex tries to solve this murder with Madison's help. Teacher's Threat captures the reader's attention from the very beginning and never lets go. Overall Teacher's Threat was an entertaining read that I would most definitely recommend. I look forward to reading Madison's next adventure. Received a copy of Teacher's Threat from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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