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  • It’s not every day a girl inherits a pajama factor

    It’s not every day a girl inherits a pajama factory and gets framed for murder. But that’s exactly what Madison Night gets It’s not every day a girl inherits a pajama factory and gets framed for murder. But that’s exactly what Madison Night gets when her friend, Alice Sweet passes away. A Doris Day loving, Interior Decorator specializing in decor from the 50s and 60s, Madison inherits the former Sweet Dreams pajama factory that has been close for more than 60 years. The factory was shuttered after an accident killed the company’s model and when the doors are reopened 60 years later, the body of the former owners grandson is found and someone is trying to pin the murder on Madison or someone she knows. While I am familiar with the author’s Costume Shop mystery series, this is the first introduction for me to her Mad for Mod mystery series. Well this is the fifth book in the series, the book can be read as a standalone. The characters are well developed and the story is fast-paced and a real page-turner. I couldn’t put the Book down and was in suspense right until the end. I recommend this book for any cozy mystery lover.

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  • Madison and the Pajama Factory

    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.

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  • An engaging cozy mystery

    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.

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  • Odd Inheritance Leads to Danger

    Madison Night is surprised when her friend Alice Sweet leaves her the factory for Sweet Dreams, a pajama company that was closed years ago after a tragic death. Rumors over the decades hinted there may be more to the death than was reported at the time, and there are those who want to get in and see if they can find any clues for themselves. Before Madison can decide exactly what to do with the building, she stumbles over a very fresh dead body. Can she figure out what is going on? This book started out well, and it never really let up. I was engaged the entire time, and the twists came faster as we got closer. Unfortunately, one aspect of the plot was never really fully explained, but the rest of the mystery is successfully wrapped up. Once again, Madison grows here, and I enjoy seeing her journey. The rest of the cast is just as strong and engaging. Fans of Doris Day movies will enjoy a few Easter eggs hidden in the book, although if you miss them (and I’m sure I missed a couple), it doesn’t take anything away from the story itself. Some humor sprinkled throughout the book added to the fun. If you, like me, need to catch up on this series, you’ll enjoy this book.

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