Sunday, August 2, 2015

Guest Post: Crushed Velvet by Diane Vallere

Title: Crush Velvet
Author: Diane Vallere
Series: Book 2 A Material Witness Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime

 Please welcome author Diane Vallere to the A Cozy Girl Reads blog. Her second book and the newest in A Material Witness mysteries is Crushed Velvet. Be sure to click the Amazon link to Purchase Crushed Velvet at the bottom of the page.

 CRUSHED VELVET, Material Witness #2 | Diane Vallere --

 Have you ever thought about what might happen if the things you did over the course of a 24-hour period of time made you the leading suspect in a murder investigation? That’s exactly what happens to Genevieve Girard, tea shop owner, Francophile, and new friend of Poly Monroe, in CRUSHED VELVET. Even worse than accidentally creating evidence, Genevieve is convinced that maybe she accidentally killed someone, too. I’m a fan of true crime television shows.

 I like watching how investigators can piece together bits of evidence to tell the story of what really happened at a crime scene. On Forensic Files (my favorite), often it’s the most obscure item that connects a killer to a crime. I’ve seen cases where glitter on a victim has been traced to the mark down shelf at Hot Topic, where the brewery code on discarded bottles of beer are used not only to pinpoint where it was produced but also to follow it from the assembly line to where it was sold, and where tiny particles of synthetic rope fibers, invisible to the naked eye, were the only evidence to connect a victim to the trunk of a car—and therefore the car owner—who abducted her.

 Locard’s exchange principle on which forensic science was founded states that every contact leaves a trace. In short, it means that if you come into contact with something or someone, you and that object or person will exchange physical materials. Through your natural day to day activities you will pick up and leave behind all kinds of things. The spritz of perfume from a cologne counter could trace you back to the mall. The scent of Chinese food in your clothes can trace you back to where you had lunch. The CVS card that you used in order to get the best deal on paper towels tells what time you were at the drug store and what you did while you were there.

 This principle is exactly what gets Genevieve into so much trouble—and why this book was so much fun to write. And if Genevieve didn’t have her friend Poly on her side, CRUSHED VELVET might have a whole different outcome.

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  1. This book sounds like a really fun read, I just added it to my TBR list! :-)

  2. Sounds like a great book, and the cover is gorgeous!

  3. Although, I "judge a book by its cover," I rely on reviews, like yours, to make the final decision to purchase and get involved. I can't buy or read everything that comes out, so reviewers like yourself are very valuable. Thanks...I think this book should be on my "must read" list.



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