the lightness of doris day, the darkness of homicide, and a shih Tzu named rock.


Lover Come Hack

Madison Night Mad for Mod Mystery #6

October 30, 2018


After  a  falling  out  with  a  friend  flips  interior  decorator  Madison  Night’s  world  inside  out,  she’s  determined  to  revamp  her  life.  Jane  Strong,  fellow  mid-century  modern  enthusiast,  encourages  Madison’s  entry  in  an  upcoming  design  competition,  but  their  rift  makes  collaboration  no  longer  an  option.   


When  Jane  is  found  dead,  Madison  tops  the  suspect  list.  And  when  anonymous  computer  hackings  interfere  with  both  the  investigation  and  the  competition,  Jane’s  murder  no  longer  seems  random.  With  a  mess  of  a  love  life,  an  angry  client,  and  a  looming  deadline  on  her  contest  entry,  Madison  turns  to  an  unlikely  ally  to  decode  a  motive  before  a  crash  becomes  imminent.

The Pajama Frame

Madison Night Mad for Mod Mystery #5

February 27, 2018


Interior decorator Madison Night is no stranger to the occasional odd inheritance. But when an octogenarian friend dies and leaves her a pajama factory, the bounty is bittersweet. Once a thriving business, Sweet Dreams closed decades ago after a tragic accident took the life of a young model. Or was that simply a cover up? Between her friend’s death and her own stagnant life, Madison is tempted to hide under a blanket of willful ignorance. But when family members and special interest groups lobby to expose the secrets of the factory, Madison gets caught in a dangerous nightmare and discovers that sometimes, the bed you make is not your own.

The Decorator Who Knew Too Much

Madison Night Mad for Mod Mystery #4

April 18, 2017


When Interior Decorator Madison Night accepts an assignment in Palm Springs with handyman Hudson James, she expects designing days and romantic nights. But after spotting a body in the river by the job site, she causes a rift in the team. Add in the strain of recurring nightmares and a growing dependency on sleeping pills, and Madison seeks professional help to deal with her demons. 

She learns more about the crime than she’d like thanks to girl talk with friends, pillow talk with Hudson, and smack talk with the local bad boys. And after the victim is identified as the very doctor she’s been advised to see, she wonders if what she knows can help catch a killer. An unlikely ally helps navigate the murky waters before her knowledge destroys her, and this time, what she doesn’t know might be the one thing that saves her life. 

With Vics You Get Eggroll

Madison Night Mad for Mod Mystery #3

April 14, 2015


Interior Decorator Madison Night has her hands full with a demanding client and a product endorsement, but when the news shifts from reports of recently abducted women to the discovery of a dead body, she can’t deny the danger. Evidence from the scene links the flirtatious Lt. Tex Allen to the crime, taking him off the case.

As more abductees are either released or killed, Tex struggles with his suspension, on the brink of turning vigilante. Madison’s own life is complicated by the return of her hunky handyman, Hudson James. When seemingly unrelated events lead back to the abductions, she exposes a secondary agenda, a copycat crime, and a vengeful plot to destroy someone she loves.

That Touch of Ink

Madison Night Mad for Mod Mystery #2

April 01, 2014


When a rare five thousand dollar bill arrives in the mail, interior decorator Madison Night knows it’s a message from her past. In happier times, she once joked that she could be bought for $5000—how could she deny a bill with her name on it? Suspecting the bill indicates trouble, she consults a numismatist. They set up a meet, but upon arrival she finds an abandoned office, a scared dog…and a dead body in the kitchen. The twist? The victim isn’t the numismatist; it’s a John Doe.

The police—led by Lt. Tex Allen—are on the case, but it’s Madison who discovers the victim’s identity. But where’s the numismatist? Before long, she uncovers a kidnapping plot, a unique counterfeit operation, and the true price of her own independence.

Pillow Stalk

Madison Night Mad for Mod Mystery #1

March 04, 2014


Interior Decorator Madison Night might look like a throwback to the sixties, but as business owner and landlord, she proves that independent women can have it all. But when a killer targets women dressed in her signature style—estate sale vintage to play up her resemblance to fave actress Doris Day—what makes her unique might make her dead.

The local detective connects the new crime to a twenty-year-old cold case, and Madison’s long-trusted contractor emerges as the leading suspect. As the body count piles up, Madison uncovers a Soviet spy, a campaign to destroy all Doris Day movies, and six minutes of film that will change her life forever.

Midnight Ice

Madison Night Mad for Mod Mystery #0

December 04, 2012


Originally included in OTHER PEOPLE'S BAGGAGE.

“A cozy triple-scoop that tastes divine.” – Library Journal

Baggage claim can be terminal when a computer glitch mislabels identical vintage suitcases. This is what happened after three women with a knack for solving mysteries each grabbed the wrong bag.

MIDNIGHT ICE by Diane Vallere
A Madison Night Mystery Novella (prequel to Pillow Stalk)

When interior decorator Madison Night crosses the country to distance herself from a recent breakup, she learns it's harder to escape her past than she thought, and diamonds are rarely a girl's best friend.

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