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Lover Come Hack
by Diane Vallere
I am not particularly interested in fashion, interior design, or retro looks from the 50’s, but that didn’t stop me from thoroughly enjoying Diane Vallere’s Lover Come Hack which features Madison Night, an interior decorator who channels Doris Day. Buying up estates to increase her inventory of vintage clothing for herself and furniture, appliances, and knick knacks for her clients, Madison creates original and fun interiors for a certain niche of mid-century aficionados through her business Mad for Mod.
The irony of this story is that as Madison is increasingly becoming twenty-first century digital, the high tech world is about to do her in. She finds herself juggling two boyfriends, figuratively stabbed in the back by a good friend and colleague, under investigation for murder, and competing in a design competition. The action and complications in Lover Come Hack just keep coming. The characters are interesting and will keep the reader guessing as to motivations and psychological frame of mind. The ending is a surprise, but believable. Just be ready to rent a few Doris Day movies in the aftermath of your immersion into a 50’s culture in a 21st century setting.
I would like to extend my thanks to Edelweiss and to Henery Press for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Notes: #6 in the Madison Night Mystery Series. This is my first in this series, but worked well for me as a standalone.
Publication: October 30, 2018—Henery Press
As I drove home, I couldn’t help feeling like an untethered balloon. I didn’t lack direction, but the changing winds of today’s events had scrambled my emotions.
The recent rains had let up indefinitely, replaced by a post-storm glow. It was as pretty a day as any I’d experienced recently, with the exception of the black cloud over my head.
…it was far more powerful to know the truth than to live in the shadows of lies and willful ignorance.