“Fahrenheit 501”

Fahrenheit 501 - A Samantha Kidd Mystery ebook by Diane Vallere

“Fahrenheit 501” is book twelve in the “Samantha Kidd” series, but new readers will immediately connect with Sam. Sometimes she has one foot in a hot mess and the other in crazy town. Her life has shifted and changed over these dozen books, yet she still tends to be rather unsettled and searching, almost afraid that if she is happy and content, her life will not get any better.  Events unfold in Sam’s first-person narrative as she talks to herself and talks directly to readers, occasionally adding things specifically, as she says, to see if readers are paying attention.   She has worked in fashion for nearly a decade, and readers always know what she is wearing and why. Her past escapades have given a new meaning to “killer fashion.” Yet despite past rumors to the contrary, she is capable and focused with a knack for fixing things.  

Sam and husband, high-end sneaker designer Nick, have settled in Ribbon, Pennsylvania which coincidently has a somewhat secret group whose members are dedicated to preserving fashion history. Sam is elated when she is invited to become a member of this elite society; these are her people, fashion people, even if they are centered in a castle as creepy as the “House on Haunted Hill.” Of course, since her life is rather like “Murder She Wrote,” there are a heap of problems hiding under a pile of denim. She finds herself in a complicated web of missing people, misplaced notable fashion samples, and of course, a murder. Things quickly turn into a game of “Clue” as Sam finds herself in a room, inside a mansion, with a dead body, surrounded by five suspects, and she has to identify the killer. (Where is the lead pipe when she needs it?)  

“Fahrenheit 501” is a modern adventure in the classic Agatha Christie style.  There are a handful of suspects in an old mansion, but the actual identity of the murderer is not easy to identify, until it is obvious.  The pace is focused but not rushed, and complicated information and unusual connections are revealed bit by bit.  I received a review copy of “Fahrenheit 501” from Diane Vallere and Polyester Press. It is quick to read with lots of mystery and suspense but without buckets of blood running in the street. When I finished reading, I looked through all my jeans to see if I had any selvedge; I had none.