That Touch of InkThat Touch of Ink by Diane Vallere is the second book in the “Mad For Mod” mystery series. Publisher: Polyester Press, July 2013

When mid-century modern interior decorator Madison Night receives a five thousand dollar bill in the mail, she knows it’s a message from her past. Doris Day movies help with inspiration for her business, but her favorite actress can’t help when Madison’s lover comes back. After finding a corpse at a local numismatist, she follows a circuit of rare dollars and common sense to expose a kidnapping plot, a counterfeit operation, and the true price of her independence.

A surprise in the mail from an ex-boyfriend spells trouble for Madison when he re-appears and havoc reigns when what’s he involved in follows her. A murdered man, counterfeit money and wanting to be left alone haunts Madison as the ex-boyfriend, the police lieutenant and friend want a piece of her. Madison will have to do some finagling to solve this case to get her life back.

This was a fun read that I enjoyed from beginning to end. The writing was crisp with a solid plot that kept me engaged with Madison, Tex and the other supporting cast. The dialogue was fresh and I loved how the mystery flowed from one scene to the next keeping me glued to the pages. The comedic escapades between Madison and Tex was a nice touch as well as the little bit of romance featured in this light-hearted whodunit. I look forward to the next adventures with Madison and her friends in this delightfully charming series.

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