Written With Renee Valois
2013 Minnesota Book Award Nominee
When pop diva Sheila Lews dies under puzzling circumstances,
Clarisse Dufresne is approached by agents of a shadowy
international crime syndicate with a proposition–“What if,
after a period of time, say five years–yeah, make it five
years–it was discovered that Sheila had left behind some
unmixed tracks, songs she had been working on before she died
but didn’t release? What do you think a find like that would be
Clarisse refuses to participate in the fraud and is rescued by
a mysterious man named Maurice Crevier, who conceals both his
face and his intentions behind a black, obsidian mask. But the
savior soon becomes Clarisse’s tormentor when she learns that
she is not his guest as he professes, but his prisoner.
Despite it all–and against her better judgment–Clarisse feels
a growing fascination and affection for her jailer, as well as
his odd henchmen–a voodoo-practicing Haitian and a young chef
who is haunted by the ghost of her mother. Until a second
attempt is made on her life. And a third.
2014 Best Twin Cities Arts and Culture Best Book Selection
-- Minnesota Monthly Magazine
"Here it is: my official declaration that THE DEVIL AND THE DIVA
is the season's first "dock book," perfect for reading on a lazy
day at the lake, on the cool porch or in a leafy back yard."
-- Mary Ann Grossman, St. Paul Pioneer Press
"If you want to understand why Minnesota is wonderful, if you
want to know how in the hell people can stand it here when a
dark winter night bottoms out at -40 (that's not wind chill),
download a copy of the THE DEVIL AND THE DIVA by David Housewright
and Renee Valois. You will understand. You will want to move
here. Even if you already live here, you will want to move
here... It's rich, it's lush, it's romantic, it's smart, it's funny.
It's a mix of genres, a Beauty and the Beast tale. Mystery.
Crime fiction. Intrigue. Gothic romance. Inside the pages we
visit Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, the North Shore, all in
winter. Winter! A masked man. Dark wool capes that flow over
deep snow. A house like a castle. A woman in a white gown
holding a candelabra."
-- Anne Frasier, USA Today Bestselling author of Hush
and Play Dead
"It's wonderful. I loved Clarisse - smart, witty and human.
Maurice (the man in the black mask) was quite the romantic figure,
yet still human, too, with those little foibles that make a girl
want to smash him in his obsidian nose and then kiss him and
make it better... The story was outrageous, and I totally bought
into it. I was sorry when it ended."
-- Deborah Woodworth, author of Dancing Dead
Reviewer's Choice 2012 ("Definitely a buried treasure...")
-- All About Romance
Valois is an award-winning writer whose fiction and poetry have
been published in literary magazines such as Fallout and Studio
One. Her reviews and articles have appeared in newspapers and
magazines ranging from the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the
Minneapolis Tribune to the History Channel Magazine and ICON
(the magazine of the American Society of Interior Designers).
She has also written numerous television and radio commercials,
video scripts and ads for clients such as McDonald’s, Harley
Davidson, Mall of America, Levi’s and Aveda.