Tuesday, March 10, 2015
If You've Got It, Haunt It by Rose Pressey (thoughts)
"Cookie Chanel has opened her own vintage clothing boutique, It's Vintage, Y'All, in the charming town of Sugar Creek, Georgia. Always on the lookout for stylish second-hand steals, she attends the estate sale of deceased socialite Charlotte Meadows. But she gets a lot more than she bargained for when Charlotte's ghost appears before her--offering fashion advice and begging Cookie to find out who murdered her.
As the persistent poltergeist tags along and a possibly psychic pussycat moves into the shop, Cookie sorts through racks of suspects to see who may be hiding some skeletons in the closet. Do a clothing store owner and a disembodied socialite have a ghost of a chance of collaring a killer--or will Cookie's life be the next one hanging by a thread?"
This was such a fun read! I really, really enjoyed this one and am left just waiting for the second book to release. The waiting game, yet again. It will be worth it though if the next book is as good as this one. I enjoy cozy mysteries but honestly I don't read enough of them. This book was a good mix of all the reasons why I enjoy this genre. The focus of this book was more on vintage clothing than the mystery which I was completely okay with. Because I don't always read cozy mysteries for the mystery portion but instead I usually read them for the characters. Cookie is definitely a fun character to read about with a killer fashion sense. Ha! Then you add in a snarky ghost and a cat that communicates using tarot cards and this was a winning combination for me! I loved the descriptions of all of the different clothing that Cookie was wearing or outfits that she had found. I really loved the parts of the book where she was at estate sales searching for different clothing finds. I would have loved even more details about those parts just because it was so fun to read about.
The mystery itself was pretty cut and dried in my opinion although it took Cookie the entire book to figure out the killer's identity. That was okay as it was enjoyable to watch her search for clues while trying to deal with her ghostly shadow. The ending tied up everything nicely other than the author never fully explained what happened to Charlotte (the ghost) afterwards. I wondered if she continued to follow Cookie everywhere or did she move on after getting closure.....maybe we will find out more in the next book! I will definitely be grabbing the second book just to find out!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and was left very excited about this series! It was a fun read, easy to immerse myself into, and definitely hard to put down. The characters were great and definitely original but really it was the vintage clothing that I just could not get enough of! Cozy mystery fans need to give this book a try! Recommended!
Bottom Line: An enjoyable read and great beginning to this series!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher and NetGalley. Thoughts are my own!