Good Day! Rose Pressey is a USA Today bestselling author who enjoys writing quirky and fun novels with a paranormal twist. When she is not writing, Rose likes to eat cupcakes with sprinkles, read, listening to 50s music and spending time with her family. She lives in Kentucky with her husband, son and three sassy Chihuahuas. You find a list of her books here on Amazon*. Would you like one of her books for free? Click here. Join her Facebook page for fun and prizes.
Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece by Rose Pressey is the debut of A Haunted Craft Fair Mystery series. Celeste Cabot along with her Chihuahua, Van Gogh are at the Summer Arts & Craft Fair in her hometown of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Celeste wishes to make a living selling her art and she is going to travel around the country to art fairs with her pink and white Shasta trailer. Evan Wright is the organizer of the event who turns out to be a blowhard who likes to nitpick. Celeste is shocked when she stumbles over his body that night with a type of knife protruding from his neck. Celeste finds herself on Detective Pierce Meyer’s suspect list, so she sets out to prove her innocence. As if Celeste does not have enough going on, a customer returns a painting declaring it is haunted. Another vendor points out the hidden images in Celeste’s artwork which baffles Celeste and then a ghost pays her a visit. Celeste is not sure what is going on, but the friendly ghost is happy to help her solve Evan’s murder. Can Celeste find the culprit before the killer strikes again?
Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece is a charming new cozy mystery with intriguing paranormal elements. The story contains Rose Pressey’s conversational writing style which makes the story easy to read. There is humor sprinkled throughout that will have you giggling. Celeste Cabot loves the color as we can tell from her adorable trailer. She wants to succeed as an artist and Celeste’s bumbling family has helped her get ready. Celeste has a patient mother, a father who means well (creates more chaos than a two year old) and two blundering big brothers. Thank goodness she has her best friend, Sammie Sutton. After a customer returns a painting claiming the piece is haunted. Celeste figures the client was a loony until a nearby vendor wearing glasses notices images hidden within all of her creations. Then she begins hearing a woman’s voice and that night the ghost appears from the painting in Celeste’s trailer. Celeste wonders if those rumors about her grandmother are true. The mystery was straightforward with a limited suspect list. Celeste begins nosing around the craft fair digging up information on her fellow vendors. She gets help from her friendly spirit. The secondary mystery revolves around the ghost who appeared from the painting. There are travel trailer tips at the beginning of each chapter that are amusing. There are two lines that I enjoyed from Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece. The first is you are “as useful as a pogo stick in quicksand”. The second line I liked was “Chihuahuas might be small, but they always want to protect the people they love”. I thought that was sweet. There are two romantic interests for Celeste. At the end of the book, I had a couple of unanswered questions especially regarding Celeste’s newfound abilities and her ghostly friend. Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece is a witty cozy mystery with peculiar paintings, an animated apparition, a caring Chihuahua, a dead dictator, and an active artist.
Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece can be picked up at Amazon* (Amazon UK). The next A Haunted Craft Fair Mystery is Murder Can Confuse Your Chihuahua which is available for pre-order. It will be out on April 28, 2020. Thank you for stopping by today and reading my review. I am featuring The Hope by Patricia Davids tomorrow. It is the second novel in The Amish of Cedar Cove series. I do hope you have a hopeful day (we all need hope in our lives). Take care and Happy Reading!
The Avid Reader
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