Book 69 of 2015: Haunt Couture and Ghosts Galore by Rose Pressey

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This looks like a job for the fashion police!
A hot-ticket charity fashion show is the perfect chance for Cookie Chanel, proud owner of It’s Vintage Y’All, to show off her stylistic savvy for a good cause. But when a famous fashionista is fatally flattened, and the ghost of a former private investigator asks for Cookie’s help, she has to scurry to sew up a solution. With clever clues from Wind Song, her psychic cat, and sassy suggestions from Charlotte, her ghost-in-residence, Cookie must unravel the sinister stitches of a deadly design–before she becomes the next fashion victim…
Don’t miss Cookie Chanel’s Fashion Tips

I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

I’m just going to put it out here now; I didn’t care for the book. I love mysteries and the fashion detail intrigued me. Also, ghosts? Sure, why not. It was the lack of evidence and the main character that turned me off.

First off, this is the third book in the series. Starting a series off with the third book isn’t really the way to go. It’s not something I usually do, but I figured since it was a cozy mystery, I wasn’t going to be too confused with characters. I was right about that. You don’t necessarily need to know all of the characters first hand to grasp the details of the book. However, I feel that fans of this series will tell me that the main character is better understood in the first book and that this one misrepresents her.

That may be true, but I have a feeling it’s not completely. When I was reading, I felt the amatuer sleuth, Cookie Chanel, wasn’t passionate. Don’t get me wrong, she has passion. She has a passion for fashion and she does it well. I just don’t think she has a complete passion in justice or solving puzzles. It felt the ghosts had more of an emotional attatchment to solving the crime and Cookie was doing it to have peace in her home again.

I also had a pet peeve with… the cat. A psychic cat is interesting, but it felt like when Cookie was stumped she instantly went to the cat for help. I didn’t, however, see who was going to be the killer. Then again, I also didn’t care who was. All of the “suspects” weren’t necessarily suspects in Cookie’s eyes. She was just asking a bunch of questions.

If the book was longer and had a little more tension, I might have been more interested in the book. As such, if you are a fan of this book series, keep reading. I’m sure you’ll have a more positive experience. Will I read the first book? I wouldn’t mind taking a gander at it.

In all, it had the Cozy formula, the hot cop, a murder, and did have great fashion tips. If you are undetered by my opinion, read it.

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