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    Exciting New First-in-Series Cozy

    This is a fast-moving cozy mystery. It is the first in a new series that should be great based on this episode. The baseline involves craft fairs with a paranormal tilt. I can't wait for the next episode. The author also includes a few tasting looking recipes. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
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    A new Rose Pressey Series!

    Celeste Cabot is a painter who had quit her day job as a waitress at her Aunt’s diner and is not looking to hit the craft fair circuit with her Chihuahua Van Gogh and her trailer. Hoping to make a living selling paintings she apparently has a talent she didn’t realize she had…Celeste paints in hidden images that can bring the spirit to her. She finds out when a customer returns a painting because it is haunted. This sets off the foundation for the series. When money is being stolen from vendors at the fair and then the fair’s manager is murdered, Celeste is put into the thick of things. Meeting a handsome fellow artist who seems to appear when Celeste finds the body of the manager, she has to wonder whether the man is a murderer or truly an artist. She has her doubts, but she also has the ghost of her great, great, great Aunt Elizabeth as her side kick. Celeste wants nothing more than to solve the murder and survived the craft fair in one piece. But will be able to do that or will she be the next victim when she gets close to unveiling the murderer? I’m a huge fan of Rose Pressey’s other series, so when I saw that she had a new series, I HAD to read the first book. I adored her Haunted Vintage series and it took me a bit to get into this new one because I kept thinking back to that one. But once I got past that, I was in Haunted Craft Fair mode. Looking forward to another entry in this series.
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    Debut of A Haunted Craft Fair Mystery series

    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.
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