Along with my mini reviews, I am linking to both Book Beginnings, a meme in which readers share the first sentence of a book they are reading, hosted by Gillion Dumas of Rose City Reader and Friday 56 hosted by Freda of Freda's Voice, in which readers share a random sentence or two from page 56 or 56% of the book they are reading.
Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece (Haunted Craft Fair Mysteries #1) by Rose Pressey
Fiction; 304 pgs
Travel trailer trip 1:
When hooking up a travel trailer, remember to watch out for the hitch.
Your shins will thank you.
With a pitch-black sky full of twinkling stars and a warm summer breeze caressing my skin, I stood in front of my fabulous pink-and-white Shasta trailer.
Friday 56 (excerpt from 56%):
If I catch you around my trailer again, you'll be sorry. I'll give you something to be afraid of." She placed one hand on her slender hip and pointed with her other.
She'd seemed so nice at first. Now she seemed like she wanted to kill me.
Celeste Cabot is eager to hit the craft fair circuit with her Chihuahua Van Gogh. Her first craft fair doesn’t turn out quite as she expected, however. Not only is one of her paintings returned by a customer who claims it is haunted, but suddenly she is being visited by a ghost—only Celeste doesn’t believe in ghosts. At least she didn’t . . . until now. Add to that someone stealing from the fair’s vendors; and then Celeste stumbles upon dead body. Celeste sees possible suspects all around her. She’s determined to find out who is behind the murder and thefts, and if, in fact, there is a connection between the missing money and the murder.
Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece was an entertaining cozy mystery—charming and funny. Celeste is an easy to like character, and I especially liked her ghost companion. Oh, and her family! I adore her family. She has one of those close-knit and probably-overly-involved families that is perfect for a cozy. I just love her grandmother and hope there is more of her in future books in the series.
In this first book of the series, you will find a hint of romance mixed in with the mystery. Celeste does not want to believe the good looking wood sculptor could be involved in the theft or murder, but she cannot completely rule him out. And it’s clear that cute detective makes her pulse race a little faster. Unfortunately, I was not completely sold on Celeste’s need to be involved in the murder investigation, no matter her good intentions. The detective on the case was a lot more patient and accommodating to her than I think your average law enforcement officer would be. Still, I enjoyed Rose Pressey’s novel, and will look for the next book in the series.
Does this sound like something you would enjoy reading? Have you read Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece?
Every Friday Coffee Addicted Writer from Coffee Addicted Writer poses a question which participants respond on their own blogs within the week (Friday through Thursday). They then share their links at the main site and visit other participants blogs.
You're spending a night in a haunted house. What book would you bring with you?
Perhaps a Gothic novel or a mystery featuring ghosts. Something that would fit the atmosphere, I think. I would probably bring several books so I can decide which fits my mood once I am there--and in case I finish one and need to start another. There's a good possibility I will be unable to sleep because of things that go bump in the night, after all!
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street by Karen White
Mrs. Morris and the Ghost by Traci Wilton
Ghost at Work by Carolyn Hart
What type of book would you want to bring with you if you were spending the night in a haunted house? Or do you have a specific book you would like to take with you?
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Be sure and tell me what you are reading and are up to!
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