A Passion for Haunted Fashion

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This one was a bit off for me compared to the others in the series. I was super excited to see this one on Netgalley (thank you for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review). I can't quite put my finger on it, the writing felt disjointed and the characters not as cohesive as they normally are. 

Still worth the read, especially if you're a fan of the series. If this was your first foray into the Haunted Vintage Mystery Series, and you weren't a fan, please pick up one of the other ones before deciding to set it aside forever. 

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This is a great book; this is the sixth book in the Haunted Vintage Mystery series written by Rose Pressey. Folks say the Sugar Creek Theater is haunted. But that doesn’t scare off Cookie Chanel, owner of Georgia’s chicest vintage clothing store, It’s Vintage Y’All—especially since Cookie talks to the ghost of her grandmother every day through her cat Wind Song. Still, after she agrees to be in charge of costumes for a production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, she’s surprised to find the specter of a young woman in the theater, keeping watch over a trunk of 1950s dresses. And when Cookie's best friend Heather is found standing over a stabbed actor, she has two mysteries to solve. This is not a dress rehearsal. A desperate killer is waiting in the wings. If Cookie doesn't tread the boards lightly, it'll be curtains for her as well. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this book. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
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I thought this book sounded cute, but for some reason, it really didn't strike my fancy. It's a cute cozy and I loved the premise of the book. Cookie sees and talks to ghosts. The ghosts are fun and I liked the characters, but the book didn't keep my attention. It seems like there were some contradictions, but my memory could be bad. At one point, I thought Dylan knew about ALL the ghosts including Grandma Pearl, but at a different point in the book, Cookie has to be careful what she says and does because Dylan doesn't know about Grandma Pearl. Also, what is the use of a ghost, if they can't poke there head through walls and doors to see if there is any danger. These ghosts rarely did that, so Cookie was always taking chances. Also she seemed to be illogical, don't call Dylan, the cop because he might be hurt? She didn't care that she could be hurt. Just not my cup of tea.
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Cookie Chanel, owner of a vintage clothing store, is asked to do the costumes for a local production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Sugar Creek Theater.  While in the basement she hears a scream and runs toward the stage, where she sees her friend Heather (who is in the play) standing over the body of the main actor with blood on her hands.  After calling the police she helps Heather clean herself up and eventually hears her boyfriend, homicide detective Dylan Valentine, outside the door.

After discussing what happened they naturally take Heather to the police station and Cookie waits until she can escort her home.  Realizing that Heather is the only real suspect, she knows that Heather didn't do it and decides to conduct a little investigation of her own, along with the help of her attending ghost Charlotte and her Grandma Pearl, stuck in the body of her cat Wind Song.

Also along for the ride is another ghost:  Peggy Page, a young woman who disappeared in 1956, and doesn't know what happened to her; she's been stuck in the theater since that time but doesn't know why or how she got there.  Charlotte convinces Cookie to help find the truth, and since Dylan now knows that Cookie communicates with ghosts, she vows to enlist his help if needed, too.  But will Cookie be able to find out what happened to Peggy before Heather is thrown in jail for a crime she didn't commit?  Or will Cookie, putting her own life on the line to save her friend, wind up as a ghost keeping Charlotte permanent company?

I really enjoy these books as they are quite a fun read.  I don't like paranormal books about vampires, witches, etc.; but I do love books with ghosts (as long as they're friendly) and these are written very well.  Cookie is an extremely likable character, as she's not perfect.  She has a terrific sense of style, but can't cook too well; cares about her friends but is rather klutzy.  In other words, she's an imperfect human, much like the rest of us.

As a matter of fact, she would be a lousy PI as she's prone to panic attacks (kept at bay with the help of Charlotte) and not very good at hiding herself - her main choice is bushes if she can find them - and so far has no idea how to wear disguises like the people who are usually stalking her.  Lord help her if she ever gets stuck in a desert while following a suspect!  She's not very good at thinking on her feet - when confronted with situations she just says the first thing that pops into her mind - and pretty much does whatever Charlotte pushes her to do.  Poor Cookie.  But she's still a delightful character and one that you wouldn't mind spending time with at all. 

When she does start investigating, she's very good at noticing details, which is important, and does her best to find out the truth, even when it gets her in some sticky situations.  At least she has Charlotte to help her out, but I do think that Charlotte could do a little better job without being snarky; i.e., if they hear someone out on the porch, why send Cookie out when Charlotte could just go herself and see who it is?  This is probably the only thing that bothers me about the series, but it's so minor I never let it spoil my enjoyment.

The author is very good at spinning a tale that keeps you interested throughout, and there is enough action to keep the story flowing at a nice pace.  The characters are three-dimensional and and believable; there is plenty of humor in the story to boot.  When the ending comes and the killer is revealed it is satisfying indeed.  This is a wonderful series and I enjoyed every minute of the book.  I look forward to the next in the series.  Highly recommended.
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On this Mysterious Monday, we are pleased to bring you our review of A Passion for Haunted Fashion, the latest Haunted Vintage mystery from Rose Pressey. This is the series that combines murder, fashion, ghosts, a generous dose of humor, and a cat who uses a Ouija board to communicate. It is such fun!

The plot
In A Passion for Haunted Fashion, vintage clothing boutique owner Cookie Chanel is working on costumes for the Sugar Creek Theater’s upcoming production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Somehow, Cookie always finds herself sorting through trunks or racks of old clothing in a dusty attic or basement or some such place, and more often than not, she manages to stir up a ghost. This is in addition to her more or less permanent ghostly companion, Charlotte, who is bossy and sassy and very, very funny. The new ghost in this case is named Peggy, and she’s been in the theater since the 1950s. Can Cookie and Charlotte help her figure out why she’s there?

Sounds like enough to keep a person and two ghosts busy, but then one of the actors is found stabbed to death, with Cookie’s best friend, Heather, standing over him, covered in blood. Obviously things look bad for Heather, and now Cookie and the ghosts have two mysteries to solve, and if they don’t solve the more modern one, Heather could be headed to prison.

Fortunately they have plenty of suspects, both from the theater and from the victim’s personal life. Unfortunately, Cookie is not the smoothest investigator you’ve ever met, as she tends to get flustered when trying to question someone. Having two ghosts there to critique her performance doesn’t help, especially when Cookie can’t respond to them because she’s the only one who can see them. If she suddenly starts talking out loud to invisible people, everyone will think she’s nuts.  (Everyone probably already thinks she’s nuts anyway, but whatever.)

The cat
Also fortunately, they have the help of the white Persian cat named Wind Song. Wind Song has an interesting story herself. See, one time during a séance, Cookie’s grandmother’s spirit got trapped in the cat’s body. Now the grandmother (who is also sort of psychic—because why not?) communicates through a Ouija board. Except sometimes Wind Song the cat communicates through the board. Basically, if the message is relevant to the investigation, it’s from Grandma Pearl; if it’s about cat food, it’s from Wind Song. Anyway, Wind Song / Grandma Pearl are instrumental in providing clues that point Cookie and the ghosts in the right direction.

Our verdict
When we first started reading this series, we thought we might not like it so much because fashion is really not our thing. Honestly, when the outfits are described, we often even don’t know how to picture them; if it’s not jeans and T-shirts, we’re a little lost. But you don’t have to love fashion to love these stories, because they have a lot to offer. We love the role Wind Song / Grandma Pearl plays, and we like that Cookie keeps meeting new ghosts whose mysteries she must solve. Cookie has an endearingly fumbling method of crime solving, and Charlotte cracks us up (be sure to read her tips on the afterlife at the start of every other chapter; they alternate with Cookie's vintage fashion tips). Plus, we enjoy mysteries set in the South.

In A Passion for Haunted Fashion, Rose Pressey gives us another fun mystery full of characters we love. Recommended!
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This is the 6th entry in one of my favorite series. Ghosts, a cat, humor and a good mystery always gets my attention. Add to it the fact that the cat is possessed by Cookie's grandmother's spirit, it's a great escape from reality. Vintage clothing is Cookie's world and she is always on the lookout for clothes to sell in her vintage clothing store It's Vintage Y'all or, in this case, to costume the local production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Fine, until she and her ghostly sidekick, Charlotte, encounter a ghost in the basement of the theater, one who dates to 1956 but has no memory of how she got there. Add to the past mystery and it's ghost, upstairs, on stage, a new ghost has just been created and Cookie's friend Heather is found standing over his body with blood on her hands. Oh, boy, here we go on another rollicking fun mystery. 
The cast of characters is wonderful, there is some romance, the mysteries are satisfying and the dialog is a hoot. Too bad I read this so fast - now I have to wait for #7. I'm certain it will be worth the wait.
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Cookie Chanel loves vintage clothing. She owns a vintage clothing shop, It's Vintage Y'all, in Sugar Creek, GA. There is only one problem with her enjoyment of past fashion. Sometimes those who owned the outfits don't move on after death. Cookie sees dead people....and most of the time, they want her to investigate how they died. In fact, her friend Charlotte Meadows is dead. Cookie is the only one who can see and hear her. She helped Charlotte discover who murdered her. Now the ghost hangs around to give fashion advice and help Cookie on cases.

A Passion for Haunted Fashion is the sixth book in the Haunted Vintage Mystery series. This time around, Cookie is helping out with costumes for a production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the local Sugar Creek Theater. Rumor has it the theater is haunted. It doesn't take Cookie long to see the resident ghost. Peggy Page died in the 1950s, but doesn't remember anything. She wants help to remember why she is stuck in the theater as a ghost. Just as Cookie agrees to help the ghost, there is a commotion in the theater. Her best friend, Heather, is found standing above an actor who is crumpled on the floor. The blood on her hands must be from the huge, gaping stab wound in Morris Palmer's chest. He's dead. So not only is she going to have to help a ghost, but she needs to keep her best friend out of jail on murder charges.

I enjoy this series. The vintage clothing theme is cute and entertaining, but doesn't overpower the mystery in each book. I like Cookie as a main character. She is exasperated by the ghosts she sees, but always willing to help them in the end. I like the fact she can communicate with her deceased grandmother via her white cat, Wind Song. I have two white cats so I'm a bit biased in any white cat's favor. This book is a great addition to the series. There is a nice balance of silliness and real investigation. I liked the fact that there were two mysteries going at once. It definitely kept Cookie busy! The mystery moved along at a nice pace with plenty of suspects and surprises. The backdrop of a theater worked perfectly because, as everyone knows, all theaters are haunted. :) The cover for this latest book is incredi-cute as usual. 

Rose Pressey is also the author of the Halloween LaVeau and the Mystic Cafe series.

**I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. No ghosts were harmed in the writing of this review.**
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A new author and series for fans of Julie Blackwell. Helpful ghosts assist the protagonist  in solving  a messy murder. Great vintage  clothing  tips included.
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A Passion for Haunted Fashion is a fun addition to the series.

Cookie Chanel sees and speaks to ghosts, her grandmother is a cat and she has a big addiction to vintage clothes.

Helping out in the wardrobe department for the local theater, it comes as no surprise that Cookie sees a new ghost and her bff is accused of murder. Trouble and ghosts seem to follow Cookie, leaving her no choice but to help them in any way she can.
With her grandmother now in the form of her cat, Wind Song, Cookie works as hard as she can to prove Heather's innocence.

Fans of this author and this series will be pleased with the antics of their favorite characters in A Passion for Haunted Fashion.

I volunteered to read and review a copy of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
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There is excellent background information, which allows this book to be read as a stand-alone. This is an entertaining cozy paranormal mystery with well-developed characters and twists and turns as well as several suspects for Cookie and her ghostly friends to investigate. Some of the details are off and a few things are repeated more often than necessary, but since I read an advance reader copy, those things may be corrected prior to publication. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy a well-crafted cozy with friendly ghosts and magical cats.
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A Passion for Haunted Fashion by Rose PresseyCookie Chanel is helping out as a costume designer at the local theater. One night, she's in the basement when she meets a 1950s ghost named Peggy while a man is murdered upstairs. The main suspect? Cookie's friend Heather. So she has two murders to solve.

I was a bit bummed because Cookie didn't spend as much time with Heather as would have been nice and Peggy's murder was solved incredibly quickly just to wrap up the end of the book. Not a horrible addition to the series but not one of the better ones.

Three stars

This book comes out May 29

Follows If the Haunting Fits, Wear It
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Cookie sees ghosts!  Her cat Wind Song hosts the ghost of her grandmother (and communicates via Ouija), Charlotte, and now she's met Peggy at the theater where she's overseeing costumes.  When Cookie's friend Heather is found standing over a dead man (Morris), well of course she has to investigate.  This is classic cozy territory with the addition of paranormal.  Cookie has two love interests (hmm) and a lively career in vintage clothing.  Nicely done.  Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.  I've read a couple but not all of the books in this series and I think I enjoyed it as much as I would had I read them all.
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It was a interesting cozy mystery. The plot was intriguing and had good characters. I would recommend this to fans of cozy mysteries.
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A Passion for Haunted Fashion is another delightful read in long standing series but can be read as a standalone.
This time Cookie, owner of the vintage clothing shop, is in charge of the costumes for the local theater. While in the theater basement, Cookie and her friendly ghost Charlotte, meet a ghost of long gone 1950's actress who seeks their help. Cookie agrees and immediately they hear a scream. Cookie's best friend Heather, who is playing lead female role, is standing all bloodyhandied above dead body of the lead male actor.
As her every book so far, it is full of silliness, craziness and good laugh. The characters are absolutely adorable. Eventhough I am usually not a fan of paranormal mysteries this series I love. Especially interesting is that there are two murders to investigate. Well written with a cleverly thought out plot this installment is a pleasure to read.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, atmosphere, and characters.  I would recommend the book to friends and family for their reading pleasure.
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A Passion for Haunted Fashion is the sixth installment in Rose Pressey’s A Haunted Vintage Mystery series.  There is excellent background information, which allows this book to be read as a stand-alone.  This is an entertaining cozy paranormal mystery with well-developed characters and twists and turns as well as several suspects for Cookie and her ghostly friends to investigate.  Some of the details are off and a few things are repeated more often than necessary, but since I read an advance reader copy, those things may be corrected prior to publication.  I recommend this book to readers who enjoy a well-crafted cozy with friendly ghosts and magical cats.

Cookie Chanel loves all things vintage and is the owner of a vintage clothing shop named It’s Vintage Y’All in Sugar Creek, Georgia.  She only wears vintage clothing and drives her grandfather’s 1948 Buick convertible.  Cookie has the ability to see and speak with ghosts and her cat, Wind Song, is psychic and uses Ouija boards and Tarot cards to communicate with her.  During a séance, her grandmother entered Wind Song’s body, and now Grandma Pearl communicates through Ouija boards and Tarot cards too.  Charlotte Meadows is a ghost who was attached to clothing Cookie found at an estate sale, and Charlotte has adopted her.  Cookie has become comfortable with her gift, but sometimes slips and talks to the ghosts in front of others, making people think she’s more than a little crazy.  Cookie is being pursued by two men, Detective Dylan Valentine, who she’s currently dating and knows about her gift, and attorney Ken Harrison, who doesn’t.

Cookie agreed to be in charge of costumes for an upcoming production at the Sugar Creek Theater, which is purported to be haunted.  Cookie’s best friend, Heather Sweet, landed the lead female role in the production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Morris Palmer was playing the lead male role.  While downstairs in the costume room, Cookie and Charlotte encounter Peggy Page, who has been haunting the theatre since she died in the mid-1950s, but her memories are vague and she doesn’t remember what happened to her.  She asks Cookie to help her and, of course, she agrees.  Shortly after meeting Peggy, they hear a scream and when they get upstairs, they see Heather standing over Morris’ body, with her hands covered in blood and a knife in his chest.  Heather explained that she’d come from backstage, saw Morris on the floor, and tried to help him, but it was too late.  Dylan doesn’t believe Heather is capable of murder, but must consider her as a possible suspect.  Heather needs help and Cookie is determined to find the true killer.  Cookie begins her amateur investigation with the help of her ghostly friends and Wind Song/ Grandma Pearl and finds herself in harm’s way.

I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.
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Cookie Chanel is back and in top form.  When BFF Heather takes a role in a production at the Sugar Creek Theater, Cookie agrees to work on the wardrobe.  Before opening night even rolls around, one of the male actors is found murdered on the stage..and Heather is the prime suspect.

True to form, Cookie and her ghostly BFF Charlotte set out to find out the murdered and are joined by another young ghost who is tied to the theater, meaning one more death needs to be solved.

Along the way there are the typical crazy escapades of Cookie and Charlotte, which are always fun.  I’m a huge Rose Pressey fan and have read all of her books in all of her series.  Can’t wait for the next one to come out.
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Another great book from Rose Pressey.
cookie has agreed to  step in and help make the costumes for Sugar Creek theatre even though it's haunted, it's not surprising that a ghost appears  and is need of help to understand why she is still at the theatre and not moved on . cookie also finds a body  with her friend Heather standing over the body . A lot going on . 
I enjoy the history and mystery of the ghosts in each book ,the vintage clothing and description of the costumes .
And finally Cookie and Dylan are together.
Looking forward to the next book . Many thanks .
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Cookie Chanel has agreed to help out with the costumes for the upcoming production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, whilst going through the costumes in the basement she comes across a trunk of clothes, vintage clothes and the next thing is a young woman (ghost) from the 1950's has joined Cookie and Cookie's resident ghost Charlotte! Just as they are finding out about her (her name is Peggy) the three of them hear a scream and when they get upstairs they see Cookie's close friend Heather with blood over her hands standing over the body of one of the other actors.  

Now Cookie and Charlotte (with the help of Wind Song the cat/Cookie's grandmother) need to find out what happened to Peggy, who killed Morris and most importantly keep Heather out of jail!
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While I am by no means a fashionista, but I adore this series. This is the 6th book in the Haunted Vintage Mystery. Cookie owns It's Vintage Y'all in Sugar Creek, Georgia, a vintage clothing boutique. She wears vintage clothes, and drives around her grandfather's cherry 1948 Buick convertible (which is so cool!). She sees and speaks to ghosts. In addition, during a seance, her grandmother entered the body of her cat, so now the cat works the Ouija board to share her thoughts. This isn't the most normal girl around.

Anyway, Cookie is in charge of costumes for the Sugar Creek Theater's production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Her best friend, Heather, is playing the female lead. While downstairs in the creepy costume room, Cookie encounters a new ghost. Her name is Peggy Page. Poor Peggy has been haunting the theatre since the 1950s, but doesn't remember what happened to her or why she is even in Sugar Creek. A scream rips through the theater and Cookie (along with the rest of the cast) finds Heather standing over Morris, the male lead. There is a knife in his chest and Heather has blood all over her hands. Naturally, Heather needs help and Cookie can't resist aiding her best friend.

There are lots of kooky characters (Charlotte, the annoyingly lovable ghost from the first book is still hanging around), plenty of suspects, and loads of high jinks. Another fun cozy!
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