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Murder Can Haunt Your Handiwork

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This is a cute series.  I felt that things were rushed in this book.   A dead body right away and the usual go round with all the characters.
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There are so many things that I love about this cozy mystery! To start with, it includes a ghost. I love friendly ghost stories. Second, it takes place at the Biltmore, one of my favorite places to visit. Finally, there's a craft fair. Who doesn't love a good craft fair? All of these things combined with a murder mystery and some humor make for a heck of a good cozy and a fun afternoon's read.
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I seem to have hit a reading funk. Has that ever happened to you? Where you hit a skid of just meh books. One after the other? Ugh, I hate when this happens. I don't know what it is about me and man characters lately, but I dislike Celeste; it turned off the whole book for me. I always love her ghosts, I adore her family, and I enjoy her two beaus. Hopefully the next one involves some level of growth for her.

Thank you Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.
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Note that Rose Pressey is one of my favorite authors and really like her several series. I really like the characters in this series especially Celeste and Van Gogh the Chihuahua. I like her wacky family but wish there were a bit less of them in this installment. Overall, it was a funny, fast read. I wished there were more about the psychic paintings (a really great sub-plot) and how they helped solve the mystery. I wasn’t crazy about so many risky parts of sleuthing – Celeste is too smart to take so many risks. I enjoy the Celeste, Caleb and Pierce interactions. I really like the craft fair setting and wish it were developed more in the series. I think this book would be best enjoyed if the previous two installments were read first.
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I enjoyed reading this title.
Funny, exciting and easy to read. Perfect afternoon read.
Can’t wait for the next instalment.
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Murder Can Haunt Your Handiwork is the third installment in the A Haunted Craft Fair Mystery series featuring Celeste Cabot and her tiny Chihuahua, Van Gogh.  Celeste has brought her paintings and her pink trailer to the grounds of the Biltmore Estate for the annual craft fair.  Accompanying Celeste much to her dismay is her entire family:  her parents, her clumsy brothers and her feisty grandmother.

Celeste decides to take a tour through the Vanderbilt mansion and is shocked when one of the tour guides is found strangled by a rope barrier.  Heading back to her trailer, Celeste finds herself painting a picture of a man and when the ghostly man appears he claims to be Mr. Vanderbilt - but is he really?

A quick but somewhat disappointing read.  Celeste's actions in a strange place hunting down a killer are reckless, there is really no clear explanation of why the mysterious man in the painting appears to help Celeste, the killer is pretty clear from the outset and the love triangle between Celeste, Caleb and Pierce sadly continues.

I received an advanced copy of Murder Can Haunt Your Handiwork from NetGalley via Kensington Publishing.  While not required to write a review I am happy to offer my honest opinion.
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This series is not for me, too much wackiness from her family and impulse from protagonist. That said, if those are your things, you’ll probably enjoy this book! The mystery was solid and I enjoyed the ghost portion, as well as the guys (no spoilers, but you’ll know once you read the book).
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This is third in the series, and I haven't read them all, but I still enjoyed this one. It was a good mystery, though I wasn't totally surprised by anything. Some things wrapped up a bit too easily and predictably, but it was an enjoyable read overall.
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Book three in Haunted Craft Fair mystery.
Celeste is a psychic painter. This book takes place at the grounds of the Biltmore estate.
Celeste stumbles on a body after going back to look for her keys. She is supposed to be selling her art work at the craft fair.
Celeste can communicate with ghost.  She has a crazy family who try to help out. Two police that have a crush on her. A cute dog, named Van Gogh.
I love that her favorite color is pink and that she has a pink Shasta trailer.
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A quirky, fun series featuring an artist and a dash of the supernatural, this installment, set against the historic Biltmore to make it interesting. Enjoyable as always with Rose Pressey.
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Celeste Cabot is attending a craft fair at the Historic Vanderbilt Estate and walks in to find a murder victim while touring the estate with her family.  As she sets up for the fair, her paintings begin to show her spooky secrets and a ghost joins her from the other side as she tries to solve the murder.  With both Pierce and Caleb in attendance, but not working in official capacity, Celeste finds herself spending more time with Pierce this time around.  But will Celeste find the killer before she crosses over and joins the ghost on the other side?

A fun, quirky series from the talented Rose Pressey.  If you haven’t read any of her work yet, feel free to dive in with this one.  While it is the third book in the series, it reads well as a stand alone.
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I enjoy this series. I love the setting of the Baltimore estate, and the special talent Celeste has with her painting. I look forward to the next installment.
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I had a fun time reading Murder Can Haunt Your Handiwork!
Celeste is an artist with a special talent, she has the ability to paint a picture that usually holds clues as well as releases a ghost.
Celeste attends craft fairs with her pooch pal Van, in her adorable Shasta camper.
The craft fair in this book is at the Biltmore Mansion, and stumbling upon a dead body sets the scene for a fun, laugh out loud story.
I absolutely loved the ghost in this story, I found him to be charming and his personality was well played. Her family also played a bigger role in this book, and I laughed at the scenes with her Grammy. 

This is a fun series, with great characters that bring the story to life. This is a series that will appeal to all types of cozy mystery readers.
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Love this series. Celeste is an artist at a craft fair. When a murder happens. Celeste sets out to investigate before the killer can murder again. I love the humor in this book also.
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I enjoyed this book. It's a fast, easy read. I really liked the ghost character and the better look at Celeste's family. The mystery is interesting although it feels like it's solved too easily. #MurderCanHauntYourHandiwork #NetGalley
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