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If You’ve Got It, Haunt It By Rose Pressey

IN THE December 27 ISSUE

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Details at the end of this review on how to enter to win a copy of If You’ve Got It, Haunt It, along with a link to purchase the book where a portion goes to help support KRL & an indie bookstore.

As the owner of the vintage clothing boutique It’s Vintage, Y’all, Cassandra “Cookie” Chanel knew that the estate sale of Charlotte Meadows would provide an ample supply of beautiful, quality fashion for her store. What soon has Cookie doubting her sanity, though, is the sudden appearance by the late Charlotte herself, decidedly dead, but also quite vocal and definitely opinionated. The self-made real estate agent knows a thing or two about persistence, and even if Cookie is the only one who can see or hear her, Charlotte’s not about to let her own murder by strangulation go unsolved. haunt

More than willing to allow the Sugar Creek Georgia police department to lead the investigation, Cookie goes to her best friend, Heather, for help exorcising the ghost. Unfortunately, it turns out that Heather, who owns an occult store, is something of a psychic fraud, if a well-meaning one. Just as disturbing is that the adorable stray white kitten Wind Song seems to have far more prescient powers. Her talents with tarot cards and a Ouija Board prove dire, but contain astoundingly good grammar.

The ladies soon learn that a private investigator is similarly interested in Charlotte’s murder, but his own death indicates that danger still lingers, despite Charlotte’s adamant claims that she was universally loved. Unnerving Cookie even more is the handsome presence of Detective Dylan Valentine, who is suspicious about her continual involvement in his case, as well as certain that she is hiding a secret. Whatever his interest in Cookie though, dating is pretty much off the table unless she can encourage Charlotte to move on, giving Cookie peace of mind and a little privacy.

The author of numerous paranormal and mystery series, Rose Pressey nicely walks the line between Charlotte’s feeling understandably unavenged and being an annoying nag. Cookie and Charlotte are a very entertaining team, with Charlotte providing unsolicited diet and fashion critiques that Cookie unapologetically ignores. Chapters alternate between headings of the blog Cookie’s Savvy Vintage Fashion Shopping Tips and Heather’s Heartfelt Tip for Getting Rid of an Unwanted Ghost, the former being far more knowledgeable, but the latter more entertaining. The tone is always fun and humorous without becoming absurd, and the information about vintage couture, and the beautiful descriptions will have readers yearning for accompanying illustrations.

The mystery plot moves along swiftly and the clothing never distracts from Charlotte’s compelling reason for haunting Cookie. This is a charming new series that blends the paranormal and vintage fashion with a lead character who copes admirably with a relentless, if well-dressed, incorporeal client.

To enter to win a copy of If You’ve Got It, Haunt It, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “Haunt,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen January 3, 2015. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

Click on this link to purchase this book and you will be supporting an indie bookstore & a portion goes to help support KRL.

Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

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1 Jeanetta S.No Gravatar December 27, 2014 at 11:46pm

If You Got It, Haunt It sounds like an awesome book mixing supernatural and a good cozy mystery. I am looking forward to reading it. Please enter me in the contest.
myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com
Thank you

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2 LynnNo Gravatar December 28, 2014 at 2:42am

Adore all these bright book covers! Book sounds good too!

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3 Brenda RumseyNo Gravatar December 28, 2014 at 2:00pm

Sounds like a great story. Please enter me in the contest.
grandmabkr at yahoo dot com
Thank you!

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4 TracyNo Gravatar December 28, 2014 at 7:08pm

I can’t wait to read this one! I love Rose Pressey ‘s books. I hope to win but ifI don’t I hope to be able to buy it sometime after the new year! This time of year just can’t afford it.

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5 candace KnightNo Gravatar December 29, 2014 at 1:08am

The book cover is very pretty and the book sounds awesome. Thank you for the chance to win it. Moonbay7399@gmail.com

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6 toni lotempioNo Gravatar
Twitter: @RoccoBlogger
December 29, 2014 at 2:25pm

would love to win! tlotempio at aol dot com
A recent post from toni lotempio: And to all a HAPPY HOLIDAY!My Profile

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7 Connie ReynoldsNo Gravatar
Twitter: @ConnieRey52
January 2, 2015 at 2:25pm

Haunt

Sounds like a great book!

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8 Pam PriborskyNo Gravatar January 2, 2015 at 3:26pm

Love this author!

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9 JoannNo Gravatar January 2, 2015 at 3:57pm

I love Rose pressey books! They “haunt”

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10 Barbara HawkNo Gravatar
Twitter: @angelhwk68
January 2, 2015 at 4:20pm

Sounds awesome! Thanks for the chance! angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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11 Mary CokenourNo Gravatar January 2, 2015 at 7:04pm

Always up for something ghostly.

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12 Debbie SNo Gravatar January 2, 2015 at 7:16pm

I can’t wait to read this, I’ve seen a lot of good reviews on it. Thanks for the chance to win.

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13 Sally SchmidtNo Gravatar January 3, 2015 at 8:18am

Sounds like a fun read. I would like to get to know Charlotte – after all, everybody likes her! Thanks for the giveaway.

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14 Vivian ShaneNo Gravatar January 3, 2015 at 12:11pm

I have this on my list to read, but haven’t gotten to it yet! Like the cover – that’s what usually catches my eye to even pick it up to read a summary. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!

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15 LorieNo Gravatar
Twitter: @mysteryrat
January 5, 2015 at 3:15pm

We have a winner
Lorie Ham, KRL Publisher

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