by Rose Pressey
Synopsis: A hot-ticket charity fashion show is the perfect chance for Cookie Chanel, proud owner of It’s Vintage Y’All, to show off her stylistic savvy for a good cause. But when a famous fashionista is fatally flattened, and the ghost of a former private investigator asks for Cookie’s help, she has to scurry to sew up a solution. With clever clues from Wind Song, her psychic cat, and sassy suggestions from Charlotte, her ghost-in-residence, Cookie must unravel the sinister stitches of a deadly design–before she becomes the next fashion victim…
My Review: Cassandra “Cookie” Chanel owns a vintage clothing store, “It’s Vintage Y’all”, in the small town of Sugar Creek, Georgia. She was thrilled to have her vintage clothing and accessories used for a major charity fashion show. Unfortunately for Cookie, at the end of the night as she is searching for all her items to pack up, she finds more than she bargained for. The designer of the show is dead in the alley out back with the heel from a stiletto used as the murder weapon. Hannah, one of the models in the show, is standing over the body with bloody hands and is arrested by Detective Dylan Valentine, a gentleman that Cookie is interested in.
When the police show up, so does Charlotte, the fashionista ghost that has attached herself to Cookie’s life for some reason.(if you have not read the first book in the series, you might want to go back) Charlotte is not shy when it comes to putting in her two cents worth and there is quite a bit of humour in these exchanges, especially since Cookie can not always respond. There is also another gentleman who is dressed in a vintage suit that appears at the scene. Charlotte lets Cookie know that he is a ghost. It turns out that Sam, is a PI who was killed in the 1940s and the hat at the crime scene was his. Until he gets his hat back, he can not cross over. For some reason, neither Cookie nor Charlotte believe that Hannah is guilty and until the case is solved, the hat is evidence. When Charlotte and Samuel hit it off they join forces to get Cookie to investigate the murder. Once again Cookie sticks her nose into the business of others who do not want her interference. She gets more than one suspect upset with her.
I like the characters of Cookie, her quirky friend Heather, and Charlotte. Sam was not as involved as he could have been, but his tips and ideas were a hoot. It was obvious that he was not a very good PI during his lifetime. Their interactions are fun and rather humourous. With Windsong, the psychic cat helping to solve the mystery, you can’t help but smile. Windsong’s antics were a bit different in this book, as she was a bit more involved, but that added another dimension. I really hope that Cookie and Dylan will get together, but again in this book Ken, the lawyer who has eyes for Cookie pops up and takes her on a date. I still don’t really like him and Cookie seems to like Dylan more so I hope that sorts our the love triangle. The mystery in the story was not as obvious this time around, but I still figured out the murderer early. It seems the interest of the reader is more peaked with trying to see how the mystery is solved and how much trouble Cookie gets into. This time around, she had some rather humorous episodes, while investigating. I recommend this book to cozy mystery lovers, it is a fun read.