A photo shoot in a graveyard ends in a grave shooting . . .
Cookie Chanel—owner of the chic clothing store It’s Vintage Y’All in Sugar Creek, Georgia—has been hired to dress models for a fashion shoot. The spread will be featured in Fashion and Style magazine’s October issue—so the models are posing in a cemetery. As someone who can see and talk to ghosts, Cookie’s not spooked by the location. But she is surprised when a new ghost appears, decked out in 1920s couture. And she’s shocked when she hears a gunshot. Then a model runs toward her, saying the grumpy photographer has been edited out of the picture – for good. With help from her ghostly pals, Cookie must zoom in on the truth before she’s the next to strike a final pose . . .
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4 Stars: Fashions Fade, Haunted is Eternal is the 7th book in the Haunted Vintage mystery series. Cookie Chanel owns a vintage clothing shop, It’s Vintage Y’all, in Sugar Creek, GA. Not only that, but she sees ghosts, and the spirit of her grandmother is in her cat, Windsong. All in all, a normal business woman, not. Charlotte Meadows is her ghost friend, a former socialite who now hangs around the shop and helps Cookie choose vintage outfits and solve mysteries. Windsong, also helps solve mysteries, but uses a Oujia board to communicate. Once again, Cookie and her cohorts stumble onto a murder and can’t let it go. Cookie has been hired to supply vintage clothing for a photo shoot. While working in a local cemetery, there is a gunshot and the photographer is found dead. He was the epitome of high strung artist, constantly shouting at the models and had a large number of people who did not like him. This of course, made it very hard to determine who hated him enough to kill him. As Cookie is checking out the dead body, another ghost pops up named Minnie from the 1920s. The investigation begins. Who killed the photographer? Cookie and her spirit pals are on the case!
This is a fun series and this book carries on the light hearted fun, humour and banter. At least Cookie’s best friend Heather can finally see and communicate with the ghosts, but most other people think Cookie is a bit eccentric and she has to find ways to talk to the ghosts without anyone thinking she is talking to herself, unfortunately it doesn’t always work. Cookie, her spirit friends and even the cats work well together solving the crimes. Charlotte is sassy and bossy, offsetting Cookie’s sweet, not always smart personality. What Cookie can’t ferret out, her spirit buddies generally can. The mystery is a bit quicker moving that in the last book and I still wonder sometimes why Cookie takes the chances she does. Her love interest, Detective Dylan Valentine, is one of the most patient men ever. He puts up with Cookie ignoring him a lot of the time, yet is always there when she needs him. I enjoyed the new characters in this book, Minnie, a rather sweet and naive ghost and another cat with the spirit of the deceased in him. They added another dimension to the story. The ending was great, but I do not want to spoil it for you. Rose Pressey never disappoints, with her mix of humour, mystery and sass in her cozies. There are tidbits about vintage clothing and living as a spirit at the beginning of each chapter, but you do not have to like vintage to enjoy this book or series and the paranormal elements do not overpower the mystery. This series is enjoyable and always well written. The publisher, Kensington, generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
An Interview with Rose Pressey
Carla: When did you write your first book, whether published or not?
Rose Pressey: I completed my first book in 2007. I’ve learned a lot about writing since then.
CJH: When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? Were there other things you thought you would become?
RP: In my late teens I started thinking about writing a book. Almost twenty years later I finally did it. I always wanted to be an actor. Mostly I wanted to do anything that involved creativity.
CJH: Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your books?
RP: Ideas come from everything around me. Just a random object can spark an idea.
CJH: What does your day look like when you are writing?
RP: Usually I wake up at seven. After breakfast, I write. I take a break around lunch and run errands, workout, etc. The rest of the afternoon and evening I spend writing too.
CJH: What do you like to do when you are not writing?
RP: Some of the things I enjoy are visiting family, playing with my dogs, reading, home décor, shopping, exercising, and visiting historic locations.
Rose Pressey enjoys writing quirky and fun novels with a paranormal twist. The paranormal has always captured her interest. The thought of finding answers to the unexplained fascinates her.
When she’s not writing about werewolves, vampires and every other supernatural creature, she loves eating cupcakes with sprinkles, reading, spending time with family, and listening to oldies from the fifties. Yeah, she loves Elvis. She can’t help myself.
Rose lives in the beautiful commonwealth of Kentucky with her husband, son and two sassy Chihuahuas.