Rose Pressey comes to the blog today with another installment in the uber fun Haunted Village Mystery series, narrated by Angie Hickman.
If the Haunting Fits, Wear It
I have to admit that these are super-fun, occasionally twisty, always humorous stories that feature a vintage boutique owner who happens to be a bit of a ghost magnet, her cat who translates messages from the ‘other side’ via a Ouija board and plenty of fashion of the vintage style – well described, defined and detailed. In this installment, Cookie has been asked to provide hats for a society party in celebration of the Kentucky Derby. Cookie makes arrangements with her best friend and her mother to manage the shop, and with her friend and first ghostly encounter Charlotte, along with a new ghostly friend Maureen who needs help bringing her murderer to justice head off to Kentucky with a car full of hats for a party.
But, as often happens with Cookie – things don’t go smoothly….. the jockey for the favorite is found dead – and his ghost has come to Cookie as he also hopes, as with Maureen, she’ll investigate his death and bring the murderer to justice. Cookie isn’t just investigating in a strange city though, along with the hats she brought (all vintage) she’s also helping the women to work more vintage into their lives with outfits and tips for dressing for the derby and other occasions. In the midst of it all, someone is making it very clear to Cookie that her asking questions about dead people is not welcome, and that things could get a bit dicey for her as well. Of course, in the tradition of the other titles I’ve read in this series, there is fun and laughter, plenty of heart and some truly clever revelations – all which lead to Cookie being able to answer questions of both the fashion and murder variety.
Narration for this story is provided by Angie Hickman and she’s managed to present the characters with voices that felt appropriate for what I know of them. My first in this series in audio format, it was also my first encounter with Angie Hickman’s work and I was pleasantly surprised. With several characters in various states of existence, plenty of action and movement, descriptions and elements, she managed to present the story with flair and clarity and held my interest throughout.
Stars: Overall: 5 Narration 4 Story 5
Title: If the Haunting Fits Wear It
Author: Rose Pressey
Series: A Haunted Vintage Mystery #5
Also in this series: Haunt Couture and Ghosts Galore, A Passion for Haunted Fashion, Fashions Fade, Haunted Is Eternal
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery, Ghosts, Historic Elements, Humor elements, Mystery Elements, Paranormal
Narrator: Angie Hickman
Published by: Kensington, Tantor Audio
Published on: 12 March, 2019
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 6 Hours: 40 minutes
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As fashion maven Cookie Chanel tracks a murderer at the Kentucky Derby, all bets are off . . .
When Cookie Chanel lands a dream assignment of providing vintage hats for a high-society Kentucky Derby party, she’s brimming with excitement. Leaving her mother and best friend to mind the store at It’s Vintage Y’All, Cookie packs up her psychic cat and races to Kentucky. But before she can hang her hat, her enthusiasm is dampened when the rider of the potential Derby-winning horse is put out to pasture. Now she’s saddled with the jockey’s ghost, who insists she find his killer. With suspects ranging from an odds-on favorite to a dark horse, Cookie may just find herself in a dead heat before the photo finish . .
A copy of this title was provided via Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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