Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece (A Haunted Craft Fair Mystery #1)
Haunted art is in the eye of the beholder . . . Artist Celeste Cabot welcomes the chance to show her paintings at a craft fair in her hometown of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where she and her Chihuahua, Van Gogh, can park her vintage Shasta trailer and sell her creations, too.Unfortunately, her sales take a hit when a customer returns a painting, claiming it's haunted. When a fellow vendor discovers images hidden in Celeste's artwork--and a ghost pays her a late-night visit--she's shocked to realize she has psychic abilities. After the grumpy manager of the craft fair is found with a knife in his neck, Celeste's brushes with the paranormal may help fill in the picture--and make sure the wrong person doesn't get framed . . . Praise for Rose Pressey and the Haunted Vintage Mysteries"Rose Pressey's books are fun!" --Janet Evanovich "Chock full of ghosts, cats possessed by spirits, a handsome police officer boyfriend, and tips on the afterlife and vintage shopping." -- Kirkus Reviews "An appealing protagonist who is as sweet as a Southern accent." -- Library Journal "A sheer delight."--Kate Carlisle

Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece (A Haunted Craft Fair Mystery #1) Details

TitleMurder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece (A Haunted Craft Fair Mystery #1)
Author
ReleaseOct 29th, 2019
PublisherKensington Publishing Corporation
ISBN-139781496721617
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Animals, Dogs

Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece (A Haunted Craft Fair Mystery #1) Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece by Rose Pressey is the first book of the new cozy Haunted Craft Fair Mysteries series. As with most cozy mysteries this first book of the series has it’s own mystery within so no need to worry about cliffhangers. This new cozy series also has a touch of paranormal in it as the main character can summon ghosts.Celeste Cabot is an artist who has bought herself a small travel trailer in which she and her dog spend most of their time traveling from cra Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece by Rose Pressey is the first book of the new cozy Haunted Craft Fair Mysteries series. As with most cozy mysteries this first book of the series has it’s own mystery within so no need to worry about cliffhangers. This new cozy series also has a touch of paranormal in it as the main character can summon ghosts.Celeste Cabot is an artist who has bought herself a small travel trailer in which she and her dog spend most of their time traveling from craft fair to craft fair. This allows Celeste the ability to spend her days painting as she sits in her booth outside the trailer at the fair’s actually trying to sell her work to customers.One day at a fair however Celeste has a customer return one of her paintings claiming it is haunted and makes mysterious things happen. Celeste figures this is only an excuse but refunds the purchase only to end up with a new roommate, the ghost of the lady in the painting. Little did Celeste know having a ghost around comes in handy when the owner of the craft fair is murdered and Celeste needs to find the killer.Being one that loves a quirky cozy Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece by Rose Pressey got off to a great start that fit that description. I will say though that I wasn’t a fan of the possible love triangle in the making but so far that was my only complaint so I’ll definitely be looking forward to book two.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Natalia Ramlal
    January 1, 1970
    Celeste Cabot is excited to have the opportunity to sell her paintings at the local craft fair. Unfortunately, her happiness is short-lived when she starts noticing strange things occurring at the fair. First, a customer returns a painting, claiming it's haunted, there's also someone stealing money from the other sellers, and then, the man in charge of the craft fair is murdered. With the help of her new ghost friend Elizabeth, Celeste is determined to catch the killer, and also find out why she Celeste Cabot is excited to have the opportunity to sell her paintings at the local craft fair. Unfortunately, her happiness is short-lived when she starts noticing strange things occurring at the fair. First, a customer returns a painting, claiming it's haunted, there's also someone stealing money from the other sellers, and then, the man in charge of the craft fair is murdered. With the help of her new ghost friend Elizabeth, Celeste is determined to catch the killer, and also find out why she has started seeing ghosts. I enjoyed every minute of this fun paranormal cozy mystery. The writing is solid and the plot moves at a good pace. I liked the unique setting and the quirky cast of characters. The ghost Elizabeth was my favorite character and I hope to learn more about her in the next book. The mystery kept me in suspense and I really liked how the paranormal played a role in catching the culprit. This book has wonderful potential and I look forward to seeing what the author has in store for these characters. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for this ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Juli
    January 1, 1970
    Rose Pressey's Haunted Vintage books are some of my favorite cozy mysteries! I like her writing style, humor, and fun plotlines. So, I jumped right on this new series! I'm glad I did! This first book in the Haunted Craft Fair series was a very enjoyable read! Celeste Cabot longs to ditch her regular job and sell her paintings full time. The Summer Arts & Crafts Fair at Gatlinburg, TN is her first foray into living off sales of her art. She moves in her cute pink travel trailer, sets up her b Rose Pressey's Haunted Vintage books are some of my favorite cozy mysteries! I like her writing style, humor, and fun plotlines. So, I jumped right on this new series! I'm glad I did! This first book in the Haunted Craft Fair series was a very enjoyable read! Celeste Cabot longs to ditch her regular job and sell her paintings full time. The Summer Arts & Crafts Fair at Gatlinburg, TN is her first foray into living off sales of her art. She moves in her cute pink travel trailer, sets up her booth, and hopes for the best. Things almost immediately go wrong.....strange foreboding figures appearing in her paintings, stolen money, bad vibes, a ghost and.....a dead body. While sales are going well, things at the craft fair seem to be getting increasingly dark and dangerous. What a cute book! Celeste is a fun main character. Her family is a hoot, and I just love the idea of a chihuahua named Van Gogh. :) I have a chihuahua and a pomchi, so I can identify with the ins and outs of owning one of the little bundles of fierce. Chihuahuas can stuff a lot of courage into their tiny bodies. The front cover art featuring Van Gogh is just incredibly cute!I live near Gatlinburg, TN and have been there many times. A cozy set in the mountains of Tennessee in that huge tourist area is definitely appealing, especially since Celeste is a local not just a visitor. She isn't there for miniature golf and a hotel with a lazy river pool....but she's selling her artwork to tourists at Gatlinburg's many holiday/seasonal/touristy events. I can see how that will have plenty of plot possibilities!Great start to a new series! I am eagerly awaiting the next adventure! Luckily, I won't have too long to wait. The next book in the series, Murder Can Confuse Your Chihuahua, will be out soon! **I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
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  • Linda 📚
    January 1, 1970
    I think this debut para-cozy is a fantastic story! Author Rose Pressey shines in her creative expression with this engaging plot. I adore the eye-catching cover with the cute chihuahua, Van Gogh, who is artist Celeste Cabot’s companion and protector. I always enjoy festival settings and this Summer Arts & Crafts Fair in Gatlinburg, Tennessee is also the perfect set-up for a crime scene.When one of Celeste’s paintings brings a ghost to life, creepy things begin to happen, includin I think this debut para-cozy is a fantastic story! Author Rose Pressey shines in her creative expression with this engaging plot. I adore the eye-catching cover with the cute chihuahua, Van Gogh, who is artist Celeste Cabot’s companion and protector. I always enjoy festival settings and this Summer Arts & Crafts Fair in Gatlinburg, Tennessee is also the perfect set-up for a crime scene.When one of Celeste’s paintings brings a ghost to life, creepy things begin to happen, including the slaying of the unlikeable festival manager. Unfortunately, Celeste has doubts about the innocence of many of her fellow vendors. She meets two men during the investigation who show interest in getting to know her on a personal level, and I wondered which one Celeste would choose.MURDER CAN MESS WITH YOUR MASTERPIECE charmed me from the beginning with its delightful setting, wonderful characters, adorable pets, and an overall alluring mystery! 5 Stars! As an extra treat, the author includes delicious recipes for recipes for readers to try.I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Kensington Publishing for an honest, unbiased review. Thank you.
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  • Jerri Cachero
    January 1, 1970
    While participating at a local craft fair, artist Celeste Cabot finds herself hunting a murderer and a ghost!What a fun new series! I loved the fact that Celeste was living in a Shasta trailer, had an adorable & cranky Chihuahua named Van Gogh, a crew of loving and quirky family and friends and a ghost that appears out of the blue to help her solve a mystery. I was a little bit surprised how easily Celeste accepted the ghostly help, but that didn't affect how much I enjoyed the story. While participating at a local craft fair, artist Celeste Cabot finds herself hunting a murderer and a ghost!What a fun new series! I loved the fact that Celeste was living in a Shasta trailer, had an adorable & cranky Chihuahua named Van Gogh, a crew of loving and quirky family and friends and a ghost that appears out of the blue to help her solve a mystery. I was a little bit surprised how easily Celeste accepted the ghostly help, but that didn't affect how much I enjoyed the story. I'm wary of love triangles, but the romantic storyline took second place to the mystery and I actually enjoyed the situation!I'll definitely be on the lookout for the next book!I received an ARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review of this book.
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    The first book in a new series, the haunted craft Fair, is a paranormal mystery. The cover drags into the book and much of the plot is creative. I did not connect with the characters and felt the book could use a good editor as the story jumped around that it was hard to follow. The way the good travel tips were given were laid out made it hard to locate your place in the book and hides the story. I gave it 3 1/2 stars.Celeste is an artist and travels to various craft fairs in a Shasta tra The first book in a new series, the haunted craft Fair, is a paranormal mystery. The cover drags into the book and much of the plot is creative. I did not connect with the characters and felt the book could use a good editor as the story jumped around that it was hard to follow. The way the good travel tips were given were laid out made it hard to locate your place in the book and hides the story. I gave it 3 1/2 stars.Celeste is an artist and travels to various craft fairs in a Shasta trailer. She travels with a chihuahua, Van Gogh. One of painting is return for a refund and and woman tells Celeste that the painting is haunted. Celeste does see and talks with the lady in the picture. She attracts two men at the fair. Celeste is slowly beginning to settle into her new life file when unpleasant campground manager is found murder and she is determined to find an answer to his death.The ending has a surprise that will amuse you. Does Celeste discover the guilty party? Is the painting haunted? Who is the mysterious lady? I recommend this book.Travel tips included.Disclosure : Thanks to Kensington Books for a copy through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Katreader
    January 1, 1970
    MURDER CAN MESS UP YOUR MASTERPIECE by Rose PresseyThe First Haunted Craft Fair MysteryCeleste Cabot has decided to take a chance. Her family has helped her fix up a trailer and she's traveling to craft shows to sell her paintings. Although determined to be positive, things get dicey when Celeste meets Evan, the rude man in charge of the Summer Arts and Craft Fair in Gatlinburg. Then an angry woman brings back the painting she bought claiming it's haunted! What could be worse? MURDER CAN MESS UP YOUR MASTERPIECE by Rose PresseyThe First Haunted Craft Fair MysteryCeleste Cabot has decided to take a chance. Her family has helped her fix up a trailer and she's traveling to craft shows to sell her paintings. Although determined to be positive, things get dicey when Celeste meets Evan, the rude man in charge of the Summer Arts and Craft Fair in Gatlinburg. Then an angry woman brings back the painting she bought claiming it's haunted! What could be worse? Someone stealing the vendors money, the murder of Evan, and the appearance of the ghostly Elizabeth!MURDER CAN MESS UP YOUR MASTERPIECE is a cute start to a new series. We have a charming young protagonist who's taking a chance on art, her wonderfully wacky family, two possible romantic interests, a little dog, and a ghost!My favorite aspect of this first Haunted Craft Fair Mystery is Celeste's gift. Not only is she a talented painter, but Spirit communicates through her and adds special details to her paintings. In addition, she can paint the portrait of a spirit who wishes to communicate with the living! And Celeste was heretofore completely unaware of this ability. I look forward to seeing her psychic development as well as discovering who the blonde spirit will be. In the meantime, Elizabeth is a delightful spirit and I enjoy seeing her interact with everyone, especially Van.I really enjoyed my first trip to a craft fair in Tennessee. Likable characters, as well as some nasty ones, and a unique paranormal spin make MURDER CAN MESS UP YOUR MASTERPIECE a delightful mystery. In addition, travel trailer tips and recipes are also included in this charming new series.FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.
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  • Lisa Morin
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first in a new series by Rose Pressey.Celeste is a painter, who is packing up to go to an art fair. Her talents are unique, as she adds a little "something" to her paintings. Unfortunately, Celeste is unaware of her uniqueness, and when she begins to see someone who is not quite there, she isn't sure what to make of it.When the event manager falls victim to an untimely death, Celeste knows something just isn't right with the fair.I found the story to be well written This is the first in a new series by Rose Pressey.Celeste is a painter, who is packing up to go to an art fair. Her talents are unique, as she adds a little "something" to her paintings. Unfortunately, Celeste is unaware of her uniqueness, and when she begins to see someone who is not quite there, she isn't sure what to make of it.When the event manager falls victim to an untimely death, Celeste knows something just isn't right with the fair.I found the story to be well written and well told, but I had a bit of a hard time connecting with Celeste. I actually connected to her best friend Sammie, but that doesn't mean I won't connect with Celeste as the series goes.I'm interested to see if her relationship with with Elizabeth will continue, and if she can help her find out where she came from and why she's here.Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for approving me to read this book.
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    I. am. going. to. love. this. new. series! I squealed when I saw it come out and squealed again when Netgalley gave me an advance copy in exchange for an honest review (all opinions expressed are mine and mine alone). I didn't know if I was going to like Celeste OR the new storyline; but I do! I so do! It's a cozy mystery with JUST enough suspense to keep the die hard thriller fans interested. I love the love triangle I'm seeing AND both of the men. All of it, I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect a I. am. going. to. love. this. new. series! I squealed when I saw it come out and squealed again when Netgalley gave me an advance copy in exchange for an honest review (all opinions expressed are mine and mine alone). I didn't know if I was going to like Celeste OR the new storyline; but I do! I so do! It's a cozy mystery with JUST enough suspense to keep the die hard thriller fans interested. I love the love triangle I'm seeing AND both of the men. All of it, I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect and CANNOT wait for the next one.
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  • Valerie
    January 1, 1970
    This cozy mystery has a different setting than the standard which is nice to see. I'm intrigued by the ghost Elizabeth and the hidden images that the main character Celeste puts in her paintings. I can't wait to see what happens with them. I was definitely surprised by the ending especially that Celeb turned out to be a undercover copy. I enjoyed this book. #MurderCanMessUpYourMasterpiece #NetGalley
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a long time fan of Rose Pressey and was eager to see what she was planning for a new series. Paranormal? Check. Humorous? Check. Good mystery? Check. Off to a great start? Double check! The new series centers around craft fairs with Celeste Cabot hitting the road to sell her oil paintings at various craft fairs around the country. Well, that is her plan. she wants more in life than waitressing at her aunt's diner. She wants to see if she can make real money with her creations. starting local I'm a long time fan of Rose Pressey and was eager to see what she was planning for a new series. Paranormal? Check. Humorous? Check. Good mystery? Check. Off to a great start? Double check! The new series centers around craft fairs with Celeste Cabot hitting the road to sell her oil paintings at various craft fairs around the country. Well, that is her plan. she wants more in life than waitressing at her aunt's diner. She wants to see if she can make real money with her creations. starting locally in Gatlinburg, TN. She has her pink trailer, her painting supplies and her chihuahua, Van Gogh due to his ear flopping down aka Van as her companion and guardian. From day one at the craft fair things seem a bit off. The creep who is in charge of the fair is a real sleaze and it's pretty clear that there are many crafters who have crossed paths with him and wish they hadn't. Count Celeste as one on the list. Then one of her paintings sells only to be returned with the buyer claiming that the painting is haunted. Sure, lady, whatever you say, here's your $100 back. Celeste thinks she's a bit crazy but chalks it up to the cost of selling her wares. That is, until one of the other crafters asks her about the skull she put in one of her paintings. say what? Celeste can't see the skull.....until she looks at it through a piece of glass and wow! there IS a skull and in another there is a skeleton! With no memory of ever painting those, she comes to realize that her very vivid dreams play a major part in what she paints and yes, the customer was right, the painting is haunted. Celeste is trying to wrap her mind around this twist in her reality when the creepy guy running the fair is done in with a knife to his neck and Celeste is the one to stumble across the body. Now she has to deal with hauntings, homicide and theft plus a couple of very interesting men who show some interest in getting to know her. This new chapter of her life sure is off to a roaring start.This was not a deep heavy read and that's the kind of paranormal mystery I enjoy. The mystery was enough to keep my attention from start to finish, the list of suspects was long enough to keep me guessing and the core characters were a fun bunch to hang out with. I'll be putting this on my list of to be read series, looking forward to seeing how it develops.
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  • The Cozy Review
    January 1, 1970
    Series: A Haunted Craft Fair Mystery – Book 1 MysteryAuthor: Rose PresseyGenre: Cozy Mystery/ ParanormalPublisher: Kensington Page Count – 304Publishing Date: October 29, 2019A new paranormal cozy series from author Rose Pressey, published by Kensington Books comes Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece. This book is a marvelous creation of ghostly mystery.Celeste is a fabulous character. Readers will like her from the beginning. Her family can Series: A Haunted Craft Fair Mystery – Book 1 MysteryAuthor: Rose PresseyGenre: Cozy Mystery/ ParanormalPublisher: Kensington Page Count – 304Publishing Date: October 29, 2019A new paranormal cozy series from author Rose Pressey, published by Kensington Books comes Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece. This book is a marvelous creation of ghostly mystery.Celeste is a fabulous character. Readers will like her from the beginning. Her family can be a bit much, but whose family isn’t? Everyone has those relatives that exude clumsiness but radiate love and good intentions. And this paranormal cozy has them in spades. The one thing all of Celeste’s family members have in common is their desire to help and protect her, even though she’s capable of doing both for herself. That’s what families are for, and she loves them and all of their quirks.In this story, a man that no one likes is killed shortly after Celeste sets up her little pink trailer. She is also informed that without knowing it, Celeste has painted hidden figures in all of the paintings she is selling at the craft fair. The hidden figures take on an aspect of their own in the form of a ghost who steps out of one painting and hangs around. It seems like even the dead want to protect Celeste from harm. The ghost turns out to be a long-ago relative and has no idea why she is there except to help Celeste. Other characters, such as the two men that seem to be vying for Celeste’s attention, and the other vendors all have independent personalities that have room for growth if they continue in the series. As in most paranormal cozy books, the ghost will be a favorite character who hopefully will continue to make an appearance.By the end of Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece, the killer is unveiled, and the dead rest. The identity of the killer may not come as a surprise to readers, and there questions that are not answered. For instance, why did a couple of the vendors take a dislike to Celeste after treating her nicely at the beginning? Also, I am not a fan of love triangles in paranormal cozies, and unfortunately, this book leaves readers in the middle of one that is not resolved. I am sure it will be in future books, but for now, the outcome leaves readers hanging. Overall, I enjoyed this book, and I look forward to seeing where the series goes from here.
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  • FMSWarrior
    January 1, 1970
    Celeste Cabot is a painter who had quit her day job as a waitress at her Aunt’s diner and is not looking to hit the craft fair circuit with her Chihuahua Van Gogh and her trailer. Hoping to make a living selling paintings she apparently has a talent she didn’t realize she had…Celeste paints in hidden images that can bring the spirit to her. She finds out when a customer returns a painting because it is haunted. This sets off the foundation for the series. When money is being stolen from vendors Celeste Cabot is a painter who had quit her day job as a waitress at her Aunt’s diner and is not looking to hit the craft fair circuit with her Chihuahua Van Gogh and her trailer. Hoping to make a living selling paintings she apparently has a talent she didn’t realize she had…Celeste paints in hidden images that can bring the spirit to her. She finds out when a customer returns a painting because it is haunted. This sets off the foundation for the series. When money is being stolen from vendors at the fair and then the fair’s manager is murdered, Celeste is put into the thick of things. Meeting a handsome fellow artist who seems to appear when Celeste finds the body of the manager, she has to wonder whether the man is a murderer or truly an artist. She has her doubts, but she also has the ghost of her great, great, great Aunt Elizabeth as her side kick. Celeste wants nothing more than to solve the murder and survived the craft fair in one piece. But will be able to do that or will she be the next victim when she gets close to unveiling the murderer?I’m a huge fan of Rose Pressey’s other series, so when I saw that she had a new series, I HAD to read the first book. I adored her Haunted Vintage series and it took me a bit to get into this new one because I kept thinking back to that one. But once I got past that, I was in Haunted Craft Fair mode. Looking forward to another entry in this series.
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  • Cozy Cat Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book in the new "Haunted Craft Fair" Mystery Series by author Rose Pressley . I enjoyed this new debut series and hope the series will continue. It was engaging and fun to read. The charcters are very fun, the protagonist very unique and the mystery was well crafted to the plot Thank you to Net Galley and to the publisher for the opportunity. My review is cross posted across review platforms. My review opinion is my own. Our protagonist is Celeste Cabot. She is a artist going t This is the first book in the new "Haunted Craft Fair" Mystery Series by author Rose Pressley . I enjoyed this new debut series and hope the series will continue. It was engaging and fun to read. The charcters are very fun, the protagonist very unique and the mystery was well crafted to the plot Thank you to Net Galley and to the publisher for the opportunity. My review is cross posted across review platforms. My review opinion is my own. Our protagonist is Celeste Cabot. She is a artist going to a local craft fair to sell her paintings. She finds strange things are happening when first a customer returns a painting saying it is haunted ! Then someone is stealing from the sellers at the fair . Then she finds she is seeing ghosts and now has a new friend who is a ghost named Elizabeth. She has no idea why she is seeing ghosts or why this ghost is attached to her. When a murder occurs Celeste and Elizabeth team up to find out what happened. Soon they find they are a great team and clues abound as well as suspects as they work together to solve the murder. I liked the paranormal edge to this cozy series The ghost is well written to the story and humorous. .I love the unique setting and the likable cast of characters throughout the story. The writing was well crafted and enjoyable to the end. I look forward to the next in series..
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  • Diane Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    In Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece, Celeste Cabot, with her Chihuahua Van Gogh, is embarking on a new life as a freelance artist. Living in her tiny bright pink trailer, Celeste has good sales at her first craft fair until she finds the organizer murdered and she is the number one suspect.Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece but so can her first sales return. The customer says the painting is haunted. Celeste thinks that’s absurd until she sees the ghostly Victorian women from the In Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece, Celeste Cabot, with her Chihuahua Van Gogh, is embarking on a new life as a freelance artist. Living in her tiny bright pink trailer, Celeste has good sales at her first craft fair until she finds the organizer murdered and she is the number one suspect.Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece but so can her first sales return. The customer says the painting is haunted. Celeste thinks that’s absurd until she sees the ghostly Victorian women from the painting appear that night in her trailer. It couldn’t be her imagination if Van Gogh also saw it too, right?Celeste has the perfect amount of chutzpah without stupidly stumbling into dumb situations. Handsome potential love interest Caleb is a good match for her—provided he is not the killer. They both are dog people and artists after all. I also enjoyed the ghostly elements. It was fun to have two mysteries to solve. However, I was disappointed that the three female suspects within the fair—Ruth, Shar, and Carly—were not fully fleshed out so I didn’t really care if one of them was the murderer. In addition, the travel trailer tips beginning each chapter were kind of corny. I also felt the mystery was too easy to solve. 3 stars.Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece by Rose Pressey is the first book in the Haunted Craft Fair Mysteries series.This is a great foundation for future installments. The characters were like able and also quirky, which added an interesting layer to the read.I liked the female protagonist, Celeste Cabot, and I liked the cast of backup characters as well. She was relatable and I enjoyed following along with her in RV. As a fellow RV traveler, I liked her from the beginning j Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece by Rose Pressey is the first book in the Haunted Craft Fair Mysteries series.This is a great foundation for future installments. The characters were like able and also quirky, which added an interesting layer to the read.I liked the female protagonist, Celeste Cabot, and I liked the cast of backup characters as well. She was relatable and I enjoyed following along with her in RV. As a fellow RV traveler, I liked her from the beginning just due to that fact alone. The author then continued drawing me in with her fun and witty personality thereafter. I enjoyed the premise, the murder/mystery component, and the paranormal component added with Celeste’s newfound friend from another realm, Elizabeth. I enjoyed their chemistry and I think they will work well together for future books.A great start.4/5 starsThank you NetGalley and Kensington for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.I am submitting this review to my GR account immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Bookbub, and B&N accounts upon publication.
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  • cola_bear
    January 1, 1970
    3 StarsNormally, I love Rose Pressey books. I absolutely adored the Haunted Vintage series! But I just could not get into this one. So this review is going to be a little different than usual.I did like most of the characters (and the pets that came on stage :) ), and I enjoyed the setting. Celeste was a great character and had the qualities that I adore in Rose Pressey's books. I also thought the mystery/ghost was a good concept. But something was missing from this story/> 3 StarsNormally, I love Rose Pressey books. I absolutely adored the Haunted Vintage series! But I just could not get into this one. So this review is going to be a little different than usual.I did like most of the characters (and the pets that came on stage :) ), and I enjoyed the setting. Celeste was a great character and had the qualities that I adore in Rose Pressey's books. I also thought the mystery/ghost was a good concept. But something was missing from this story. Whatever magic drew me into her other books was not as lively in this one and I can't quite pinpoint why that was. The book didn't flow well for me, and I found myself having to go back and read entire pages because my attention wasn't being held. I will give the next book a try, simply because it is unusual for me not to like her work. If you are a Rose Pressey fan, you should give this book a try.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    Celeste finds a lot more than sales at her first crafts fair in Gatlinberg, Tennessee! She's always hidden something in her paintings but now she's been accused of creating a haunted one. Well, as it turns out, there is a ghost named Elizabeth and she helps Celeste solve the mystery of the murder of the manager of the fair. Elizabeth is a friendly ghost, she's got a quick way with words, and she's a nice paranormal partner for Celeste. Pressey has packed a lot into this debut for the series, inc Celeste finds a lot more than sales at her first crafts fair in Gatlinberg, Tennessee! She's always hidden something in her paintings but now she's been accused of creating a haunted one. Well, as it turns out, there is a ghost named Elizabeth and she helps Celeste solve the mystery of the murder of the manager of the fair. Elizabeth is a friendly ghost, she's got a quick way with words, and she's a nice paranormal partner for Celeste. Pressey has packed a lot into this debut for the series, including a sweet chi dog named Van Gogh, the perils of being a newbie on the crafts circuit, living in a trailer, and, well a little romantic interest. That's ok because it gets things going. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. For fans of paranormals and cozys!
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  • April
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the premise of a craft fair sleuth, but the execution was convoluted. Celeste is a nice enough main character, but the crazy family part confused things and didn’t add to the story. The mom, grandmother and aunt Patsy would have been sufficient without having dad and brothers be a bit wild and accident prone.The ghost was a fun touch but added confusion to the story of solving a murder mystery because adding the ghost also added a psychic.I’m not sure whether the love triangl I liked the premise of a craft fair sleuth, but the execution was convoluted. Celeste is a nice enough main character, but the crazy family part confused things and didn’t add to the story. The mom, grandmother and aunt Patsy would have been sufficient without having dad and brothers be a bit wild and accident prone.The ghost was a fun touch but added confusion to the story of solving a murder mystery because adding the ghost also added a psychic.I’m not sure whether the love triangle between Caleb, Pierce and Celeste is going to work when she doesn’t have a clue.Overall, I like the story but must admit I skimmed parts because they didn’t seem relevant.I may give the next book a try to see if the author can bring the puzzle pieces she has created together.
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  • Sophia M
    January 1, 1970
    This book is doing so much. Perhaps it is doing The Most. Portrait artists turned amateur sleuth Celeste Cabot paints portraits of people she sees in dreams, and then also unconsciously paints skulls into all of her painting? And then her paintings come to life and help her solve the titular murder? The book wants to be a ghost story but also a murder mystery but also a tirade against the difficulties of breaking into the independent art scene. It is, as I mentioned earlier, a lot. The book feel This book is doing so much. Perhaps it is doing The Most. Portrait artists turned amateur sleuth Celeste Cabot paints portraits of people she sees in dreams, and then also unconsciously paints skulls into all of her painting? And then her paintings come to life and help her solve the titular murder? The book wants to be a ghost story but also a murder mystery but also a tirade against the difficulties of breaking into the independent art scene. It is, as I mentioned earlier, a lot. The book feels over extended and bloated throughout by trying to tie up all of its loose plot lines. I’m hoping future books in this new Haunted Craft Fair Series can find a more solid shape in their narratives.
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  • Nancy Baker
    January 1, 1970
    This story combines a craft fair with theft, murder and haunted paintings to bring you a new series with protagonist Celeste Cabot and her chihuahua Van Gogh. It has unique twists and turns and it seems like everyone at the fair is involved in something suspicious. A fun, fast, easy read full of mystery with a dose of romance. Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Diana
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of those books where I go in thinking it'll be one thing; start reading, realize it might be something else, and then have it turn into something else entirely. It's a mystery and it's also paranormal;. but it's not both at the same time. One really doesn't have much to do with the other, so at times it felt like an odd merging of two stories.
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  • Anjali
    January 1, 1970
    A quirky and fun read that got better with each chapter. My favorite character was Elizabeth, the friendly ghost whose connection to Celeste is unknown for most of the book. The side characters added to the lightness along with the brewing love triangle. With a nice couple of twists at the end, this book was a winner.
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  • Annarella
    January 1, 1970
    It was a fun read and a good start for a new paranormal series.I loved the well plotted mystery, the likeable setting and found it engrossing.I look forward to reading the next instalment in this series.Recommended!Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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  • Jeanne
    January 1, 1970
    Sounded different and interesting but it was simplistic and silly. The characters were one dimensional and the story never piqued my interest. Since the main character was an artist I thought her love of art and it’s creation would play a part. We meet her crazy family for a short bit. Had they been in it more the story may have had some quirks and sidelines but it didn’t
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  • Janet Graham
    January 1, 1970
    Exciting New First-in-Series CozyThis is a fast-moving cozy mystery. It is the first in a new series that should be great based on this episode. The baseline involves craft fairs with a paranormal tilt. I can't wait for the next episode. The author also includes a few tasting looking recipes. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
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  • Janice E. Ryberg
    January 1, 1970
    Murder can Mess Up Your Masterpiece is fabulous & quirky!I love all of Rose Pressey's work, but add a darling chi and I am in heaven. Thank you for writing about people who have a good sense of humor even if it is kinda wacky. I would like to meet the cast of this story; great people to party with. Of course, you can keep Ruth and Max. Thanx for all the fun!
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  • Teri Griffis
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is the most fun I've ever had in reading a book! This is going to be an outstanding series with murder, laughs, murder, love, murder, and dogs. Every mystery reader will greatly enjoy this book. Enjoy! 📚
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  • Chris gerst
    January 1, 1970
    This a first in a new series. What a great read. Celeste sets her Shasta up at a art fair for a few weeks. Someone is found murdered. Celeste sets out to find the killer and she has a talent that she paints ghosts in her portraits.
  • JoAnn
    January 1, 1970
    What a fun cozy mystery. Crafts, ghosts, murder and quirky characters make for a very entertaining read. I really look forward to reading more books in this series. Mystery fans will love this book.. Thanks to the publisher for my advance ebook. This is my unbiased review.
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