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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 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


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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 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

30 review for Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    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 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/

  2. 5 out of 5

    Natalia Ramlal

    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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    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 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.**

  4. 4 out of 5

    Linda 📚

    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 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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    Celeste Cabot is happily living the dream, selling her artwork out of a trailer at a local crafts fair. Most of her customers seem thrilled with their purchases so far, though Celeste can’t help but be unsettled when a woman returns a painting she claims is haunted. Though she doesn’t believe her at first, she certainly does after the ghost of a woman pops out of the painting for a visit. But after the manager of the craft fair turns up dead, Celeste might be able to use her newfound psychic Celeste Cabot is happily living the dream, selling her artwork out of a trailer at a local crafts fair. Most of her customers seem thrilled with their purchases so far, though Celeste can’t help but be unsettled when a woman returns a painting she claims is haunted. Though she doesn’t believe her at first, she certainly does after the ghost of a woman pops out of the painting for a visit. But after the manager of the craft fair turns up dead, Celeste might be able to use her newfound psychic abilities to crack the case. There’s something freeing about throwing caution to the wind, tossing away a rigid career, and morphing a love of art into a comfortable way of life. It’s exactly what Celeste does, and this risk makes for a punchy opening as she sets off to grab the world she really wants. It’s almost remarkable that she commits to something so uncertain—she’s the cool and collected one in her family. But this infuses her with such genuine earnestness that it’s almost impossible not to want her to succeed. It’s just a shame that everything goes almost immediately wrong. She sells a painting only to have it returned because it’s haunted. Someone is stealing money from the other sellers. Most of the vendors seem like a bunch of sour, shady grouches. And then the manager of the whole affair is found stabbed to death. So, overall, it’s a rough start to Celeste’s new career. Yet author Rose Pressey pulls through most of these setbacks with a clipped pace. Soon Celeste is embroiled in a murder investigation that, though it takes up the bulk of the plot, doesn’t rely on a legitimate puzzle. Celeste moves from suspect to suspect without clear focus. The ending makes sense, but there aren’t necessarily a host of clues that lead the way—though there are plenty of red herrings! Pressey relies on a host of quirky characters to propel the action forward, and the entertainment factor is effectively amped-up instead of the armchair-sleuthing. Cute and crafty, Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece is ultimately a satisfying cozy with a bit of a paranormal twist. Note: I received a free ARC of this book through NetGalley. Review also posted at https://pluckedfromthestacks.wordpres...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    Synopsis: 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 Synopsis: 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 (Goodreads) Review: The characters are well developed and well rounded. I enjoyed getting to know Celeste and her family, friends and her friendly ghost, Elizabeth. Her family seems like crazy group of people, which brought humor to the book. And her Chihuahua, Van Gogh, is just adorable and I would like to have him as my sleuthing partner. And it seems as if Celeste has two possible male suitors, we will see how that turns out. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and the book is a quick easy read. I enjoyed the setting of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, since I have visited there. As a crafter, I really liked the craft fair atmosphere. There were tips for traveling, which were interesting and if I was a traveler, would have been helpful. The mystery was well plotted and moved along at a steady pace. There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider. I had a few suspects in mind but did not know who it was until the reveal at the end. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. And if you like paranormal, like I do, you will want to read this book. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Baker

    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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jerri Cachero

    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 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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    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. 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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece is a charming new cozy mystery with intriguing paranormal elements. The story contains Rose Pressey’s conversational writing style which makes the story easy to read. There is humor sprinkled throughout that will have you giggling. Celeste Cabot loves the color as we can tell from her adorable trailer. She wants to succeed as an artist and Celeste’s bumbling family has helped her get ready. Celeste has a patient mother, a father who means well (creates more Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece is a charming new cozy mystery with intriguing paranormal elements. The story contains Rose Pressey’s conversational writing style which makes the story easy to read. There is humor sprinkled throughout that will have you giggling. Celeste Cabot loves the color as we can tell from her adorable trailer. She wants to succeed as an artist and Celeste’s bumbling family has helped her get ready. Celeste has a patient mother, a father who means well (creates more chaos than a two year old) and two blundering big brothers. Thank goodness she has her best friend, Sammie Sutton. After a customer returns a painting claiming the piece is haunted. Celeste figures the client was a loony until a nearby vendor wearing glasses notices images hidden within all of her creations. Then she begins hearing a woman’s voice and that night the ghost appears from the painting in Celeste’s trailer. Celeste wonders if those rumors about her grandmother are true. The mystery was straightforward with a limited suspect list. Celeste begins nosing around the craft fair digging up information on her fellow vendors. She gets help from her friendly spirit. The secondary mystery revolves around the ghost who appeared from the painting. There are travel trailer tips at the beginning of each chapter that are amusing. There are two lines that I enjoyed from Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece. The first is you are “as useful as a pogo stick in quicksand”. The second line I liked was “Chihuahuas might be small, but they always want to protect the people they love”. I thought that was sweet. There are two romantic interests for Celeste. At the end of the book, I had a couple of unanswered questions especially regarding Celeste’s newfound abilities and her ghostly friend. Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece is a witty cozy mystery with peculiar paintings, an animated apparition, a caring Chihuahua, a dead dictator, and an active artist.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    This is the first book in a new series by Rose Pressey. One thing she does well is paranormal cozies and this one is a great start to this series. They are not "witch or ghost stories" per se, but there are ghosts attached to some of the pictures that her protagonist, Celeste Cabot, paints. There is a lot happening at the local craft fair where Celeste is hoping to sell her work. One of her paintings is returned with the buyer claiming it is haunted, money is being stolen from some of the This is the first book in a new series by Rose Pressey. One thing she does well is paranormal cozies and this one is a great start to this series. They are not "witch or ghost stories" per se, but there are ghosts attached to some of the pictures that her protagonist, Celeste Cabot, paints. There is a lot happening at the local craft fair where Celeste is hoping to sell her work. One of her paintings is returned with the buyer claiming it is haunted, money is being stolen from some of the vendors, and the organizer of the event ends up dead. Celeste realizes that the painting has a ghost attached to it, a woman named Elizabeth, that actually assists Celeste in solving the murder. I enjoyed this story very much. The writing is good with a well-plotted and developed story. The setting of craft fairs is interesting and a great place to meet some quirky characters. I liked Elizabeth and we find out a bit about her life in this story. I am hoping that she continues to be a character and that we will learn more about her life. Van Gogh, Celeste's chihuahua was wonderful. He is smart, adorable, but fierce when necessary. His picture on the cover is great, and he does play an important role. I found the role of the "ghosts" in the story interested and well done. The mystery was interesting and even though I thought I had it figured out, I didn't know the full story. The final reveal or show down was great and had me racing through the end to find out what was going to happen. Not sure if there will be a love interest developing or not, but the potential is there. I am definitely looking forward to the next in the Haunted Craft Fair Mystery series. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece is the debut of the A Haunted Craft Fair Mystery series featuring artist Celeste Cabot and set in her hometown of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Even though the Summer Arts & Crafts Fair is just around the corner from her family home, Celeste decides to tow her delightful pink Shasta trailer to the fairgrounds and showcase her paintings. Celeste is greeted warmly by fellow vendors and sales are brisk, that is until a woman returns one of her paintings claiming that Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece is the debut of the A Haunted Craft Fair Mystery series featuring artist Celeste Cabot and set in her hometown of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Even though the Summer Arts & Crafts Fair is just around the corner from her family home, Celeste decides to tow her delightful pink Shasta trailer to the fairgrounds and showcase her paintings. Celeste is greeted warmly by fellow vendors and sales are brisk, that is until a woman returns one of her paintings claiming that the piece is haunted. Not quite sure what to make of the woman's accusation, Celeste is shocked when another vendor points out that there are hidden, haunted images in all of Celeste's art pieces. Why is she painting these images without even realizing that she's doing it? Things quickly go from bad to worse when she is startled awake in the middle of the night by the ghost in one of her paintings. Eager to get away from the ghost and her trailer, Celeste takes a walk through the festival grounds with her chihuahua, Van Gogh only to stumble upon the dead body of grumpy festival manager, Evan. With fingers pointing her way as the killer, Celeste soon finds herself in the midst of something dangerous. Not only is there a killer on the loose, but someone is stealing money from the vendors and now the once friendly group of artisans are no longer speaking to her. Determined to clear her name, Celeste teams up with the friendly ghost, Elizabeth, who it turns out is actually a relative, and the hunky woodworker, Caleb and his delightful German Shepherd to solve the mystery. A fun read but the reader is left with more questions than answers - and the dreaded love triangle seems to be on the horizon. Celeste seems to have a quirky family whose antics will have you chuckling aloud, I hope we get to know them better in future installments. I received an advanced copy of Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece from NetGalley via Kensington Publishing. While not required to write a review I am happy to offer my honest opinion.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    4.5 Stars This is the first book in the Haunted Craft Fair mysteries by Rose Pressey. This new series by Rose Pressey is right up her alley. It has the spookiness of her Haunted Tour Guide mysteries and the class of her Haunted Vintage mystery series. No one does spooky and paranormal like Pressey! What a stunner of a new series! I am already hooked. Celeste Cabot is a painter. But this painter has a super power. She can paint things into her works that you can’t see with the naked eye. When a 4.5 Stars This is the first book in the Haunted Craft Fair mysteries by Rose Pressey. This new series by Rose Pressey is right up her alley. It has the spookiness of her Haunted Tour Guide mysteries and the class of her Haunted Vintage mystery series. No one does spooky and paranormal like Pressey! What a stunner of a new series! I am already hooked. Celeste Cabot is a painter. But this painter has a super power. She can paint things into her works that you can’t see with the naked eye. When a customer returns a painting saying it is haunted, Celeste soon discovers her new and unusual talent of painting the unseen into each picture she creates. With regards to the haunted painting, Celeste has brought a spirit back to life. And that spirit is as real as it gets. She is trying to sell her wares at a Craft Fair owned by an unscrupulous man who needless to say ends up dead and Celeste finds his body. She also meets a fellow vendor, Caleb at the scene whom she can’t decide is guilty or just a man she wants to spend more time with. She is baffled. Then enter detective Pierce and Celeste has more possible love interests than she knows what to do with. I am curious to see how these relationships will play out in future books. This series has me salivating for more. I can’t wait for book two. The writing just flows and the mystery dynamics are on par with other series that have stood the test of time. If you love cozy mysteries with a doze of the paranormal, this is your book series and your author! I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Katreader

    MURDER CAN MESS UP YOUR MASTERPIECE by Rose Pressey The First Haunted Craft Fair Mystery Celeste 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 MURDER CAN MESS UP YOUR MASTERPIECE by Rose Pressey The First Haunted Craft Fair Mystery Celeste 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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Wilhoite

    Paranormal cozies are not my most favorite (pardon the poor English), but I liked this one. It wasn't too paranormal where I was turned off by it, but I found myself really liking the character of Elizabeth (SPOILER - the ghost) and I enjoyed the mystery within the mystery (why is she around, who is she, where did she come from, etc...). Not all of these questions are answered in full detail, but they were answered enough in this first installment. I imagine we will learn even more about Paranormal cozies are not my most favorite (pardon the poor English), but I liked this one. It wasn't too paranormal where I was turned off by it, but I found myself really liking the character of Elizabeth (SPOILER - the ghost) and I enjoyed the mystery within the mystery (why is she around, who is she, where did she come from, etc...). Not all of these questions are answered in full detail, but they were answered enough in this first installment. I imagine we will learn even more about Elizabeth as the series goes on. There was an immediate love triangle between Celeste (protagonist) and two men involved in the craft fair. I always enjoy a good love triangle and usually find myself rooting for one over the other; however, in this case, it is still too fresh for me to pick a side (I imagine it will become easier as the series continues). All in all, I enjoyed this book and plan to continue reading the series. There are lots of other characters, like Celeste's entire family, that promise to take this series even further and since Celeste is traveling the country doing craft fairs, there are no shortages to the mysteries that can come about. I voluntarily reviewed this ARC on Netgalley.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    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, 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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    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 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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    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

  19. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece by Rose Pressey is the 1st book in the Haunted Craft Fair Mysteries, and a great start. Celeste Cabot is an artist in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Celeste recently remodeled a Shasta Trailer for her and her Chihuahua, Van Gogh, can travel to craft fairs and sell her paintings. After arriving at the first craft fair, Celeste soon learns that she has psychic abilities in her paintings. I just loved this book, and can't wait for the next book in the series. I found Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece by Rose Pressey is the 1st book in the Haunted Craft Fair Mysteries, and a great start. Celeste Cabot is an artist in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Celeste recently remodeled a Shasta Trailer for her and her Chihuahua, Van Gogh, can travel to craft fairs and sell her paintings. After arriving at the first craft fair, Celeste soon learns that she has psychic abilities in her paintings. I just loved this book, and can't wait for the next book in the series. I found this book to be a quick read, with a well developed plot and characters. If you love cozy mysteries with a little paranormal, I strongly recommend this book. I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Kensington Publishing. Thank you.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Janice E. Ryberg

    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!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    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 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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    Series: A Haunted Craft Fair Mystery – Book 1 Mystery Author: Rose Pressey Genre: Cozy Mystery/ Paranormal Publisher: Kensington Page Count – 304 Publishing Date: October 29, 2019 A 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 Series: A Haunted Craft Fair Mystery – Book 1 Mystery Author: Rose Pressey Genre: Cozy Mystery/ Paranormal Publisher: Kensington Page Count – 304 Publishing Date: October 29, 2019 A 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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Review originally published on my blog, Musings of a Bookish Kitty: https://www.literaryfeline.com/2019/1... Celeste Cabot is eager to hit the craft fair circuit with her Chihuahua Van Gogh. Her first craft fair doesn’t turn out quite as she expected, however. Not only is one of her paintings returned by a customer who claims it is haunted, but suddenly she is being visited by a ghost—only Celeste doesn’t believe in ghosts. At least she didn’t . . . until now. Add to that someone stealing from Review originally published on my blog, Musings of a Bookish Kitty: https://www.literaryfeline.com/2019/1... Celeste Cabot is eager to hit the craft fair circuit with her Chihuahua Van Gogh. Her first craft fair doesn’t turn out quite as she expected, however. Not only is one of her paintings returned by a customer who claims it is haunted, but suddenly she is being visited by a ghost—only Celeste doesn’t believe in ghosts. At least she didn’t . . . until now. Add to that someone stealing from the fair’s vendors; and then Celeste stumbles upon dead body. Celeste sees possible suspects all around her. She’s determined to find out who is behind the murder and thefts, and if, in fact, there is a connection between the missing money and the murder. Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece was an entertaining cozy mystery—charming and funny. Celeste is an easy to like character, and I especially liked her ghost companion. Oh, and her family! I adore her family. She has one of those close-knit and probably-overly-involved families that is perfect for a cozy. I just love her grandmother and hope there is more of her in future books in the series. In this first book of the series, you will find a hint of romance mixed in with the mystery. Celeste does not want to believe the good looking wood sculptor could be involved in the theft or murder, but she cannot completely rule him out. And it’s clear that cute detective makes her pulse race a little faster. Unfortunately, I was not completely sold on Celeste’s need to be involved in the murder investigation, no matter her good intentions. The detective on the case was a lot more patient and accommodating to her than I think your average law enforcement officer would be. Still, I enjoyed Rose Pressey’s novel, and will look for the next book in the series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karen Hollins-Stallman

    "Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece" by Rose Pressey the first in her new "Haunted Craft Fair Mystery" series. It has been awhile since I read a book by Rose Pressey and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed them. This will be another must read series for me as it includes some of my favourite things crafts, ghosts, murder and quirky characters! 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 "Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece" by Rose Pressey the first in her new "Haunted Craft Fair Mystery" series. It has been awhile since I read a book by Rose Pressey and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed them. This will be another must read series for me as it includes some of my favourite things crafts, ghosts, murder and quirky characters! 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 . . . The protagonist Celeste is a likable, fun main character, with quirky supporting characters her family, her BFF Saddie and her faithful companion Van the Chihuahua. I enjoyed this first installment and was drawn in from the get go. The mystery was well written with plenty of twists and turns and had a steady pace. I suspected but didn’t fully figure out whodunit until it was revealed at the end. Also by the end you could sense a few of the characters have a crush on Celeste... I enjoyed this book and recommend to my friends and any fan of Rose Pressey. I requested and received an Advanced Reader Copy from Kensington Books and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    FMSWarrior

    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.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cozy Cat Reviews

    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 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..

  27. 4 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    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 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.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    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 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 stars Thank 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.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Susan Johnston

    Princess Fuzzypants here: I always enjoy reading this author so I decided to try this new series. It’s got lots of good elements. Celeste is an artist whose paintings call forth spirits and the first ghost turns out to be someone special. Celeste and her chihuahua Van are attending a weekend craft fair. But when Celeste discovers the body of the organizer the first night, she is going to need all the help she can get. Will that help come in the form of the hunky wood carver who is second at the Princess Fuzzypants here: I always enjoy reading this author so I decided to try this new series. It’s got lots of good elements. Celeste is an artist whose paintings call forth spirits and the first ghost turns out to be someone special. Celeste and her chihuahua Van are attending a weekend craft fair. But when Celeste discovers the body of the organizer the first night, she is going to need all the help she can get. Will that help come in the form of the hunky wood carver who is second at the crime scene or will it be the even hunkier police detective assigned to the murder? It won’t come from the other artisans who are attending the fair. It seems each of them is not only a suspect but none of them like Celeste. But she cannot stop herself from getting involved in the investigation even when it gets dangerous. In fact she does some pretty dumb things. It is a good thing her dog is there. In fact, there is a cute rescue scene that compensates for Celeste’s naivety. I did enjoy the ghostly parts and there were some promising threads. It is worthy of four purrs and two paws up.

  30. 5 out of 5

    cola_bear

    3 Stars Normally, 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 3 Stars Normally, 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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