Murder Can Haunt Your Handiwork


Murder Can Haunt Your Handiwork (A Haunted Craft Fair Mystery)
by Rose Pressey

About Murder Can Haunt Your Handiwork

Murder Can Haunt Your Handiwork (A Haunted Craft Fair Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Kensington (December 29, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
ISBN-10: 1496721659
ISBN-13: 978-1496721655
Digital ASIN: B086R8YGLD

A Gilded Age ghost helps psychic painter Celeste Cabot catch a killer . .

Rising up against the beautiful backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Biltmore Estate is a magnificent mansion in Asheville, North Carolina, built as a summer home for George Washington Vanderbilt II—yes, of those Vanderbilts—during the Gilded Age. Nowadays, it’s the site of an annual craft fair. Unfortunately, it’s also about to become a crime scene . . .

Celeste is hard to miss as she pulls up with her pink and white Shasta trailer and adorable Chihuahua, Van Gogh—Van for short. But before she can show off her artwork at the fair, a tour guide is found strangled by a velvet rope barrier and a valuable painting goes missing. With a rogues’ gallery of sketchy suspects, Celeste welcomes the help of a pair of handsome detectives—and a ghost with a special interest in the case . . .

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With the same strong stature as my brothers—although with a smidgen of added cushion—my father would inevitably get into trouble around breakables. As I watched in horror, he lifted the rope and scurried under to the other side. The extra weight around his middle made the movement harder than it would have been years ago, but he still managed to slide underneath.

“Mom!” I pointed.

“Oh, for Pete’s sake, Eddie,” she said as she ran over to him. “Get out from behind there before they arrest you.”

“Why would they arrest me? They put the stuff here to enjoy, right?” My father reached out and grabbed an ornate vase, about two feet tall, painted with a colorful hunting scene.

Since I’d known him all my life, I understood what he’d said, but others had a hard time deciphering his low, mumbled words. Of course, as I feared, within seconds, the priceless piece slipped from my father’s fingers. My mother dove for the item as if she were the star player in the baseball game trying to catch the ball. This all played out in slow motion. At least, that was the way it seemed in my mind. My mother caught the vase as she plunged to the floor. A groan escaped her lips as she rolled onto her side with the valuable antique still firmly in her arms.

Gasps filled the once-silent room.

After catching her breath, my mother lifted the vase.

“Got it!”

“Score,” Hank yelled.

As my father helped my mother to her feet, I ran over and grabbed the vase before he had a chance to get his hands on it again.

Two employees, who had barely finished picking up after my brothers, raced over with stunned expressions on their faces. I kind of wanted to just run the other way, because I didn’t want them to know I was involved. Since I now held the valuable piece of art, I supposed it would be hard to act as though I weren’t related to these people.

My brothers laughed from somewhere behind me. The male employee, whose grumpy expression seemed deeply etched into his florid face, flared his nostrils and marched over to me. His blue blazer with the Biltmore logo barely contained his hefty girth.

He yanked the vase from my arms. “Please step out from behind the rope.”

His female companion, whose blue blazer hugged a slim figure, motioned for my mother and father to move, as well. Yes, a trip to the Biltmore Estate had definitely been a bad idea. What was once a lovely afternoon was now a complete disaster.


About Rose Pressey

Rose Pressey is the USA Today bestselling author of the Haunted Craft Fair Mysteries and the Haunted Vintage Mystery Series. She enjoys writing quirky and fun novels with a paranormal twist. The paranormal has always captured her interest. The thought of finding answers to the unexplained fascinates her.

When she’s not writing about werewolves, vampires, and every other supernatural creature, she loves eating cupcakes with sprinkles, reading, spending time with family, and listening to oldies from the fifties. Yeah, she loves Elvis. She can’t help myself.

Rose lives in the beautiful commonwealth of Kentucky with her husband, son, and three sassy Chihuahuas.

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  1. I hadn't heard of this series till now but I think it sounds like something I'd enjoy. Not sure how psychic painting works but sounds interesting.

  2. So glad that you are touring with this cozy as it sounds so good and would love to read and review on a few sites.I was surprised when I went to your site and saw that you write under two names Good luck on the tour and love the little pup you have on the cover! peggy clayton


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