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If You've Got It, Haunt It

(A Haunted Vintage Mystery #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,752 ratings  ·  302 reviews
Cookie Chanel has a passion for fashion--and a murder mystery to solve!

Cookie Chanel has opened her own vintage clothing boutique, It's Vintage, Y'All, in the charming town of Sugar Creek, Georgia. Always on the lookout for stylish second-hand steals, she attends the estate sale of deceased socialite Charlotte Meadows. But she gets a lot more than she bargained for when Ch
Mass Market Paperback, 285 pages
Published December 2nd 2014 by Kensington Publishing Corp
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I finished it because I had to know how it ended so it got three stars. A pretty ditzy, southern, ghost story that at one point I was going abandon, but the ghost kept me hanging on. The rest of the plot and characters, not so much. This is for you if your up for silly.
Chatting About
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
It's Vintage, Y'all, is a unique clothing boutique owned by Cookie Chanel. She's at an estate sale buying clothing that belonged to Charlotte Meadows, a wealthy business woman who'd been murdered two weeks before, when she first meets a ghost. It's Charlotte. Cookie is the only one who can see and talk to her. Living in Sugar Creek, Georgia, a small, thriving town, Cookie finds it awkward to be haunted by a ghost who won't stop talking and who goes everywhere she goes. Charlotte says she's not g ...more
Wart Hill
Nov 24, 2014 marked it as gave-up
Shelves: netgalley, arc2014
I received a free ARC via NetGalley

I'll be honest, I didn't get very far in this. It just wound up not being my cup of tea, I guess. The main character opens telling us exactly what she was wearing the first time she met a ghost. Exactly. What. She. Was. Wearing. And later, said ghost is talking about how her favorite thing at school was learning how to dress for what functions.

desk, meet head.

It just felt so forced.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Not a bad first entry to the series and I see some potential. I like the concept and I’m curious to see if the ghost sticks around or a new one shows up. Mystery was ok and I figured it out ahead if time!
Julie Lindsey
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, cozy
This was my first book by Rose Pressey, and she has come to be one of my very favorite cozy authors. A fantastic, fun read!
For most of this read I wore the red plaid Christmas pajama bottoms my wife purchased for me several years ago. For a top, I adorned the classicly hip "I love to grill" gray T-shirt that sports my passion for cooking.

Passion, not fashion.

"With each new day, it was a treat to select an ensemble. Clothing was a way to express my personality. Every day held a surprise and a new combination based on my mood." And that, dear reader, is pretty much why this book did not register with me.

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This one just didn't work for me, in spite of having all the elements I'd normally enjoy. I loved the psychic cat though.

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If you've got it, haunt it by Rose Pressey is the first book in the Haunted Vintage Mystery series. Cookie Chanel owns a vintage clothing boutique, It's Vintage, Y'All in Sugar Creek, Georgia. During an estate sale of a murdered socialite, Charlotte Meadows, the ghost of Charlotte attaches herself to Cookie and asks her to help solve her murder. A fun interesting mystery although Cookie spent most of her time whining and complaining about the ghost. I loved the psychic cat and would have expecte ...more
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Cookie Chanel was one tough cookie! Sole proprietress of It's Vintage Y'All, a vintage clothing store, Cookie had a great taste in fashion, especially with the classic ones. At an estate sale, the ghost of the recently murdered socialite, Charlotte Meadows, appeared to her, and asked for her help. Lady Charlotte believed Cookie would be the one who's going to uncover her mysterious death and discover her murderer.

Shocked and bewildered, Cookie consulted her next-door friend, tarot reader Heather
Veronica McIntyre
Jan 21, 2015 rated it liked it
I really thought this was a very cute story. I enjoyed the characters and found many parts humorous. However, the mystery portion seemed a bit off. I didn't feel as if the story made the correct connections as to why, when, or who "did it". It just all of a sudden ended and here is the answer to the mystery. I am still looking forward to new adventures with the characters and am excited to read the next two books in the series. ...more
Jessica Robbins
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-kindle
For complete review check out my blog at https://booksaplentybookreviews.blogs... ...more
Brooke Blogs
If You've Got It, Haunt It by Rose Pressey is the first book in the Haunted Vintage Mystery series. I absolutely adored this paranormal cozy. After attending an estate sale, Cookie Chanel finds herself with more than vintage clothing...she's managed to pick up a ghost. Not only that, the ghost is a murder victim, and she wants Cookie to solve the crime.

With Charlotte the ghost and Wind Song, a cat with strange abilities who showed up just as Cookie needed her, Cookie's got a lot on her plate. A
Jan 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, paranormal, dnf
Ugh. Nope. The way the main character acted, even her daily basic stuff, just didn't make sense. ...more
Alyssa White
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
When I first started reading this book I didn't think I was going to like it. But I was really glad that I picked up the book and I continue to read it for a book club that I was a member of because I ended up falling in love with this book. And I have actually gone ahead and collected the next two books in the series and I cannot wait to pick up the next books and start to read them. The main character in the story is an absolutely wonderful character I can connect to her on so many levels and ...more
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
I picked up this book as it has all the elements I love - paranormal, fun animals, and a mystery. I thought it would be a fun read like "A Witchcraft Mystery" series by Juliet Blackwell (which I love). I wanted to like this book, but sadly, I found it underwhelming and rather blah.

My biggest issue is that I found the characters boring. First, Cassandra "Cookie" Chanel (really? A vintage fashionista who just happens to share the same last name as the iconic fashion designer? A bit of an overkill
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the first book in the Haunted Vintage Mystery Series. It was a good beginning to the series. It introduces us to the characters and gives us information about the town and some of the background. I enjoyed reading this book, it had some humour, some intrigue and the inkling that there will be some romance in the future.

Cassandra "Cookie" Chanel has opened a vintage clothing store, "It's Vintage Y'all" in the small town of Sugar Creek, Georgia. She travels to estate sales to find clothing
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rose Pressey has done it again! Not only does she have a sassy, intelligent, independent main character, but she has created a 'detective' out of a character you would never have thought to be one, in this case, Cookie Chanel. Let's be honest because Cookie really does the work for Detective Valentine. Cookie was a character who I liked right off the bat and who made me smile throughout her adventure. Charlotte reminded me of a sassy grandmother who really did know best but you did not want to g ...more
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a fun read. Not the best I've ever read, but it had its moments and I enjoyed it.

I like Cookie. She's sweet and sassy, and I share her love for fashion. The book has some fun fashion related moments and descriptions of vintage fashion which I enjoyed.

The ghost was annoying. I know that was likely intentional, but she would have driven me around the bend if she haunted me.

The murder mystery was fine, although the ending felt a bit abrupt to me.

Overall, this was a super fast and easy rea
If I were a size 4 and a ghost kept telling me I needed to watch what I ate, I would find a way to cut her non-corporeal body.

Aside from that, I had an issue with the detective in this story. I know he had to be a bit clueless in order for our Girl Friday to do her thing, but wow. Seriously bad at his job and maybe not a very good person if he is ok with her lying to the police and disturbing crime scenes.

Enjoyed the story but struggled with it's plot holes and will probably not continue on if
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
This one did not do it for me. There was too much clothing talk. The description of every single stitch that every single person in the entire book wore every single time they appeared got old by page 5. That's a bit too much filler.

The mystery was okay but there wasn't enough of it. The characters were okay but again, too much about their attire and not enough about them.

This was a nice cozy mystery and if you are a fan of Jana DeLeon's cozy series, Ghost-in-Law, then this story would also appeal to you.

Cookie Chanel is a vintage clothes store owner and somehow is able to see the ghost of socialite Charlotte Meadows. Cookie is not interested in any type of sleuthing and only starts to investigate into Charlotte's death after the ghost harassed her into it.

There were comical moments in this story. I loved the cat, Wind Song. That cat is a mystery all by itself
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Cookie Chanel owns a vintage clothing store. When she goes to an estate sale to purchase clothing for her shop, she discovers that she can see a ghost...the ghost of the owner of the estate who claims she was murdered and wants Cookie to help her find her murderer.

I thought this would be formulaic, but I was surprised that the detective love interest did not develop in this first installment. We did build characters...Cookie and her best friend Hannah. But for me, there were many unanswered ques
Jun 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Cookie is a reluctant detective. Solving mysteries and hunting for murderers is not really her idea of a good time. She just wants to live her quiet life and run her vintage clothing store. Charlotte bullies her into it, like that scene from ghost where Patrick Swayze annoys Whoopie Goldberg until she agrees to do what he wants. If you are looking for a serious, edge of your seat thrill ride of a read this is not it. If you are looking for something more light hearted and fun then definitely giv ...more
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book. Excited to read the others.
Tracy Smyth
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was a fun read
Jun 09, 2020 rated it liked it
What a quirky book! Lighthearted mystery with a ghost and a stray cat who uses tarot cards.
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
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A light cozy murder mystery which simply had to be devoured in a day, I could not put it down. And that is the sign of a good mystery, at least in my book :) .

Charlotte, the recently deceased main character of the story (and ghost I might add) has some definite ideas as to how Cookie must approach the solving of her murder. Charlotte is NOT above nefarious means to get Cookie to work on solving the murder! Cookie Chanel
Aug 11, 2014 rated it liked it
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I have mixed feelings on this book. I thought it would be like the "A Witchcraft Mystery" series, which I LOVE Secondhand SpiritsSecondhand Spirits, so I snapped it up!But while it's fun, it's really not what I expected. There's no romance, but there's a hint of a romance; being that this is a cozy mystery, that's fine. I figured it would be more about the murder.

And yet...there was something I can't put my finger on. The writing is simple. But it works
Marcee Feddersen
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was ok

What They Say.......Cookie Chanel has a passion for fashion—and a murder mystery to


Cookie Chanel has opened her own vintage clothing boutique, It’s Vintage, Y’All, in the charming town of Sugar Creek, Georgia. Always on the lookout for stylish second-hand steals, she attends the estate sale of deceased socialite Charlotte Meadows. But she gets a lot more than she bargained for when Charlotte’s ghost appears before her—offering fashion advice and begg
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Rose Pressey is a USA Today Bestselling author. 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 quirky and fun mysteries, she loves eating cupcakes with sprinkles, reading, spending time with family, and listening to oldies from the fifties.


Other books in the series

A Haunted Vintage Mystery (7 books)
  • All Dressed Up and No Place to Haunt (A Haunted Vintage Mystery #2)
  • Haunt Couture and Ghosts Galore (A Haunted Vintage Mystery #3)
  • Haunted Is Always in Fashion (A Haunted Vintage Mystery #4)
  • If the Haunting Fits, Wear It (Haunted Vintage Mystery #5)
  • A Passion for Haunted Fashion (A Haunted Vintage Mystery #6)
  • Fashions Fade, Haunted Is Eternal (A Haunted Vintage Mystery, #7)

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