Finished reading If You’ve Got It, Haunt It by Rose Pressey the other day. I’m not all that into reading about clothing and there was a ton of that in it but it was good.
As I said before, If You’ve Got It, Haunt It revolves a bit around fashion. Not just any kind of fashion though – vintage. While I know nothing about fashion in general, new or old (my wardrobe currently consists of activewear), and I couldn’t care less when it comes to reading about it, I found this book to be surprisingly good.
I say it’s surprising because I expected the fashion part to bore me. Instead, I found myself trying to imagine what a Peter Pan collar looked like and, even more weird, I enjoyed wondering about it. I enjoyed imagining the outfits that she described in the book. It even made me want to go out and buy some clothes to mimic those looks. I won’t be going out to find vintage clothing, but something chic and a bit old-fashioned might strike my fancy because it’s different from what we have today.
But, of course, I won’t because that’s not me. I don’t doll myself up. Well, I do, but my version of getting all dolled up is to do a cute hairstyle and maybe some light eye makeup and lipstick. Nice clothing is optional but they would probably be jeans and a comfy but nice-looking top. Probably a layered top. Yeah, jeans is now considered dressing up for me. Usually I’m wearing leggings or shorts…some type of activewear. And when you spend a quarter of your day at a gym almost every single day, you’d be in activewear all the time too.
Anyway, totally off track. But that’s what the book’s like. It doesn’t get off track, it merely describes a lot of clothes. That, however, does not mean there’s no story to it. There is a story and it’s a good story. I believe the term for this book is a cozy mystery.
There’s murder and light mayhem, no real danger to the protagonist. Her name is Cookie (nickname) and she’s being haunted by a ghost. There are a couple discrepancies such as the clothes Cookie buys in the beginning of the book. They’re referred to several times throughout the course of the book but never seen again. They pretty much disappear despite seeming to be of great importance in the beginning.
Another Huh? moment was with the ghost, Charlotte. Cookie seems to pick her up at the estate sale in the very beginning where she got the aforementioned clothes. Charlotte decides to leave with her because Cookie’s the only one who can see her and Charlotte wants her murder to be solved (who wouldn’t?). It’s not a spoiler; it happens in the first few pages and is the basis for the rest of the book. But then suddenly toward the end Charlotte is unable to leave Cookie or even wander far from her. Why? Right before that’s mentioned, Cookie tries to sneak out of her house to go to work without Charlotte. What would be the point of trying to sneak out when we find out a page or two later that Cookie knows Charlotte can’t wander far from her? So why did she bother trying when she knew she couldn’t sneak away?
The last Huh issue I had was with Charlotte and Cookie’s arrangement. It’s a minor side point. Charlotte says she’ll help Cookie with promoting her business etc if Cookie helps find Charlotte’s murderer. That’s all well and good and Charlotte does give a few pointers but nothing else is mentioned. She doesn’t help Cookie at all. It’s as if this side point is brought up only to be forgotten later and dismissed from the book.
Was this an oops on the author’s part or will Charlotte help Cookie’s business in the 2nd book? Right now there are three books with a fourth coming out in November, 2016. Most likely each book stands on its own. The first one certainly does.
Despite these Huh issues I have, I enjoyed the book. I got ansy toward the end wondering when it would finish and I had a problem with Cookie never being completely honest with the detective. I’m a very honest person and I believe in telling the truth in important situations like the ones Cookie was confronted with throughout the book. I kept expecting the detective to single her out for the murders because she was being so dishonest about everything. The evidence she’d bring to him might look like she was trying to frame somebody and that she, in fact, did it. I kept waiting for something really bad to happen to her and wanting to shake her when she wouldn’t admit to certain things. I thought it would make her life so much easier if she just admitted the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
All of this might sound as if I didn’t like the book and that it wasn’t a good read. But, as I have said several times already, I enjoyed If You’ve Got It, Haunt It. In fact, I’ve borrowed the second book in the series to read now because I want to continue with the series – All Dressed Up And No Place To Haunt.