Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The House That Vanity Built - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads:  The House that Vanity Built (A Misty Dawn Mystery #2) by Nancy Cole Silverman

Rating:  Really Liked It!
Source: Publisher

Description:  Misty Dawn, a former Hollywood psychic to the stars, knows the dark and sometimes glamorous streets of Los Angeles are full of secrets, broken promises, and dashed hopes.
When a young woman comes to her door because she’s lost her engagement ring and is afraid to tell her fiancé (the son of one of the world’s biggest cosmetics empires), Misty senses it’s no accident.

Together Misty Dawn and her psychic charge, Wilson Thorne, must not only sneak behind the walls of the Conroy Estate (aka The House That Vanity Built), but go beyond the veil where the luminaries have laid plans to seek revenge.

Murder, lust, and a quest for a fountain of youth are hidden inside a family’s secret, one that threatens to upend the young woman’s life, and quite possibly, Misty’s as well.

Genre: Mystery - Cozy, Paranormal

Why I Picked This Book:  I absolutely loved the previous book in the series and couldn't wait to pick this one up.

My Impression:  This is one of those magical series that absolutely just clicks with me.  I can't promise everyone will have that same experience but I can promise a solid and entertaining cozy mystery with a touch of paranormal.

I thoroughly enjoyed this fun mystery involving psychic, Misty Dawn, and her rather mischievous ghost roommate, Wilson.   Amy shows up fairly early in the book and from then on we go at a fast pace trying to find out just what happened to Jared.  I thought the how was fascinating, the whys kept it page turning, and the who kept me guessing.  I think I had about 6 possible theories by the time I got close to the end.

This is a fun read with a solid mystery and a likable and unique main character.  And I am all about a book involving a ghost sidekick!

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  I'm already looking forward to book 3 in this series.

Would I Recommend this Book?  Definitely!  If you like a bit of ghostly activity in your cozy this is a must read series.  While you could start here I think it would be more enjoyable if you started at book 1.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. This sounds fun! I'm really enjoying cozy mysteries lately, so I'll have to check this series out.

  2. I have been eyeing this book with that interesting title and cover. Thanks for the great review that makes me want to read it soon!

  3. Oh yes I love the sound of that ghost side-kick. Would make for some interesting dialogue I bet.

  4. This sounds like a lovely read, Katherine - a great escapist read for now.

  5. This series is on my list. I am sure thanks in part to you:) Glad the second book delivered!

  6. Sounds fun, I should check it out.

  7. I love it when a mystery can keep me guessing. I am so glad you enjoyed this one.