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A Fashionable Fate by Ileana Munoz Renfroe is the first book in the Rosa the Cuban Psychic Mysteries series. Rosa thought her biggest concern would be running her boutique but one murder later and she goes from fashionista to psychic sleuth. When a model is murdered and Rosa's nana is taken into custody, Rosa is drawn into the investigation to prove her nana is innocent and save the fashion gala. With the gala at risk, the debut of Rosa's new fashion line could be in jeopardy and could put an end to everything she's worked for. Rosa channels her psychic abilities and sets out to investigate on her own with the help of her familiar, Raul, to find the truth and catch a killer.
Ileana Munoz Renfroe has created a fun and original story that blends the lighthearted tone of a cozy mystery with the paranormal. The story takes you into the world of fashion through the gala and Rosa's own deep investment through her line and her boutique. The story has a blend of murder and ghosts with a tone that delivers a fun personality and an intriguing mystery. These two worlds of fashion and the paranormal are balanced in Rosa's life with her psychic abilities coming second to her fashion skills until a model is murdered and it's her psychic abilities that take the lead as she takes on another role: sleuth. The mystery also has a personal element when her nana is suspected and Rosa is determined to prove that her nana is innocent. Rosa's nana is a clear influence in her life and this relationship is a strong driving force and support for her through her psychic abilities and her job. The mystery puts her in the path of the handsome Sheriff Storm who catches her eye in more ways than one and the two have an immediate spark between them. The mystery makes for a great read. It is an all-round fun time with an emotional core full of heart, a ghostly presence, and a fashion-forward sleuth that makes A Fashionable Fate charming, funny, and delightful.