Sometimes Verity Long would like to forget that she lives with the ghost of a 1920s gangster. But the reluctant housemates must once again work together when a dead detective blackmails Frankie into helping him solve a Great Gatsby-era cold case. Before she can say “bathtub gin,” Verity is dragged straight into a raging, otherworldly house party. Worse, every guest is hiding something.
Meanwhile, Ellis Wydell, Verity’s living, breathing boyfriend needs Verity’s help with a police case of his own. After a dead body is discovered near the pecan orchard, Verity gives her insights, thinking her job is done. But when mysterious pecan pies start arriving at her house, she wonders who might be thanking her… or stalking her.
Between hard-living ghosts and sugar-laden desserts, Verity has her work cut out for her. But will she uncover the secrets behind the pecan pies and dead guys? Or has she stumbled upon a recipe for disaster?
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Fantastic Murder Mystery
Who knew that the afterlife could influence the lives of so many of the people who live in this little community. The series started with Southern Spirits where Verity discovers that her fiancé is cheating on the eve of her wedding. Verity quickly finds herself out of work and penniless due to the maneuvering of her ex’s mother. All the books in this quirky series follow the adventures of Frankie, a gangster ghost; Lucy, the skunk; and Verity, our unique sleuth and problem solver. This new book in the series opens with an unresolved problem from the previous book, Murder on the Sugarland Express. Verity and Frankie must help a long dead Police Detective solve a case or else the consequences could be dire not only for Frankie but for his new love, Molly, his cadre of fellow gangster ghosts, and for Verity’s home. The previous book had seen a halt in the war between Verity and her ex fiancé’s mother but Beau is now showing signs of breaking away from his mothers influence. This leads to the mother believing that Verity is corrupting Beau. The dramatic relationship challenges that erupt based on the plot developments as the characters struggle through unexplained murder, poisoning, and police intimidation. These layers of complexity are in each and every book of this series with this book providing more depth and details to characters and community. I enjoyed this book especially the expansion of Beau. I received an ARC. I would highly recommend this book.
Interestingly funny mystery!!
I actually think this was my favorite books in this series I enjoyed it immensely. There was a lot of kooky happiness and all of the usual characters appeared in this volume along with some new ones. Some nice some not so nice. Beau appears to have lost his mind, and Virginia is losing hers watching him as she thinks spiral out of control to crazy town... Ellis is busy working a case deemed to be an accident, but that he’s sure is a homicide. All while our lovely heroine Verity takes on a rather large case all to help out her lovable gangster ghost Franky!
Inspector Julien De Clercq, whom we met in the last book show up to say he needs a criminal to help him solve the last case he worked before dying. He tells Franky and Verity that they can work for him solving the murder of A Judge on the Historical Adair Property, or Franky will be imprisoned on Verity’s property. So really this punishment effects them both! The Murder has became a menacing vengeful poltergeists who rules the Adair property with an iron fist, leaving Verity and Franky in some trouble.
Meanwhile in non-ghostly life Virginia invites Ellis and Verity to a barbecue with the sole purpose of having Ellis talk some sense into his brother Beau. Beau it appears has a new girlfriend who for the SHAME owns and works in a food truck!! She is also responsible for his drastic change into a bohemian southern artist... Of course Virginia believes it’s all Verity’s fault not the new girlfriends, so she charges Verity with the job of getting him back to work at the family law firm.
Ellis isn’t as large a part in this book he’s there but he’s busy working his own case. A woman is found dead at the bottom of the quarry it’s deemed an accident but Ellis is sure she was killed. Working on that assumption he continues to work the case only the victim isn’t from Sugarland and the can find no links to help get the case moving so it stagnates all the way until the end. Leaving Franky and Verity in there own with the dower Inspector.
Verity and Franky’s case was super interesting for me, I loved all the 1920’s splash. I loved getting to know all the ghosts at the Adair’s parties. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Beau’s weird story arc, or and Ellis’s case seemed like an after thought. I did thing the characters life stories moved in a positive direction so I can see a small window for a happy ending in there future. That makes me a little happy they had seemed to stagnate in past books or even back track.
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
A rip-roaring good time with the Southern Ghost Hunter favorites!
In this most recent installment of Angie Fox’s delightful series, protagonist Verity Long continues to walk the fine line between the here and now, and the ghostly realm she moves through with the reluctant assistance of Frankie the German. This time, however, it’s Frankie who needs Verity’s help to solve a decades old murder in order to appease an old nemesis. Frankie’s world almost brings Verity’s investigating of crimes in the ghost world and in the non-ghost world to an untimely end as she puts everything on the line to expose a long dead murderer.
Life in present day Sugarland proves just as dangerous, as the characters navigate difficult relationships and impossible expectations. With her cop boyfriend by her side, Verity risks life and limb to keep all of those she loves and cares for safe from threats known and unknown.
This series is the perfect blend of all of my favorites genres: mystery, supernatural, with a splash of romance, and a hint of thriller. The stories are well crafted with interesting characters, complex but enjoyable plots, beautifully designed settings, and enough detail to give the reader a strong sense of the author’s vision. The books have recognizable continuity throughout the series and each one adds nicely to development of characters and back story.
Fox has really hit her stride with this book. Itwas the perfect length for curling up on a rainy Sunday and losing yourself in a great story. And as always, she’s set readers up for the next installment wrapping things up with the slightest hint of what’s to come.
If you like good mysteries, fun, quirky characters, great atmospheric settings, a bit of light romance, a little suspense, and an element of the paranormal, do not miss the Southern Ghost Hunter series.