From New York Times best seller Angie Fox, the second book in the new Southern Ghost Hunter mysteries.
A haunted library is no place for a girl who can see ghosts, but when Verity Long stumbles on a dead body in the middle of the main reading room, she has to believe someone...even a dead someone...must have witnessed the crime. Her ghostly sidekick, Frankie, warns her to stay out of it. The very alive, very handsome deputy sheriff, Ellis Wydell, inadvertently places her directly in the middle of it. And her ex-fiancé, Ellis' brother, is back with an agenda of his own. Undaunted, Verity presses forward, uncovering scandalous secrets, long-forgotten ghosts, and a shocking trail of clues that places her directly in the path of a killer.
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This type of story is right up my street when I want to listen to something relaxing. It's an easy story to follow, with just enough going on with the mystery angle to keep you engaged.
It's also nice to have a story that doesn't degenerate into the sex scenes that so many tales seem to rely on these days. They're not needed, and it's annoying when they're not hinted at in a book summary so at least you have an idea of what to expect. With that lacking, it allows the budding romance between the two main characters to develop more naturally. That in turn has you rooting for them more.
I loved Frankie in that he was so different to the lead character. It allowed for some natural humour to seep through the story.
The only downside I had was the narrator. Compared to some she did a very good job. However there is a tendency for her to have the main character slways speaking in a tone of fear. This might be okay, expect it detracts from the moments when you want that tension. It could be that is how she was directed to talk, but whatever the reason it doesn't really work. Again in her defence, it's something that I have noticed in other audio books, which is why I wonder if that is what she was asked to do. That is the only reason why I marked this down a star.
Overall I enjoyed this enough to buy the others in the series. I'm looking forward to seeing if they can get Frankie free from his grounding, and also to see if the Mother-in-Law that wasn't gets shown up for the nasty person she actually is.
The protagonist is a reluctant and accidental ghost whisperer. I became completely engrossed in the book and accepting of the supernatural realm, as Angie Fox created and weaved a very convincing afterlife around the plot. It was written in an exciting, first person, very believable style which made for a really great story. The ending does not disappoint.
Even those who don't usually read ghost stories should enjoy this book. Loved it. Can't wait to download the next one.
Tavia Gilbert does a brilliant job of the narration; after hearing her performance, I don't think anyone else could do justice to these books.
Note that I only review a book if I really like it so I rate them high because I feel it is well deserved.
I'm really surprised at how much I enjoy this series. The characters and plot are well-developed and realistic. The small town atmosphere and attitudes ring true and add to the humor of the story. I also enjoy the paranormal aspect of the book. Frankie provides lots of comic relief. He's one of my favorite characters in the book. I look forward to the next book.
"Wonderful presentation! I was enthralled!"
I couldn't stop listening! It was an amazing story. I kept guessing till the end who the murderer was. Very well read. I recommend this book to all my friends. Happy listening!
"Fun story, good pace, great characters"
There are complex plots, complex characters, and just fun books. This book was fun, not deep but I am glad I listened.
Juliet Blackwell, "If Walls Could Talk" they are both light mystery/ romance. Just fun diversions while you work.
I seek out books by Tavia Gilbert. Tavia is why I bought this book, I was searching books that she performed.
No, it is light. A feel good book and some laughs.
"Great to keep your mind off exercising"
I like all of Angie Fox's books they're fun and I like the way the Tavia performs it. It becomes quite imaginable. Love to get lost in the story while I'm exercising.
"Great development of the characters in the Series"
I am really enjoying this little series and I especially like how much romance is actually second-hand to the stories as a whole. In Skeleton in the Closet, we learn a lot more about the characters we met in Southern Spirits and get to know the town Sugarland, Tennessee a little better.
Verity Long and Gangster-Ghost Frankie are back at it again to help solve a murder but this time Verity actually stumbles upon the body and the mystery. I really enjoy the fact the author does such a good job of giving the ghost characters as much life and detail as the living characters.
The murder in this story seems simple but the story does get complex and really grabs your attention. Listening to the ways Verity and Frankie try to untrap him from her property are very amusing but you still feel sympathy for the ghost and really hope he gains his freedom.
The only down side I have to the books is that the main character is almost too good and kind to the point of being almost unbelievable.
"Sweet, Quirky and Southern Ghost Mystery!"
The first thing that came to mind was the Stookie Stackhouse series by Charlene Harris. If you enjoyed Sookie's crazy tales then you'll like this series. It's similar yet different enough to keep you entertained!
I love her gangster ghost Frankie. He allows her see what other ghosts see, and becomes her friend and guide. Even though he's sort of stuck with her and doesn't have much of a choice but to hang with her. I like that their situation turns into a light friendship.
oh she's great. her voice is perfect for this character!
no, not extreme but I am enjoying the book. it's fun and entertaining and i am plan to listen to the the remainder of the series at this point. that says something right? I've listened to 2 audios in less than 1 week.
if you liked the sookie stackhouse series then i think you'll like this book. There is a tiny bit of romance and the set up is really good. The main character Verity and her former fiancés brother Ellis have potential. There are enough kisses and lingering moments to know it's only going to get better. Add their tension to the mix of drama: Ellis' brother, mother, his family legacy and Verity skunk pet and you have a very fun story. Enjoy!
"Fresh new paranormal mystery"
I have read both of Angie Fox’s books and was delighted. Here is the run down: witty and fast pace. Dialogue realistic as can be in a paranormal mystery, well developed characters. Love Lucy the skunk. Little bit of romance possibly brewing; some interesting ghosts and a few twists and turns. No sex scenes, no cursing to speak of and no screw up by the narrator.
The narrator,Tavia Gilbert was brilliant. Her use of different voices with a little southern twang was beautifully executed. Reading was clear and pronouncing was great. If you like a fun, paranormal mystery with great narration I highly recommend both of Angie Fox’s books. Cannot wait for No. 3 in this series.
Love this story and this series! Narrator is perfect for this series. I cannot wait to start the next book. If you like light hearted mysteries with a healthy dose of humor and a dash of romance, you will enjoy this series!
"Need to be read in order."
This is a great series but I think it needs to be read in order. I began the series at book 1.5. This is book 2 and I was a bit lost on what happened on her previous adventure, not to mention who was involved in that adventure.
So I will gladly read book 1 next.
Tavia Gilbert did an outstanding job narrating the book and bringing all of the characters to life.
"Re-enactments can be murder"
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Fun and a mystery which has murder and attempted murder, angry ghosts, bored ghosts, kidnapping, and a whole lot more. Suspense and tension enough to keep the reader interested, but not real enough to trigger PTSD. Add in a pet skunk, a pestering ex, an attractive deputy, and a town celebration, and good writing, and you have a delightful read.
Tavia Gilbert was less over-the-top on this one.
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