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Deader Homes and Gardens

By: Angie Fox
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
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USA Today best-selling series!

Southern belle Verity Long is back in business - as a ghost hunter. Now all she has to do is visit the town's creepiest mansion and exorcise a family of vengeful spirits. Piece of cake. After all, ghosts love her and need her...that is until she meets the ghosts of Rock Fall mansion. They'll do anything to keep their murderous secrets hidden within the cliffside fortress - even if that means getting rid of one meddling ghost hunter.

With the entire town skeptical and scrutinizing her every move, Verity struggles to uncover the century-old mystery behind the house. And when she stumbles upon a very fresh, very dead body, she realizes there's more to it than she ever imagined. With the help of her sexy cop boyfriend, Ellis, and her ghostly gangster sidekick, Frankie, she braves the overgrown gardens, the desolate family cemetery, and the haunted mansion that have been locked away for generations. But can Verity unearth the truth before she's the next one buried on the deadly grounds?

©2016 Angie Fox (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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excellent

I just love this author's books. they are funny, imaginative and I listen to them over again. I hope she keeps writing them. highly recommend for any time escape.

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Another Frightening Good Mystery!

I bought this book for Kindle and Audible and I alternated between reading and listening to the story.

I love Ms Fox's writing style; I find her books very easy to read and I like the way she weaves all the elements of her stories together - the mystery, the strained relationship between Verity and the rest of the townsfolk of Sugarland, Verity's financial struggles and, of course, the ghosts and their issues.
As a narrated book, again I was impressed with Tavia Gilbert's performance; loving the pace at which she read the story and her tonal adjustments for the dialogue. I would definitely buy books narrated by her in the future.

In short, I really loved this story, although I feel it's more Gothic Horror than Cozy, it has everything that I look for in a 5star story; I laughed, I cried, I was on the edge of my seat (I was even scared at times) - I was gripped!

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries with a paranormal focus.

You can read my full review on my WordPress blog, Flora's Musings...

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  • Sophia Rose
  • 09-02-17

Humorous and Suspenseful Paranormal Mystery

Killer title, right? Yeah, sorry couldn't resist that one, but it's really what snagged my attention first. The whimsical cover screamed cozy mystery to me and that's fine because I've been meaning to try more of them. But then hey... she's a ghost hunter with a ghostly gangster for a partner and a handsome cop for a boyfriend.

When I finished, I looked around and lamented the fact that I really needed to go back for the whole series. I'd missed out. Souther gal ghost hunter, quirky small town and residents, colorful ghost companion, swoony Sheriff's Deputy flame, ghost-riddled mansion, cursed family, and Egyptian tomb treasure made my interest perk right up and stay there.

Verity was a heroine that I enjoyed though there were times that I shook my head over her lack of self-preservation. She's bubbly and an all-around nice girl. She's at the stage where she's making the most of the circumstances that have her tied to a ghost. Instead of getting down about being the town kook, she wears that t-shirt with pizzazz. This is her first job in her new business after doing it all for free in the past. I admired how intrepid she was and concerned for the interests of all involved.

These were great fun with the humor splashed on liberally, but also had a pretty gritty ghostly mystery, too. I was nearly hyperventilating in one scene (take that with a grain of salt since I'm a wuss about scary stuff). The mystery had me curious and I had pieces of the solution, but not the entire thing before the reveal.

I experienced this story in audio edition. This was my first time with Tavia Gilbert for a narrator. I enjoyed her voice and her storytelling style. Her general narration voice is soothing without being soporific. She nailed the humor and had me figuratively chewing my nails during the scary crazy moments in the haunted mansion. I thought her Frankie the gangster ghost was perfect. She didn't over do the gangsta schtick, but got the wry pragmatism. I'd definitely listen to more of her work.

All in all, this was a great first outing with a new to me author and series. I've got book one ready to go and would push this one at those who enjoy cozy mysteries that shade a little dark blended with the paranormal.

I rec'd this book free.

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  • Troublemer(tammy hovey)
  • 09-07-17

Homicidal Ghost

Wow!!!I have to say this is my favorite so far. This was verity's first job as a ghost hunter. Boy did things get "hairy". Being chased by a homicidal ghost and being locked in a haunted house can be quite upsetting. Well at least she had Ellis with her. Oh and almost being pushed off a cliff by the ghost. Yep. Ghost hunting can be dangerous.

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  • Customer
  • 24-05-17

Love the story.

Hate the whiny narrator, she takes all the fun out of the story. Very good story, love the author.

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  • TVNerd95
  • 02-03-17

Series is doing a great job of being a consistent

So I really enjoyed this book and loved watching Verity commit to being a ghost hunter and heading straight into a job. I think the best part of the book though was that Verity really handled much of this book on her own. Ellis was very much a supporting character in this story versus being with her for all the adventures and Frankie was just plain not willing to help.

The mystery was fabulous and very different from what I expecting with a book series being so entrenched in the southern culture. Mummies and Egyptian curses was a great addition to Sugarland’s already rich history. Verity and Ellis relationship is still too cute for words and I enjoy how accepting he is of her and Lucy the skunk.

I guess by only issue with the book and why I didn’t give it 5 stars is new dynamic to Verity and Frankie’s relationship because I personally felt Frankie was a total ass in this book and his last minute pep talk to Verity seemed very out of place for him considering how he treated her throughout the rest of the book. His whole reluctance to be even remotely helpful seemed very out of character for him based on the past books. I understand being tied to Verity’s property is a drain on him and honestly I’m kind of ready for that to be over.

Angie Fox did a fabulous job of describing the house and grounds of Rock Fall mansion and it painted a very detailed in my head. The other good thing Angie does is keep Verity true to her character and I love that. The character has stayed consistent throughout the four books and hasn’t started to annoy me yet which usually happens by now in most series. I also have no complaints as Tavia Gilbert has now become the voice of Verity and I will accept now substitutes.

Concerns: Either give her a good steady job with income or paying clients cause after this fourth book if I have to read about Dollar Store Ramen noodles I think I’m going to scream.

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  • Jill
  • 12-12-19

4 Stars

4 Stars. Deader Homes and Gardens is book 4 in the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series. This is a cozy mystery told in 1st person POV for main character Verity Long.

The series is about a woman named Verity who unknowingly cleans out a man named Frankie's ashes from an old vase looking jar into her rosebushes and it traps his ghost on her property allowing him to only leave when Verity takes his urn off the property. The ghost, Frankie, shows himself to her and so begins her ability to see ghosts.

In this book, Verity gets her first official real client for her new ghost hunting business. She is tasked with exploring a very haunted cursed mansion that has been empty of living people for a century. Can Verity help the only living heir of Rock Fall mansion to get rid of a curse and make the property inhabitable again? In this book, Verity and Ellis were left to their own devices in some very precarious situations. Frankie had some other things going on and that almost cost Verity her life.

I think I might be starting to get a bit bored with this series. It's not as much fun when there aren't clues along the way and it is just a bunch of stuff happening up until the big reveal at the end. I think at this point I am just enjoying the bits and pieces of Verity and Ellis forming a relationship and holding on for those details that are sprinkled throughout. Oh, I do love the skunk Lucy and love that she has a full name when she is in trouble: Lucille Desiree Long. So cute.

I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed reading this book as much as I enjoyed listening to it. The narrator really injects a lot of emotion into her reading and she really sells the suspense and fear. She did a really good job. Her voices were distinct and clear and her pronunciation was good. The audio editing was off in one place in chapter 13 where you could tell that it was pieced together and a word was partially cut off.

I still recommend this series but I am not binging it anymore. I am taking breaks with other books in between.

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  • Bunty
  • 02-03-19

AWESOME

The story gets better and better. Angie Fox is truly a very talented writer. So well performed by Tavia Gilbert. Most enjoyable. There are lots of action and tensions. The story flows smoothly throughout. Verity is strong and with Ellys, a strong supporter. As for her Frankie, the ghost, I find him a bit self--centred though one cannot truly fault him. He is trying hard to get his freedom. Lucy, is very cute. I hope there will be more books for this series.

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  • Sandy
  • 21-11-17

listened to the end but...

I listened to the end, but found the leading lady in the book a bit annoying at times. got tried of her fighting with her personal ghost so much.

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  • Wendy Brumback
  • 28-10-17

decent story, not so decent narration

decent story, couple of parts were the author failed to transition well or set up the reader for a change in a character's view, but overall pretty good.
not so good narration. It's okay during normal speaking moments, but when something bad is happening the voice goes all high pitched and squeaky. very overly dramatic sounding and you find yourself rolling your eyes at the character, plus if your sensitive to sound it starts giving you a headache. the narration makes you wonder how the main character can accomplish anything seeing as she sounds like a ditzy school girl for half the book.
so I suggest reading the book, not listening to the audio book.

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  • DRC
  • 22-02-20

Great narrator, great ghost Hunter cozy

I really enjoyed the creepiness of the house and mystery Verity is trying to solve in this one. It was clean, fun, a little scary and the egyptologist info was interesting. Frankie's role in this one was different as he isn't always with Verity. I do love Ellis and Verity's relationship. There is a mutual respect and honesty that comes across in the scenes they are together. This is a favorite narrated series for me. I own both audio and Kindle versions and watch for new releases. I love the narrator's pacing and voices. Her accent is spot on. Start with book 1. I recommend this series.

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  • Christiane
  • 18-02-20

Very enticing read

Loved the haunted mansion no one has entered in 60 years theme as well as the ghost family dynamics. Very enticing read.

Great Narration.