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Murder on the Sugarland Express

Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, Book 6
By: Angie Fox
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
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Summary

Ghost hunter Verity Long is overdue for a little R&R (rest and romance) with her boyfriend, Ellis, and a vintage train trip through the Tennessee mountains seems like just the ticket. The Sugarland Express carries history and nostalgia in every compartment, and Verity is determined to enjoy it - without ghostly interference. But the ghosts have other plans… 

On a dark, desolate night nearly a century ago, the train was stranded in the mountains, and a young woman was found stabbed to death in her locked compartment. The murder was never solved, and a ghostly Belgian detective is still pursuing the case from the grave. To Verity’s dismay, all of the ghostly suspects are back. And when history repeats itself and a new murder mirrors the old, it’s up to Verity and her friends to discover which of the passengers - dead or alive - could be behind the murders before the killer strikes again.

©2017 Angie Fox (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Another Runaway Success!

I bought Murder on the Sugarland Express for my Kindle and added the narration. I love Ms Fox's writing style; I find her books easy to read and 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 who are loyal to the Wydell family 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 don't think that you need to read any of the previous books in this series to enjoy this one as Ms Fox weaves any relevant information into this story beautifully. I would also like to confirm that, as with all of the books in this series, the murder mystery aspect in this story is concluded by the end of the book, so no nasty cliffhangers. Woop!Woop!

Murder on the Sugarland Express has everything that I look for in a great story; I laughed, I dried, I was on the edge of my seat, in short, I was gripped! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries with a paranormal focus but you can read my full review on my WordPress blog, Flora's Musings...

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A fun easy listen.

I don't write spoilers in my reviews so I'm just going to say this was up to the author's usual standard. It is a fun, light hearted read perfect for listening to whilst deep cleaning in preparation for guests.

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  • Rebecca D.
  • 13-07-18

Loved it

I really enjoy the Southern Ghost Hunter series. I loved the way the narrator brought the characters to life. It was easy to tell who was speaking. The story itself was interesting. There was a ghost mystery and a human one which kept you wondering until the end.

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  • Jill
  • 07-01-20

What happened to the murderer!?!

4 Stars. Murder on the Sugarland Express is book 6 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 and Ellis decide to get away for a few days alone and take a trip on the maiden voyage of the new Surgarland Express, a train that is modelled almost exactly after a train that ran 100 years prior...a train that plunged from the tracks into the river killing everyone on board. Prior to that tragedy though, there was a murder on board and now, it seems history is repeating itself. There is a murder in the exact same cabin and the murder almost identical to the murder on the last train ride. In addition to this, Verity and Ellis board the train and find out that not only is Ellis' mom Virginia on board, but his brother Beau is too and Beau is purposely making life difficult for his ex-fiance Verity.

The past couple books, Frankie started to get on my nerves and now Frankie is absolutely on my last nerve! I'm hoping for some character growth where he is concerned.

I really liked Murder on the Sugarland Express, however, I can't be the only person who noticed a big huge hole in the story. My HUGE issue is that we don't find out what happens to the murderer in the story. What ends up happening with that person. They basically disappear after a ghost helps Verity while the murderer is trying to finish her off and the murderer is not a ghost so the whole disappearing thing is not possible. Something happened, so what was it!?! Because of this, I am giving 4 stars instead of 5.

I started to get a bit bored with this series because it's not as much fun when there aren't clues along the way for me to solve and it is just a bunch of random stuff happening up until the big reveal at the end. I do love the skunk Lucy and love that she has a full name: Lucille Desiree Long. So cute. I also love the relationship between Verity and Ellis. I am no longer binging the series but listening with a book or two from other authors in between and it is working out fine. I start to wonder what is happening and find myself getting back to the series fairly quickly.

I'm not sure if I would enjoy 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.

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  • Beatrice
  • 23-05-18

Entertaining

This is an entertaining and light cozy mystery. The plot is interesting and the characters engaging. I like Verity Long's character and how she is so optimistic. She and Ellis make a good couple and I enjoy the way they work together and the way he has excepted her peculiarities.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-03-20

Great Read! I love all Angie Fox's books.

This book was great. I really love Frankie. He's a hoot. The voice actor was super. I would give the an overall 5 *****!

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  • Raymond Fiorello
  • 16-03-20

Better than the last one!

This was a great ride, hard to put down. Lots of fun! can't wait to dig into the next book.

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  • Sophia Rose
  • 16-10-19

Train of Terror But Frankie's on the Case!

After a contretemps with her ex, Verity is thrilled when Ellis takes time off and they can enjoy a train holiday for two on the newly renovated Sugarland Express a first class traveling experience from the golden age of train travel.

Only her romantic getaway for two rapidly becomes six as first Frankie and his lady friend, Molly, join them which isn't so bad because the ghosts promise to entertain themselves with their own romantic trip. But, then Verity learns the train is owned by Ellis' mom and his brother, Beau, who are both traveling on the maiden trip.

Verity isn't given time to get too upset about that turn of events because the ghostly conductor warns that the renovated train is in peril because it was designed precisely like the ill-fated previous train when a murder in cabin nine and a deadly wreck destroyed the first train. Verity wants to wave this off until events start happening just like they had in the past including the murder. It was right out an Agatha Christie novel, she thought, as she, Ellis, and Frankie got after a killer in the past and in the present to save them all.

This was a fun, fall listen. I love Frankie's antics and it was great having him pretend to be an ace detective even as I got a few tense moments when Verity, Eliis, and the other trapped passengers realize they share a train with a murderer. The end was really exciting and the reveal was quite the twist.

I do love this series and I look forward to each new installment particularly with the fabulous Tavia Gilbert narrating these and giving voice to Verity, Frankie and all the other characters so well.

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  • Vicaral
  • 11-09-19

Squeeky voice

Love Angie Fox's stories but, the squeaky voice of the narrator was annoying. I don't think
Southern girls sound like that.

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  • RL
  • 07-09-19

A Fun Escape!

Angie Fox has written a series that makes an adult feel like a kid again! I love all the characters in the southern spirits mystery series. The characters are well-developed and lovable. As a southern girl myself , Angie takes me back home with her vivid descriptions of life in Sugarland, Tennessee. Her writing reminds me a bit like Agatha Christie. She develops a believable story and keeps you guessing to the end. Keep them coming Angie!

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  • candegirl
  • 11-01-19

Excellent story that keep you on your toes!

This book was excellent! There were so many twists and turns in the plot that I couldn't stop listening! It is well narrated (as usual) and very exciting. Each book in the series is better than the previous book. Just when I thought that the series couldn't get any better because it's already great, I'm treated to an even better story! Angie Fox is a superior writer!

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  • Dannica
  • 08-01-19

Thank you Angie Fox

Thank you Angie Fox for writing this series. I love paranormal and mystery but I also love southern and sweet with a little bit of a love story going on. This series is perfect it touches on all of those things. I'm from Texas so I connect with the southern characters. I drive an hour each way to work and I get tired of the radio so I listen to audio books. These stories are some of my favorites.