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Pecan Pies and Dead Guys

By: Angie Fox
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
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Summary

Sometimes, Verity Long would like to forget 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?  

A warm and witty paranormal cozy mystery!

©2018 Angie Fox (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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enjoyable stories

I have enjoyed the Southern Spirts books as light hearted stories that are fun & easy. thd negative for me is that the narration can become very shrill & 'over excited' for prolonged periods which becomes very hard to tolerate and can detract from the story

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Five Stars of Gripping Ghostly Tastiness!

A Tasty Tale of Murder and Secrets That Had Me Gripped!

I am already a fan of 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 who are loyal to the Wydell family and, of course, the ghosts and their issues.

I downloaded the narration and found myself reading along while listening to the story play out, which has become my favourite way to get lost in a book. As a narrated book, I was once again impressed with Tavia Gilbert's performance; loving the pace at which she read the story, the way she added emotional inflection to the sad, funny or tense scenes and her tonal variations for the dialogue between the characters.

I really loved this story, although some of the scenes were less than cozy - scary! It has everything that I look for in a 5 star story; I laughed, I cried, I was on the edge of my seat (I was even scared at times), in short, I was gripped! Murder, mystery, humour and a sprinkling of romance - what more could a girl want!

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cosy mysteries with a ghostly, paranormal focus.

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  • Carole Griffith
  • 12-02-19

Great Series

I already preordered book 8. I hope book 8 will be offered on audible. The books are fun to read and listen to.

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  • Jill
  • 07-02-20

Great narration

4 Stars. Pecan Pies and Dead Guys is book 7 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, we have a couple of story-lines. There is a very current murder to solve when a young woman's body is found near an orchard. There is an old murder that a long dead detective is forcing Frankie and Verity to help him solve. He is unable to find peace until his work is done. The detective threatens to turn Verity's home and land into a maximum security prison for the worst of the criminal ghosts, unless Frankie and Verity solve the murder from long ago. The night of the murder is on a forced loop so Verity ends up right in the thick of things. In addition to those issues, Verity's ex-fiance, Beau, has gone off the deep end and has decided to quit his law-firm to become a mixed media artist and got himself a new girlfriend who loves living the artsy, no obligations, transient life. Obviously, this sets Virginia Wydell off into a tizzy and she demands Verity get involved and convince Beau to come back to his senses. And through all of this, we also have some mild tension with boyfriend Ellis because of Verity using her own methods to solve mysteries that aren't exactly within the law. There is a lot going on in Pecan Pies and Dead Guys.

This book was quite entertaining, however I wish the author was better at allowing the readers to solve clues alongside Verity and Ellis. It's more of a bunch of random stuff happening that doesn't mean anything and then suddenly a big ah-ha and explanation at the end. Although, that being said, I knew who the current murder was and thought Verity was a complete airhead for not realizing it herself and putting herself into danger that was contrived by her being so dumb in that situation.

The past few 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.

Even though I have started to get a bit bored with this series since 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 still love several aspects of the books. I beyond 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 does a really good job. Her voices are distinct and clear and her pronunciation is good.

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  • NutriRep
  • 10-08-19

Just couldn’t get into it. A lot of talking but no story.

I kept waiting for s story to be revealed but it seemed like a bunch of conversations going nowhere and the protagonist hollering trying to find her skunk.

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  • NealWC
  • 04-01-20

Another outstanding book by Angie Fox

Angie Fox has added another outstanding book to her Southern Ghost Hunter series with fantastic narration by Tavia Gilbert.

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  • Brenda K. Rhame
  • 18-12-19

Brilliant

The collaboration between Angie Fox and Tavia Gilbert is absolutely brilliant. Tavia brings Angie's words to life with her emotions and characterization. Love this series!!!

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  • Trish R.
  • 10-12-19

It was barely okay..

Reviewer NutriRep was right "a bunch of conversations going nowhere." The story about the ghosts trying to kill Verity was ridiculous since she just kept spending her time around them, and Ellis kept letting her. Not very loving, if you ask me. The only good things about this book was Frankie, the mobster, and her pet skunk. Beau was just cray-cray!
I had to quit at 52%.

As to the narration: As much as I love Tavia Gilbert she was a little too dramatic for me in this book.

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  • kenneth vaccaro
  • 29-08-19

Entertaining series

Entertaining series so far. I am looking forward to the next book to see Frankie's grounding resolved.

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  • Tina T
  • 15-08-19

Great

The narrator really brings this story to life. An absolute wonderful series. Waiting for more.

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  • Gail
  • 11-08-19

enjoyed it all

i really like angie fox's stories.she never dissappoints me and this one is right up there. thanks Angie and Tavia!

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  • CM
  • 22-07-19

Enjoy

Liked the characters the narrator and plots that twist. Enjoyable listening. Would recommend to anyone.