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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

{Book Review} A Ghostly Undertaking (Ghostly Southern Mysteries #1) by Tonya Kappes

A Ghostly Undertaking (Ghostly Southern Mysteries #1)
by Tonya Kappes
Publisher: HarperCollins
Released: February 24th 2015 by
Genre: Fiction-Adult: Cozy Mystery, slight romance
How I got it: Received an ARC from publisher

A funeral, a ghost, a murder…it’s all in a day’s work for Emma Lee Raines…

Bopped on the head from a falling plastic Santa, local undertaker Emma Lee Raines is told she’s suffering from “funeral trauma.” It’s trauma all right, because the not so dearly departed keep talking to her. Take Ruthie Sue Payne--innkeeper, gossip queen, and arch-nemesis of Emma Lee’s granny—she’s adamant that she didn't just fall down those stairs. She was pushed.

Ruthie has no idea who wanted her pushing up daisies. All she knows is that she can't cross over until the matter is laid to eternal rest. In the land of the living, Emma Lee’s high-school crush, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, isn't ready to rule out foul play. Granny Raines, the widow of Ruthie’s ex-husband and co-owner of the Sleepy Hollow Inn, is the prime suspect. Now Emma Lee is stuck playing detective or risk being haunted forever.

Review: A fun and enjoyable mystery.
After a mishap with a falling plastic santa, Emma Lee begins to see the recently departed. Until she can discover the real reason Ruthie took a tumble Emma has pesky gossipy ghost in hot pink jammies and kitty slippers following her around. Toss in Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, Emma's high school crush, who actually believes her and doesn't think she has "funeral trauma." Along with a whole cast of very colorful characters and this book is great.
I really like Emma Lee, she's spunky, sassy although a little uncertain of herself. I liked her interaction with the other quirky town folk. All the characters in this book, have their own idiosyncrasies that make them unique as well as interesting. The romance was there but not overdone, this is a mystery not a romance. Yet I will say Jack Henry and Emma Lee do make a cute couple.
The plot is actually fun as well as intriguing. With all the twists and turns it takes lead you to make all sorts of assertions. By the end I was surprised to see who the killer was and how the clues really added up. Because the clues are there you just have to look between the lines, as they are not always right in your face.
All in all a wonderful book and a fun read.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for your review! I'm so thrilled you enjoyed your visit in Sleepy Hollow and can't wait for the fun to continue in A Ghostly Grave!


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