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About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Angie Fox writes sweet, fun, action-packed mysteries. Her characters are clever and fearless, but in real life, Angie is afraid of basements, bees, and going up stairs when it is dark behind her. Let’s face it. Angie wouldn’t last five minutes in one of her books. Angie is best known for her Southern Ghost Hunter mysteries and for her Accidental Demon Slayer books. Visit her at www.angiefox.com.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07XPGBZ1L
- Publisher : Moose Island Books (November 29, 2019)
- Publication date : November 29, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1370 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 132 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #74,523 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I questioned the “Book 8.5” notice on the cover and wondered what that meant. The author’s main character, Verity Long, has more of a personal mystery to solve as the book centers around the people in her life rather than focusing on the usual case that she might have to solve. The story is a generous nod toward Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Ms. Fox handled it with such care that I didn’t catch on until the third spirit appeared (although the title itself should have been a big clue).
Even though I have not been what you might call a dedicated fan, it was easy for me to understand what was happening as Ms. Fox provided plenty of back story. This was accomplished through snippets here and there, eliminating the need for a gigantic information dump. This kept the story light and airy, full of fun and peppered with Verity’s quick and sassy thoughts and verbal responses. The author has a gift for keeping her character human rather than unbearably snarky, and the explanations of how Verity acts with the spirit world are original and entertaining. For me, this was the first gift of the holiday season. Five stars.
Series: Southern Ghost Hunters Mysteries
Designation: Book 8.5 of Series, Novella Length, Standalone, NO Cliffhanger #cozymystery #sweetromance #humor #holidaytheme
Author: Angie Fox
My Rating: FIVE DELIGHTFULLY ENTERTAINING STARS*****
It's time to trim the tree, jingle a few bells, and deck Virginia Wydell...oops, I meant to say deck the halls in Sugarland! As much as Verity only wants to canoodle with her man under the mistletoe this Christmas Eve, she and Ellis have been invited to the annual Wydell family Christmas party, but not everything is merry and bright in Sugarland. Unfortunately, there's a hitch in the couple's holiday plans when Virginia Wydell strikes again and aims her special brand of venom at Verity. And if that isn't enough to ruin her plans for Christmas Eve, Verity's night quickly spirals from bad to worse when a ghost from the past appears at her door in need of a favor. But that's par for the course in the life of a Southern Ghost Hunter and her ghostly gangster housemate/partner, Frankie, and as usual, Verity's deeply engrained southern belle etiquette dictates never turning away anyone in need, even if that someone is a ghost. But Verity's good deed for an old friend turns out to be much more than she anticipated, sending her on a life-altering journey. With a little magic and a whole lot of forgiveness, Verity just may be able to save a whole lot more than this disastrous Christmas.
I adore cozy mysteries, love gripping suspense, and completely addicted to anything supernatural, but throw in a little sweet romance, and I'm totally smitten! Unfortunately, it's often difficult to find all four elements in one book but, fortunately for me, I've found an author who brilliantly combines them all into one exceptional story. Angie Fox has delighted her readers yet again with a special spin on an old classic entitled The Ghost of Christmas Past, a novella-length story in the Southern Ghost Hunters Mysteries Series. Fox did an outstanding job of giving readers backstory for the series as well as the characters, and this book can certainly be read as a standalone, but if you enjoy cozy mysteries with a supernatural twist, I highly recommend reading the first book, Southern Spirits, which will introduce you to the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries world and most definitely enrich your reading experience.. I became a diehard Angie Fox fan five years ago after reading The Accidental Demon Slayer, the outrageously funny first release in Fox's best-selling Biker Witches Mystery Series, another fabulous collection I highly recommend, especially if you love your mystery generously laced with paranormal elements, side-splitting humor, and dreamy romance. But I digress, so let's talk about this book. The Ghost of Christmas Past is imaginative, cute, laugh-out-loud funny, sweet, and so heartwarming. The narrative is beautifully written in the first-person with a single perspective from the heroine, Verity Long. The dialogue is smart, snappy, well-executed, at times hilarious, and flows effortlessly. There's so much I truly enjoyed about this book, but it's the cast of instantly engaging characters who completely steal the show. They literally grab your attention, engage your imagination, and completely capture your heart! Verity Long and her cast of endearing cohorts carry this entire series and have become my favorites in the cozy mystery genre. Fox skillfully combines every single one of these elements to craft a deliciously cute and delightfully entertaining whodunit adventure filled to the brim with danger, drama, humor, ghosts, suspense, mystery, and plot twists, with even a little heartbreaking angst and heartwarming romance.
Did I like this book? No, I LOVED it! It's my new favorite! Yeah, yeah, I know I say the same thing after every book in this series but only because it's true; I just can't help myself. lol... Christmas has always been my favorite time of year and never seem to get enough holiday theme stories. I adore the Southern Ghost Hunters World and the fictional town of Sugarland, Tennessee as well as the endearing cast of characters Fox has created for this series. Southern Belle Verity Long is an absolute delight and Ellis Wydell is one hunk of burning love! lol... And never fear, Verity's gangster ghost housemate, Frankie Winkelmann aka Frankie the German, from the flapper era is around to cause all kinds of trouble and Lucy, the pet skunk, is ever present for a little heartwarming comic relief. And the supporting characters in this cozy mystery completely stole my heart! I giggled, snorted, snuffled and sniffed through the entire story. Would I recommend it? You bet and I am, for ages twelve to a hundred and twelve! Angie Fox is a master of her craft and never fails to deliver a wonderfully layered whodunit of thrills, chills, and kills, expertly infusing events from both past and present to create a mystery within a mystery. This story really struck a chord with me because it's a spin on my favorite holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, which was also my dad's favorite Christmas story. Will I read this author again? Absolutely! Just as soon as she releases her next book! Was I entertained? Completely and totally entertained! Fabulous entertainment and an awesome read!
Premise for the entire series: Although the last couple of years have been difficult for Verity Long, it's also been surprisingly busy for the beautiful former aspiring graphic designer from Sugarland Tennessee. Unfortunately, the one thing it hasn't been is profitable - until recently. After successfully solving several murders, Verity has gained some recognition, or I should say notoriety, as Sugarland's resident ghosthunter expert and is finally earning a little cash with her new job skills. Verity isn't rolling in money - yet - but she's managed to hang on to the home she inherited from her grandmother. She lost absolutely everything after breaking off her engagement last year with her lying, cheating, now ex-fiance Beau Wydell, youngest and favorite son of wealthy, influential town aristocrat Virginia Wydell. Verity's graphic design services had been in demand until her almost mother-in-law used her influence to ruin her good name and her business. Had it been left up to the vengeful Virginia Wydell, Verity would have been tarred, feathered, and run out of town on a rail. Now it seems no one in Sugarland needs her services, so she's embarked on a new career and a whole new business...as a ghost hunter. Yup, she's officially out of the closet and has been for months, or rather since her interview with Ovis Dupree, the geriatric guest investigative reporter from the local newspaper, The Sugarland Gazette. And that's not the only change in her life. Her kinda-sorta-maybe, once hush-hush, and on-the-sly boyfriend Deputy Sheriff Ellis Wydell is now her very public main squeeze! And yes, Ellis and Beau are related - they're brothers! Huh? Oh yes, brothers! As you can imagine, the news was not well received by Virginia or Beau Wydell. And let's not forget her sweet little pet skunk Lucy and her very dead, black and white gangster ghost housemate, Franklin Rudolph Winkelmann aka Frankie the German. Yup, I said ghost. Frankie became trapped on Verity's property when she unknowingly dumped the ashes from his urn onto the roots of her rose bush. Oh no! But in her defense, she had no idea what they were and what would happen. So until she can figure out a way to free Frankie, she's stuck with the not-so-nice wise guy criminal from the flapper era who has turned her backyard shed into a speakeasy and hideout for him and his ghost gang cronies. Verity's life isn't perfect, but on the bright side, she does still have her pet skunk, Lucy, a hot hunky boyfriend, her grandmother's house, and on occasion, Frankie does actually lend her, albeit begrudgingly, some of his power so she can see all those otherworldly things that go bump in the night. But things have really been looking up lately. At least, she's managed to solve a few cases. It seems Verity is well on her way to accomplishing her goals, but be careful what you wish for, Verity! Being a ghost hunter can be quite dangerous! Now, if she could just convince everyone to accept her new abilities and recent career change, she may be able to win over all the citizens of Sugarland, maybe even Virginia Wydell, and make a real go of her ghost-hunting business. But then again, maybe not. Virginia Wydell's latest stunt to sabotage Verity may prove to be the straw that broke Santa's back!
When the ghost of the friend who brought Lucy into Verity's life drops by kindly ghost needs a little favor. Naturally Verity can't refuse. Frankie as usual is not pleased but before life returns to normal, even he is glad he took part in this adventure.
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Although this is a quick short read, all of my expectations were met beautifully. I was completely engaged from the first page to the last. The Ghost of Christmas Past will be one of those books I reach for again and again.
I downloaded the narration and was once again impressed by Tavia Gilbert's performance. The pace at which she read, the emotions she infused the different scenes with and the tonal variations she used for the dialogue. Tavia's narration added rather than diminished Angie's book.
I really loved this story. The Ghost of Christmas Past is a great introduction to the series if you haven't started it yet. We also get a sneaky excerpt from the next book at the end too.
But fortunately she is home when Donna (a ghost who helped Verity to save Lucy, her pet skunk) comes to ask for Verity's and Frankie's help to rescue some animals.
The animals are in danger at the disused cider house at the Wydell's property where the Christmas party is held.
There she meets some interesting ghosts who show her the past, present and future of the Wydell and make Verity aware of how much she can change the family and the outcome of a tragedy that could be avoided if she makes the right decision.
A wonderful book which made me think ..... :-)
It starts off looking lovely, till the doorbell goes and a delivery starts it into a down turn so fast it makes your head spin.
And in several ghosts including a fidgety Frankie and Christmas goes haywire.