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A Ghostly Murder: A Ghostly Southern Mystery (Ghostly Southern Mysteries Book 4) Kindle Edition
Emma Lee raines knows there's only one cure for a bad case of murder
I told you I was sick, reads the headstone above Mamie Sue Preston's grave. She was the richest woman in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky, and also the biggest hypochondriac. Ironic, considering someone killed her—and covered it up perfectly. And how does Emma Lee, proprietor of the Eternal Slumber Funeral Home, know all this? Because Mamie Sue's ghost told her, that's how. And she's offering big bucks to find the perp.
The catch is, Mamie Sue was buried by the Raines family's archrival, Burns Funeral Home. Would the Burnses stoop to framing Emma Lee's granny? With an enterprising maid, a penny-pinching pastor, and a slimy Lexington lawyer all making a killing off Mamie Sue's estate, Emma Lee needs a teammate—like her dreamboat boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross. Because with millions at stake, snooping around is definitely bad for Emma Lee's health.
About the Author
Tonya Kappes has written more than fifteen novels and four novellas, all of which have graced numerous bestseller lists, including USA Today. Best known for stories charged with emotion and humor and filled with flawed characters, her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews. Kappes lives with her husband, two very spoiled schnauzers, and one ex-stray cat in northern Kentucky. Now that her boys are teenagers, she writes full time but can be found at all her sons' high school games with a pencil and paper in hand.
Tiffany Morgan is a film and television actress who has starred in The Mist, Green Lantern, and The Joneses, as well as television's The Vampire Diaries and Nashville.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B00RTMCOPQ
- Publisher : Witness (September 29, 2015)
- Publication date : September 29, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1187 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 356 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #460,881 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Book 4 in the Ghostly Southern Mystery series. Paranormal cozy mystery. Best read as part of the series.
Emma Lee see ghosts. In this book the ghost is looking for her teeth that weren’t buried with her. She gets Emma Lee’s attention by ringing a bell that’s part of her grave site.
Ok first, that bell tradition has always been creepy to me. So my attention was caught. Then the humor of “told you I was sick” on the tombstone and finding out the deceased wrote those words as part of her pre-pay package had me laughing. Lastly, the ghost promises to pay Emma Lee when everything is wrapped up. Where is a ghost going to get money? That roll of hundreds in her hand bag sure isn’t real.
Lots of twists in this book which was more interesting because Emma Lee did not previously know this ghosts. But word is spreading among the ghosts the future looks busy for Emma Lee. And I won’t spoil the mystery but the ghost was able to pay Emma Lee. So a successful caper.
I had a tough time with the beginning of the book. I was ready to deep six Zula Page for all the antics attributed to her. Zula Page aka Granny was as much of a presence in this book and I liked that.
Glad I stuck with it.
Emma has to find out who is trying to frame Grannie and who killed Mamie Sue Preston. While searching for Mamie’s killer, another body (Junior) that was recently buried seeks Emma Lee out. Do they have the same killer or is the little town of Sleepy Hollow, KY being over run with killers?
I like the twists, turns and the reveal caught me by surprise. I was happy to see we found out who was framing Granny and why. I’d like to know why B. Allen really dislikes Emma Lee. Emma Lee actually gets paid for aiding a ghost and there are changes at the funeral home.
The narrator did a wonderful job.
The ghostly client was amazing. She had a beautiful, touching back story. She was a more considerate presence than most of Emma's other ghosts have been. And when she did act up, I rather enjoyed it. Of all the ghosts whose lives and secrets are laid bare in death to Emma, hers has been the richest story and I don't mean the millions of dollars she has.
I liked the challenges Emma and Jack Henry faced in their relationship and the fact that Emma was the one to solve the mystery in full and independently from her boyfriend this time. I liked that she more or less demonstrated she doesn't quite need him to solve mysteries, but she can rely on him if she wants to. It was nice we got to see them enjoy a bit of downtime together as a couple.
With each story in the series, the familiar supporting characters become more alive as, ironically, the dead help reveal more of the pasts of these characters and show how everyone is part of the tapestry of the town. I definitely want more!
During the investigation, Emma discovers that there may be a serial killer as another ghost makes an appearance, and one of the other residences falls gravely ill, while the town reporter is also physically attacked.
Emma's extra curricular activities with the deceased ghost may finally be putting her funeral home out of business as many people are moving their contracts to a rival because of her activities.
Pro's: Tonya kappes wrote another fun story with well defined characters and lots of laughs along the way.
Con's: This was a very unsatisfactory ending as on several occations evidence of stolen items around town were planted in granny's inn to frame her. There was never a reveal as to who, or why she was being framed.
Our heroine, Emma Lee Raines, co-manager of 'Eternal Slumber Funeral Home' in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky, doesn't even get one minutes break from her second job, that of being a form of medium that helps the dead cross over.
Current client, sitting ringing a bell, is one of Sleepy Hollow's wealthiest ever, to this day's, citizen, Mamie Sue Preston. Mamie was murdered and she lost her teeth...up to Emma Lee to solve.
When, another recently passed citizen, contacts Emma Lee, she begins to wonder if a serial killer might be in Sleepy Hollow? Up to now, the dead have not had an advocate, Emma Lee certainly fills that need, but...Sleepy Hollow? Yes, the live citizens think she has 'Funeral Trauma' since the good ole' Doc had misdiagnosed her, but, hunky Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, does know about her ability.
The plot thickens and the action kicks in and I held my breath for over 20% of the book. Amazingly fun, action packed, well crafted, and engaging characters kept me turning the pages. I loved this book. Give it a try but don't begin from Volume four, start at the beginning. You'll enjoy each read!