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- Print Length: 186 pages
- Publisher: Cozy Mystery Publishing (July 25, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 25, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072Q5L4TF
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For example, readers might note that there is this confusing part about an "Albertine" that is never explained. Because I don't believe for one moment that Albertine was an intentional red herring, I feel it is really not much of a spoiler to say if you wait for Albertine to materialize, don't hold your breath. Apparently there was a glitch in the Matrix and let's leave it at that. Clearly, most reviewers here weren't bothered by stuff like that, but the way my mind breaks down these clues, stuff like that really messes with my poor head.
Then the ghost client's age is first given as 8, but she is written as if she's only 6, and then all of a sudden around the middle of the story she's considered to be 10, but she is nothing like a 10 year old. Some 10 year olds I know are already getting PMS and this one can barely read and is very much more plausible as the 8 year old she thought herself to be at the beginning of the story. I can only conclude the author didn't start out knowing where she was going with this and winged it to a certain extent and missed cleaning up some details during rewriting the first draft.
Don't forget that in the lead-in to this story from the previous book, a character that we now learn to be unrelated to the client and who appeared to be her very much alive human twin is in fact not related at all and is a ghost. The author came up with the explanation that ghosts sometimes attach to younger ghosts. Honestly the explanation wasn't logical at all and you have to figure the author had a change of heart about where she wanted to take the story after the lead-in had already been published.
There are also red herrings that aren't adequately explained away. Unless you just chalk it up to the little girl ghost lying about certain recollections or being very confused. I really do think the author just had too many adjustments she wanted to make to the murder mystery and didn't have enough time to go back and make the necessary rewrites to cover her deviations from her original plans.
So, sad to say, the murder mystery part is fabulous in concept, but had some flaws in its execution.
But the ghosts are exquisite. Mr. Whiskers is divine. Every description of this heroic kitty warms my heart. Inconsistent as she is, little Betsy's plight breaks my heart. The emotions surrounding her story are so beautifully written. It's very poignant to see Emma Lee forced to essentially mother this child right at a time of her life it looks like her own dreams of being a wife and mother herself are in jeopardy.
Granny is annoying and not someone I will ever understand or even like, but finally she does become more of a real person to me at last in this book. I found her to come across as a soulless caricature so many times before in previous books. The aftermath of Charlotte's passing seems to have sobered her up just a wee bit. Not enough to dim her spirit or turn her completely unrecognizable, but enough to let her stop and reflect more when she really needs to. She still does plenty of annoying presumptuous stupid crazy things, though. That's Granny. But more and more I can see why Emma Lee loves her. She stops and takes enough breaks from the crazy now for me to see a real person with some feelings in there.
I love Jack Henry but there were always things that struck me as being a bit out of sync with Emma and I thought they got too intense too fast. I suppose they actually didn't, but I guess it felt that way to me. And now the author seems to be reflecting on the same things I noticed and working it for all it's worth to make one heck of a good story between him and Emma Lee. I really love what Tonya Kappes did with the relationship. It was brilliant!
By the way, I purchased this book for my own enjoyment and am not reviewing advanced reader copies. I'm a fan of the series. And I do recommend reading all of the previous books in order so you can really appreciate all the things Emma Lee is going through in this story.
Southern charm reigns supreme in this book as Tonya Kappes captures the essence of historical folklore and classic expressions characteristic of Kentucky. The story is a fast-paced delightful, paranormal Southern cozy mystery with the perfect hints of romance. I really enjoy this entire series, and believe the books just keep getting more complex and better. This book is a great addition to the series. If you want a good clean paranormal cozy mystery that keeps you guessing right to the end then this is the book(series) for you!! Enjoy this book at the pool or beach with a tall glass of ice cold sweet tea!
While I understand why Emma Lee confided in Maizie, I am worried that it will result in problems on down the line. But perhaps I worry too much. Emma Lee seems pleased with the newly formed partnership, so I guess that's all that matters.
As always, the serious topic of death and funeral homes takes on some humor when Emma Lee is dealing with her Betweener clients. This is a fun series and book 7 certainly is different from the previous books in the series. Give it a try!