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The Skeleton in the Closet (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries) (Volume 2) Paperback – August 26, 2015
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It is the annual Cannonball in the Wall Festival for Sugarland, TN. Even though the Yankee's won the war, Sugarland takes great honor in winning this one confrontation. This year the Wydell family has even involved the History Channel (television) to document this celebration and relate the historical background. The entire town is involved.
Verity Long's sister, Melody is working at the town's library to get all the collections organized in time. Especially the Jackson and Wydell family memorabilia. Her co-volunteer, Darcy sends exhausted Melody home at two a.m. and follows it up with sudden cell phone calls to several persons. What is the 'Urgent' message about? Well, no one will know as Darcy is found 'dead' the next morning by Melody and Verity.
Deputy Ellis Wydell (black sheep of the family,) knows that if he wants answers, he better ask Verity to ask the questions...of the ghosts that reside in the Library. The ghosts are the eye/ear witnesses of the crime.
We are taken on a hunt for a killer who is desperate to keep History from changing...but why and for whom? This novel was humorous and exciting. In this case the Dead get the final word.
Everybody in town was involved in the preparation, especially Melody, Verity's sister, who worked at the library. Exhibits of family antiques and other valuables of the time period were to be placed on display. Two of the oldest families soon began to compete on how big (and, of course, the best) their individual displays were... And, so it was that, the town's volunteer of the year, and others, were soon overwhelmed to create acceptable exhibit areas within the library itself. Soon all of the volunteers had left for the night. Only Darla Grace remained. But before she finally left, she had called Melody early morning and explained that she'd found something very important and needed to share it as quickly as possible... Melody asked Verity to go with her to help with the remaining work on the displays. But when they got to the library, Darla Grace wasn't there to greet them...
Verity was the one to see the shoe...They found her under one of the display tables, obviously dead for some time...
And since she had been there alone, there were no witnesses... except...of course, any ghosts haunting the library!
Since the library had been used during the war as a hospital, this story is sadder than some others since the place was filled with beds, patients, and nurses, all continuing to go through the life they had during that time period. Of course, Frankie joined a card game of a small group and got the conversation going. Verity soon learned that one of the ghosts who was normally shut off from the rest because he was a Yankee had said that he'd seen it happened... "The beast insisted he saw a man use a bayonet on a lady," he said. "She had a discovery that would change everything. We told him he was wallpapered."
But he was back now in the lower floors of the library where he lived and nobody was going to show her the way there...
She found him reading Interview with the Vampire. And with Verity immediately exclaiming that she loved the book, a new friendship was born...
Of course, the police continued to work their case, but without Verity's contribution, well, I certainly didn't foresee who the murderer was...so, it's a very good thing that Verity could talk to ghosts, don't you think?!
It's a little hard to prefer one book over another when you love the whole series and are reading them all at once... But I did like the ghostly interaction in this book as one of the best, especially when Verity goes back and helps a certain private write a letter...
What? You want more, well another short is coming next-- Ghost of a Chance!
There has been a death at Sugarland and Ellis Wydell, who just happens to be a policeman, the older brother of Verity's ex-fiance and her new love, needs her help again in solving the murder. Verity, along with the help of Frankie, has helped Ellis in the past and is apparently in need of her abilities to see ghosts and her ghostly contacts again. Oh yeah, Frankie "The German" is the spirit of a 1920s gangster that was tied to Verity's land after she emptied his funeral urn out onto her rose bushes and soaked them down with water.
Sugarland is noted for it's Civil War battle where a cannon ball was fired into the wall of the library but never exploded. Each year the 'Jacksons and the Wydells put on displays and reenactments of the battle. This year Ellis' mother decided to have the events filmed by an historical productions company so the world would know the city's true history. But what is the truth? Who were the victors - the Jacksons or the Wydells? Getting to the truth will put Verity and Ellis' lives in danger and make Verity's almost-mother-in-law hate her even more, if that's possible.
I recommend that you read Southern Spirits - Book 1 of this series first. I did and am glad I did. Not only was it a unique book and story but it also gave me insight as to what happens in book 2.
I read a lot of books and once in a while I run across an author like Angie Fox who writes a story that you not only read but you also hear and see everything that happens. I felt like I was 'reading a movie.' I could actually see the events at they took place. I could see the characters and feel their feelings. This is the work of a very well written story that has murder, mystery, suspense, ghosts, and yes, a bit of humor.