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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 43 minutes
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- Audible.com Release Date: December 29, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B017V02HFM
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The Skeleton in the Closet: Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, Book 2 Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
Verity is still adjusting to her status as social pariah and her new abilities as a Ghost Whisperer. It doesn't help that the Matriarch of the Social Elite, who just happens to be her ex-fiancé's mother, has made it her personal mission to ruin Verity. Fun times! Verity does have her sister, a few friends which include ghosts, a pet skunk and a budding relationship with one hot deputy sheriff, who just happens to be the brother of her ex. What more could a girl ask for...maybe a steady paycheck? Sugarland is preparing for their annual historical celebration which promises to be the biggest social event of the year. They will not let the murder of one of their own put a damper on the festivities. Verity, with the help of her ghost friends, wants to find out who killed her friend. Can she find out who the killer is before they strike again?
Verity has not let her current financial situation get her down. She is one spunky character with a good sense of humor. Frankie is one cantankerous ghost, but he is a big help when it comes to Verity's investigations. What an interesting cast of characters the author has created! It had me at times laughing out loud and other times on the edge of my seat. I can't wait to see what mystery Verity has to solve next. I would definitely recommend this book and the series.
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!