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"Bones Don't Lie" by Melinda Leigh
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The author handles setting exceptionally well, giving us the feel of a small southern town where everyone tends to know a little too much about your business. Verity gives the townspeople lots of fodder for gossip, which she handles with a mix of indignant defiance and embarrassment. I immediately sympathized with her. I also immediately liked her. But, really, how can you not like a women who has a pet skunk and talks to ghosts?
All of the characters come alive on these pages. The plot is well paced, with the mystery unfolding a little at a time, keeping me interested and thoroughly entertained.
Southern Spirits is a fantastic start to a series, and the perfect book for some lighthearted fun.
Verity Long is up to her eyes in debt because she dumped her cheating fiance right before the wedding, but it's the South and she has class, so she doesn't let on why she left him; that's up to him since it's his reputation. Instead of standing up and taking it, he plays it to the other end of the spectrum. He keeps going with the wedding, not telling anyone she left him, and ends up looking as though she jilted him at the altar...he even still has the reception and has the stones to invite her. After she makes a scene at the reception, her would-be MIL ends up sending her the bill for the massive affair...which is where the book picks up: Verity is selling nearly everything she owns (including her family's house!) to pay for the wedding she never had and the whole town is treating her like the plague. All that's left after the auction is a vase from her ex-fiance that even he didn't want back. Turns out, it's full of ashes...and when she accidentally spills them then tosses them in her rose bush, she accidentally locks the ghost, Frankie, to that house (and the vase--if she takes the vase somewhere, he can go with the vase). They're quite the pair, but as I said, not your typical dynamic duo. Her first ghost hunter mystery encounter is at the behest of Frankie--he knows where a treasure is hidden, and he helps her out...leaving out a few key details along the way. Motivated by debt, she pursues said treasure, but ends up giving it to the widow whose husband hid it to begin with...minus a reward loan that'll buy her some time to save her house for another month or so. Still needing some dough, she pursues another ghost hunter mystery, this one with her ex-fiance's brother who's renovating some land outside of town and is being flummoxed by what he suspects are ghosts...are they ever! Steep learning curve for Verity...but at least not she has told someone about her cheating ex so one less person hates her in that town.
Can't put my finger on Frankie. In life, sounds like he was quite the bad guy...gangster, etc. But has he chilled because of his time in the afterlife or was he never really a bad guy to begin with, just drawn to the lifestyle? I'm sure more backstory is forthcoming somewhere in the series.
And there's a pet skunk. That's a new one for me.
Read more of the series? Definitely
But my book did not have an ending to it. This is why I only gave 3 stars. Had there been some resolution to any part of the story line it would have been better.
What happened to Frankie; how does the guy from the shelter fit in; and what about the Rough Rider, just saying, it needs a bit more work.
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pleasantly surprised. I did think there was a
bit too much poor me.Read more
I found it easy to follow even if I hadn't read for days or so; not like more cerebral books that I have.
Really enjoyed Verity's acceptance of her newfound "gift".Read more