Release Date: September 29, 2015
Publisher: Avon Witness
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Paranormal | Humorous
Emma Lee Raines knows there's only one cure for a bad case of murder!
I told you I was sick, reads the heastone abouve Mamie Sue Preston's grave. She was the richest woman in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky, and also the biggest hypochondriac. Ironic, considering someone killed her-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 Burneses 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 ith millions at stake, snooping around is definitely bad for Emma Lee's health.
I've been cosistent with my love for Tonya Kappes' Ghostly Southern Mysteries. In case you're unfamiliar, it's a cozy mystery with a huge helping of supernatural shenanigans thanks to Emma Lee Raines' dead clients.
A GHOSTLY MURDER was a bit tricky to solve. Mamie Sue Preston just wanted help with her teeth (read dentures) to cross over plus she died years ago from natural causes. Nobody suspected that she was murdered so Emma Lee had to dig deep to find clues that will point her in the right direction. It also didn't help that ghosts are such unreliable witnesses to their own lives and deaths so Emma Lee's snooping landed her in a lot of sticky situations. Made the novel exciting and entertaining at every turn. I am also loving Tonya Kappes' slowly moving towards serial killer territory. Creepy notion considering Sleepy Hollow, KY is such a small town.
On the personal front, Emma Lee Raines has grown a lot since the first book. I saw her as a beta character next to her sister, Charlotte Rae, and vivacious grandma, Zula Fae. Emma Lee sure found her own footing now and can stand toe to toe with anyone that crosses her path. She does it in such a clever manner though so people always end up underestimating her. I dare say she's fast becoming a mini-Zula Fae (it's both a compliment and a cause for concern).
Lots of interesting developments that happened in A GHOSTLY MURDER in the romance department too, there's a potential in-law drama with Jack Henry's momma. Emma Lee won this round, I'm wondering though how meddlesome JH's mommy is going to be, and if Zula Fae is going to defend Emma Lee.
Overall, A GHOSTLY MURDER is such a timely read for this time of the year. Ghosts, cozy murder mysteries, lots of Southern charm, humorous misadventures, perfect getaway that will have your belly aching from laughing a lot. You gotta try this series ASAP!
It's been a while since I've done a Flash Book Friday. Thought I'd start incorporating them on my Friday posts when I do have one.
And since Halloween is just around the corner. Let me share with you one of my favorite series when I was in High School: Fear Street: Cheerleaders by R. L. Stein. A little backstory, the series was introduced to me by a classmate. One book and I was hooked! I then devoured as many Fear Street books as I can and the Cheerleaders arc is my all time favorite.
Save the cheerleader, save the world? Nope. Not at all. This cheerleader you want dead.
Newcomers Corky and Bobbi Corcoran want more than anything to make the cheerleading squad at Shadyside High. But as soon as the Corcoran sisters are named to the team, terrible things happen to the cheerleaders.
The horror starts with a mysterious accident near the Fear Street cemetery. Soon after, piercing screams echo through the empty school halls. And then the ghastly murders begin...
And it was creepy. Bad. Bloody. Graphic. Which is why I loved it! It was atmospheric, I imagined Fear Street to be this normal looking street, but somewhat shadowed or even cursed. The cheerleaders didn't help improve the street's infamy. Just thinking back about the books right now not only brings back excitable memories for me, it brings back goosebump-y feelings too. Now as I don't reread books, I'm wondering if I'll enjoy Fear Street: Cheerleaders as much as my teen self did, or will I find it corny and dated?