The prodigal father returns—but this ghost is no holy spirit
When she runs into her friend’s deadbeat dad at the local deli, undertaker Emma Lee Raines can’t wait to tell Mary Anna Hardy that he’s back in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky, after five long years. Cephus Hardy may have been the town drunk, but he didn’t disappear on an epic bender like everyone thought: He was murdered. And he’s heard that Emma Lee’s been helping lost souls move on to that great big party in the sky.
Why do ghosts always bother Emma Lee at the worst times? Her granny’s mayoral campaign is in high gear, a carnival is taking over the town square, and her hunky boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, is stuck wrestling runaway goats. Besides, Cephus has no clue whodunit…unless it was one of Mrs. Hardy’s not-so-secret admirers. All roads lead Emma Lee to that carnival—and a killer who isn’t clowning around.
It is a cozy mystery really additictive, full of fun and a total page tuner. I was engrossed from the first chapter.
Emma Lee is a "betweener", helps the deceased to the other world, especially to find who had murdered them. She has the great gift of being able to see and talk to ghosts. It 's an exhausting task, just solves a case has to deal immediately with another. And she is also engaged to the local sheriff, Jack Henry who fortunately accepted her capacity and help her in the investigation.
In this episode, asks for her help Cephus, a man vanished five years ago, everyone believes that he abandoned his family. But he claims to have been killed. But he does not know by whom, and even where his body is. With the help of Henry, will she be able to uncover the truth? As well as investigating she must manage her crazy grandmother and her election campaign.
Sleepy Hollow, a small town in Kentucky where this book is set, is a small and quiet community, with at its strengths and weaknesses. It's certainly full of bizarre inhabitants and gossip lovers.
It is the third in the series but really does work well as a standalone - I had not read the earlier books and still thoroughly enjoyed this one.
It's a light, fun read. The story was well written, the characters were colorful, and the dialogue was well constructed.
I recommend it to anyone who wants to spend some time having fun and relaxing.
I received an advanced reader copy from the author in exchange for an honest review
Emma Lee raines knows there’s only one cure for a bad case of murder
I told you I was sick, reads the headstone above Mamie Sue Preston’s grave. She was the richest woman in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky, and also the biggest hypochondriac. Ironic, considering someone killed her—and covered it up perfectly. And how does Emma Lee, 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 Burnses 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 with millions at stake, snooping around is definitely bad for Emma Lee’s health.
This was an amazing and funny book.Once I started reading it, I could not put it down.
Emma Lee inherited with her sister Charlotte Rae "Eternal Slumber", the funeral business managed by their grandmother, who is went into retirement. Emma Lee can see ghosts and the dead come to her to solve the mystery of their murder. In this episode she should help the nice old lady Mamie Sue Preston, who could have hurt this sweet lady?
It's the fourth book in the series "A Ghostly Southern Mystery". Each book may be enjoyed as a stand alone novel but for more enjoyment read the whole series
This is a funny story that is very well written with a great pace, likeable and whimsical characters. There is humor, romance, mystery, action, twists, paranormal.
I received an advanced reader copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I write fun humorous fiction, some with romance and some with a little mystery.
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