Title: A Ghostly Undertaking
Author: Tonya Kappes
Series: (Ghostly Southern Mysteries #1)
Genre: Mystery & Detective/Cozy
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Witness Impulse an imprint HarperCollins
List Price: 7.99 USD
~ Synopsis ~
From USA Today bestselling author Tonya Kappes, comes a brand new hilarious and fun paranormal mystery series about Emma Lee Raines, a funeral home director who can suddenly see dead people!
Bopped on the head from a falling plastic Santa, local undertaker Emma Lee Raines is told she’s suffering from “funeral trauma.” It’s trauma all right, because the not so dearly departed keep talking to her. Take Ruthie Sue Payne–innkeeper, gossip queen, and arch-nemesis of Emma Lee’s granny-she’s adamant that she didn’t just fall down those stairs. She was pushed.
Ruthie has no idea who wanted her pushing up daisies. All she knows is that she can’t cross over until the matter is laid to eternal rest. In the land of the living, Emma Lee’s high-school crush, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, isn’t ready to rule out foul play. Granny Raines, the widow of Ruthie’s ex-husband and co-owner of the Sleepy Hollow Inn, is the prime suspect. Now Emma Lee is stuck playing detective or risk being haunted forever.
~ Review by Kelly ~
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
I like the idea of a funeral director seeing and helping the dead. I love a good ghost story. Throw in some Southern charm, and you have the recipe for good book.
The story was humorous. There was no laughing out loud where your husband thinks you’re crazy, but the story made you smile a lot. The mystery portion of the book was good. There were enough clues to keep you thinking but they didn’t hit you over the head with who did it. At no point while reading was I filled with suspense, but a nice tension a mystery will give you. Talking to the dead person was just that, talking to them. If you’re looking for spooky, this is not the book. At the end of the book, I found it hard to connect with Emma Lee because I did not learn enough about her past. I knew more about Emma Lee’s grandmother, sister, and the ghost and liked them more than I did the heroine. But I want to get to know her.
Overall, it was a light read and a good story. I think the story line has much potential and look forward to the next book in the series. 3.5 books
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~ About the Author~
Tonya Kappes has written more than fifteen novels and four novellas, all of which have graced numerous bestseller lists including USA Today. Best known for stories charged with emotion and humor and filled with flawed characters, her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews.
She lives with her husband, two very spoiled schnauzers, and one ex-stray cat in northern Kentucky. More than anything, Tonya loves to connect with readers, and has a ‘street team’ of fans and followers on social media. Be sure to checkout her Facebook, Twitter, blog and newsletter!
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