Title: A Ghostly Grave (Ghostly Southern Mysteries #2)
Author: Tonya Kappes
Genre: Mystery & Detective / Cozy / Ghost / Woman Sleuth
Series: Ghostly Southern Mysteries Series
Publish Date: March 31, 2015
Publisher: WitnessImpulse, an imprint of HarperCollins
~ Synopsis ~
There’s a ghost on the loose–and a fox in the henhouse.
Four years ago, the Eternal Slumber Funeral Home put Chicken Teater in the ground. Now undertaker Emma Lee Raines is digging him back up. The whole scene is bad for business, especially with her granny running for mayor and a big festival setting up in town. But ever since Emma Lee started seeing ghosts, Chicken’s been pestering her to figure out who killed him.
With her handsome boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, busy getting new forensics on the old corpse, Emma Lee has time to look into her first suspect. Chicken’s widow may be a former Miss Kentucky, but the love of his life was another beauty queen: Lady Cluckington, his prize-winning hen. Was Mrs. Teater the jealous type? Chicken seems to think so. Something’s definitely rotten in Sleepy Hollow—and Emma Lee just prays it’s not her luck.
~ Review by Kelly ~
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
A Ghostly Grave is the second book in the Ghostly Southern Mysteries. The story picks up shortly after A Grave Undertaking ends. While it would be helpful to have read A Grave Undertaking before A Ghostly Gave, you do not have to. There is enough details in this story to not read book 1. The story is about Emma Lee Raines. She is a Betweener medium, who can see ghosts of people who have been murdered, and they seek her out to find their murderers.
The story picks up with the exhumation of Colonel “Chicken” Teater’s body by Emma Lee at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, and her boyfriend and town sheriff John Henry. Emma Lee has seen Chicken and he told her he was murdered. Emma Lee and John Henry are going to find out who murdered him.
The book was a quick read. I was engrossed in the story and finished it about 3 hours. The story was funny. How can it not be funny when you have a former beauty pageant winner and a man who has an abnormal love for his prize chicken, Lady Cluckington! Add in outlandish behavior from Granny Zula, drama from the Ladies Auxiliary, dripping spray on hair, and a bad makeover, and you have some funny stuff.
Yet through all the humor, I still don’t know who Emma Lee is. In the last book, I didn’t get to know her and I was hoping I would learn more about her or who she is evolving to be. Yes, she is a funeral director and a Betweener. She isn’t as pretty as her sister according to everyone, including herself. Everyone else thinks she’s crazy with “funeral trauma” because of getting hit in the head by Santa. With all this craziness happening to her, you would think she would evolve, grow as a person. I saw glimpses of it in this book. I hope to see more in the next. Maybe this book isn’t about her growth as a person. It’s just a funny paranormal mystery book. I think if we saw who Emma Lee was and who she is to become, it would give it 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 check out her Facebook, Twitter, blog and newsletter!
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