Monday, August 31, 2015

The Skeleton in the Closet

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The Skeleton in the Closet by Angie Fox is (technically) the second book in the Southern Ghost Hunter series.   Verity Long discovered that she has the ability to see ghosts.  But that is not what she wants to do for a living.  Verity is an artist and has started a graphic design business.  She is hoping to get work as soon as the townspeople forget about the wedding fiasco (which was really not Verity’s fault).  The town is getting ready to celebrate the annual Cannonball in the Wall Festival.  They celebrate the town of Sugarland ousting the Yankee’s from town.  The cannonball became lodged in the wall of the library and never exploded.  Melody, Verity’s sister and Darla Grace, a volunteer, are working hard on the display of Civil War artifacts (and some that are not quite historically correct). 

Verity arrives the next morning to help Melody with the catering for the event.  She sees a shoe sticking out from under a table and finds it attached to Darla Grace.  Melody received a call from Darla Grace about 3 a.m. (not that she was awake to answer it) that she had something important to tell her.  Verity uses Frankie, the 1920’s gangster ghost, to help her find clues to solve the mystery.  Frankie can give her access to the ghost world at the library.  Verity follows the clues to solve the murder.  She also uncovers some secrets.  Both will upset Verity’s enemy, Mrs. Wydell.  One of them will affect the whole town.  Someone does not want the information coming out and is willing to kill again.

Frankie is tired of being grounded to Verity’s property.  He insists that Verity try to unground him (she poured his ashes into her rose bushes and then thoroughly watered them in).  Verity does some research online and attempts to help Frankie.  Verity and Ellis Wydell are keeping their new relationship a secret.  Verity does not want to incur the wrath of Ellis’ mother.  Beau, Verity’s ex-fiance, has decided he wants Verity again and decides to pursue her (despite Verity telling him that there is no way it will happen).  Ellis does not like Beau getting close to Verity.  Soon, though, Verity and Ellis are going to have to make a decision about their relationship.

The Skeleton in the Closet is a fun, paranormal mystery.  The mystery was child’s play, but I the book was still enjoyable to read.  The book is nicely written, fast paced, and provides many laughs.  I get frustrated at times with Verity.  I do not understand why she will not embrace her paranormal gifts (she keeps saying it is not her job).  She has a gift and she needs to embrace it.  I hope that the relationship between Ellis and Verity is resolved in the next book (adults should not be sneaking around).  I give The Skeleton in the Closet 4 out of 5 stars.   It does help to read the first book in the series, but it is not absolutely necessary (you will understand things better if you do). If you are looking for a fun book to read, this is it!

I received a complimentary copy of The Skeleton in the Closet from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  The review and opinions expressed are my own.

I hope everyone has a lovely evening.  I am going to watch Switched at Birth and Chasing Life.  I already miss Devious Maids. Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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