Monday, September 17, 2018

Pecan Pies and Dead Guys: The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries

Hello!  Worldshaper by Edward Willett will be out tomorrow along with Pecan Pies and Dead Guys by Angie Fox and The Sound of Distant Thunder by Jan DrexlerDeath said the Gypsy Queen by Susan Boles is out today (the date changed a couple of times).  It is the fourth book in A Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery series.

Pecan Pies and Dead Guys by Angie Fox is the seventh book in The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries.  Verity Long is surprised when she receives a call from her boyfriend and deputy, Ellis Wydell.  He wants her to come to a crime scene at the quarry with Frankie to see if can provide some insights.  Unfortunately, Verity is unable to provide any helpful intel.  Later that evening, Verity and Ellis are attending a barbeque hosted by Virginia Wydell, Ellis’s mother when Inspector Julien De Clercq catches up with them.  They have agreed to help Inspector De Clercq with a case that has stumped him for a century in exchange for the charges against Frankie being dropped.  Verity has three days to solve the murder that occurred on the Adair estate in 1928 before the ghostly crime scene and the suspects disappear for another year.  In the world of the living, Virginia is on a tear because Beau has decided to quit his law practice and to become an eclectic folk artist.  He says it is all thanks to Verity (oh dear) and Virginia wants Verity to fix it.  Virginia dangles a precious Long family heirloom as bait.  After a night of questioning ghostly suspects, Verity finds a pecan pie on her kitchen counter.  Lucy knocks it over before Verity can take a bite.  When another pecan pie is left in the kitchen, Verity becomes suspicious.  How did the person get into her home when all the doors were locked?  Come along to charming Sugarland, Tennessee where ghosts and murder abound along with eccentric citizens, adorable skunk and a determined sleuth.

Pecan Pies and Dead Guys is a part of The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries and I suggest reading the series in order.  Each book builds upon the previous one in this charming Southern series.  Verity has her work cut out for her in this time.  There are two murders to solve along with the mysterious pecan pie problem and Beau’s desire to become an artist.  Beau believes he is the next Andy Warhol and his new girlfriend, Zoey Lee is encouraging him (his artwork would work well in a haunted house).  I like the variety of quirky characters with my favorite being Verity’s resident ghost, Frankie “the German” Winkelmann.  Of course, let us not forget Verity’s pet skunk, Lucy (only in Sugarland).  Pecan Pies and Dead Guys is nicely written with a fast pace.  I quickly devoured this novel.  I laughed frequently at the wacky antics in the story.  Wait until you discover what Frankie has created in Ellis’ attic.  The two mysteries were interesting with the ghostly one being more difficult to solve.  The present day murder is a cinch to figure out.  I wish the author had put a little more effort into it.  The ending is sweet and heartwarming.  We also get a clue as to what will occur in the next volume in this whimsical series.  I am giving Pecan Pies and Dead Guys 4 out of 5 stars.  I have gotten my mother hooked on this series.  When she heard I received Pecan Pies and Dead Guys, my kindle disappeared (I am thankful I have a spare one).  I heard chuckles emanating from her room for the next several hours. 

Southern Spirits is the first novel in The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries and the ebook version is currently free on Amazon. Tomorrow I will be featuring The Christmas Prayer by Wanda Brunstetter as part of the Celebrate Lit Tour.  I am off to relax and enjoy the day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader 

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