Southern Spirits - Angie Fox

Southern Spirits

By Angie Fox

  • Release Date: 2015-01-21
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 254 Ratings

Description

One simple mistake…
It really did look like a vase, not an urn.
For a girl who is about to lose her family home.
So she dumped it out onto the rose bushes, and rinsed it with the hose.
Traps the ghost of a long-dead gangster.
He really didn’t have to be so rude about it.
And open’s Verity Long’s eyes to a whole new world…

When out of work graphic designer Verity Long accidentally traps a ghost on her property, she’s saddled with more than a supernatural sidekick—she gains the ability see spirits. That leads to an offer she can’t refuse from the town bad boy, the brother of her ex, the last man she should ever partner with. 

Ellis Wyatt is in possession of a stunning historic property haunted by some of Sugarland Tennessee’s finest former citizens. Only some of them are growing restless—and destructive. He hires Verity to banish the spooks for good. But Verity discovers there's more to the mysterious estate than floating specters, secret passageways, and hidden rooms. 

There's a modern day mystery afoot, one that hinges on a  decades-old murder. Verity isn't above questioning the living, or the dead. But can she discover the truth before the killer finds her?

Reviews

  • 3.5 Stars - a solid cozy mystery

    4
    By Caroline_AA
    I’m not sure why I put off reading The Haunted Heist for so long. I guess I just wasn’t in the mood for a cozy mystery? Regardless, I felt guilty staring at it in my NetGalley queue, so I bit the bullet and started reading. This is the third in a series and I haven’t read any of the previous books. Unfortunately for me, that meant the first chapter was full if info dumping to catch me up on what I missed in books 1 and 2. I read 99% of this book via text-to-speech (aka, listening to a semi-robotic voice read to me while I did other things, like exercise or fold laundry). Text-to-speech is great for multitasking, but I know I missed some things along the way, but it didn’t hurt the story for me. I like the main character, Verity Long. She doesn’t want to have the ghost of an old mobster hanging around, but she’s stuck with him. (I’d have to go read the first books to find out exactly why, see the paragraph above!) The ghost, Frankie, was a blast. Seriously, his questionable morals and zero filter made the book. This story revolves around Verity trying to get a job doing marketing work for the bank, but instead she finds herself at a crime scene. Sounds like this is something that happens to her fairly regularly. I loved the subplot with sexy cop Ellis—and his overbearing mother who hates her. Apparently, Verity was supposed to marry Ellis’s brother, but she left him. It sounds like their Facebook relationship status should be ‘It’s Complicated’ because it is. But they’re soooon cute together! So, basically, after a rocky start, I enjoyed this story full of southern charm and ghosts. I was never completely hooked, but as I said above, I just haven’t been in the mood for a cozy mystery, so I think that detracted from some of the enjoyment for this book. If you’re into cozy mysteries, go pick up this series. It’s a cute, quick read, and book one is currently FREE at the time of this review posting.
  • Must read

    5
    By WeMomma
    Great series!!!!
  • Good read

    5
    By ledoss
    Enjoyed this lighthearted story. Ghosts, mystery and a little romance all tied up in a cute bow. Good read.
  • Southern spirits

    4
    By Dumb hit
    It keeps you reading
  • Excellent

    5
    By Retired Demi God
    Enjoyed the book. Fun read with eccentric characters. Worth taking the time by a nice window and an afternoon go by.
  • Excellent

    4
    By KWJN
    I was very impressed with this book. After the first encounter, I thought, where do we go from here. This story was beyond my expectations! Her style of writing moves the story along. The descriptions of the houses, ghostly images and characters are very good. And a little romance too. I hope her other books are as good. Read it!
  • Awesome!!!

    5
    By mccarthy491
    Loved it!! Listened to the audiobook and was glad it wasn't one of those really short ones! Looking forward to more by this author.
  • Loved the book

    5
    By KadanFe
    Well written, light hearted read. Just what I needed to relax and laugh after running after my kids all day.
  • Great read!

    5
    By Fla beacher
    Fun, well paced and interesting. One of the better books I've read lately.
  • Fun Mix of Mystery and Romance

    4
    By Jasmyn9
    This was such a cute story! It was mix of cozy mystery and paranormal romance - so I'll be interested to see if the romance comes up in the rest of the series as well. The two genres were combined beautifully and readers of both will love this story. Southern girl Verity Long has found herself on the wrong end of her small town's opinion - even though she isn't really the one at fault. It turns out her next best friend is actually a ghost - well, she's in for a lot more than she ever expected. When she sets off on a ghost hunt - not for her ghostly friend, but with his help, she finds out there might still be a shot at love at there for her as well. Verity was a great character. I loved how she rolled with the punches and somehow managed to take all things in a stride - just like any southern lady - she invites it in and asks if it would like some tea. Nothing ever seems to completely phase her - at least on the outside. Ellis Wyatt is the last person she expects to be spending time with, but she quickly discovers that he's nothing like she expected. This was very close to a sweet romance, with just enough heat to really appeal to the romance reader. There's lots of lovey moments that are just enhanced by the spooky elements from the mystery. The mystery is a great one as well with a very unexpected villain. The down side was that there was really no way for the reader to predict the bad guy. There's no real evidence until the very last second. But the chase was still a lot of fun. I hope the next books in the series can pull everything together as beautifully as this book - I loved it. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*