by Angie Fox
Series: Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #7
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal
Sometimes Verity Long would like to forget that she lives with the ghost of a 1920s gangster. But the reluctant housemates must once again work together when a dead detective blackmails Frankie into helping him solve a Great Gatsby-era cold case. Before she can say “bathtub gin,” Verity is dragged straight into a raging, otherworldly house party. Worse, every guest is hiding something.
Meanwhile, Ellis Wydell, Verity’s living, breathing boyfriend needs Verity’s help with a police case of his own. After a dead body is discovered near the pecan orchard, Verity gives her insights, thinking her job is done. But when mysterious pecan pies start arriving at her house, she wonders who might be thanking her… or stalking her.
Between hard-living ghosts and sugar-laden desserts, Verity has her work cut out for her. But will she uncover the secrets behind the pecan pies and dead guys? Or has she stumbled upon a recipe for disaster?
Please welcome Sophia Rose to the blog as she shares Pecan Pies and Dead Guys, a paranormal cozy mystery written by Angie Fox with us. Grab a pumpkin spice latte and read why she loved about this a book and the series.
Sophia Rose’s Review
That time of the year has rolled around once again when the air gets crisp, the leaves are rustling, and it’s time for a new mystery to solve with my favorite 1920’s gangster ghost and his sweet southern gal pal.
Pecan Pies and Dead Guys is the seventh installment in a delightful paranormal cozy mystery series. Each book can be read as standalone, but there is a clear series arc that helps the reader understand the story surrounding the mystery- or mysteries as there are more than one.
In the last book, Verity and Frankie promised a ghostly police inspector that they would help him solve his last unsolved crime. He calls in the favor and they help investigate an unsolved murder that took place at an appropriately creepy, abandoned mansion outside of town. At the same time, Verity’s boyfriend Ellis is working on a present day murder and Verity is receiving mysterious pecan pies while her ex is causing her trouble once again.
I love that the amateur detecting team is a sweet lady and a jaded ghostly gangster. These two crack me up the way they go about things and get into trouble without trying real hard. Okay, so Frankie is a natural at it because he still hangs out with his old ghostly gang members and still thinks like a crook, but Verity just sort of trips over trouble. They are joined many times by Verity’s love interest, police detective, Ellis Wydell.
Speaking of Ellis, the situation Verity is still in with the Wydells is a ticklish one. Ellis’ mom hates her because of their rocky past dealings, but Verity is trying hard for Ellis’ sake. Ellis cares for his family, but he’s still considered the black sheep because he didn’t go into politics or their family law firm like the others- no, he wished to protect and serve as a small town police detective. Ellis is a sweetie and I love how he accepts what he can’t see when it comes to Verity’s ghostly adventures and supports her when he can.
Small town Sugarland, Tennessee is a wonderful setting and I love the familiar locations and the quirky characters.
The mysteries in this one were good ones. The historical ghost mystery was definitely more intriguing to me as Verity and Frankie worked a case of a murder that happened back in the ’20’s. The modern murder didn’t get as much attention, but it wasn’t that hard to figure out really. There are some good suspenseful action scenes that keep things exciting between Frankie’s wise cracks and Verity’s investigation work. For the first time, there is a mild cliffhanger that has me anxious to get my paws on the next release pronto.
All in all, Pecan Pies and Dead Guys was another solid gold installment in a favorite paranormal cozy mystery series that I can happily recommend to fans of the genre. The ghostly creepiness can get suspenseful, but is definitely within the comfort zone of paranormal light weights.Pecan Pies and Dead Guys by Angie Fox was another solid gold installment in this favorite paranormal cozy mystery series that Sophia Rose recommends to fans of the genre. #cozy #mystery Click To Tweet
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