by Angie Fox
Series: Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #7
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal
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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.
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I have recently discovered I have a fondness for listening to paranormal cozy mysteries, so I’ll have to look for this series. Thanks!
Oh yes, Jen! These are some of my favorite paranormal cozies and I adore the audio narrator. I’m not sure if it’s still this way, but Amazon has the ebook free and the audio was only $1.99 to add it if you want to give it a try.
Ooh, Nice! I was going through a mystery phase not too long ago, so I’ll have to see if my library has this series!
For the last two months, I have been on a real terror when it comes to thrillers, romantic suspenses, gothic, and mysteries. Crossing my fingers your library offers these, Noel. If you have a Kindle or the app, the first book is free at Amazon.
Yay! I’ll definitely have to check with Amazon then if my library doesn’t!!
Oh wow I need to get back to this series. I think I’ve listened to books 1 & 2 and I love the premise, the characters and the narrator. Plus Angie is a local author of mine, actually lives just a few miles from me and I have been lucky to have met her several times.
Thanks Sophia Rose I’m ordering book 3 in audio right now!
Really!!! That is so cool that she is a close local author for you. Oh yes, you definitely need to keep going in the series. They are so fun, Debbie. 🙂
Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict
I started this series awhile back but haven’t been able to return to it. Verity and Frankie are quite the pair and I love reading your review and seeing Ellis is still involved. I need to get back to this fun bunch!
Oh yes, Verity and Frankie are still up to their murder and mayhem with Ellis there as the steadying hand. 🙂 These are comfy and fun so hope you can dive back in soon, Tanya.
Rachel @Waves of Fiction
Hi Sophia Rose! Nice to “see” you here! I really need to try a cozy mystery because they sound like fun! Love that the setting is perfect for the time of year. I think I’d go to the beginning because the background story arc is usually one of my favorite aspects of a continuing series. Wonderful review! 🙂
Surprise I’m here, too. LOL
Oh yes, you’d probably get a kick out of these. Her first book is a freebie so you can sample without a big commitment.
Tyler H. Jolley
Nice review Sohpia. I hope you’re well!
Glad you could stop by, Tyler!
Doing well and hoping you’re doing the same. 🙂
Sounds like a fun read! Thanks for the post.
Super fun! Thanks for stopping by, Angela.
I love a good cozy, and this one sounds so darn cute. I like the sound of the town.
You said it, Heidi. They are cute, but just enough spooky and mystery to make them interesting. Hope you get the chance.
These sound so great and cute. I like cozies but I’m on a dark roll right now. I’ll have to check them out. My impression of this author is positive. Anne – Books of My Heart
Oh yep, mood must me served. When you get the chance, I think you’d have fun with these. The first book is a freebie so you might already have it. 🙂
Being a southern gal myself and a cozy addict, you’d think I’d already have jumped on this series. Thanks for your delightful review and the nudge I needed to go this author to my list!
Ha! I would never judge particularly knowing I have a huge pile of ‘should have already tried’ books, too.
You’d probably get a kick out of these, Laura!
Hey There Super Sophia and Kook Kimberly! The cozy mysteries are always so fun without being too deep, and the covers are amazing! Hugs…RO
LOL, yes I am a bit of a kook Ro! Bwhaha. hugs.
I’m so sorry! That was supposed to be Kool, Kimberly! I just saw what I wrote, and am so embarrassed!!! Please forgive me for the error!!!!! RO
I knew you meant Kool, but I can be quite kookie. *hugs*
LOL!!! Thanks so much!
Howdy, Radiant Ro!
You said it! Fun covers indeed.
I can’t wait to dig in. The whole series looks awesome. 🙂
Anna from elements of emaginette
It’s a blast, Anna. They are quite the pair of detectives. LOL
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
Sounds fun. I’ll have to give this series a go. Thank’s for the review!
Woohoo! Look forward to your thoughts if you do, Angela. 🙂
That’s a series I think I need to try!
I think so, too, Melliane. 😉
Thanks, Sophia! This sounds like such a fun read. I love a good cozy, but I don’t think I’ve ever read a paranormal one.
Then you are in for a treat, Lauren. I think it is the best of both worlds when paranormal is mashed with a cozy. 🙂
Sounds like one for me! I am familiar with her and I do love cozies. Great cover.
Looks like a good match for you, Sherry! Hope you like it. 🙂
only one i don’t have yet i do hope i will get it for christmas as i love this series
You are in for a treat, Miki! 🙂
A historical ghost mystery! How fun! It sounds like the perfect read for this time of the year!
Oh yes, Nick! Frankie’s a riot. He’s historical, but his ghost and the stories are in modern times.
I really need to try this series. I love her demon slayer series (which I’m also behind on). Glad you continue to enjoy this series. I’ll have to move it up my TBR.
I think you’ll have a good time though I think these are more slower moving than the Demon Slayers.
I’m happy to hear this was another solid gold installment in one of your fave paranormal cozy mystery series! Truth to be told, this is a genre I neglected for far too long . . . Perhaps it’s time to get serious about it 🙂
Oh, I hope you do, Silvia. I’d be curious to know what you think of these. 🙂
I was all oh the series Sophia talked about, lol, and then it was obvi your review 😉
Haha! You caught me. This is my ghostly reading pick that I mentioned. They’re fun and light.