by Kathleen Costa
Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win either an ebook or print copy of A Ghostly Suspect, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.
Welcome to Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky!
Emma Lee Raines has a special talent, not one she chose or practiced or one for which she could earn accolades. Thanks to a falling plastic Santa Claus, the subsequent concussion left Emma Lee with the ability to see and communicate with the dead, really, the “murdered” dead. The ghostly apparitions come, often at inopportune moments, to plead for Emma Lee to uncover what happened, find the killer, and help them cross over. Sometimes they are helpful, and sometimes they’re more of a nuisance. All in all Emma Lee has been successful with several investigations, often with some personal peril, but she is tired of the ruse, the pretending that nothing’s wrong, and she’s not suffering from Funeral Trauma nor is she just plain crazy.
A Ghostly Southern Mystery
1- A Ghostly Undertaking (2015)
2- A Ghostly Grave (2015)
3- A Ghostly Demise (2015)
4- A Ghostly Murder (2015)
5- A Ghostly Reunion (2016)
6- A Ghostly Mortality (2017)
7- A Ghostly Secret (2017)
A Ghostly Suspect earns 5/5 Jars of Sweet Tea…Clever and Engaging!
It’s literally been two years since Emma Lee Raines last saw the ghostly appearance of a recent murder victim. She has been relishing in her “ghost-free” existence, building a pre-need funeral business, and making Eternal Slumber the go-to place to send loved ones off to the next world. Friend, psychic, and very much alive Debbie Dually pops in frantically spreading incense around and interrupting Emma Lee’s meeting with her preneed clients. Debbie had helped Emma Lee to understand her role may be that as a “Betweener,” but oddly today she is emphatic about having Emma admit she really sees “murdered dead people.” Her emotional confrontation with Emma Lee is partly witnessed by the antagonistic sheriff Trevor O’Neill, and when Debbie’s body is later found, that confrontation is all the evidence the sheriff needs to haul in Emma Lee.
This is my favorite series in the Kappes Universe, and this eighth book didn’t disappoint: clever mystery with a twist adding psychics and a few extra ghosts, humorous predicaments, perils, and a few misunderstandings. I enjoy Kappes’s use of the first-person narrative sharing Emma Lee’s perspective including her fears and frustrations over her…gift? curse? I love Zula Fae Raines Payne, Emma’s granny, who is strong and independent, but she’s not willing to recognize or be open-minded to the truth about Emma Lee’s ability. There is romance for Emma with Jack Henry Ross, former sheriff and now with the state police, and although Jack Henry has learned of Emma’s gift, there continues to be conflicts over how she should proceed with her investigations into suspicious deaths. The unique side of Kappes’s work is the southern flair she adds. As she herself is a Kentucky “belle,” she can weave into the story and her characters the manners, mores, and mystique of being southern. From how to behave to settling down, from gossip hierarchy to sweet tea, the culture seems to be a character of its own. Missing? Zula’s Sweet Tea recipe…it’s gotta be more than just sugar added. It soothes and inspires. Just saying…
Be a Big Tanya Kappes Fan!
Tonya Kappes is one of my Top Ten favorite authors of some exciting ghostly, magical, and caffeinated themed series, all for which I am an eager fan! For ghosts she has the popular seven-book Ghostly Southern Mystery and seven-book Kenni Lowry series. Add some magic with the eleven-book Magical Cures Mystery and three-book Spies and Spells series. Get a little caffeinated with her six-book Killer Coffee Mystery, and for lots of fun, she has the six-book Camper & Criminals Cozy series. Under her pen name Maymee Bell, she has introduced the delightful two-book Southern Cake Baker Mystery. Something for every cozy taste!
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